Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
347 Reviews

3.3
347 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK Company after the merge...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Associate  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work from home allowed.
    Flexible with life and work schedule.
    Lots of branch offices in the U.S. and can transfer.

    Cons

    After merge with Perrin, it became too corporate.
    Top Heavy
    Too cheap with training and no room to move
    Too high of medical out of expense

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

    • 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

    Pros

    Pension plan to go along with 401k

    Cons

    low pay and promotions are done by years of experience and not skill level

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Satisfactory but not challenging

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

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues and working environment. This is very important because you are able to ask senior people for advice and stressful moments are infrequent. Competitive basic package.

    Cons

    Rigid structures mean that the job can be very monotonous. Also there are very little performance rewards/penalties to differentiate in employee performance.
    Structure seems top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make more effort to be offering varied, challenging work to junior employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, not very up to speed on technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are good. There are very little management training offered to the managers.

    Cons

    The roles are not well defined in the organization. Managers need to develop their skills in management.

  6.  

    Little interest in people. Good expertise in HR

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

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

    Pros

    If you're a young professional or a very seasoned one, TW could be a good place for you: as a new recruit, you'll learn a lot. As a director, you'll earn a lot.

    Cons

    For anybody in the middle of the TW food chain, life is not easy. As a consultant or Senior consultant, your targets will be very demanding and recognition quite limited.
    Furthermore, as we saw in recent months, when the going gets tough, consultants are asked to go. I've never seen a practice leader be asked to leave when his/her practice did poorly. In these cases, TW will get rid of some people in the practice to re-balance the p&l.
    No focus on people in this company, it's all about pleasing the shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider that sometimes when things don't go well you are the problem as much as - or more than - your employees.
    Cutting costs is short-term, shortsighted solution, that's not going to do any good to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good.

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow are out there

    Cons

    Balance is difficult to achieve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best job I've ever had!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The leadership in the office is very supportive and wonderful to work with, there is great work life balance, the culture in the office is positive and there are some amazing people to work with. They are always finding things to encourage employees like bocce ball tournaments and team building events. They also provide free soda, juice, coffee, water and more often than not there are leftovers from some meeting.

    Cons

    Having IT offshore is one of the biggest cons. It's very frustrating when you need IT needs. There are also limited opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I enjoy working for Towers Watson

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Professional, respectful, good values, good career

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Odd Culture, political shark tank, no training- but you must do it our way...

    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

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

    Pros

    People are very bright and once they have kicked back a few drinks they loosen up and personalities actually begin to develop!

    Cons

    Leadership? Leadership is too busy to pay any attention to what the individual managers are up to. Then, when things are escalated, and probably too late- they become involved. The managers need training, the staff needs training. When leadership is engaged- they are great- it just does not happen all the time. Too bad. It would create a better environment and change the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase training- get rid of poor managers. Pay attention to what is happening.

  11.  

    Work hard play hard

    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People 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

    Cons

    Demanding 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Growing and challenging associates day after day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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