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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.3 332 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(166 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great stepping stone into a consulting career but LOTS of internal issues

    Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsReally smart people, very 'client first', brand name looks good on a resume, lots of client exposure

    ConsPay is not competitive with other firms, senior leadership is completely out of touch with lower level employees, hyper-competitive "blame" environment, lack of recognition, culture of favoritism, lack of top-down communication, lack of career development and growth opportunities, lack of incentives to stay, impossible billable goals, lower level employees are systemically unhappy, no work-life balance, no on-boarding process

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what your lower level employees say and make tangible changes, the fact that there is zero communication top-down or acknowledgement of external challenges/issues make the work environment toxic. You know what employees are saying (org surveys etc) take the time to actually do something about it or expect to lose more people. You can't pay people next to nothing, treat them poorly, and expect them to stick around for very long. This is a company (or at least LOB) wide issue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou can learn a lot from knowledgeable industry experts.

    ConsPay is below comparable opportunities.

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    Great colleagues, shame about the managment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsWorked with mostly a nice bunch of people, good office locations in London, get to work alongside some very knowledgeable people. One definite plus is the name looks good on your CV if nothing else.

    ConsUnderstaffed for most of the time I was there and found it to be very old boys network, if they or the senior people liked you you did well, if not tough luck and no chance of moving up. Non existent work life balance. Not great on bonus payments

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOne of the prominent companies in the space

    Conswork-life balance could be improved

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    A great work environment with excellent people and challenging tasks.

    Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ (US)

    Pros- Quick promotion and raises for actuarial track employees
    - Experience of working with experts in the healthcare and actuarial fields
    - Very dedicated teams with a strong client-focus

    Cons- Can be difficult to maintain work/life balance
    - Sometimes seems there is low investment in systems and resources, though this appears to be changing

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're doing a great job, make sure to continue to reinvest in the company and hire sufficient associates to meet staffing needs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company

    Director (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsFreedom, Flexibility, Opportunities, Culture, Colleagues

    ConsComplicated org structure makes navigation a challenge

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone - seem to be on track

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Professional team and incredibly diligent and smart.

    Consultant (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsProfessional, smart, diligent, lots of resources, team willing to help

    Consnone so far - very satisfied with the environment and the team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cheerful culture, good company to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnice smart people, good culture, true great company to work with

    Consdont feel theres nothing worth to mention

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company before merger, but still good now

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsColleagues are professional and smart. Reputation has already been built up, especially in the Exec Comp field. Top pay among peer companies, but definitely require top performance.

    ConsLegacy Towers Perrin has a different culture with Legacy Watson Wyatt. After merger, there's culture conflict when team members are from two legacies. Also there's a organizational restructuring which does not bring any good to integration.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCoworkers are intelligent, helpful, and very friendly. Everyone is very hardworking and willing to assist in any way that they can.

    ConsDemanding clients and work atmosphere sometimes cause unnecessary stress. You frequently have competing projects that both demand your full attention so good time management skills are key.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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