Towers Watson
3.3 of 5 288 reviews
www.towerswatson.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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3.3 288 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(145 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Smart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance"
    in 20 reviews
Cons:
  • "tight /strict deadlines, work life balance can be compromised"
    in 33 reviews
  • "No work life balance during peak seasons"
    in 7 reviews
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Great place to work

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSmart people, constantly changing opportunities, limitless growth potential for those who want to advance (and demonstrate the capabilities).

ConsCan be stressful, but not unlike any other professional services environment. Can have that "big company" feel when trying to manage the bureaucracy.

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Career enhancing

Non life actuarial manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Towers Watson full-time for more than a year

ProsProfessional, intelligent, and friendly colleagues.
Reasonable pay
Better than average IT though nothing to write home about
Interesting and challenging work
Pretty good morale

ConsToo much down time between contracts.
Uncompetitive chargeout rate
Some of the best people have left
At management level it can be difficult to work on projects other than those that fit your skill set, meaning less chance to diversify skilks - though still opportunities to get better at what you do know.

Advice to Senior ManagementHold on to the more charismatic and popular people in your organisation as this is what made it a good place to work.

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Good Company overall, not all practices are equal

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Denver, CO (US)

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

ProsQuality company, good strategy and leadership. Many different directions and opportunities for internal career change.

ConsNot much internal training, development. Some practices are more dynamic and profitable than others.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest enough to execute on your strategy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worst local leadership team ever

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Towers Watson

ProsIf I have to say something: Fruits for employees. This is the only thing worth saying. Nothing good comes from this company in Brazil.

ConsThe leaders have no ethics and are always trying to manipulate everything. Line managers are being promoted without any knowledge on the practice they are responsible for. I'm ashamed to have this company in my curriculum.

Advice to Senior ManagementGlobal leadership team should evaluate the local managers and apply punishment for unethical behaviors.

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Has Become A Disaster

Information Technology Manager (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe pay is fine - and the ability to work remote is good. That's about all the nice things I can say.

ConsWay too many hours, not enough people. Leadership is nonexistent, but there sure are a LOT of bullies who want to be in charge of vendors. Everything must go to vendors, no internal staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Do as I say, not as I do

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Towers Watson

ProsGood training program, decent compensation

ConsLeadership, personal growth, does not listen to input from employees. Management dictates one thing, while not doing so themselves.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider treating all employees with respect, not just the ones in the "clique". If people wanted to be in a clique, they would've stayed in high school. Listen to employees who voice their concerns!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stable Company, Sub-par middle management

Intern (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I worked at Towers Watson full-time for more than a year

ProsMany experienced colleagues who are very willing to share their knowledge

ConsNot much room for professional growth
Poor communication from middle management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Towers Watson

ProsVery client focused, constantly generating revenue

ConsIn certain positions there are no room for growth. The merge is not fully complete, still feels like it's two companies instead of one.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Rocky place to work, Nice surroundings, great training, lack of follow-up

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Richardson, TX (US)

I have been working at Towers Watson for more than 3 years

ProsSome can make it to other jobs, the working environment is pleasant as far as the building as it is new and the desks are large, great people on the teams

ConsNo concern for the people who work there, fear is used as an incentive, no marketing plans, everything is done on a wing and a prayer. You are not looked at for advancement unless you have been buttering up the supervisors or have another type of connection. Great work means nothing. There is never a safe feeling and there is no idea in management about how the process really works. Supervisors are not licensed and can offer little help. No forward thinking, just jump in the water and see what hapens

Advice to Senior ManagementUse great project management and SWOT on your projects, people should not be advanced unless they have the education and experience. Think the campaigns through to the end. Use focus groups more often. The Benefit Advisors experience guide you. Use background checks on everyone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great internship program

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Towers Watson as an intern

Prosexciting industry to work in

Conssometimes had to work extra hours

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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