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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
343 Reviews

3.4
343 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Rocky place to work, Nice surroundings, great training, lack of follow-up

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

    Pros

    Some can make it to other jobs, the working environment is pleasant as far as the building as it is new and the desks are large, great people on the teams

    Cons

    No concern for the people who work there, fear is used as an incentive, no marketing plans, everything is done on a wing and a prayer. You are not looked at for advancement unless you have been buttering up the supervisors or have another type of connection. Great work means nothing. There is never a safe feeling and there is no idea in management about how the process really works. Supervisors are not licensed and can offer little help. No forward thinking, just jump in the water and see what hapens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use great project management and SWOT on your projects, people should not be advanced unless they have the education and experience. Think the campaigns through to the end. Use focus groups more often. The Benefit Advisors experience guide you. Use background checks on everyone.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start right off of college

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

    Pros

    The people here are really smart and are always willing to help.

    Cons

    Low base salary. There also is no growth internally. The benefits here are also not great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start

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

    Pros

    When I first started, there were a lot of great people to learn from. Collaborating with others frequently quickens learning and development.

    Cons

    Salaries are the same across office regions. Senior sellers leaving the company at an alarming rate. As a result work is becoming harder to come by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job at retaining senior people who land big projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communication and Change Management Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Communication and Change Management Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, great team, smart people. Good growth opportunity.

    Cons

    Lower salary than competitors. Not as easy to move between practices.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Some good, some bad

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

    Pros

    Well compensated. Large company with some good areas.

    Cons

    Too top heavy with management. Wrong people get blamed when things go bad.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Culture Changed 180 Degrees Following Merger

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cleveland, OH

    Pros

    Working with the best and brightest in the industry

    Cons

    Culture of individual incentives vs. team-based support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk - don't just give lip service when you say employees come first.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Towers Watson

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Everyone was very nice and open to help/

    Cons

    This is such a large company that sometimes you feel like a spec on the wall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worked at TW for 5+ years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HGB Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - HGB Senior Analyst

    Pros

    Benefits were generous and progressive; Smart, ambitious, hard working, friendly coworkers; collaborative environment;

    Cons

    Very different environment post merger. Difficult to obtain billable hours goal, some favoritism at play with hours. Without meeting billable hours, impossible to get a good raise or promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Distribute the work down the chain more effectively; Go back to the LWW culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A large company with Opportunities

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

    Pros

    complicated work and good peers

    Cons

    too much deference to tenure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide clearer guidance to associates; more upside in lieu of pension.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Retirement Actuarial Intern

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

    Pros

    Great people and learning experience
    Amazing social activities
    Very modern building
    Buddy system

    Cons

    Billing hours
    Not a great life work balance
    Overtime not well compensated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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