Towers Watson Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
344 Reviews

3.4
344 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.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The people are smart, helpful and team players. They have free food many days, which saves $$. I like my job and feel secure, but I know a lot of people who have been downsized after the merger. The benefits are very good. I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance.

    Cons

    It seems there is always some downsizing, but then they hire to replace the eliminated positions. This is bad if you are downsized, or a good friend/ co-worker is and they replace the position with temp after temp because they don't want the headcount.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Smart people, creative people, and people who listen to new ideas.

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoy the flexibility of working hours, the office space itself and its convenient downtown location, the ability to suggest your own work and be creative, and the willingness of upper management to hear out one's ideas.

    Cons

    Tangible rewards & recognitions for excellent work don't always happen.

    IT. A properly working PC with the software I require to do my job is unfortunately an uphill battle here, instead of the standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT, politely put, is a disaster --- with more rules, regulations and red tape by the day. I recognize the need for security and minimizing risk, but there is a lack of proactive problem-solving ability and customer service, and this can impact one's ability to work.

    That aside, nearly everything about this company is awesome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

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

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start right off of college

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture and growing industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance

    Cons

    Busy at times, but not a drawback

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I love going to work everyday! My job is interesting, well-rounding, and makes me want to be all I can be.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    - The culture is inviting and empowering
    - The people are incredibly smart and personable
    - You are given paid days off to study for actuarial exams
    - Many opportunities for growth and raises

    Cons

    - Work is demanding and will require more than just a 9-5 day. I actually still take this a positive that the work is so involved, but a balance between your work and life is very important

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep empowering your employees
    - Find more ways for employees to interact across lines of business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lives its "client first" values and delivers for investors

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, very high caliber talent, live and breathe client-centric values, outstanding collective expertise and resources; very well managed financially; have made intelligent acquisitions

    Cons

    As in any large organization, there are some who aggressively self-promote to get ahead; fiscal discipline means staffing can get tight; promotion process can be very slow (the downside of being very carefully thought through)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop, recognize and reward your "junior" leaders for their contributions to building top talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good and getting better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Manager
    Current Employee - Group Manager

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

    Pros

    Employee oriented culture; work/life balance is improving

    Cons

    Change can be slower than desired at times, but it is definitely going in the right direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I learned something early in my career that I've never forgotten. 'A manager is only as good as the people working for them. Work hard to build a team culture and don't forget to seek out and embrace the unsung hero's in the company.'

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 for more than a 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
  11.  

    A great working envirnoment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    You couldn't ask for a better group of coworkers. From analyst to senior consultant, everyone is willing to help you out. Everyone is highly intelligent so it keeps you motivated to produce the best work possible.

    Cons

    As with consulting in general, you have sporadic work weeks. They has been an increase in the number of long work weeks. This is partly because of the office being currently under staffed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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