Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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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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    • Senior Management
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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  3. Great company to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good company culture, knowledge sharing

    Cons

    have to find own way to work/life balance

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    Poor career development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Focus first on employees, client focus will follow automatically

  6. High-Energy, Challenging Work Environment

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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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great team, Exciting work atmosphere, Challenging projects

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be challenging

  7. Actuary

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and recognition of top ees

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough

  8. Work hard to be rewarded

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retirement Actuarial Consultant in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Retirement Actuarial Consultant in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    Varied opportunities available
    Great people
    Great study support and professional development

    Cons

    Often needed to work long hours

  9. Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Very organized very professional , great structure for the first few weeks, training documents and orientations.

    Cons

    Haven't seen any cons yet do you want me to write something that's 20 words or more it's a con but there aren't any that I've seen so far.

    Advice to Management

    Good management

  10. Communications Consultant

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    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Communications Consultant in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, prestige, strong client base, solid future outlook

    Cons

    Key performance measures, base pay,

    Advice to Management

    Sacrifice billable hours for creativity and innovation

  11. First year programme in London provides candidates with a

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Spring Programmer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Spring Programmer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    -Senior employees are knowledgeable and easy to approach
    -The firm ranks first in pension consulting
    - Relaxed culture with human hours
    - Provides you with an indepth outlook towards financial pension industry

    Cons

    - The programme is short compared to other competitors
    - There is a lack of hands-on experience in terms of the content covered
    - The firm pays graduates considerably less even when compared to their closest competitors

    Advice to Management

    The content of the spring programme should be extended ti provide candidates with the experience required to stack up to those who intern at other firms.

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