Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 26 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Benefit Advisor

    Current Contractor - Benefit Advisor in Richardson, TX (US)
    Current Contractor - Benefit Advisor in Richardson, TX (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Easy work, strong emphasis on training, clear management policies

    Cons

    Short lunches, uncertain employment status when enrollment season isn't close, lack of control over schedule

  2. Good career development for talented people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work with smart people, locally and internationally
    As long as the work get done it doesn't matter where you do it, quite flexible
    Great career opportunity with international exposure as long as you show potential

    Cons

    The junior salary is not up to par consider all the overtime involved. If you do not constantly seek out your personal development, you will soon be devoured by the workload and lose what you aim for.

    Advice to Management

    Don't set unachievable goal for the business , we all know goals have to be SMART. Take the employee survey results and act on it

  3. Unable to synergize

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

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to occasionally work from home (although not an explicit WFH site).

    Cons

    Training and team synergy suffers.

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  5. Fairly traditional cubicle, cost-cutting work environment. People are generally career oriented here.

    • 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual attire allowed, most people are career-oriented and pretty bright. Downtown office location is nice and near public transit. The name of TW carries weight so it's a great resume builder.

    Cons

    Seems you need to seek out your own responsibilities and growth opps, as the professional development and career guidance provided is minimal, at best. Feels very hierarchical/top down. People seem to be promoted to manager status without training on how to actually manage people. It looks like there is no advancement track for individual contributors besides moving up in management, although I could be mistaken on this (see comment about minimal career guidance).

    Advice to Management

    Lead by practicing open, respectful communication and by encouraging input and contribution of employees at all levels.

  6. Helpful (1)

    They Value Autonomy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone expects you to do your job and they pretty much leave you alone, you don't have someone looking over your shoulder or micromanaging. They're striving to become an employer of the future with new open office spaces, more collaboration, flex schedules and telecommuting.

    Cons

    An actuarial company at heart, some people lack social skills and can't seem to relate to others. Also a large pay disparity between Consultants and other staff can create a barrier. People can't relate to one another.

    Advice to Management

    I think Management tries to do as much as they can, but I don't ever get the feeling of family that I did at my previous company. Everyone is nice enough but it seems like politeness and not genuine caring.

  7. An excellent place to work at. Well respected in its industry with great learning opportunities.

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people you meet and work with - very intelligent and humble.
    The culture of balanced life and work benefits

    Cons

    Compensation is in line/slightly below peers' initially but builds up in later years.
    Niche industry

  8. Helpful (1)

    It's truly a corporate environment.

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its an International company and many different areas you can work in.

    Cons

    Very structured, actually too structured.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees.

  9. Dysfunctional and disorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Graphic Design Specialist in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Contractor - Graphic Design Specialist in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Towers Watson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cannot think of any reason to work here. People are unfriendly and unqualified. Lack experience in managing. Closed minded people who are unwilling to learn.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Bullies and liars lead the team. Total lack of confidence and trust in employees. Often received emails at 12 am, 1 am 2 am. Expected to work late and weekends after sitting most of the day with nothing to do. Management is unqualified and hides that fact by using criticism of your performance to make them appear superior.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees know what they are doing. Learn to manage your clients. Understand that when a new employee asks a question, he/she is trying to learn, not criticize your processes.

  10. Summer intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at Towers Watson as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation, you have to work alone, little supervision, flexible

    Cons

    As a summer intern your job is not exciting at all, it's quite repetitive and have almost no impact. At least it's not making coffee!

    Advice to Management

    Give intern the possibility to have a bigger impact once they proved they are worth it.

  11. Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ambience, and lots of growth opportunity

    Cons

    Nothing to think about right now

    Advice to Management

    Talk about carreer

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