Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
398 Reviews
3.4
398 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 29 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 51 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    • 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 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern, analyst and senior analyst--first job.

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

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

    Pros

    Broad exposure to lots of different work. Good place to learn a lot, fast. Consultants care about growth and development of analysts. I liked my team. Allowed flexible schedules and working arrangements. Casual attire.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover. People kept on leaving, and were often not replaced. Too much work for too few analysts. Very few consultants started at the company and worked their way up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Better training of junior staff to reach consulting level skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Investment analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Culture study package training opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours not much meritocracy to get ahead early on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to learn

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Pressure to deliver very high quality work under very tight deadlines

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, not a good experience. Not many growth opportunities.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    In theory, the company's org structure allows its employees to be exposed to other projects if they are considering pursuing their careers with other departments.

    Generous time off; benefits are ok, not too impressive.

    Tuition reimbursement (depends on your manager's approval)

    Opportunities to work from home for some

    Good work-life balance (depends on your role though)

    Cons

    Company sends good messages to its employees (for example that it supports their professional development), but in reality it all comes down to who your manager is. Unfortunately some employees are too much at mercy of their supervisors, and the senior management doesn't do anything about it. Not surprising that a lot of talented people left recently.

    Salaries are not overly generous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company should implement 360 reviews. Currently performance reviews are top-down or horizontal. I strongly believe that employees should have ability to review their managers as well, and feel safe about it.

    C-suite executives should be aware about what happens below the level of their direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    No work life balance during peak season

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Staff is young and friendly

    Cons

    Billable hours hard to achieve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Up and down but with no direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    * Decent pay for a call center
    * Paid holidays and a good amount of PTO time to start

    Cons

    * Unrealistic views of how much team members can get done
    * Hiring managers from outside the company rather than from within
    * No real training plan to teach new leaders how to manage time, coach their peers, or address the CSRs
    * Leadership is more interested in numbers and trends than their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the opinions of others seriously rather than always looking for the easiest way to make something disappear. Truly listen to others rather than silencing or stifling their views. This business can be made or broken by your front-line employees, so don't forget that.

    No opinion of CEO

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