Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
398 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 29 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 51 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Firm Still In Transition After Merger

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Many exciting challenges.

    Cons

    Insufficient onboarding; lack of relevant information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate and share feedback more consistently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    TW

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great career opportunities with the opportunity to work on challenging client projects. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lack of integration of the different practices.

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    Great company with Flexibility

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    I like the flexibility Towers Watson offers on a day to day basis. Also, due to the growth in clients we are apart of solutions that are new and innovative. There's definitely a challenge working here.

    Cons

    The downside is its not recognized as a "leading" consulting firm. Also, the salaries are well below industry standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stay competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great learning and growth opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Harmonious relationship among colleagues. Not much travel. Can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Heavy workload. Decentralized management. Financial driven in the short run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing the company brand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, average pay

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    People were friendly. Great training program

    Cons

    Retirement as a line of business sucks! Don't do it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great client base and colleagues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    TW is highly respected in the market with a great reputation for client service and excellent work.

    Cons

    Sales and billable hours goals are high and very challenging to meet. Managers insist they are possible, but I'm skeptical. Work life balance is a challenge as well, although this is true in the consulting industry in general, and not unique or any worse at TW.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company leading the way in HR Consulting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    You work with the best talent
    Complex client projects
    Ability to offer clients great solutions through internal tools and different practice areas
    Unlimited growth if you are a top performer

    Cons

    Hours during bust season
    Much is expected of all client team members, you can be expected to be a Jack of all trades
    Leadership seem to be managing the stock price and not the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and visit the different offices, meet the consultants who are doing the great client work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very smart people to work with

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    Former Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Smart workforce - Everyone knows what they are doing
    Engaging work for analysts - Interesting and technical work especially if you are on a team which gets consistent special projects.

    Cons

    - Sometimes it can be hard to move up quickly. Seems like you are stuck in the same position
    - New study program is a bit irritating. It was easier to get materials and permissions earlier, now the process is more formal and involves a lot of red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make sure that senior analysts have some engaging work and some sense of moving up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    company in transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    fast pace - always changing

    Cons

    merger still had kinks that needed to get worked out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good engagement, but bordered on micromanagement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Actuarial

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern
    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, paid study time, very supportive community within the office, hands on experience - great split between actual client work to get an idea of day to day tasks on the job as a starting analyst & the mock client entire valuation process which indicates what you would be doing on a more long term basis with the company as a senior consultant

    Cons

    Very specific to the retirement field - does not provide a good breath of what other types of actuaries do within the company if you are a graduating student trying to determine what field of actuarial you want to pursue most

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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