Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
399 Reviews
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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.  

    No work life balance but great place to learn

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great quality of work, good team, pay as per industry standards

    Cons

    Project dependent work, late working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer Better remuneration

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Professional, Learning

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

    I worked at Towers Watson (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good processes, good culture, good management

    Cons

    Restrictive, Lack of opportunities thereafter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your analytics team on real world analytics softwares (Eg SAS, SQL ) other than internally developed ones. Theres no demand for your consultants outside 3-4 HCG employers.

    The work, environment and internal opportunities are good though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice and staid company

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, keen to ensure job security, professional.

    Cons

    Highly profit focused, reducing the strategic outlook only to the short term for markets of the future. Highly centralized. Relationship oriented - at the cost of meritocracy. Often fails to identify incompetence giving the impression that incompetence is tolerable in order to preserve the 'job security' culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TW is a case of not practicing what its preaching. A little more focus on talent management and talent models will go a long way in increasing profitability as well as market share. That and a special focus on business services. The RoI on Business services is terrible!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Gurgaon, Haryana
    Current Employee - Consultant in Gurgaon, Haryana

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Leaders at what they do. Emplyees are treated as assets.

    Cons

    Work life balance not so good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and connect with junior associates at all level in formal and non formal enviornment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting Work, Awesome People, Not Sure About Exit Opportunities

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great people, really friendly environment.
    Very interesting work, truly at the cutting edge for the field.
    Tremendous learning opportunities in HR, but applicable any job or career
    You get exposed to clients very early on, but with good guidance and feedback from managers.
    Busy, but flexible hours, not unreasonable deadlines.
    Good opportunities for growth, development, and promotion.
    Growing firm, great job stability.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay and health benefits.
    Technology is awful.
    Senior consultants often don't push back, leading to sometime unreasonable assignments and tight budgets.
    Niche market means less exit opportunities. Sometimes, getting promoted from really seems like the best/only way to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent culture of feedback and development.
    Invest in some new, more efficient technology and more robust benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern, analyst and senior analyst--first job.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Broad exposure to lots of different work. Good place to learn a lot, fast. Consultants care about growth and development of analysts. I liked my team. Allowed flexible schedules and working arrangements. Casual attire.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover. People kept on leaving, and were often not replaced. Too much work for too few analysts. Very few consultants started at the company and worked their way up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Better training of junior staff to reach consulting level skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Investment analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Culture study package training opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours not much meritocracy to get ahead early on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to learn

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Pressure to deliver very high quality work under very tight deadlines

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

    Fast paced, good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefit Advisor in Richardson, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Benefit Advisor in Richardson, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Good pay and has multiple shifts, day goes by quick as it is pretty fast paced. it is a call center so you have to be okay with that, but there is not really any cold calling.

    Cons

    Seasonal job, some people do get to stay through the off season but they will a lot of people go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Towers Watson Response

    Nov 5, 2014Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your positive comments.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great growth opportunity, no work/life balance

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    -You learn a lot really fast
    - Exposure to different clients and projects
    - Great people (overall really intelligent and collaborative)
    - Autonomy to make decisions and contribute in new ways to the business
    - You often choose your projects

    Cons

    - Work way too many hours
    - Way too much stress due to unreasonable client demands. Leadership rarely pushes back
    (both of these are common in consulting)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Focus on improving quality of life for employees
    - Make billable hours attainable without negatively impacting personal lives

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