Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 25 November, 2014
Updated 25 November, 2014
400 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Bright and personality filled office with a great working environment

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    • 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 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dissatisfied employees and poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3. 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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  5. 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
  6.  

    Consultant

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    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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

  10.  

    Interesting Work, Awesome People, Not Sure About Exit Opportunities

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, really friendly environment.
    Very interesting work, truly at the cutting edge for the field.
    Tremendous learning opportunities in HR, but applicable any job or career
    You get exposed to clients very early on, but with good guidance and feedback from managers.
    Busy, but flexible hours, not unreasonable deadlines.
    Good opportunities for growth, development, and promotion.
    Growing firm, great job stability.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay and health benefits.
    Technology is awful.
    Senior consultants often don't push back, leading to sometime unreasonable assignments and tight budgets.
    Niche market means less exit opportunities. Sometimes, getting promoted from really seems like the best/only way to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent culture of feedback and development.
    Invest in some new, more efficient technology and more robust benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern, analyst and senior analyst--first job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Broad exposure to lots of different work. Good place to learn a lot, fast. Consultants care about growth and development of analysts. I liked my team. Allowed flexible schedules and working arrangements. Casual attire.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover. People kept on leaving, and were often not replaced. Too much work for too few analysts. Very few consultants started at the company and worked their way up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Better training of junior staff to reach consulting level skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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