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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 2 March 2015
Updated 2 March 2015
443 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 52 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    A good couple of years in the A/Pac investment team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good group of people, innovative, strong team culture, team off-sites with rest of the A/Pac Investments team, contact with a lot of asset managers and the investment styles. some mobility within the global team.

    Cons

    Career progression is not always clear, pay determinations are always fuzzy, limited ability to progress past a certain point.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Makes it a focus on employee health and wellbeing but not as well on development

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor

    Pros

    Collaborative culture is present
    Focus on introducing programs for employee wellbeing but if in consulting role can be hard at times to take full advantage of programs

    Cons

    Most times company money/budget can prevent spending on employee development i.e formal training
    Not much opportunity on exciting projects but this can come down to relationship with direct manager unless you speak up, consistently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work

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

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good company culture, knowledge sharing

    Cons

    have to find own way to work/life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor career development opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Quality of work is excellent, very research driven. Colleagues are a great asset and knowledge sharing among them is definitely a plus. Client base provides a good exposure.

    Cons

    Low staff engagement due to poor career and development opportunities. Dissatisfied with training/hardly any, poor compensation and rewards. Tools, such as laptops, phones and also travel allowance do not meet the standard of a top professional service firm. There is a large discrepancy between office globally. So my impression might not be representative of other offices. In a few cases communication about important regional issues is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus first on employees, client focus will follow automatically

    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Offers great career experiences and advancement opportunities

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    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    TW is a high performing organisation with a collaborative culture. It attracts very smart and driven associates and provides career opportunities that stretch associates.

    Cons

    TW can sometimes be conservative with its actuarial roots and could also be more agile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more boldly in growth areas (HR software, products and annuity services) including being more aggressive on acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I like working with a diverse group of employees.

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    • 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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Flexibility is very important here

    Cons

    Time off could be structured better for sick time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development
    Current Employee - Business Development

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay Low, long hours sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good as a career starter but bad for a long-term employment (Retirement LOB)

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

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Professionalism
    Great people
    Work ethics
    Any work you get after this will be a vacation

    Cons

    No work-life balance
    Low salary for the amount of work (due to the industry price pressure)
    No future for the retirement industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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