Towers Watson Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
349 Reviews

3.4
349 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flex work schedule. Great people to work with. Overall great environment

    Cons

    The only issue I had was location and parking situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values are great. I would definitely try and work on promotions from within. Overall advancement on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    TW is challenging work place with great clients and good people. Great research and new ideas are welcome.

    Cons

    too few office/work spaces for everyone because of growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK Company after the merge...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Associate  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Work from home allowed.
    Flexible with life and work schedule.
    Lots of branch offices in the U.S. and can transfer.

    Cons

    After merge with Perrin, it became too corporate.
    Top Heavy
    Too cheap with training and no room to move
    Too high of medical out of expense

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Investment consulting department

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent family of intelligent people

    Cons

    None that I consider worth mentioning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus needed on sustainable investments. No harm in considering Impact investing / Micro-credit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Satisfactory but not challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues and working environment. This is very important because you are able to ask senior people for advice and stressful moments are infrequent. Competitive basic package.

    Cons

    Rigid structures mean that the job can be very monotonous. Also there are very little performance rewards/penalties to differentiate in employee performance.
    Structure seems top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make more effort to be offering varied, challenging work to junior employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Pension plan to go along with 401k

    Cons

    low pay and promotions are done by years of experience and not skill level

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, not very up to speed on technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for 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.

  9.  

    Great company, great managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    Top-notch learning and development opportunities
    They take care of their people
    Ensures people are taken care of by really caring people managers

    Cons

    Needs to review their benefits packages, especially for shared services employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, and maintain the "connection" with your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Little interest in people. Good expertise in HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

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

    Pros

    If you're a young professional or a very seasoned one, TW could be a good place for you: as a new recruit, you'll learn a lot. As a director, you'll earn a lot.

    Cons

    For anybody in the middle of the TW food chain, life is not easy. As a consultant or Senior consultant, your targets will be very demanding and recognition quite limited.
    Furthermore, as we saw in recent months, when the going gets tough, consultants are asked to go. I've never seen a practice leader be asked to leave when his/her practice did poorly. In these cases, TW will get rid of some people in the practice to re-balance the p&l.
    No focus on people in this company, it's all about pleasing the shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider that sometimes when things don't go well you are the problem as much as - or more than - your employees.
    Cutting costs is short-term, shortsighted solution, that's not going to do any good to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Incompetent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial
    Current Employee - Actuarial

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Not a single thing is good

    Cons

    As a junior actuary I want to learn. To grow. To become the best at what I do.
    All I have done for the past year was cleaning data. When confronting management about this, they confirm that this will continue for the next 4 to 5 years, and even worse even people with 12 years of experience are still doing this.

    The methods we use are out-dated to say the very least. In our whole office there are only 3 people who knows how to program in VBA. If I suggest a better approach it is shot down almost immediately.

    I compare myself to my other actuarial friends in other companies and they are doing far more advanced things after 3 or 4 months than what I am doing after 1 year.

    The junior actuaries hired (and a large number of senior actuaries as well), are completely useless as well with one girl who will become a qualified actuary in a few years asked me (to mention one of the few stupid questions) how to concatenate 2 cells in excel.

    Another asking me what SC is exactly after working at TW for 7 months...

    Good talent is leaving TW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DO NOT EMPLOY IDIOTS. Set up a testing system in which candidates much attain a certain level to be considered to join TW.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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