Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
380 Reviews
3.4
380 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 48 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience. Loved the people and the firm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    the job had long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people but too much internal politics

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    "Great place to intern"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Toronto, ON

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Hard work in highly intelligent environnement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    high collaboration across offices and lines of business
    challenging mandates

    Cons

    unclear career path
    uneven level of expertise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Compensation Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Compensation Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Towers Watson as a contractor (less than an 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
  9.  

    Bright and personality filled office with a great working environment

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfied employees and poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Compensation Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - Must review HR policies, improve employee retention and need better departmental management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not enough career development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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