Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
406 Reviews
3.3
406 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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    • 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

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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.  

    Consultant

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Had a great experience working in TW, learned new things everyday, colleagues are friendly and insightful.

    Cons

    Had got challanges everyday during my work in this company, sometimes stressful but it's worth it.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting Work, Awesome People, Not Sure About Exit Opportunities

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Great people, really friendly environment.
    Very interesting work, truly at the cutting edge for the field.
    Tremendous learning opportunities in HR, but applicable any job or career
    You get exposed to clients very early on, but with good guidance and feedback from managers.
    Busy, but flexible hours, not unreasonable deadlines.
    Good opportunities for growth, development, and promotion.
    Growing firm, great job stability.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay and health benefits.
    Technology is awful.
    Senior consultants often don't push back, leading to sometime unreasonable assignments and tight budgets.
    Niche market means less exit opportunities. Sometimes, getting promoted from really seems like the best/only way to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent culture of feedback and development.
    Invest in some new, more efficient technology and more robust benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    You are a "temp" , and they only hire the unemployed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefit Advisor in Richardson, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Benefit Advisor in Richardson, TX (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    VERY easy to get hired. If you have a Health and Life license and can breathe, you are hired. They hire approximately 1,500 people in August and lay 95% off in December.

    Cons

    I have been with Extend Health, now Towers Watson One Exchange for 3 seasons. It amazes me that Towers Watson professes to be a company that is always striving to improve "employee engagement" and they consult with their clients on how to improve "employee engagement", yet they have a company like ours where they hire thousands of "temps" each year with no intention of offering people full time positions.

    It is EXTREMELY easy to be hired at Extend Health. You merely need to pass the insurance exam, if you have not already, and you need to be unemployed. I say Unemployed, because who in their right mind would leave a permanent position to become a "temp" at One Exchange. So please consider while there are many professionals who are unemployed, there are also people who are unemployed for a reason. So hiring only from the "unemployed" pool puts you at a disadvantage from the get go.

    They spend SO much money on training. It really boggles my mind that it could cost less money to fire and rehire and retrain people every year than it would cost to keep people, invest in them, and develop them into top performers.
    Advice to Management
    Hire your people. Quit SAYING they are valued and SHOW them they are valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire your people. Quit SAYING they are valued and SHOW them they are valued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice environment but not inclusive

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Working environment is nice
    Associates are polite and respectful

    Cons

    Can be a bit more edgy
    It is not inclusive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Hà Nội (Vietnam)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Hà Nội (Vietnam)

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Diversified career path, Flexible Benefits

    Cons

    Long working hours, projects pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the right local country MC

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

    It's a good company

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    • 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 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, hours and some employees

    Cons

    Wish it wasn't a temp position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people, especially young college graduates. We may not all have the work experience, but we're tech savy people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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