Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
389 Reviews
3.4
389 Reviews
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Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 51 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great at first, then falls to mediocrity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Insightful perspective into the specific industries you're working for, can be very interesting. The culture is supportive where most people are willing to lend a helping hand if you ask for it. The compensation is excellent.

    Cons

    Long hours, not so challenging work after a few months, have to be up to date with current government policies which can be interesting to some people. The high turnover rate can be demotivating and a blow to the company morale. The chance for promotions is stifled if you work with someone with a bad reputation and not many people have the insight to overlook this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to motivate people to work smart and faster, and set the billing hour targets to a reasonable one, there just isn't that much work for everyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Can't think of anything bad to say

    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Calgary, AB

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

    Pros

    All of the things that people generally say I would agree with. Co-workers are great.

    Cons

    Hours, bonuses low, turnover seems to be high but other than that all good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Compensation Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Compensation Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Towers Watson as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Promised 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    salary is so so for many of current employees

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    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Good work environment is start new career

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pleaes be fair to every hard working employees...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Highly 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Small 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 ManagementAdvice

    As 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.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good people, good employment terms, but not very dynamic.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, flexible hours, relaxed and low stress. The people are good, and close interaction with the actuaries who use and sell our software is a benefit. Software is increasingly recognised within Towers Watson as a major part of the business and prioritised by management.

    Cons

    Lots of corporate nonsense can be irritating and dis-empowering. Limited domain (actuarial modelling software and associated enterprise systems), conservative customers (insurance companies) and being Windows-only can mean limited opportunity to experiment with new and cool technologies or ideas. Limited scope to move between teams/products at will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start your career but lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility, great place to grow and work with smart people.

    Cons

    Tough work-life balance; work from home policy is allowed in some offices but only to encourage longer working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support bottom up ideas; more exposure to upper level management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Too big for its own good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work with smart people, good PTO allowance, stable

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy - hard to make changes. Business units are very silo'ed, so it's very difficult to rotate into different roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It's 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

    Good people, work with top clients

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, work is very cyclica, high turnover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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