Towers Watson Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
347 Reviews

3.3
347 Reviews
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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.  

    Fast paced

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of very knowledgeable employees. If you prove your worth and knowledge they will reward you. The products being offered to clients are very good and the collaboration between teams continues to get better. Lots of new work in the pipeline for the future.

    Cons

    With those rewards they can lose sight of how much someone can possibly handle at once. Can be very high turnover in lower levels which leads to lack of consistent work product.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you enjoy 60 hour work weeks - this is the place for you!

    • 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent Pay
    Telecommute/office location
    Intelligent & nice People

    Cons

    Work life balance (there is none) - Long hours/weekend work. This results from encouraging extra work for additional client billable hours.
    Entering in your time
    Staffing is not adequate
    Minimal number of paid days off
    Medical benefits are sub par compared to other employers
    Some team managers and project managers are disrespectful to staff
    Morale of many many workers can be dismal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people have a life outside of work. Hire more people. Create a positive morale work environment and stop being critical. Don't let a 60 hour work week be the norm!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but not great

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

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

    Pros

    Smartest people in the industry
    Best resources
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Merger is still evident 3+ years later
    Middle management struggling to get upper managements ideas into motion
    Constantly moving target when it comes to year end measurement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the envelope with new ideas and help roll those ideas out to the individuals more effectively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not great for growth opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company unless you work in the Finance Department

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    They 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great work environment with excellent people and challenging tasks.

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Quick promotion and raises for actuarial track employees
    - Experience of working with experts in the healthcare and actuarial fields
    - Very dedicated teams with a strong client-focus

    Cons

    - Can be difficult to maintain work/life balance
    - Sometimes seems there is low investment in systems and resources, though this appears to be changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing a great job, make sure to continue to reinvest in the company and hire sufficient associates to meet staffing needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Freedom, Flexibility, Opportunities, Culture, Colleagues

    Cons

    Complicated org structure makes navigation a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - seem to be on track

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Professional team and incredibly diligent and smart.

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

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

    Pros

    Professional, smart, diligent, lots of resources, team willing to help

    Cons

    none so far - very satisfied with the environment and the team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    -Great, friendly and smart people
    -Opportunity for continuous learning
    -Supportive leadership

    Cons

    -Culture trends towards risk averse
    -Things take longer to change/accomplish than often necessary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the open door policy and outreach to associates of all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Actuary  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Consulting Actuary in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary is fair. Lots of interesting work

    Cons

    Longer hours can be expected

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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