Towers Watson Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people who will support your growth within the company

    Cons

    Slow advancement, niche industry, breadth of skills not well marketed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lives its "client first" values and delivers for investors

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, very high caliber talent, live and breathe client-centric values, outstanding collective expertise and resources; very well managed financially; have made intelligent acquisitions

    Cons

    As in any large organization, there are some who aggressively self-promote to get ahead; fiscal discipline means staffing can get tight; promotion process can be very slow (the downside of being very carefully thought through)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop, recognize and reward your "junior" leaders for their contributions to building top talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I love going to work everyday! My job is interesting, well-rounding, and makes me want to be all I can be.

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    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - The culture is inviting and empowering
    - The people are incredibly smart and personable
    - You are given paid days off to study for actuarial exams
    - Many opportunities for growth and raises

    Cons

    - Work is demanding and will require more than just a 9-5 day. I actually still take this a positive that the work is so involved, but a balance between your work and life is very important

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep empowering your employees
    - Find more ways for employees to interact across lines of business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture and growing industry

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    Current Employee - Investment Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance

    Cons

    Busy at times, but not a drawback

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    business analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great environment, friendly people, a lot of learning

    Cons

    long work hours, less holidays

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A great working envirnoment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You couldn't ask for a better group of coworkers. From analyst to senior consultant, everyone is willing to help you out. Everyone is highly intelligent so it keeps you motivated to produce the best work possible.

    Cons

    As with consulting in general, you have sporadic work weeks. They has been an increase in the number of long work weeks. This is partly because of the office being currently under staffed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good environment and great flexibility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Consultant  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Actuarial Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good balance of life/work. Decent salary. Good work environment

    Cons

    Very competitive. Keep track of your time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great foundation for a career in consulting

    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Strong Reputation, Competitive Pay, Opportunity for Growth

    Cons

    Heavy Workload, Somewhat Unresponsive Management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A colorful culture

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    Current Employee - Actuarial Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Actuarial Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR confuses starting date

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Top 3 professional experiences

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson as a contractor for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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