Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 21 September, 2014
Updated 21 September, 2014
360 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Dynamic, fast paced environment. Very team oriented.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    TW is a challenging workplace with great clients and bright people; unfortunately "legacy cliques" still exist.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great research capabilities, a commitment to good work and exploring new ideas for top-tier clients makes TW an energizing and challenging place to build a career.

    Cons

    Small circles of "insider" managers and "instant labelling" means you can get stuck with in a bow you don't want to be in - and it can be difficult to find a champion to help you get out and explore other opportunities. If you're not fast-tracked you might as well look externally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the actuarial needs of HR plans diminish, TW moves closer to management consulting. Time to broaden the appreciation of other skill sets and experience and see they all can provide value to TW objectives - admittedly some regions are much better at this than others.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    TW has very talent employees....but lack of work/life balance!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities, nice working environment

    Cons

    Poor compensation...and no balance for work/life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great firm, interesting work, wonderful people, and one of the top HR consulting firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Exposure to all different types of clients, industries, and work
    - Will not pigeon hole you into one field; have opportunities to do work in different lines of business
    - Great upper management, i.e., they care about your career progression, your work/life balance, etc.
    - Firm's brand and reputation in the HR consulting space
    - You learn something different from each different consultant and colleague you work with
    - Working on multiple projects at once - subjective opinion but keeps work interesting
    - Flexibility in schedule

    Cons

    - Cash compensation is fair, though should be better with the level of stress and responsibilities given. However, total rewards (comp + benefits + retirement) is great
    - Work / life balance can suffer at times. Often on-call around the clock. Though the trade off is the vast amount experience you get

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture and top talent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health & Group Benefits Analyst  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Health & Group Benefits Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Managers allow you to have a good work/life balance. Flexible about work hours/working from home. Very smart, talented and mostly patient people (at least in my office). Allows two all expenses paid trainings per year for professional development.

    Cons

    Tougher advancement of opportunities if you don't speak up about what you want. May get stuck in doing the same work if you become an 'expert' in your office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    TW is a great place to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Hours are flexible, managers are nice

    Cons

    none that I can think of.

  8.  

    Excellent internship among consulting industry.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Friendly and nice mentor, work-life balance.

    Cons

    No contract for the first few days.

  9.  

    TW

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Flexible environment and good people

    Cons

    Hours are pretty long here

  10.  

    A good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Leading edge intellectual capital in the industry
    Smart colleagues who work collaboratively to help
    Flexible work/life policies
    Ease of work experiences in other countries

    Cons

    Since the Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt merger in 2010, there is more internal bureaucracy to deal with, and Lines of Business think more in silos nowadays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to more easily bring our best people and best work to our clients, regardless of who "owns" the work or client relationship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consulting Company to be With Now

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Constulant  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Constulant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Good support and exceptional business model. Winning new clients in the marketplace and providing good service and true value to clients. Great flexible work environment, good offices, strong benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    Political infighting between lines of business and account directors. Good consultants are loaded up quickly and hiring occurs after new work is won, which means someone has to do more work than intended until hiring catches up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire in anticipation of growth despite the short term hit to productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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