Towers Watson Reviews

Updated September 4, 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. Pension Analyst

    Current Employee - Pension Administrative Analyst in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Pension Administrative Analyst in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    A great work environment and management in Denver office is great.

    Cons

    The servers tend to crash often.


  2. Great starting point

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting pay Pension plan is a really nice added bonus TW handles a variety of consulting work an provides eager employees with opportunities to work on all of it Generally smart colleagues with various backgrounds Good L&D and a long term career path Really fun group of people to work with

    Cons

    While starting pay is good, it grows extremely slowly (2.5% pay raise is the 'norm') It's pretty well known that job hopping (or threatening to jump ship) is the quickest way to get paid more and/or get promoted Work cycles are very seasonal Internal file storage/LAN is extremely clunky and very slow Poor job rewarding individuals for working smart and efficiently Annual bonus structure does not reward you or even your office for doing well, it's simply a measure for how well the company did in the year. While the people are fun, the (benefits) work itself is very dull

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job recognizing not only talent but potential and invest in your employees more. Consider merit-based raises instead of standard X.X% per year.


  3. Great culture, great people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Benefit Advisor in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Benefit Advisor in South Jordan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Warm and inviting co workers. Supervisors are friendly.

    Cons

    Seasonal work, not guaranteed to stay with company full year.

    Advice to Management

    Free food goes a ling to way to moral. I love it when the boss brings donuts or pizza.


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  5. Review

    Current Employee - Technical Implementation Engineer in Lancaster, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Implementation Engineer in Lancaster, PA

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

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere Nice and smart co-workers

    Cons

    Team structure is in constant flux


  6. Email Digital Marketing Specialist

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    Former Employee - Email Digital Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Email Digital Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Towers Watson (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities and flexibility... for growth and development. The company offer a variety of in-house, self training, self pacing and external training where possible.

    Cons

    Some areas slow to get promoted. The consulting areas are more open for promotions. Lower levels that not mentored will lingered in that position for years with no promotion but the work level will change.

    Advice to Management

    If given the opportunity, it can happen if that is your desire and you have someone to bridge you and guide you alone the way. Preparing the next generation is key to the healthy growth and brand of the company.


  7. Great company, great people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    The people are hard-working, client-focused, driven and smart. I appreciate the flexible hours and attitude (for the most part) that as long as you get your work done and are taking care of your clients, that you can be flexible with your family obligations. Extremely important to me as a working mom. I do end up working in the evenings to keep up, but I am willing to make that trade-off for the flexibility I have.

    Cons

    Can be some stepping on others to get to the top - It's pretty competitive. It's definitely stressful and there are some longer hours during busy times. Also somewhat difficult to see a clear career path.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus on retaining good employees through the upcoming merger with Willis.


  8. Nice work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Office was spotless, with nice lighting. Very comfortable place to work and the managers are kind and supportive. Pay is good for the work that is expected of you.

    Cons

    Very robotic operating style. Obsessed with metrics. If you are scheduled to start at 8 and you clock in at 8:00:01, it will be counted against you when you ask for full time employment. So it can be stressful especially if you rely on public transportation to get you in and out of downtown.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a fine job. I would say that the training program is sort of lame. I did not retain much from the hours of dry power point slides. I would try a different training approach to training.


  9. Benefit Advisor

    Current Employee - Benefit Advisor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Benefit Advisor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back company, good company to work for, nice bonus structure

    Cons

    Seasonal job, Health insurance is not good

    Advice to Management

    Great job


  10. Helpful (3)

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Towers Watson (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great environment and you get to work on actual projects even as an intern.

    Cons

    their intern salary is great but their full time salary is really bad


  11. Benefits System Administrator

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    Current Employee - Benefits Systems Administrator
    Current Employee - Benefits Systems Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seem to care about keeping employees happy through perks in the workplace due to the dry nature of the work. Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than industry standard. Salary can be significantly higher coming in from a competitor rather than working up within TW.



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