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As 2+ year old merger of WW/TP continues to takes hold, culture clash is still very much evident.

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

I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 8 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good clients. Good Account Management model. Decent training for junior level. Lots of offices around the world. Good work-at-home policies. Decent technology (windows 7, finally), CEO is very approachable and has delivered excellent results to shareholders.

Cons

Culture clash between legacy firms is significant, and varies greatly depending on the office and/or practice. WW was very flat, collaborative, open, but consensus driven and slow moving. TP was a very hierarchical partnership, everyone on a need-to-know only basis, and uncollaborative, but faster moving and more sales oriented. Little attention was paid to create a new culture. WW was more wild-west and innovative. TP was more structured and parters ruled. Post merger these two approaches have yet to find a happy middle ground.

LIke any large firm, strategic decisions take forever. Corporate red tape has increased under the cover of a maturing firm.

Advice to Management

Pay more attention to the underlying culture differences that everyone glossed over during the merger.

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  1. I have had a fantastic experience working here and I hope to be here for a long time to come

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company prides itself on taking care of its associates and it does a decent job. The benefits are good. The freedom and autonomy allow a good work life balance even when there is lots of travel, which can come in spurts or be a constant thing depending on what you're doing. One of the best things is working with terrific people. The firm does interesting research in the HR field and the work we do helps people improve their workday experiences.

    Cons

    Stress levels can be high. Lower-level salaries don't seem to be competitive (e.g., below consultant). There has been a lot of change recently.

  2. Great people, great opportunity, great experience.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The team environment is very helpful for new associates. There is constant communciation between senior consultants and new associates, making knowledge transfer an integral part of the office culture.

    Cons

    There are many tight deadlines and a fifty hour week and turn into a sixty hour week on Friday afternoon at times.

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