Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
379 Reviews
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379 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 28 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 48 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 09, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thanks for your positive comments. We think agree that we have good people! Thanks for the constructive advice as well.

  2.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  3.  

    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

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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 (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.  

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

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    • 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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A rewarding job with an abundance of work

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    • 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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    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

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