Towers Watson Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very organized very professional , great structure for the first few weeks, training documents and orientations.

    Cons

    Haven't seen any cons yet do you want me to write something that's 20 words or more it's a con but there aren't any that I've seen so far.

    Advice to Management

    Good management

  2. Work hard to be rewarded

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Varied opportunities available
    Great people
    Great study support and professional development

    Cons

    Often needed to work long hours

  3. No Growth Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    Close to Grand Central, good location.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth, it's not your skills and knowledge or education, it's who you know. Your degree does not matter.

    You can have an MBA, and if the next candidate has a Bachelors in Liberal Arts, they will take that person with the Liberal Arts Degree simply because that person knows someone in the company.

    Nepotism is huge at Towers Watson, the only way you move around in this company is if your related or friends with someone.

    Management in different departs don't know how to use excel or be an analyst but they have a senior role as analyst.

    If you're an actuary you'll work longer hours then supposed to and won't get compensated for it.

    This company is upside down.

    Advice to Management

    Hire talented people not people you know, give a bad image on the Company.

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  5. Account Director

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great reputation/brand
    Decent salary
    Collaborative
    Training opportunities
    Making a big shift in focus moving to exchanges - exciting time to be part of the firm

    Cons

    No formal training/onboarding
    Lots of currently changes in leadership
    Performance objectives aren't very clear
    Work/life balance - working mothers

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you continue to maintain your brand and practice what you preach to your clients - stay the path and you'll continue to excel

  6. Fairly traditional cubicle, cost-cutting work environment. People are generally career oriented here.

    • 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual attire allowed, most people are career-oriented and pretty bright. Downtown office location is nice and near public transit. The name of TW carries weight so it's a great resume builder.

    Cons

    Seems you need to seek out your own responsibilities and growth opps, as the professional development and career guidance provided is minimal, at best. Feels very hierarchical/top down. People seem to be promoted to manager status without training on how to actually manage people. It looks like there is no advancement track for individual contributors besides moving up in management, although I could be mistaken on this (see comment about minimal career guidance).

    Advice to Management

    Lead by practicing open, respectful communication and by encouraging input and contribution of employees at all levels.

  7. Consulting

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Staffing is an ongoing issue

  8. Helpful (1)

    It's truly a corporate environment.

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Its an International company and many different areas you can work in.

    Cons

    Very structured, actually too structured.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees.

  9. Appeared promising but did not deliver

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Good market reputation and quality clients.

    Cons

    Leadership clashes and politics make it a toxic environment to work in. Ultimately it seems that you have to pick the 'right' side. Lack of clear strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Mentoring and encouragement is key to employee engagement. The in flghting and management struggles ruin a great opportunity for all.

  10. Good career development for talented people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work with smart people, locally and internationally
    As long as the work get done it doesn't matter where you do it, quite flexible
    Great career opportunity with international exposure as long as you show potential

    Cons

    The junior salary is not up to par consider all the overtime involved. If you do not constantly seek out your personal development, you will soon be devoured by the workload and lose what you aim for.

    Advice to Management

    Don't set unachievable goal for the business , we all know goals have to be SMART. Take the employee survey results and act on it

  11. Helpful (1)

    Benefit Advisor

    Current Contractor - Benefit Advisor in Richardson, TX
    Current Contractor - Benefit Advisor in Richardson, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Easy work, strong emphasis on training, clear management policies

    Cons

    Short lunches, uncertain employment status when enrollment season isn't close, lack of control over schedule

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