Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 26 April, 2015
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  1. Appeared promising but did not deliver

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good market reputation and quality clients.

    Cons

    Leadership clashes and politics make it a toxic environment to work in. Ultimately it seems that you have to pick the 'right' side. Lack of clear strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Mentoring and encouragement is key to employee engagement. The in flghting and management struggles ruin a great opportunity for all.

  2. Great place to find great people to work with

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

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

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

    Pros

    Highly collaborative environment. Filled with experienced hires from various industries. Your only competition is yourself against your competencies. No explicit bureaucracies.

    Cons

    Still figuring out their overall IT strategy. Foreign turnaround time might impede work a little. Average compensation and no free cafeteria food.

  3. No Growth Opportunities

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    Close to Grand Central, good location.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth, it's not your skills and knowledge or education, it's who you know. Your degree does not matter.

    You can have an MBA, and if the next candidate has a Bachelors in Liberal Arts, they will take that person with the Liberal Arts Degree simply because that person knows someone in the company.

    Nepotism is huge at Towers Watson, the only way you move around in this company is if your related or friends with someone.

    Management in different departs don't know how to use excel or be an analyst but they have a senior role as analyst.

    If you're an actuary you'll work longer hours then supposed to and won't get compensated for it.

    This company is upside down.

    Advice to Management

    Hire talented people not people you know, give a bad image on the Company.

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  5. Great 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 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great team collaboration, and respect for individual contributions. Good work life balance - Company really seems to care. Awesome opportunities for personal and career growth.

    Cons

    Winning of new business means amazing opportunities for growth, but also times when the workforce is stressed until new people are hired.

    Advice to Management

    Great benefits, but PTO could be a little better.

  6. Helpful (1)

    I like working with a diverse group of employees.

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    I love the benefits package. They seem very reasonably priced compared to other companies. They offer both medical insurance and dental insurance.

    Cons

    The salary is low compared to work experience.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great 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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is very important here

    Cons

    Time off could be structured better for sick time

  8. Helpful (2)

    Overall good company, great benefits, slow to address market needs.

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Very warm. No pressure. Almost encourage you to work from home. Great flexibility. Great benefits, especially for wellness. Great communications from senior management.

    Cons

    Average salaries. Multiple goals you have to hit to get one bonus. No training budget. Very politically correct. Can take years before management OKs an offering that the market is demanding now. Multiple overlapping emails etc from senior management touting results.

  9. Helpful (1)

    One Exchange - Insurance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Insurance BA in West Jordan, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Insurance BA in West Jordan, UT (US)

    I worked at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    -Good job for students to have when not in school (seasonal BA position)

    Cons

    -This company is extremely unethical when it comes to helping retirees with their insurance. Mistakes made by ill-trained employees make retirees lose coverage
    -Trainings aren't long enough, and because of the seasonal nature of the positions
    -Very sexist. Vast majority of people promoted to management are men
    -Raises are non-existent. People can go years working as supervisors and never get a raise
    -There is a "not my problem" that supervisors have when helping the people on their team. Supervisors will ignore their employees request for help.

    Advice to Management

    -Look at your diversity numbers when it comes to management.
    -Talk to people on the BA floor, and learn what problems they're dealing with and how to help them.
    -Frankly, look at doing a complete overhaul before Medicare or the AG comes knocking on your door.

  10. Good Company

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, Well Respected, Training Program, Opportunity to Grow

    Cons

    Pay Low, long hours sometimes

  11. Pension Actuary specializing in originally completing valuations. Recently all about special projects.

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    Flexible, Great People, Good Pay, Strong Benefits

    Cons

    Limited breadth of projects, Only 1/50 people get great opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Be more agile, Care more about your analysts and their development

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