Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
349 Reviews

3.3
349 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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    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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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.  

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

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    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    I've only been with the company for three months but so far it's off to a great start. I feel like my work has meaning.

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    Current Employee - Lead Benefits Systems Administrator  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Benefits Systems Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great!

    Casual dress is allowed except when clients are visiting, working from home is allowed on a limited basis, I can set my own schedule within reason, they provide a company iPhone, they do 401k matching and provide a pension, there are free sporting event tickets and tailgates for company outings, occasionally there is free food, the soda machines are always free, the list goes on and on.

    Cons

    It's a global company so there are a lot of people to coordinate with in order to get things done.

    Also, I'm in a rapidly expanding business segment so there can sometimes be growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees know that difficult changes need to be made from time to time. However, they would like to feel like management understands that changes take time and effort out of their normal work day and schedules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Consulting Company to be With Now

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    • 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
  7.  

    Intern review

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    Current Employee - Recruitment Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a global company with all of the HR subdivisions, so it's good for people that want to develop in the HR field. There is a friendly environment, nice people and career opportunities.

    Cons

    A lot of work, responsibilities and expectations for an intern position. There is no coaching, mentoring nor a lot of learning opportunities. It is expected you know things even though it is an internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No direct contact with upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Stable and Diverse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Compensation Analyst  in  White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Compensation Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility of work schedule, culture is collegiate, and there is diversity of work so you are always learning something new

    Cons

    Slow upward mobility for career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good company to work for

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    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
  10.  

    Good employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good colleagues

    Cons

    Salary isn't comparable compared with market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Professional organisation doing good things - a bit stiff and boring though.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Good name, good services and good people

    Cons

    No clear goals that make business sense

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of the hierarchy and be more inclusive to all levels when thinking about innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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