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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.3 328 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(166 ratings)

66% 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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    Great experience. Loved the people and the firm.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat opportunities to learn and work with smart individuals who also make work enjoyable

    Consthe job had long hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people but too much internal politics

    Senior Investment Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsBroad experience and good people, some people will mentor junior members

    ConsPoor pay, long hours, career development is not focused and far to much internal politics

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove pay if you want to retain talent, not competitive also improve communication and examine to issue with regards to internal politics

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Great place to intern"

    Actuarial Analyst (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsIf you take initiative there is always interesting work to be done.
    Great people, supportive managers.

    ConsGets really busy sometimes - you can feel people are stressed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Hard work in highly intelligent environnement

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    Proshigh collaboration across offices and lines of business
    challenging mandates

    Consunclear career path
    uneven level of expertise

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

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    Bright and personality filled office with a great working environment

    Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsPeople have great personalities and are bright.
    Office is a very pleasant work environment.
    People are always willing to help each other out, and they take their time to train.

    ConsSometimes long hours - depending on client work
    The start can be slow if there is not enough time for training to happen from peers

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

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    Dissatisfied employees and poor management

    Compensation Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    Pros- Very flexible (you may arrive late and leave late or vice versa, as long as you make up your hours)
    - Friendly staff

    Cons- Poor management
    - Discontent employees
    - High turnover
    - Low pay
    - Uses too many contract employees
    - Incompetent co-workers

    Advice to Senior Management- Must review HR policies, improve employee retention and need better departmental management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not enough career development

    Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    Pros- Global footprint / brand name
    - Because it is a large company, a lot of resources / info are readily available

    Cons- Not enough "return" for hard work (long hours and tedious work for no recognition / poor pay / no career development opportunities)
    - Very hard to deal with office politics (no chance to give upward feedback, but lots of "feedback" given downwards)
    - High turnover; many bright/hardworking people leaving the company because they can't see a viable future

    Advice to Senior Management- Perhaps it's time to be critical and find out why turnover is high instead of giving the "easy" excuse ("they weren't the right fit"). There are many ambitious people out there who would probably stay if they knew their jobs could lead somewhere.

    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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    Consultant

    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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