Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 15 September, 2014
Updated 15 September, 2014
357 Reviews
3.3
357 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 good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people to work with & long hours

    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Stamford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Stamford, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Very good learning experience. Great leaders & knowledge to learn & grow

    Cons

    Promotions are entirely based on "Perceptions" - doesn't matter how good of a reviews you get. Your boss needs to be somehow impressed. A little partiality also exists in the system that is often not addressed by senior management due to lack of time/interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please question why some people are promoted without meeting goals & others not promoted even after meeting goals. The idea of getting reviews is to remove "Bias" & be fair to all employees. Don't go by one mans assessment of all associates - question & probe.

  3.  

    Decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Nice work environment with free fruits once a week.
    2. Some company organized events such as 5K run;
    3. Professional trade shows and educational opportunities.
    4. Nice packages when they layoff a department.

    Cons

    It all depends on the people you work with. Some managers needs to get more training to be better managers. Overall I do not have anything very bad to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    lots of intelligent people working with you

    Cons

    time can be difficult to manage at times

  6.  

    Senior actuarial analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Smartest people in the industry.

    Cons

    Company is to top heavy and does not take care of the little people. Salaries are lower and hours are longer then other places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone is not easily replaceable. Even the little people. Take care of the people or the reputation of a low paying sweat shop will deter good people from thinking of working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A rewarding job with an abundance of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    There are a large number of smart and helpful coworkers at TW. Always willing to help out. The benefits are decent: Matching 401k, Pension Plan, PTO, flexible work from home scheduling.

    Cons

    The work can be very rewarding and help with career growth, but there is a lot of it. A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it. Hours each week range from 45 to 60 on average for most it seems. And for others it's even more. Many people work weekends and nights to keep up.

    The pay scale is awful. Some people are paid quite well and others are underpaid. It's largely based on who hired you and when and it's very hard to "catch up" with salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more help for people to keep up with their workload. Offer a better salary and base it on merit, not solely years of service with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Good employer

    • 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

    Great work life balance, good colleagues

    Cons

    Salary isn't comparable compared with market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Relaxed, flexible workplace with limited growth opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    - Reasonable salary
    - Friendly office environment
    - Quarterly social events
    - Well-respected name
    - Good work/life balance for this role

    Cons

    - Very limited growth, stagnation
    - Mediocre benefits
    - Terrible communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider letting non-vital employees work from home. The commute in certain parts of New York can be brutal, and I am sure the same can be said for our employees in DC and other Metro areas. If the work can be done over the Internet, save yourself some money and hassle and let employees work from home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong review for Towers Watson. A great company and great people.

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

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, and people.

    Cons

    When upper management is ready for you to go, they will force you out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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