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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 19 April 2015
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  1. Work hard to be rewarded

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    Current Employee - Retirement Actuarial Consultant in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Retirement Actuarial Consultant in Bristol, England

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Varied opportunities available
    Great people
    Great study support and professional development

    Cons

    Often needed to work long hours

  2. First year programme in London provides candidates with a

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    Former Employee - Spring Programmer in London, England
    Former Employee - Spring Programmer in London, England

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Senior employees are knowledgeable and easy to approach
    -The firm ranks first in pension consulting
    - Relaxed culture with human hours
    - Provides you with an indepth outlook towards financial pension industry

    Cons

    - The programme is short compared to other competitors
    - There is a lack of hands-on experience in terms of the content covered
    - The firm pays graduates considerably less even when compared to their closest competitors

    Advice to Management

    The content of the spring programme should be extended ti provide candidates with the experience required to stack up to those who intern at other firms.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good firm

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    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Investment consulting practice at cutting edge of industry

    Cons

    Qualification requirements (CFA) are intense

    Advice to Management

    Keep going!

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  5. Good company

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    Current Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great support to qualify for CFA
    Very high caliber senior people at Band 50 and 60 which is encouraging

    Cons

    Not many people get to Level 50 or 60
    Very silo'd approach within the investment division

  6. Investment analyst

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    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture study package training opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours not much meritocracy to get ahead early on

  7. Professional organisation doing good things - a bit stiff and boring though.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good name, good services and good people

    Cons

    No clear goals that make business sense

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the hierarchy and be more inclusive to all levels when thinking about innovation

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 09, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thanks for your positive comments. We think agree that we have good people! Thanks for the constructive advice as well.

  8. Investment consulting department

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    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent family of intelligent people

    Cons

    None that I consider worth mentioning

    Advice to Management

    More focus needed on sustainable investments. No harm in considering Impact investing / Micro-credit.

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 09, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thanks for your review!

  9. Career enhancing

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    Former Employee - Non Life Actuarial Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Non Life Actuarial Manager in London, England

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too 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 Management

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

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 09, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for noting our professional, intelligent and friendly colleagues.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Supportive and encouraging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Due 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

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great values - bit stodgy since the merger

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Senior 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 Management

    Please retire and let some younger more dynamic people get on with it

    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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