Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
364 Reviews
3.4
364 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 45 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Intern review

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    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    Stable and Diverse

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    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 for 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
  3.  

    A good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for 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
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  5.  

    Good employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good colleagues

    Cons

    Salary isn't comparable compared with market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Professional organisation doing good things - a bit stiff and boring though.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Good name, good services and good people

    Cons

    No clear goals that make business sense

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of the hierarchy and be more inclusive to all levels when thinking about innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Relaxed, flexible workplace with limited growth opportunities

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong review for Towers Watson. A great company and great people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, and people.

    Cons

    When upper management is ready for you to go, they will force you out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great working environment with several smart, highly skilled associates. With Towers you will have the opportunity to work across business units and to be involved in national initiatives. Your success if really determined by you.

    Cons

    As with many consulting firms, the hours can be long and the job can be very demanding (client based).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue success of growth of company through future thinking!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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

  11.  

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

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    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 for 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

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