Towers Watson Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
375 Reviews
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375 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 47 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment with several smart, highly skilled associates. With Towers you will have the opportunity to work across business units and to be involved in national initiatives. Your success if really determined by you.

    Cons

    As with many consulting firms, the hours can be long and the job can be very demanding (client based).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue success of growth of company through future thinking!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I've only been with the company for three months but so far it's off to a great start. I feel like my work has meaning.

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    Current Employee - Lead Benefits Systems Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Lead Benefits Systems Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are great!

    Casual dress is allowed except when clients are visiting, working from home is allowed on a limited basis, I can set my own schedule within reason, they provide a company iPhone, they do 401k matching and provide a pension, there are free sporting event tickets and tailgates for company outings, occasionally there is free food, the soda machines are always free, the list goes on and on.

    Cons

    It's a global company so there are a lot of people to coordinate with in order to get things done.

    Also, I'm in a rapidly expanding business segment so there can sometimes be growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees know that difficult changes need to be made from time to time. However, they would like to feel like management understands that changes take time and effort out of their normal work day and schedules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great people - people work hard and play hard

    Cons

    no clear career path or progression

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  5.  

    A professional, generally well-run company, but change is slow

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Reigate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Reigate, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    A great place to work if you want to be in a pretty large financial services company, and you like being based in a pleasant market town rather than The City.

    Cons

    In my area, many folks had been in post for many decades. Nothing wrong with this in principle but when long-timers dominate a department it can be impossible to effect change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch the demographics of every department; keep a balance of innovators and handle-crankers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 9, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thanks for your comments about Reigate, it's a great town. Our software areas are growing across several lines of business so thank you for your remarks and please do communicate these with your ... More

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong review for Towers Watson. A great company and great people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, and people.

    Cons

    When upper management is ready for you to go, they will force you out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very solid organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - intellectual capital
    - company values
    - flexibility to work from home
    - offices around the world.
    - good career opportunities if you are a consultant and if you have all actuarial credentials.

    Cons

    - compensation is not attractive compared to competitors
    - vacation, sick leave and paid time off benefits are mediocre
    - operations teams are often not remunerated well and have very limited career opportunities within the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin using some of the advice you provide to your clients in house.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Odd Culture, political shark tank, no training- but you must do it our way...

    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

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

    Pros

    People are very bright and once they have kicked back a few drinks they loosen up and personalities actually begin to develop!

    Cons

    Leadership? Leadership is too busy to pay any attention to what the individual managers are up to. Then, when things are escalated, and probably too late- they become involved. The managers need training, the staff needs training. When leadership is engaged- they are great- it just does not happen all the time. Too bad. It would create a better environment and change the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase training- get rid of poor managers. Pay attention to what is happening.

  9.  

    Beware of Backstabbing Managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taguig (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Taguig (Philippines)

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Above average pay, mid-year and performance bonuses. HR training and support is great

    Cons

    Uptight management with malicious intentions towards subordinates, creating illusions of non-existent pressure. Beware of managers that bad mouth their peers behind their backs to the higher ups just so, they will look good especially, managers who are former employees of TW that got hired back again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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