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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Towers Watson

Pros

Extremely smart and welcoming colleagues
Get to work with very high profile clients

Cons

Tough work/life balance - long hours
Difficult and and long process to get promoted

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Bureaucracy and actuaries

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    There are some great people who want to see you (and will help you) grow and succeed. Once you have established a track record, you will have a good deal of flexibility to structure your routines, approaches to client work, et cetera.

    Cons

    Getting anything done takes several times as long as before the merger, and the administrative burden of working here continues to increase without bound. Culture has also changed for the worse. Senior management is arrogant and authoritarian -- follows "do as I say, not as I do" approach with regard to corporate values and responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TW is a human resources consultancy. It's embarrassing and disillusioning that we don't practice the 'best practices' we preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Good if you know that you want to become an actuary.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Work/Life balance is pretty good.
    -Occasional opportunity for overtime.
    -Pension and 401k
    -Benefits aren't terrible

    Cons

    These are specific to Memphis as other offices are more diverse in how they function for the company...
    -Very little room to advance unless you want to be an actuary
    -Pay is low
    -Training is spotty and the first several months - year are very frustrating as a result
    -Constructive criticism is very rare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management in Memphis would be to invest more time in training and fostering the development of employees. The management at this office genuinely has a lot client work in addition to management duties but they need to better delegate responsibilities so that new employees don't have to re-invent the wheel by themselves. I would also stress that management needs to work on providing feedback that is constructive. Often employees receive no feedback or lazy feedback that is easy to misinterpret and is often destructive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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