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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3.3 284 reviews

                             

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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Great experience. Loved the people and the firm.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Towers Watson full-time

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 place to intern"

Actuarial Analyst (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

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

I worked at Towers Watson as a contractor for less than a year

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

I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

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

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

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

I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor for less than a 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 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

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 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

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

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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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC

I have been working at Towers Watson

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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A great place to work

Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Towers Watson

ProsDynamic, fast paced environment. Very team oriented.

ConsWork-life balance, sometimes forced to work into your study days

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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