Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
379 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 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.  

    No work life balance but great place to learn

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    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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    • 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.  

    Great growth opportunity, no work/life balance

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    • 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

  7.  

    A fabulous place to work

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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

    Towers Watson has a diverse workforce and is open to providing opportunities to all who seek them out. Offers flexible work arrangements where possible for those who have a good history working there.

    Cons

    Much of the career path at TW is self directed, therefore those who are not able to manage their own work or seek out internal opportunities to grow may fall under the radar.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Towers Watson

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Benefits, Promotions, Work-life balance, Atmosphere

    Cons

    Personal growth, company values, training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great clients, Great Resources, Poor Career Development

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

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

    Pros

    - Client Base is class leading for Benefits
    - Strong resources due to national depth
    - Reasonably flexible atmosphere (no one watching to see if I was at my desk from 8-5)
    - Pay and benefits were reasonable for my role and skill set
    - Variety of work is engaging
    - Worked with very talented people

    Cons

    - Work-life balance is an issue for many (trade-off for flexibility)
    - You're "in" or "out" here in terms of pay and promotions. I was generally in but I saw the disparity
    - Bureaucracy is too powerful
    - Career development is a joke in terms of going from mid level to senior level in Retirement. The decline of DB plans is killing their ability to move people to senior consultant and is driving away younger talent who would have found a way to partner roles in the past in retirement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your 31-40s who are good in Retirement. Don't let dinosaur 50s and 60s weight the firm down. Figure out your best 1-3 people at this level in every office. Sit down and discuss what opportunities are available to them for the next 12-24 months and how those help them grow to level 50.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to work as an actuary

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Associate in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Actuarial Associate in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent actuarial student program, generous exam support and bonuses, smart people to work with and learn from; many training opportunities for new hires; lots of Fortune 500 clients, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Depending on projects, sometimes may need to work long hours to meet project deadlines. But it's the nature of consulting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great workplace for young professionals looking to launch lasting career.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work for a young professional looking for career development and advancement opportunities (not just actuaries and/or analysts!). Training and mentoring is provided on a daily basis through team/committee work and also through direct contact with your people manager. Overall collaborative, relaxed and fun work environment.

    Cons

    While there is room for quick advancement for young professionals, starting base salaries are not as high as offers from competitors. Overall compensation package and career opportunities help to outweigh this disparity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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