Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
375 Reviews
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Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 28 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 47 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 10 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

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    • 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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    • 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great clients, Great Resources, Poor Career Development

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    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great culture and top talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Health & Group Benefits Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Health & Group Benefits Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Managers allow you to have a good work/life balance. Flexible about work hours/working from home. Very smart, talented and mostly patient people (at least in my office). Allows two all expenses paid trainings per year for professional development.

    Cons

    Tougher advancement of opportunities if you don't speak up about what you want. May get stuck in doing the same work if you become an 'expert' in your office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great workplace for young professionals looking to launch lasting career.

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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 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
  10.  

    Great Place to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    Company puts a high premium on ensuring work-life balance. They also get managers who really care for its people, and ensures great career development.

    Cons

    Unless you are a team leader/manager, compensation may not be as competitive. Those looking for good retirement plans should also review what this company is offering, as it needs to be updated to be in tune with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Totally appreciate that you listen to your employees' voice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an 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

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