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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.3 331 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(166 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Smart professionals, great working environment and work/life balance (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance (there is none) - Long hours/weekend work (in 40 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 8 reviews)

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    Work hard play hard

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are incredible to work with and very knowledgeable in their skill set
    If you want something, go after it. Make a business case and go after it!
    Many of the leaders have grown up from the business.
    High performing organization, challenge you day after day.
    You get to work with the top companies in the world.
    Tenure is high due to the incredible culture

    ConsDemanding work. Project based work that demands from you highly during critical periods of the project.
    You think you are high performing? Everyone is here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing. Growing and challenging associates day after day

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

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    Great overall. Work-Life balance could be improved

    Retirement Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee) Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    ProsAbove average compensation, Great company and leadership, excellent work environment

    Conswork-life balance needs major improvements

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

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    A great place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA (US)

    ProsTowers has many talented employees and the company offers flexible schedules.

    ConsThe company has a few bad managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast paced

    Pension Benefits Analyst (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsLot of very knowledgeable employees. If you prove your worth and knowledge they will reward you. The products being offered to clients are very good and the collaboration between teams continues to get better. Lots of new work in the pipeline for the future.

    ConsWith those rewards they can lose sight of how much someone can possibly handle at once. Can be very high turnover in lower levels which leads to lack of consistent work product.

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

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    Not great for growth opportunities

    Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsGood Benefits and work life balance

    ConsNot a lot of growth opportunities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetent

    Actuarial (Current Employee)

    ProsNot a single thing is good

    ConsAs a junior actuary I want to learn. To grow. To become the best at what I do.
    All I have done for the past year was cleaning data. When confronting management about this, they confirm that this will continue for the next 4 to 5 years, and even worse even people with 12 years of experience are still doing this.

    The methods we use are out-dated to say the very least. In our whole office there are only 3 people who knows how to program in VBA. If I suggest a better approach it is shot down almost immediately.

    I compare myself to my other actuarial friends in other companies and they are doing far more advanced things after 3 or 4 months than what I am doing after 1 year.

    The junior actuaries hired (and a large number of senior actuaries as well), are completely useless as well with one girl who will become a qualified actuary in a few years asked me (to mention one of the few stupid questions) how to concatenate 2 cells in excel.

    Another asking me what SC is exactly after working at TW for 7 months...

    Good talent is leaving TW.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDO NOT EMPLOY IDIOTS. Set up a testing system in which candidates much attain a certain level to be considered to join TW.

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

     

    A lot of smart people

    TWIS (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsSmart hard working people interested in servicing clients.

    ConsAttitudes ingrained in the TW way. Don't want to consider other ideas- it should be done this way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch the politics. The old guard knows how to work the system. Try to pay attention to some of that- it may be clouding the influencing workplace environment.

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    Great people but too much internal politics

    Senior Investment Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsBroad experience and good people, some people will mentor junior members

    ConsPoor pay, long hours, career development is not focused and far to much internal politics

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove pay if you want to retain talent, not competitive also improve communication and examine to issue with regards to internal politics

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you enjoy 60 hour work weeks - this is the place for you!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent Pay
    Telecommute/office location
    Intelligent & nice People

    ConsWork life balance (there is none) - Long hours/weekend work. This results from encouraging extra work for additional client billable hours.
    Entering in your time
    Staffing is not adequate
    Minimal number of paid days off
    Medical benefits are sub par compared to other employers
    Some team managers and project managers are disrespectful to staff
    Morale of many many workers can be dismal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet people have a life outside of work. Hire more people. Create a positive morale work environment and stop being critical. Don't let a 60 hour work week be the norm!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for those who are starting out

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Reigate, England (UK)

    ProsWorking with people who have a wealth of experience in the field
    Everyone is very helpful
    Most people are easy to work with

    ConsPeople complain about salaries
    People move to other firms as they provide better salaries
    Management does not seem to do anything about attrition

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview salaries and make adjustments to address the attrition rate

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

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