Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 17 February, 2015
Updated 17 February, 2015
123 Reviews
3.0
123 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 30 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 52 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    You get great amount of support and resources when it comes to exam reimbursements, study materials etc. The process is easy and quick.

    Cons

    Some people are smart while some are really dumb. But management focuses on recruiting people who knows how to talk a lot hence they're recruiting very very stupid people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    No work life balance during peak season

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Staff is young and friendly

    Cons

    Billable hours hard to achieve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great at first, then falls to mediocrity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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
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  5.  

    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 a 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Compensation Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Contractor - Compensation Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Towers Watson as a contractor (less than a 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    salary is so so for many of current employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  8.  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    A company with good benefits and a great sense of community, but inadequate training and career development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, sense of community and collaboration, hard-working people

    Cons

    Lack of interdepartmental communication, inadequate training, there is still a palpable friction between former legacy Towers Perrin and legacy Watson Wyatt associates even though it's been five years since the merger. At least in my department, there was very little opportunity for growth, and there were some people who had been working there for decades and who never had an opportunity to move up in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to implement better training programs and clearer goals for personal and professional development.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    software developer review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

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

    Pros

    good pay, good teamwork. good benefits, little travel. Good for people coming out on college getting a start in their carriers needing the experience because they have a good training program.

    Cons

    They pay is in salary, so the hours are often long. their busy session is near Christmas. It seems this company has more leaders then workers, this makes it hard to set priorities when your working with multiple team leads, lead developers, and project managers..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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