Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
291 Reviews
3.5
291 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (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.  

    Overall good company, great benefits, slow to address market needs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development
    Current Employee - Business Development

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment. Very warm. No pressure. Almost encourage you to work from home. Great flexibility. Great benefits, especially for wellness. Great communications from senior management.

    Cons

    Average salaries. Multiple goals you have to hit to get one bonus. No training budget. Very politically correct. Can take years before management OKs an offering that the market is demanding now. Multiple overlapping emails etc from senior management touting results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pension Actuary specializing in originally completing valuations. Recently all about special projects.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Flexible, Great People, Good Pay, Strong Benefits

    Cons

    Limited breadth of projects, Only 1/50 people get great opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more agile, Care more about your analysts and their development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great Company, Well Respected, Training Program, Opportunity to Grow

    Cons

    Pay Low, long hours sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It is ok, depends on what team you join

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some good people and can get exposure to other large clients

    Cons

    Managers are bullies and over inflated middle manager layer blocking opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the bigger picture, have less self interest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible with schedules. WFH is also a plus.

    Cons

    Stingy when it comes to a raise or promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being ok with mediocrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Offers great career experiences and advancement opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    TW is a high performing organisation with a collaborative culture. It attracts very smart and driven associates and provides career opportunities that stretch associates.

    Cons

    TW can sometimes be conservative with its actuarial roots and could also be more agile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more boldly in growth areas (HR software, products and annuity services) including being more aggressive on acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly professional organisation adapting to a changing world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reigate, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reigate, England (UK)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great quality people
    High standards of professionalism
    Good corporate ethics and desire to put clients first

    Cons

    Has become too big and less collaborative
    Can be slow to adapt
    Very demanding on young employees, who 'should feel privileged to work for TW regardless of the rewards'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve collaboration between lines of business
    Enliven the working environment
    Try to retain a small company ethos

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great company to work for, the people are very nice.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    The office culture is great. The people actually care. The company offers tons of training for the associates which is a huge plus.

    Cons

    You can put in a lot of hours during peak times of the year.
    The pay for support staff isn't bad but it's not great either

  10.  

    Good experience, not top tier

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Summer Analyst in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Intern - Summer Analyst in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I have been working at Towers Watson as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, very friendly and approachable office culture, management eager to implement the merger and train staff

    Cons

    compensation low for consulting (in entry level positions), not very much travel, office based, not comparable to top tier firms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Nice people, decent pay. Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    Upper management hasn't a clue, long working hours accomplishing little, a lot of political playing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a real plan and stick with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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