Towers Watson
3.3 of 5 284 reviews
www.towerswatson.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(143 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Employee oriented culture; work/life balance is improving"
    in 18 reviews
  • "Great work environment in nice part of town"
    in 19 reviews
Cons:
  • "Little work/life balance and no real sympathy for those who want it"
    in 31 reviews
  • "Not much room for internal advancement within my line of business"
    in 8 reviews
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Professional, Learning

Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
Delhi (India)

I worked at Towers Watson for more than a year

ProsGood processes, good culture, good management

ConsRestrictive, Lack of opportunities thereafter

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your analytics team on real world analytics softwares (Eg SAS, SQL ) other than internally developed ones. Theres no demand for your consultants outside 3-4 HCG employers.

The work, environment and internal opportunities are good though.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to learn; unable to truly retain and engage

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

ProsPeople are great and knowledgeable and there are various opportunities to contribute and excel if you are a go-getter and work hard. Work is generally of substantial quality standards and a professional environment to be in.

ConsInability to retain key personnel and a mass exodus of talent in the recent period resulting in instability, while an unwillingless to replace staff who leave means that those left behind are stressed out with working longer hours. Compensation is subpar and employees often face nickel and diming as a result of global cost-cutting pressures.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs people are at the very core of this professional firm, to walk the talk ie cultivating and sustaining employee engagement, and demonstrating a sincere interest for the employee's well being would go a long way

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Has Become A Disaster

Information Technology Manager (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

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

ProsThe pay is fine - and the ability to work remote is good. That's about all the nice things I can say.

ConsWay too many hours, not enough people. Leadership is nonexistent, but there sure are a LOT of bullies who want to be in charge of vendors. Everything must go to vendors, no internal staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Do as I say, not as I do

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Towers Watson

ProsGood training program, decent compensation

ConsLeadership, personal growth, does not listen to input from employees. Management dictates one thing, while not doing so themselves.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider treating all employees with respect, not just the ones in the "clique". If people wanted to be in a clique, they would've stayed in high school. Listen to employees who voice their concerns!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Consultant (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Towers Watson as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat Work enviornment, great office, strong leaders

ConsBusy work, long hours and small cubes

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work. Enjoyed everyone's company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

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

ProsSmart people, constantly changing opportunities, limitless growth potential for those who want to advance (and demonstrate the capabilities).

ConsCan be stressful, but not unlike any other professional services environment. Can have that "big company" feel when trying to manage the bureaucracy.

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Career enhancing

Non life actuarial manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsProfessional, intelligent, and friendly colleagues.
Reasonable pay
Better than average IT though nothing to write home about
Interesting and challenging work
Pretty good morale

ConsToo much down time between contracts.
Uncompetitive chargeout rate
Some of the best people have left
At management level it can be difficult to work on projects other than those that fit your skill set, meaning less chance to diversify skilks - though still opportunities to get better at what you do know.

Advice to Senior ManagementHold on to the more charismatic and popular people in your organisation as this is what made it a good place to work.

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Good Company overall, not all practices are equal

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Denver, CO (US)

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

ProsQuality company, good strategy and leadership. Many different directions and opportunities for internal career change.

ConsNot much internal training, development. Some practices are more dynamic and profitable than others.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest enough to execute on your strategy.

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

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Great company - flexible with a lot of perks

Retirement Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

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

ProsPeople are outgoing; very flexible about schedules; free fruit and soda; try to give younger associates client contact as quickly as possible

ConsDon't do a great job allocating resources efficiently; some senior associates show appreciation and some don't; clients come first which can mean a demanding environment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great internship program

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Towers Watson as an intern

Prosexciting industry to work in

Conssometimes had to work extra hours

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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