Towers Watson Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
380 Reviews
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Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 48 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start right off of college

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    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
  2. 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

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

    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
  3.  

    Pretty Good

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    • 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

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than an year)

    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
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  5.  

    Some good, some bad

    • 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

    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
  6.  

    Culture Changed 180 Degrees Following Merger

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  7.  

    Towers Watson

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Towers Watson as a contractor (less than an year)

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worked at TW for 5+ years

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

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

    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
  9.  

    A large company with Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Kansas City, MO

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

    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
  10.  

    Retirement Actuarial Intern

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

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (less than an year)

    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
  11.  

    Good if you know that you want to become an actuary.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    -Work/Life balance is pretty good.
    -Occasional opportunity for overtime.
    -Pension and 401k
    -Benefits aren't terrible

    Cons

    These are specific to Memphis as other offices are more diverse in how they function for the company...
    -Very little room to advance unless you want to be an actuary
    -Pay is low
    -Training is spotty and the first several months - year are very frustrating as a result
    -Constructive criticism is very rare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management in Memphis would be to invest more time in training and fostering the development of employees. The management at this office genuinely has a lot client work in addition to management duties but they need to better delegate responsibilities so that new employees don't have to re-invent the wheel by themselves. I would also stress that management needs to work on providing feedback that is constructive. Often employees receive no feedback or lazy feedback that is easy to misinterpret and is often destructive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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