Towers Watson

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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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    Investment consulting department

    Investment Consultant (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsExcellent family of intelligent people

    ConsNone that I consider worth mentioning

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore focus needed on sustainable investments. No harm in considering Impact investing / Micro-credit.

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

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    Career enhancing

    Non life actuarial manager (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsProfessional, intelligent, and friendly colleagues.
    Reasonable pay
    Better than average IT though nothing to write home about
    Interesting and challenging work
    Pretty good morale

    ConsToo much down time between contracts.
    Uncompetitive chargeout rate
    Some of the best people have left
    At management level it can be difficult to work on projects other than those that fit your skill set, meaning less chance to diversify skilks - though still opportunities to get better at what you do know.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold on to the more charismatic and popular people in your organisation as this is what made it a good place to work.

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    Supportive and encouraging

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAlways welcoming questions, support us through exams and always provide help through to qualification.

    ConsDue to the sheer size of the firm, it can be difficult to bring innovation to the forefront. Bureaucracy can slow firm in comparison to small competitors

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Towers Watson Response

    Sep 30, 2013Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your positive comments around study support.

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    Great values - bit stodgy since the merger

    Director (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat people - genuinely very clever; great IC, environment, collaborative, genuine , authentic and they live their values; long tenure;

    ConsSenior leadership very average; not terribly dynamic; risk averse; conservative and traditional; too much silo'd behaviour between lines of business (but gettting better at that)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease retire and let some younger more dynamic people get on with it

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

    Towers Watson Response

    May 14, 2013Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review on glassdoor.com. We're glad to hear about all of the positive things about being a Director in London and pleased that your areas of concerns are ... More

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    Great place to learn

    Investment Consultant (Current Employee) Reigate, England

    ProsA great place to learn!
    Excellent study support
    Friendly culture
    Young company and very social
    Supportive of learning
    Coworkers collaborate well and do not compete or judge
    7% pension contribution is great

    ConsIn the UK, the head office is in Reigate, which is in the middle of the countryside and very inconvenient to reach by both public transport and car (parking spaces are only given after working 4-5 years at the firm)
    Hours can be long.
    Not a good place to earn!
    Career progression can be slow especially for technical, non-client facing roles
    Career progression very much related to the time worked at the company, rather than your performance or the value you add.
    No reward on hard work, promotion is the same as it is related to the time you've worked at the firm and bonuses are standardized
    Very difficult and political to move teams, and limited opportunity to move across geographies despite being a global company
    Managers only care about their own team and don't care about the company as a whole, limiting employees opportunities to learn how the business works
    Every role in Towers Watson is very specialist due to the size of the firm, limiting future prospects and hindering exit opportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer the employees a broader learning opportunity and the opportunity to move across teams and locations. Lots of good employees get stuck in the wrong team and then end up leaving the firm when they could have added lots of value to the firm

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent study support.

    Actuarial Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsExcellent study support. good opportunities for progression.

    ConsSalary increases in th elast few years have been poor, but I guess this is market-driven.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to do more to retain junior associates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsFlex work schedule. Great people to work with. Overall great environment

    ConsThe only issue I had was location and parking situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany values are great. I would definitely try and work on promotions from within. Overall advancement on employees.

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

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    Great Place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    ProsTW is challenging work place with great clients and good people. Great research and new ideas are welcome.

    Constoo few office/work spaces for everyone because of growth

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

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    Great company, great managers

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Quezon City, National Capital Region (Philippines)

    ProsTop-notch learning and development opportunities
    They take care of their people
    Ensures people are taken care of by really caring people managers

    ConsNeeds to review their benefits packages, especially for shared services employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work, and maintain the "connection" with your people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good.

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

    ProsOpportunities to grow are out there

    ConsBalance is difficult to achieve

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

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