Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2015
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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. Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and benefits
    Good training and benefits
    Good training and benefits
    Good training and benefits
    Good training and benefits

    Cons

    Workload and promotions can be uneven
    Workload and promotions can be uneven
    Workload and promotions can be uneven
    Workload and promotions can be uneven
    Workload and promotions can be uneven

    Advice to Management

    Review process refined to include additional responsibilities
    Review process refined to include additional responsibilities
    Review process refined to include additional responsibilities
    Review process refined to include additional responsibilities
    Review process refined to include additional responsibilities

  2. OK

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Focus on work-life balance

  3. 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)

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

    Pros

    Staff is young and friendly

    Cons

    Billable hours hard to achieve

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Interesting work, no work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start out and gain new skills.
    Good exam support and general training.
    Highly intelligent and motivated co-workers who are willing to train on the job.
    Fun office environment. Lots of events to take part in, and friendly co-workers.
    Flexible hours; doesn't matter when you leave/come in, as long as you meet your billable goals.
    Pay is so-so. Easy to advance in pay quickly if you can pass exams, but pay levels off once you are designated.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Expect minimum 45 hours per week, sometimes 60 or more.
    Unrealistic billable hour targets.
    Demotivating, because performance considered high elsewhere is only average here.
    Very stressful due to competing client demands, need to balance your time.
    Strong push to reduce hours to meet budgets, but very difficult to do the work in this time, which creates stress.
    Steep learning curve.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your biggest asset. Stop trying to squeeze every hour you can from them until they are forced to leave, and start thinking long-term. You spend so much time and money training them, but then create an environment that very few can stay in long-term.

    Towers Watson Response

    Nov 05, 2014Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your positive comments about the working environment and our associates. I will pass on your comments about billable hours and targets.

  6. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Want to work like a workaholic and still not get recognized?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst (PAG) in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst (PAG) in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Big company, challenging work, name brand looks good on the Resume.

    Cons

    Do not like the "bell curving" approach and penalizing those more than they should be. The review process is very biased and if you're not on the "inside track" you may as well start looking elsewhere. The most politically oriented place in my ENTIRE career.

    Advice to Management

    Get off the "family brotherhood" bandwagon and cliques and actually reward people for putting in hard work and hours, not just fast-tracking cliques and bloodlines like royalty. People talk, and the turnover (and training costs) will only increase.

    Secondly, stop underbidding the competition for ridiculously low contracts. Yes, you acquire the account, but at what cost to recoverability? This will only hurt the teams in the long run.

  9. Great people but too much internal politics

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  10. Great experience. Loved the people and the firm.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    the job had long hours

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  11. "Great place to intern"

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

    I worked at Towers Watson as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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