Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 22 January 2015
Updated 22 January 2015
424 Reviews
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Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 52 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice environment but not inclusive

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Working environment is nice
    Associates are polite and respectful

    Cons

    Can be a bit more edgy
    It is not inclusive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good people, good employment terms, but not very dynamic.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, flexible hours, relaxed and low stress. The people are good, and close interaction with the actuaries who use and sell our software is a benefit. Software is increasingly recognised within Towers Watson as a major part of the business and prioritised by management.

    Cons

    Lots of corporate nonsense can be irritating and dis-empowering. Limited domain (actuarial modelling software and associated enterprise systems), conservative customers (insurance companies) and being Windows-only can mean limited opportunity to experiment with new and cool technologies or ideas. Limited scope to move between teams/products at will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Towers Watson Response

    Nov 05, 2014Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for your comments - I have passed these onto the software team.

  3.  

    A professional, generally well-run company, but change is slow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Reigate, England
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Reigate, England

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

    Pros

    A great place to work if you want to be in a pretty large financial services company, and you like being based in a pleasant market town rather than The City.

    Cons

    In my area, many folks had been in post for many decades. Nothing wrong with this in principle but when long-timers dominate a department it can be impossible to effect change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch the demographics of every department; keep a balance of innovators and handle-crankers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 09, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thanks for your comments about Reigate, it's a great town. Our software areas are growing across several lines of business so thank you for your remarks and please do communicate these with your ... More

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  5.  

    Satisfactory but not challenging

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    • 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

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 09, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We have been working on improving performance feedback and career rating guidance so hopefully this will address some of your concerns.

  6.  

    Great for those who are starting out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Reigate, England
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Reigate, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review salaries and make adjustments to address the attrition rate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 09, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thank you for your comments. Towers Watson operates a Total Rewards Package which we believe is competitive in the market but please do discuss this with your line manager as part of your ongoing ... More

  7.  

    Employee Survey Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee Survey Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Employee Survey Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    Early exposure to clients including true client relationship management over the course of a project in person, via email and on the phone.

    Some senior consultants are very collaborative and help analysts develop as better advisors to clients which includes involving analysts in survey design and results roll-out (including presentation to executive leadership).

    Cons

    Long hours during the busier periods (usually July to December) which can be as long as 15 hours straight and weekend overtime. This is all unpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better transparency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    The times are a changin!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Reigate, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Reigate, England

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

    Pros

    Variety of work, flexibility to manage own work loads and good clients generally.

    Cons

    Targets, targets and more targets combined with requirement to charge for everything, open brown nosing and open 'sucking up' to move ahead, lack of collaboration and competition with colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You lost the Watson Wyatt culture and sold your souls to rampant individualism, rewarding same and similar behaviours and suppressing difference. A good place to learn and then move on, but not a nice place to work and try make a difference in the finish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Technology Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Client Technology Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, multicultural atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours, no work - life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee's are not treated as individuals with lives and families. There is more to life than profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • 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

    Great working environment and learning experience

    Cons

    tight schedule and busy weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pension Analyst/Administrator - Pension Administration Group (PAG)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Easy to get hired (most locations now focus on new hires who start as temps for 6 months or a year, which is great if you do not have experience, or they only hire those with a lot of experience in a rival company). The company is very flexible - you get 15 days of PTO from your date of hire and as long as you get your work done ahead of time, you can take them as needed. Also, the company recently changed their dress-code policy from business casual to allow you to wear jeans everyday if you wish (still under the business casual umbrella, though - clients do visit the offices and you should look put together). Also, working from home has not been an issue when I've needed to, but the company still likes you to be in the office on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Salary is much lower than the industry standard and negotiation of salary or requests for a raise are generally met with a "Nope". If you are a good, smart, hard-working employee, you generally get taken advantage of in terms of having to do a majority of the workload on teams, however, if you speak up about being overworked it's generally remedied pretty quickly. There is a billable hours requirement (which is standard for a majority of corporations), however, it is unattainable. For the lower level employees you are expected to have 1600 hours of BILLABLE time per fiscal year (ie., time the company can bill to a client for work you've done - if you don't have anything to do, you don't get billable hours). If you do the math on that 1600 hour goal, you need to get 6.7 hours of billable work per day MINIMUM, every single day of the week, WITHOUT taking account for holidays or PTO (or slow-periods within the company where your workload may be at a minimum, to no fault of the employee). In a nutshell, it is not an attainable goal for most people. Additionally, your billable hours goal is worth 70% of your yearly assessment and therefore greatly affects your promotion and salary increase possibilities. There is not a clear path of advancement and you are generally oblivious to what other departments do within the company (and therefore, you are not aware of the opportunities they may present to you). Finally, if you move voluntarily while employed for Towers Watson, do NOT expect a Cost of Living Adjustment to your salary.... even if you ask for it. The response will be "we didn't ask for you to move, you're not worth that to us".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO has been traveling all around the country for the last year (and will continue to do so in 2015) to introduce himself and "see what the people think" - the reality is that he gets to travel the country on the company's dime (including the travel expenses, meals, hotels, etc.) to pop into an office or two for a couple of hours where the employees aren't going to speak up about anything because nobody knows him on a day-to-day basis. I'm not saying that he is a bad guy in any way (I've never met the man), but this exercise is wasteful and futile. Reallocate those travel funds to pay your employees what they deserve - I guarantee your turn-over rate will decrease.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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