Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
375 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 47 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    TW is a great place to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Hours are flexible, managers are nice

    Cons

    none that I can think of.

  2.  

    Excellent internship among consulting industry.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Friendly and nice mentor, work-life balance.

    Cons

    No contract for the first few days.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consulting Company to be With Now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Constulant in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Constulant in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Good support and exceptional business model. Winning new clients in the marketplace and providing good service and true value to clients. Great flexible work environment, good offices, strong benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    Political infighting between lines of business and account directors. Good consultants are loaded up quickly and hiring occurs after new work is won, which means someone has to do more work than intended until hiring catches up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire in anticipation of growth despite the short term hit to productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a global company with all of the HR subdivisions, so it's good for people that want to develop in the HR field. There is a friendly environment, nice people and career opportunities.

    Cons

    A lot of work, responsibilities and expectations for an intern position. There is no coaching, mentoring nor a lot of learning opportunities. It is expected you know things even though it is an internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No direct contact with upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    TW

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Flexible environment and good people

    Cons

    Hours are pretty long here

  7.  

    Very stressful and under appreciated

    • 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

    Pros

    Have flexibility to work from home.
    People who enjoy working in a remote environment will like it because you will never a have a team. Entire work/meetings is done through phone.

    Cons

    No work life balance during peak seasons. They don't treat you as humans during peak hours as client comes first no matter what.
    Leadership has unreasonable expectations. They don't understand the system but demand you to work.
    Heavily process oriented company so there is absolutely no scope to define anything. You have to follow the process even when it is inefficient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be reasonable to your employees and listen to their voice. Try being flexible when needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stable and Diverse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Compensation Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Compensation Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of work schedule, culture is collegiate, and there is diversity of work so you are always learning something new

    Cons

    Slow upward mobility for career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Leading edge intellectual capital in the industry
    Smart colleagues who work collaboratively to help
    Flexible work/life policies
    Ease of work experiences in other countries

    Cons

    Since the Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt merger in 2010, there is more internal bureaucracy to deal with, and Lines of Business think more in silos nowadays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to more easily bring our best people and best work to our clients, regardless of who "owns" the work or client relationship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 09, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thanks for the positive comments and constructive feedback.

  10.  

    Want to work like a workaholic and still not get recognized?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst (PAG) in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst (PAG) in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Big company, challenging work, name brand looks good on the Resume.

    Cons

    Do not like the "bell curving" approach and penalizing those more than they should be. The review process is very biased and if you're not on the "inside track" you may as well start looking elsewhere. The most politically oriented place in my ENTIRE career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off the "family brotherhood" bandwagon and cliques and actually reward people for putting in hard work and hours, not just fast-tracking cliques and bloodlines like royalty. People talk, and the turnover (and training costs) will only increase.

    Secondly, stop underbidding the competition for ridiculously low contracts. Yes, you acquire the account, but at what cost to recoverability? This will only hurt the teams in the long run.

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

    Decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    1. Nice work environment with free fruits once a week.
    2. Some company organized events such as 5K run;
    3. Professional trade shows and educational opportunities.
    4. Nice packages when they layoff a department.

    Cons

    It all depends on the people you work with. Some managers needs to get more training to be better managers. Overall I do not have anything very bad to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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