Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
358 Reviews
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358 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Smart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance (there is none) - Long hours/weekend work (in 40 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Relaxed, flexible workplace with limited growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    - Reasonable salary
    - Friendly office environment
    - Quarterly social events
    - Well-respected name
    - Good work/life balance for this role

    Cons

    - Very limited growth, stagnation
    - Mediocre benefits
    - Terrible communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider letting non-vital employees work from home. The commute in certain parts of New York can be brutal, and I am sure the same can be said for our employees in DC and other Metro areas. If the work can be done over the Internet, save yourself some money and hassle and let employees work from home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great people - people work hard and play hard

    Cons

    no clear career path or progression

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    TW is challenging work place with great clients and good people. Great research and new ideas are welcome.

    Cons

    too few office/work spaces for everyone because of growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flex work schedule. Great people to work with. Overall great environment

    Cons

    The only issue I had was location and parking situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values are great. I would definitely try and work on promotions from within. Overall advancement on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A rewarding job with an abundance of work

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are a large number of smart and helpful coworkers at TW. Always willing to help out. The benefits are decent: Matching 401k, Pension Plan, PTO, flexible work from home scheduling.

    Cons

    The work can be very rewarding and help with career growth, but there is a lot of it. A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it. Hours each week range from 45 to 60 on average for most it seems. And for others it's even more. Many people work weekends and nights to keep up.

    The pay scale is awful. Some people are paid quite well and others are underpaid. It's largely based on who hired you and when and it's very hard to "catch up" with salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more help for people to keep up with their workload. Offer a better salary and base it on merit, not solely years of service with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Toxic environment (International)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Consultant  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - International Consultant in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Other groups seem stable and invest in their employees.

    Cons

    Clients are poorly staffed. No work-life balance. Rewards are abysmal given the workload and effort. Leadership does not operate with integrity and takes no responsibility for their actions. Not smart.Turnover is extremely high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appoint someone else to manage the group who has people skills and is impartial. Use outside people to run the daily operations including work flow and career management of associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Disappointed

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are great, flex time, OT, free lunches sometimes, also get a lot of time off

    Cons

    Very disorganized, no training, pay is terrible (I have experience).
    I'm very disappointed at the way people act here, if you are new you will not receive training and if you are over 30, well you are not part of the clique and no one will help you..ask a question, you get the blow off approach. I'm actually disgusted.
    Oh and they only promote once a year so it will take me years to reach 60k.
    You may ask if you have experience why do you need training? Because TW uses their own systems..and not user friendly. My training buddy has spent less than an hour with me. Oh and don't question this because your team will review you come time for a raise..not just your manager..so suck it up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to hire please train

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Clueless Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Services
    Current Employee - Office Services

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A salary and benefits centrally located

    Cons

    Low morale, politics galore, benefits aren't as good as they previously were, low compensation and no flexibility in work hours, no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider mentoring lower level staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good, smart people. Don't think much about the culture or employee happiness

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Intelligent people who care about doing good work

    Cons

    Still suffering post integration, culture needs some work

  11.  

    A professional, generally well-run company, but change is slow

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

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

    Pros

    A great place to work if you want to be in a pretty large financial services company, and you like being based in a pleasant market town rather than The City.

    Cons

    In my area, many folks had been in post for many decades. Nothing wrong with this in principle but when long-timers dominate a department it can be impossible to effect change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch the demographics of every department; keep a balance of innovators and handle-crankers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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