Towers Watson
3.3 of 5 285 reviews
www.towerswatson.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(144 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Smart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance"
    in 20 reviews
Cons:
  • "tight /strict deadlines, work life balance can be compromised"
    in 33 reviews
  • "No work life balance during peak seasons"
    in 7 reviews
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Thrive on mediocrity

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

ProsIf you have had a mediocre career, but have the ability to take other peoples ideas, grab leads before the right person with the right skills does, and promote yourself and synch up with upper management, then this is place for you!

ConsStill having problems with the merger from 2010. Old Towers Perrin culture reigns in the Talent, Rewards, and Communications practice. Not very talented people get ahead, as long as they play the politics right. They don't recognize talent. Consultants are way overworked, and they don't pay as well as the big 4 consulting firms.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou should take your own advice that you give to your clients.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lives its "client first" values and delivers for investors

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)

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

ProsCollaborative culture, very high caliber talent, live and breathe client-centric values, outstanding collective expertise and resources; very well managed financially; have made intelligent acquisitions

ConsAs in any large organization, there are some who aggressively self-promote to get ahead; fiscal discipline means staffing can get tight; promotion process can be very slow (the downside of being very carefully thought through)

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop, recognize and reward your "junior" leaders for their contributions to building top talent

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

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Good place to start right off of college

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Towers Watson

ProsThe people here are really smart and are always willing to help.

ConsLow base salary. There also is no growth internally. The benefits here are also not great.

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

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Good place to start

Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA (US)

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

ProsWhen I first started, there were a lot of great people to learn from. Collaborating with others frequently quickens learning and development.

ConsSalaries are the same across office regions. Senior sellers leaving the company at an alarming rate. As a result work is becoming harder to come by.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job at retaining senior people who land big projects.

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

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Great culture and growing industry

Investment Analyst (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsSmart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance

ConsBusy at times, but not a drawback

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

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

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

Prosgreat environment, friendly people, a lot of learning

Conslong work hours, less holidays

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

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Firm Still In Transition After Merger

Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsSmart people. Many exciting challenges.

ConsInsufficient onboarding; lack of relevant information.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate and share feedback more consistently.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not so many smart people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Towers Watson

Proslong hours, support SOA exams

Conslow pressure, culture so so

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Good and getting better

Group Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsEmployee oriented culture; work/life balance is improving

ConsChange can be slower than desired at times, but it is definitely going in the right direction

Advice to Senior ManagementI learned something early in my career that I've never forgotten. 'A manager is only as good as the people working for them. Work hard to build a team culture and don't forget to seek out and embrace the unsung hero's in the company.'

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great working envirnoment

Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

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

ProsYou couldn't ask for a better group of coworkers. From analyst to senior consultant, everyone is willing to help you out. Everyone is highly intelligent so it keeps you motivated to produce the best work possible.

ConsAs with consulting in general, you have sporadic work weeks. They has been an increase in the number of long work weeks. This is partly because of the office being currently under staffed.

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

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