Towers Watson Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
383 Reviews
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383 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.  

    Good company

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    • 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 (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
  2.  

    Great company before merger, but still good now

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

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are professional and smart. Reputation has already been built up, especially in the Exec Comp field. Top pay among peer companies, but definitely require top performance.

    Cons

    Legacy Towers Perrin has a different culture with Legacy Watson Wyatt. After merger, there's culture conflict when team members are from two legacies. Also there's a organizational restructuring which does not bring any good to integration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    The people and nice and supportive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Really great smart and caring people. There is a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Everyone is so busy with their own stuff there is not a lot of mentorship. People are also not considerate about your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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

    I worked at Towers Watson as an intern

    Pros

    Coworkers are intelligent, helpful, and very friendly. Everyone is very hardworking and willing to assist in any way that they can.

    Cons

    Demanding clients and work atmosphere sometimes cause unnecessary stress. You frequently have competing projects that both demand your full attention so good time management skills are key.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary is fair. Lots of interesting work

    Cons

    Longer hours can be expected

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

    Great place to start a career

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

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

    Pros

    - Compensation was above-average
    - Training opportunities were excellent
    - Ability to work on the most prestigious, complex clients on a daily basis
    - Exposure to the world of consulting is something that is applicable to just about any path you wish to pursue
    - Very flexible work schedule
    - Ability to work from home when needed

    Cons

    - Too much emphasis on billable hours; hours targets are unrealistic unless you continue to work outside the office and on weekends
    - Spend too much time putting out fires and not enough time concentrating on the task at hand
    - Bonus opportunities are lacking... not much of an incentive to put in additional hours after you hit your hours target because there's very little upside opportunity
    - It's a bit of an "old boy's club" - most of the good opportunities and promotions seem to go to the favorites rather than the most dedicated and hard-working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Absolutely need more advancement opportunities. Promotions only come when there's a need for it and seem to go to the favorites, and the company has (at least for lower level employees) a reputation for being a great place to start a career but not a great place to build a career. If you're not on the fast-track, the only way to move up is to move out.
    - Need to judge performance on a total picture of an employee rather than how many hours they bill. Quantity does not necessarily mean quality.
    - You're very lucky that your employees tend to be very loyal to their colleagues and their managers. Listen to what they have to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Anonymous Employee

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, still has a pension plan, and company is growing. Everyone that I work with is very knowledgable and very helpful.

    Cons

    High stress at times since I work on many clients. Low pay for the amount of hours and stress you put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your current employee and reward those that deserve it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very team oriented. The teams you work with are the best of the best which makes it easy to learn. Definitely a place to have a "career".

    Cons

    Can be a bit "corporate" where things often become segmented and silo'd. Plenty to do at all times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A wild ride

    • 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

    Pros

    There is a lot to be proud of in TW. There is truly an intense focus on doing what's best for clients and there is a lot of opportunity to grow for people who are very bright and self-motivated.

    Cons

    We have gotten very big and it can be difficult to stay connected with colleagues. Account Directors have so many different services to understand they can sometimes oversimplify our offerings to clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on what associates really care about - the opportunity to do great work and have an impact on clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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