Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    They Value Autonomy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone expects you to do your job and they pretty much leave you alone, you don't have someone looking over your shoulder or micromanaging. They're striving to become an employer of the future with new open office spaces, more collaboration, flex schedules and telecommuting.

    Cons

    An actuarial company at heart, some people lack social skills and can't seem to relate to others. Also a large pay disparity between Consultants and other staff can create a barrier. People can't relate to one another.

    Advice to Management

    I think Management tries to do as much as they can, but I don't ever get the feeling of family that I did at my previous company. Everyone is nice enough but it seems like politeness and not genuine caring.

  2. 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.

  3. An excellent place to work at. Well respected in its industry with great learning opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst

    I have been working at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    The people you meet and work with - very intelligent and humble.
    The culture of balanced life and work benefits

    Cons

    Compensation is in line/slightly below peers' initially but builds up in later years.
    Niche industry

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    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.

  6. Summer intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Brussels (Belgium)

    I worked at Towers Watson as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation, you have to work alone, little supervision, flexible

    Cons

    As a summer intern your job is not exciting at all, it's quite repetitive and have almost no impact. At least it's not making coffee!

    Advice to Management

    Give intern the possibility to have a bigger impact once they proved they are worth it.

  7. Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ambience, and lots of growth opportunity

    Cons

    Nothing to think about right now

    Advice to Management

    Talk about carreer

  8. Appeared promising but did not deliver

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good market reputation and quality clients.

    Cons

    Leadership clashes and politics make it a toxic environment to work in. Ultimately it seems that you have to pick the 'right' side. Lack of clear strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Mentoring and encouragement is key to employee engagement. The in flghting and management struggles ruin a great opportunity for all.

  9. Great place to find great people to work with

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Highly collaborative environment. Filled with experienced hires from various industries. Your only competition is yourself against your competencies. No explicit bureaucracies.

    Cons

    Still figuring out their overall IT strategy. Foreign turnaround time might impede work a little. Average compensation and no free cafeteria food.

  10. No Growth Opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    Close to Grand Central, good location.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth, it's not your skills and knowledge or education, it's who you know. Your degree does not matter.

    You can have an MBA, and if the next candidate has a Bachelors in Liberal Arts, they will take that person with the Liberal Arts Degree simply because that person knows someone in the company.

    Nepotism is huge at Towers Watson, the only way you move around in this company is if your related or friends with someone.

    Management in different departs don't know how to use excel or be an analyst but they have a senior role as analyst.

    If you're an actuary you'll work longer hours then supposed to and won't get compensated for it.

    This company is upside down.

    Advice to Management

    Hire talented people not people you know, give a bad image on the Company.

  11. Great place to work!

    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Great team collaboration, and respect for individual contributions. Good work life balance - Company really seems to care. Awesome opportunities for personal and career growth.

    Cons

    Winning of new business means amazing opportunities for growth, but also times when the workforce is stressed until new people are hired.

    Advice to Management

    Great benefits, but PTO could be a little better.

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