Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 12 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    good place to start your career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to start your career, quality work done with enriching experience of learning some good tools and databases. Salary increment and bonus is usually above the industry standards. Young team, making it comfortable for people to adjust easily.

    Cons

    Sometimes one faces the challenge of being managed by the incompetent manager as the team is quite young. No work life balance during peak time (which stays so around the year). I feel most of the work is delegated to the junior employees while you can see project managers whiling away their time. It is demotivating and unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure that the salary increment and bonuses are actually based on the quality of the work done by an employee and not on the general opinion of the colleagues.

  2. Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    One of the prominent companies in the space

    Cons

    work-life balance could be improved

  3. Very good to company for learning opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy in working style
    Great learning opportunities
    No geographical limitation in terms of choosing your work place

    Cons

    Not very robust people system in place
    Non competitive salaries for initial levels
    No work life balance during peak seasons

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance can be better managed during peak season for better engagement

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  5. Great learning experience, and platform to grow in specialised domain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Delhi
    Former Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Delhi

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is great support from the colleagues and management in terms of career growth and helping out with clearing actuarial papers.
    Other pros are - intellectual peer group, professional development opportunities, recognised brand and the salary (if you're able to clear a lot of papers!)

    Cons

    Highly niche, one should continue only if certain of pursuing the field, the papers and work can get a bit strenuous especially if you do not enjoy it.

  6. Account Director

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great reputation/brand
    Decent salary
    Collaborative
    Training opportunities
    Making a big shift in focus moving to exchanges - exciting time to be part of the firm

    Cons

    No formal training/onboarding
    Lots of currently changes in leadership
    Performance objectives aren't very clear
    Work/life balance - working mothers

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you continue to maintain your brand and practice what you preach to your clients - stay the path and you'll continue to excel

  7. Fairly traditional cubicle, cost-cutting work environment. People are generally career oriented here.

    • 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual attire allowed, most people are career-oriented and pretty bright. Downtown office location is nice and near public transit. The name of TW carries weight so it's a great resume builder.

    Cons

    Seems you need to seek out your own responsibilities and growth opps, as the professional development and career guidance provided is minimal, at best. Feels very hierarchical/top down. People seem to be promoted to manager status without training on how to actually manage people. It looks like there is no advancement track for individual contributors besides moving up in management, although I could be mistaken on this (see comment about minimal career guidance).

    Advice to Management

    Lead by practicing open, respectful communication and by encouraging input and contribution of employees at all levels.

  8. Helpful (1)

    It's truly a corporate environment.

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its an International company and many different areas you can work in.

    Cons

    Very structured, actually too structured.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees.

  9. Helpful (2)

    software developer review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good pay, good teamwork. good benefits, little travel. Good for people coming out on college getting a start in their carriers needing the experience because they have a good training program.

    Cons

    They pay is in salary, so the hours are often long. their busy session is near Christmas. It seems this company has more leaders then workers, this makes it hard to set priorities when your working with multiple team leads, lead developers, and project managers..

  10. A company with good benefits and a great sense of community, but inadequate training and career development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, sense of community and collaboration, hard-working people

    Cons

    Lack of interdepartmental communication, inadequate training, there is still a palpable friction between former legacy Towers Perrin and legacy Watson Wyatt associates even though it's been five years since the merger. At least in my department, there was very little opportunity for growth, and there were some people who had been working there for decades and who never had an opportunity to move up in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to implement better training programs and clearer goals for personal and professional development.

  11. Helpful (1)

    It's ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible with schedules. WFH is also a plus.

    Cons

    Stingy when it comes to a raise or promotion

    Advice to Management

    Stop being ok with mediocrity.

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