Towers Watson Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
358 Reviews
3.4
358 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    A wild ride

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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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing people, great diverse experiences

    • 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

    work flexibility, travel opportunities, great senior leaders, international company, great colleagues

    Cons

    tight /strict deadlines, work life balance can be compromised

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Anonymous Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for 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
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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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 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
  6.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Smart people, constantly changing opportunities, limitless growth potential for those who want to advance (and demonstrate the capabilities).

    Cons

    Can be stressful, but not unlike any other professional services environment. Can have that "big company" feel when trying to manage the bureaucracy.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company overall, not all practices are equal

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Quality company, good strategy and leadership. Many different directions and opportunities for internal career change.

    Cons

    Not much internal training, development. Some practices are more dynamic and profitable than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest enough to execute on your strategy.

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

    Has Become A Disaster

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Information Technology Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The pay is fine - and the ability to work remote is good. That's about all the nice things I can say.

    Cons

    Way too many hours, not enough people. Leadership is nonexistent, but there sure are a LOT of bullies who want to be in charge of vendors. Everything must go to vendors, no internal staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Very client focused, constantly generating revenue

    Cons

    In certain positions there are no room for growth. The merge is not fully complete, still feels like it's two companies instead of one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    great internship program

    • 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 as an intern

    Pros

    exciting industry to work in

    Cons

    sometimes had to work extra hours

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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