Towers Watson Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Pros
  • Managers allow you to have a good work/life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Nice work environment with free fruits once a week (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 52 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Account Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    A great place to work, flexible and fair with incredible colleagues

    Cons

    Can't think of any that are meaningful


  2. Helpful (2)

    It's OK for what it is....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance for the most part is good, at least for my area.

    Cons

    Since the merger of Towers and Wyatt over five years ago there are still two cultures, although senior management is under the impression that has been resolved. (Maybe at their level, but not at the level of the everyday worker-be).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those in the trenches, not those who tell you what you want to hear.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Dysfunctional and disorganized

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Graphic Design Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Contractor - Graphic Design Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Towers Watson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cannot think of any reason to work here. People are unfriendly and unqualified. Lack experience in managing. Closed minded people who are unwilling to learn.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Bullies and liars lead the team. Total lack of confidence and trust in employees. Often received emails at 12 am, 1 am 2 am. Expected to work late and weekends after sitting most of the day with nothing to do. Management is unqualified and hides that fact by using criticism of your performance to make them appear superior.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees know what they are doing. Learn to manage your clients. Understand that when a new employee asks a question, he/she is trying to learn, not criticize your processes.


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  5. Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, Well Respected, Training Program, Opportunity to Grow

    Cons

    Pay Low, long hours sometimes


  6. Helpful (3)

    Good experience, nice people, development opportunities available

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Nice people - Conveniently located office - Exposure to senior clients early

    Cons

    - Still struggled with post-merger culture issues - Unrealistic utilization and billable hours goals made for stressful environment - Staffing model could be better


  7. Helpful (7)

    Pension Analyst/Administrator - Pension Administration Group (PAG)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get hired (most locations now focus on new hires who start as temps for 6 months or a year, which is great if you do not have experience, or they only hire those with a lot of experience in a rival company). The company is very flexible - you get 15 days of PTO from your date of hire and as long as you get your work done ahead of time, you can take them as needed. Also, the company recently changed their dress-code policy from business casual to allow you to wear jeans everyday if you wish (still under the business casual umbrella, though - clients do visit the offices and you should look put together). Also, working from home has not been an issue when I've needed to, but the company still likes you to be in the office on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Salary is much lower than the industry standard and negotiation of salary or requests for a raise are generally met with a "Nope". If you are a good, smart, hard-working employee, you generally get taken advantage of in terms of having to do a majority of the workload on teams, however, if you speak up about being overworked it's generally remedied pretty quickly. There is a billable hours requirement (which is standard for a majority of corporations), however, it is unattainable. For the lower level employees you are expected to have 1600 hours of BILLABLE time per fiscal year (ie., time the company can bill to a client for work you've done - if you don't have anything to do, you don't get billable hours). If you do the math on that 1600 hour goal, you need to get 6.7 hours of billable work per day MINIMUM, every single day of the week, WITHOUT taking account for holidays or PTO (or slow-periods within the company where your workload may be at a minimum, to no fault of the employee). In a nutshell, it is not an attainable goal for most people. Additionally, your billable hours goal is worth 70% of your yearly assessment and therefore greatly affects your promotion and salary increase possibilities. There is not a clear path of advancement and you are generally oblivious to what other departments do within the company (and therefore, you are not aware of the opportunities they may present to you). Finally, if you move voluntarily while employed for Towers Watson, do NOT expect a Cost of Living Adjustment to your salary.... even if you ask for it. The response will be "we didn't ask for you to move, you're not worth that to us".

    Advice to Management

    The CEO has been traveling all around the country for the last year (and will continue to do so in 2015) to introduce himself and "see what the people think" - the reality is that he gets to travel the country on the company's dime (including the travel expenses, meals, hotels, etc.) to pop into an office or two for a couple of hours where the employees aren't going to speak up about anything because nobody knows him on a day-to-day basis. I'm not saying that he is a bad guy in any way (I've never met the man), but this exercise is wasteful and futile. Reallocate those travel funds to pay your employees what they deserve - I guarantee your turn-over rate will decrease.


  8. Helpful (1)

    It's a good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Contractor - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, hours and some employees

    Cons

    Wish it wasn't a temp position

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, especially young college graduates. We may not all have the work experience, but we're tech savy people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good company, not very up to speed on technology

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good. There are very little management training offered to the managers.

    Cons

    The roles are not well defined in the organization. Managers need to develop their skills in management.


  10. A great place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Towers has many talented employees and the company offers flexible schedules.

    Cons

    The company has a few bad managers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great Company unless you work in the Finance Department

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Billing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Project Billing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are opportunities to post out to other departments, but it is very rare and a slow process to transfer out of the Finance Department. The Finance Department is looked down upon and the workers are treated like peons. Management is very hands on and is constantly watching who is at their seats and working. The Department is micro managed from the Director down to the Supervisors. It is a very abrasive and tense environment.

    Cons

    I don't have anything positive to say about personal growth, promotions and leadership except it is very hard to move. The low balled the salaries of the employees just joining the team and the disparity in salaries amoungst the group is very large. Some people make 38,000 and some make 65,000 to do the same exact job.

    Advice to Management

    They need to evaluate the leadership role from the Supervisors up to the VP of the Department and make changes. Talk the talk, but also walk the walk. They have nice meetings but people are afraid to speak up and speak their minds for fear of retaliation or being terminated. Management is unapproachable and too hands on.



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