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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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3.3 328 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(164 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance(in 22 reviews)

  • Smart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance(in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance (there is none) - Long hours/weekend work(in 40 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons(in 8 reviews)

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    Not great for growth opportunities

    Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood Benefits and work life balance

    ConsNot a lot of growth opportunities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Make sure you have a people manager who takes development seriously.

    Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsExposure to various clients and industries.

    Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager.

    ConsYou'll do the same work over and over again. If you get stuck with a people manager who doesn't care about development you can get dead ended. Some offices afford you more flexibility than others. Average benefits. I highly recommend not starting your career at Towers. Other firms do a much better job of developing their people. Go to Hay, Pay Governance or Pear Meyer if you are starting your career in this field. You'll be treated much better as an analyst or project manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of picking people managers. Look at what offices have high turnover/haven't promoted people and ask yourself what has been the constant.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company unless you work in the Finance Department

    Project Billing Analyst (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsThere are opportunities to post out to other departments, but it is very rare and a slow process to transfer out of the Finance Department. The Finance Department is looked down upon and the workers are treated like peons. Management is very hands on and is constantly watching who is at their seats and working. The Department is micro managed from the Director down to the Supervisors. It is a very abrasive and tense environment.

    ConsI don't have anything positive to say about personal growth, promotions and leadership except it is very hard to move. The low balled the salaries of the employees just joining the team and the disparity in salaries amoungst the group is very large. Some people make 38,000 and some make 65,000 to do the same exact job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to evaluate the leadership role from the Supervisors up to the VP of the Department and make changes. Talk the talk, but also walk the walk. They have nice meetings but people are afraid to speak up and speak their minds for fear of retaliation or being terminated. Management is unapproachable and too hands on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Thrive on mediocrity

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIf you have had a mediocre career, but have the ability to take other peoples ideas, grab leads before the right person with the right skills does, and promote yourself and synch up with upper management, then this is place for you!

    ConsStill having problems with the merger from 2010. Old Towers Perrin culture reigns in the Talent, Rewards, and Communications practice. Not very talented people get ahead, as long as they play the politics right. They don't recognize talent. Consultants are way overworked, and they don't pay as well as the big 4 consulting firms.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should take your own advice that you give to your clients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not for me

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLoved the type of work and the workload

    ConsUnless you want to devote your entire personal life to your coworkers, it's impossible to succeed at this company. Most socialize with, live with, and even date their coworkers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Post Merger Disaster

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsFruit in break rooms, Nice building and relatively clean office space, jeans allowed on Friday and in summer, excellent healthcare benefits

    ConsThe enormity of stress and workloads are so extraordinary, you will pay for it via burgeoning health problems and decline. Since the merger (over 2 years ago) employees in every line of business are overworked and paranoid of working with others from the former "other side" (they still refer to you as a former Towers Perrin person or Watson Wyatt) and of being pushed out of their job. Hence, there is an unending stream of back-stabbing, collusion and throwing everyone under the bus. Horribly tense, jagged pins-and-needles environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't roll out expensive flag-waving tech initiatives which only completely hinder productivity and make life miserable. Compensate talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    With the merger the company was loaded with upper management

    Actuary Analyst (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosgood starting pay and nice people

    Consno worklife balance and way to many bosses

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    A smelly surprise

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBathrooms were very clean and well maintained

    ConsOffice smelled really really bad

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    It was good but the former culture lasted

    Office Services Manager (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsTW has a good reputation with clients.

    ConsTW does not pay well and does not solicit staff input when making decisions that impacts how people work within the organization. This company is not transparent. Management always shocks their staff with new process, systems, and methods that consistently fails. On many occassion, people get so frustrated and causes them to look for greener pastures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your staff because they are the best asset you have. You have already lost a lot of good people so please take good care of whoever is left in your company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good project opportunities but difficult to get if you are not personal friends with those involved in the projects

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat name recognition in the professional services consulting industry
    Competitive pay
    Potential to learn from many varied projects

    ConsSenior level employees have the attitute that mid-lower level employees are not entitiled to a work-life balance
    Personal friendship not experience or competency determines workload and growth in this business environment
    People manager system needs to be revamped to ensure that the manager understands all of the roles and responsibilities of those they manage since in many cases, people managers and those they manage are not in the same field
    HR is not very helpful when issues arise

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership should remember that the assets of a professional services firm are the people and need to be nurtured
    The reasons for high turnover should be researched and fixed to prevent future occurences

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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