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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.3 326 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(162 ratings)

67% 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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    Good starting company. Wouldn't stay much longer than that.

    Compensation Analyst (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsFlexible hours. Great work life balance. Benefits are great, so I hear.

    ConsPromised upward movement. They want current employees in this division to take a month of absents before offering full-time. This makes no sense! We are just going to find other jobs and you would have trained and developed our skills for no reason. They are based in the US and therefore do not respect the Canadian firms. The pay is awful. Unless you are full-time

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take your employees, their skills and their loyalty for granted. You are leaving a bad taste in the mouth of good talent. I think I speak for all entry level employees for that matter.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    salary is so so for many of current employees

    Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsGood work environment is start new career

    Conssalary sux; same level of job you got huge range of salary different, and most of them are unfair

    Advice to Senior Managementpleaes be fair to every hard working employees...

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsCareer development and advancement, research based consulting services, amazing colleagues, lots of learning and training opportunities, compensation package and flexibility.

    ConsHighly competitive individuals not always willing to work as a team. Lots of people with strong egos. Balance work and family may be sometimes challenging.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to make sure the experience is similar in various offices and region. Not sure it is the case since the merger.

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    TW is a challenging workplace with great clients and bright people; unfortunately "legacy cliques" still exist.

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsGreat research capabilities, a commitment to good work and exploring new ideas for top-tier clients makes TW an energizing and challenging place to build a career.

    ConsSmall circles of "insider" managers and "instant labelling" means you can get stuck with in a bow you don't want to be in - and it can be difficult to find a champion to help you get out and explore other opportunities. If you're not fast-tracked you might as well look externally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs the actuarial needs of HR plans diminish, TW moves closer to management consulting. Time to broaden the appreciation of other skill sets and experience and see they all can provide value to TW objectives - admittedly some regions are much better at this than others.

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    OK Company after the merge...

    Technical Associate (Current Employee) Arlington, VA (US)

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

    ConsAfter 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Satisfactory but not challenging

    Investment Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsRigid 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 Senior ManagementNeed to make more effort to be offering varied, challenging work to junior employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPension plan to go along with 401k

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, not very up to speed on technology

    IT Manager (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA (US)

    ProsBenefits are good. There are very little management training offered to the managers.

    ConsThe roles are not well defined in the organization. Managers need to develop their skills in management.

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    Great for those who are starting out

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Reigate, England (UK)

    ProsWorking with people who have a wealth of experience in the field
    Everyone is very helpful
    Most people are easy to work with

    ConsPeople complain about salaries
    People move to other firms as they provide better salaries
    Management does not seem to do anything about attrition

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview salaries and make adjustments to address the attrition rate

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

     

    Reseracher

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou can learn a lot from knowledgeable industry experts.

    ConsPay is below comparable opportunities.

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