Towers Watson
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Updated Mar 31, 2014
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83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

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66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Disconnected, no job security

Software Developer (Former Employee)

I worked at Towers Watson full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMany of the clients and actuaries that we worked with were very friendly and intelligent.

ConsAccepting this job was the worst mistake of my career, which I've thankfully recovered from since. A lot of time was wasted on internal processes and objectives were very vague. I know people who were forced to leave for reasons that were contrived. They have had much more success at other companies since, with much higher salaries.

There doesn't seem to be enough awareness of competing technologies.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to keep your best employees, enjoy themselves and be productive. Find ways to leverage and develop the skills of your employees and allow them to engage with their broader professional communities.

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

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Glorified secretary, occasionally does basic arithmetic

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

ProsGood people here if you can find them but they have all left.
With the amount of people gone now, if you are a junior client consulting analyst you are able to go to client meetings in your first year, but is that really a good trade-off?

ConsYour hard work is rewarded with more admin and coordination work. Most of your day is spent chasing people and writing up invoice summaries.
Juniors are expected to only do admin and billing for about 3-4 years until you make consultant. When you bring this up to managers, they only solidify that sentiment and ask you to be patient.
Low compensation.

Advice to Senior ManagementThink about why your analysts are leaving.
Think about the business model, loyalty is not a business model in this paradigm shift.
There is a gap between all levels of employees. What you think works may not work for your junior tier.

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

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Bad management, lack of communication

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London, England

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

ProsThe people you generally work with are really nice and generally quite helpful.
Company pays for any study you want to do.

ConsManagement is poor in terms of communicating to employees leading to lack of team moral and motivation. Projects aren't planned properly meaning no organisation, work being rushed and having to be redone, etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and take their thoughts into consideration

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

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dreadfull local management

Senior Pensions Administrator (Former Employee)
Welwyn Garden City, England

I worked at Towers Watson full-time for more than 5 years

Prosjob to pay your bills

Conspeople are treated there like dirt, promotions by who you know and not what you know

Advice to Senior Managementthe big bosses need to put system in place where they can monitor technical knowledges and human skills of their managers on an annual basis by requesting feedback from all employees under the particular manager

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Get on the conveyor belt, don't be ambitious, don't expect positive change. I'd suggest you dont bother!

Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsExceptional colleagues that keep you sane during the daily grind. CFA/FIA paid for and adequate study support. Exposure to a range of departments.

ConsManagement completely disintegrated from analysts. Pay is extremely low until senior management, which is freely admitted. You won't get promoted quickly by being good or working hard, you are put on a conveyor belt and expected to be happy with it. Bonus is a joke again until more senior and you have to wait for seniors to die/retire/leave before positions are made available.

London office is depressing and dull. Sometimes work 8am - 10pm whilst seniors leave at 6.

Only apply if you enjoy updating spreadsheets, models and drafting emails for seniors. If you're lucky they might let you "check" other peoples attempts at making the circle bullet points squares.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you hire the top talent don't expect to keep them for long if you don't start treating them fairly. Look at the deadwood in the higher ranks and promote the potentials. Don't treat the underachievers the same as the stars.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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Thrive on mediocrity

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA (US)

I worked at Towers Watson full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIf you have had a mediocre career, but have the ability to take other peoples ideas, grab leads before the right person with the right skills does, and promote yourself and synch up with upper management, then this is place for you!

ConsStill having problems with the merger from 2010. Old Towers Perrin culture reigns in the Talent, Rewards, and Communications practice. Not very talented people get ahead, as long as they play the politics right. They don't recognize talent. Consultants are way overworked, and they don't pay as well as the big 4 consulting firms.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou should take your own advice that you give to your clients.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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HR is way too inefficient

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Towers Watson part-time

Prosa good firm per se

ConsHR is way too inefficient

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Not for me

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsLoved the type of work and the workload

ConsUnless you want to devote your entire personal life to your coworkers, it's impossible to succeed at this company. Most socialize with, live with, and even date their coworkers.

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

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Post Merger Disaster

Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA (US)

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

ProsFruit in break rooms, Nice building and relatively clean office space, jeans allowed on Friday and in summer, excellent healthcare benefits

ConsThe enormity of stress and workloads are so extraordinary, you will pay for it via burgeoning health problems and decline. Since the merger (over 2 years ago) employees in every line of business are overworked and paranoid of working with others from the former "other side" (they still refer to you as a former Towers Perrin person or Watson Wyatt) and of being pushed out of their job. Hence, there is an unending stream of back-stabbing, collusion and throwing everyone under the bus. Horribly tense, jagged pins-and-needles environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't roll out expensive flag-waving tech initiatives which only completely hinder productivity and make life miserable. Compensate talent.

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

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