Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.3 331 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(166 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Smart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance (there is none) - Long hours/weekend work (in 40 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 8 reviews)

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    A colorful culture

    Actuarial Intern (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsVery approachable community. People smile a lot.
    Competitive pay. Friendly lunch areas. Foosball table and tournament.

    ConsWorking late.
    Unpredictable how busy or slow a day will be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHR confuses starting date

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Top 3 professional experiences

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- tons of opportunities for personal & professional development
    - smart people
    - interesting work
    - autonomy
    - flexibility (work from home very accepted)

    Cons- inconsistent leadership across business units; some leaders don't communicate, others do
    - risk aversion to telling people realities of change post-merger lead to many frustrated & disengaged associates

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open - give your very smart people the benefit of the doubt - deliver tough messages without sugar coating, those who don't accept it don't belong there in the long run.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company full of smart people

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsMy group is full of hardworking smart people who are genuine in their commitment to clients. People live the company values: Clients first, collaboration, professional excellence, integrity and respect.

    ConsI would like to see more communication between groups. There have been some post-merger growing pains but I feel we are now getting to be one integrated company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice management, great work life balance, approachable colleagues

    Project Management Associate (Former Employee)

    ProsYou can reach out to anyone when you need help. The management is down to earth, you can easily approach them if you need to tell them something important or whether you'd like to have a nice chat with them. Basically, you can see the core values in action.

    ConsAs far I'm concerned, I do not see any cons at all.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Open to learning

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking at Towers Watson provides unlimited opportunity for career growth

    ConsLess opportunity for Innovation within Towers Watson

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time cultivating creativity amongst your workforce.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A global company with a community mindset.

    Compensation and Benefits Analyst (Current Employee) White Plains, NY

    Pros* Large global firm with a respected name
    * Opportunities in dozens of business-related functions
    * Sprawling community that is active in giving back locally
    * Decent opportunity for upward mobility

    Cons* Lack of communication between departments
    * Normal struggles associated with merger still apparent several years later
    * Inconsistent processes from office to office

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Great place to intern"

    Actuarial Analyst (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsIf you take initiative there is always interesting work to be done.
    Great people, supportive managers.

    ConsGets really busy sometimes - you can feel people are stressed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fulfilling, a great company to intern for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat working environment, nice people, makes work more enjoyable

    ConsNeeds a little more work life balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorldwide firm with personal recognition.

    ConsNothing that I can think about

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging but in a good way!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWhenever I've heard colleagues talk about why they enjoy working at Towers Watson they've always mentioned their colleagues and I would agree. The people here really are what make Towers Watson a fantastic working environment; despite the diversity of backgrounds people come from, they all share a commitment to collaboration and excellence so it is a very supportive environment which pushes and enables you to be the best you can be. I have worked for Towers Watson for 8 years and have had career growth and development I couldn't have foreseen - every time I've been ready for a new challenge one has come along, often from an unexpected direction. Despite the fact that it's a global multinational, leaders are very accessible, it's very non-hierarchical and there are surprisingly good connections across geographies and lines of business so it feels much less intimidating and more navigable than other global professional services firms I've had exposure to.

    ConsTowers Watson is an 'adult' environment. Opportunities, support, development etc are plentiful but you have to use your initiaitive to take advantage of what is available. People who like to be spoon-fed may be less well suited. Also TW offers a total career/reward proposition so, while the dollars are by no means bad, people who are heavily money-motivated will find other environments in which they'll be able to earn more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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