Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
379 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    salary is so so for many of current employees

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment is start new career

    Cons

    salary sux; same level of job you got huge range of salary different, and most of them are unfair

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pleaes be fair to every hard working employees...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Career development and advancement, research based consulting services, amazing colleagues, lots of learning and training opportunities, compensation package and flexibility.

    Cons

    Highly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try to make sure the experience is similar in various offices and region. Not sure it is the case since the merger.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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

  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    collaborative culture, smart colleagues, great clients

    Cons

    volatility in the work load, billable hour goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great growth opportunity, no work/life balance

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    -You learn a lot really fast
    - Exposure to different clients and projects
    - Great people (overall really intelligent and collaborative)
    - Autonomy to make decisions and contribute in new ways to the business
    - You often choose your projects

    Cons

    - Work way too many hours
    - Way too much stress due to unreasonable client demands. Leadership rarely pushes back
    (both of these are common in consulting)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Focus on improving quality of life for employees
    - Make billable hours attainable without negatively impacting personal lives

  9.  

    A fabulous place to work

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Towers Watson has a diverse workforce and is open to providing opportunities to all who seek them out. Offers flexible work arrangements where possible for those who have a good history working there.

    Cons

    Much of the career path at TW is self directed, therefore those who are not able to manage their own work or seek out internal opportunities to grow may fall under the radar.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Towers Watson

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Benefits, Promotions, Work-life balance, Atmosphere

    Cons

    Personal growth, company values, training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great clients, Great Resources, Poor Career Development

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Client Base is class leading for Benefits
    - Strong resources due to national depth
    - Reasonably flexible atmosphere (no one watching to see if I was at my desk from 8-5)
    - Pay and benefits were reasonable for my role and skill set
    - Variety of work is engaging
    - Worked with very talented people

    Cons

    - Work-life balance is an issue for many (trade-off for flexibility)
    - You're "in" or "out" here in terms of pay and promotions. I was generally in but I saw the disparity
    - Bureaucracy is too powerful
    - Career development is a joke in terms of going from mid level to senior level in Retirement. The decline of DB plans is killing their ability to move people to senior consultant and is driving away younger talent who would have found a way to partner roles in the past in retirement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your 31-40s who are good in Retirement. Don't let dinosaur 50s and 60s weight the firm down. Figure out your best 1-3 people at this level in every office. Sit down and discuss what opportunities are available to them for the next 12-24 months and how those help them grow to level 50.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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