Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
426 Reviews
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426 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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    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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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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    • Senior Management
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    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.  

    Good experience, nice people, development opportunities available

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Conveniently located office
    - Exposure to senior clients early

    Cons

    - Still struggled with post-merger culture issues
    - Unrealistic utilization and billable hours goals made for stressful environment
    - Staffing model could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ehhh...there's always one. Or. 80% of work is what you make of it.

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    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Pros/Cons...it all works out the same in the end. This company has better benefits, that company pays better, this company allows you more freedoms. Here at TW, we do have pretty decent benefits. I may need to get health insurance for my health insurance soon, but I think part of that is the mess that healthcare is in right now. Our PTO program is good and, yes, once in a while there's free food available. You have to be quick, but it's yours for the taking.

    Cons

    Snotty coworkers? It always baffles me when a person makes a general assumption/impetuous remarks about an entire group of people. We do have snotty people here. And we have people that are a little crazy. And ones that are very serious. And others that find something to laugh at in even the most serious situations. And all of them very intelligent, kind, and hard-working. If you find that an entire group of people is "snotty", one may consider some self-reflection. Is it that the entire office has an issue or is it that negative attitudes are like ebola...everone's interested in it but nobody truly wants to be around it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Trainee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Actuarial Trainee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    The office is very casual, pretty much 9-5 hours and pleasant atmosphere.
    Fairly good social scene.

    Cons

    Most of the more senior staff don't mix much, but some are very friendly.
    Sometimes there are no proper office do's for long periods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More office social events.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    TW is a very solid company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    If you are lucky and have a great manager, then they will do everything they can to help you succeed in your career. There is very good career mobility and projection here.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is a challenge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    The Good and the Bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Company values and senior management

    Cons

    Promotions
    Company policy not consistent across all management levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving single employees free dependents for HMO

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I highly enjoy working in this office!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great co-workers, relaxed corporate atmosphere.

    Cons

    No monetary compensation for promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More resources for advancing career and being compensated for hard work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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