Towers Watson Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Managers allow you to have a good work/life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Nice work environment with free fruits once a week (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 52 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    They are just not fair and not family friendly

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    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    People seem to be impressed with the name.

    Cons

    no workplace balance if you are not management

    Advice to Management

    the little people count also!


  2. Helpful (6)

    Look Elsewhere

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lots of young people to socialize with after work - If that is something you are looking for Some perks such as free food and access to free tickets to sports games - Not as much as they used to

    Cons

    I agree with the work like a scared animal post Everything is about billable hours 0 work life balance - Need to drop your personal life at a moments notice to complete a project Excessively high turnover rate Poor Health insurance Poor management

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees for overtime. Don't work employees to death. More positive feedback instead of only criticizing what was done wrong. If you are going to overwork employees at least reinstate all of the perks they once had. More opportunities for career growth.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Culture? what culture?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices. Convenient location, free coffee and tea.

    Cons

    No team environment obvious. Everyone seems disjointed most likely because..."am I Towers" or "am I Watson" They have no culture of team work or sharing information . No feedback on job performance, unless it's unsatisfactory. Never a pat on the back for good work done. Unapproachable management.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward your employees for good work done. Offer CONSTRUCTIVE criticism when improvment is needed.


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  5. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Senior 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 Management

    Leadership 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


  6. Helpful (2)

    It was good but the former culture lasted

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    Former Employee - Office Services Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Office Services Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    TW has a good reputation with clients.

    Cons

    TW 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 Management

    Listen 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.


  7. A smelly surprise

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Bathrooms were very clean and well maintained

    Cons

    Office smelled really really bad


  8. Helpful (1)

    With the merger the company was loaded with upper management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Actuary Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Actuary Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good starting pay and nice people

    Cons

    no worklife balance and way to many bosses


  9. Helpful (4)

    Post Merger Disaster

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not for me

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Towers Watson as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the type of work and the workload

    Cons

    Unless 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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Thrive on mediocrity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If 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!

    Cons

    Still 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 Management

    You should take your own advice that you give to your clients.



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