Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
389 Reviews
3.4
389 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.  

    Great at first, then falls to mediocrity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Insightful perspective into the specific industries you're working for, can be very interesting. The culture is supportive where most people are willing to lend a helping hand if you ask for it. The compensation is excellent.

    Cons

    Long hours, not so challenging work after a few months, have to be up to date with current government policies which can be interesting to some people. The high turnover rate can be demotivating and a blow to the company morale. The chance for promotions is stifled if you work with someone with a bad reputation and not many people have the insight to overlook this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to motivate people to work smart and faster, and set the billing hour targets to a reasonable one, there just isn't that much work for everyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    Great working with highly educated and intelligent individuals.

    Cons

    Maximum work with minimal rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to start your career but lots of politics

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility, great place to grow and work with smart people.

    Cons

    Tough work-life balance; work from home policy is allowed in some offices but only to encourage longer working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support bottom up ideas; more exposure to upper level management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Smart People, No Growth potential, Capricious reviews

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility on how you work
    REALLY smart people
    Work is often interesting - though it can get mundane.

    Cons

    Forced to 'create' your own career - very little guidance and consequently very easy to get lost.
    If you don't meet your billable goal, it really doesn't matter what else you may have done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the full skill set of your employees - and consider building a rotational program to develop fully well-rounded consultants. You too easily pigeon hole people.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Too big for its own good

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, work with smart people, good PTO allowance, stable

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy - hard to make changes. Business units are very silo'ed, so it's very difficult to rotate into different roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It's ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    Pros

    Good people, work with top clients

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, work is very cyclica, high turnover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Can't think of anything bad to say

    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    All of the things that people generally say I would agree with. Co-workers are great.

    Cons

    Hours, bonuses low, turnover seems to be high but other than that all good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great culture and top talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health & Group Benefits Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Health & Group Benefits Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Managers allow you to have a good work/life balance. Flexible about work hours/working from home. Very smart, talented and mostly patient people (at least in my office). Allows two all expenses paid trainings per year for professional development.

    Cons

    Tougher advancement of opportunities if you don't speak up about what you want. May get stuck in doing the same work if you become an 'expert' in your office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great firm, interesting work, wonderful people, and one of the top HR consulting firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

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

    Pros

    - Exposure to all different types of clients, industries, and work
    - Will not pigeon hole you into one field; have opportunities to do work in different lines of business
    - Great upper management, i.e., they care about your career progression, your work/life balance, etc.
    - Firm's brand and reputation in the HR consulting space
    - You learn something different from each different consultant and colleague you work with
    - Working on multiple projects at once - subjective opinion but keeps work interesting
    - Flexibility in schedule

    Cons

    - Cash compensation is fair, though should be better with the level of stress and responsibilities given. However, total rewards (comp + benefits + retirement) is great
    - Work / life balance can suffer at times. Often on-call around the clock. Though the trade off is the vast amount experience you get

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    Company puts a high premium on ensuring work-life balance. They also get managers who really care for its people, and ensures great career development.

    Cons

    Unless you are a team leader/manager, compensation may not be as competitive. Those looking for good retirement plans should also review what this company is offering, as it needs to be updated to be in tune with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Totally appreciate that you listen to your employees' voice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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