Towers Watson
3.3 of 5 284 reviews
www.towerswatson.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 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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Pros:
  • "Employee oriented culture; work/life balance is improving"
    in 18 reviews
  • "Great work environment in nice part of town"
    in 19 reviews
Cons:
  • "Little work/life balance and no real sympathy for those who want it"
    in 31 reviews
  • "Not much room for internal advancement within my line of business"
    in 8 reviews
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Bad management, lack of communication

Associate (Current Employee)
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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Excellent study support.

Actuarial Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

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

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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Ok

Client Technology Associate (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsNice people to work with, multicultural atmosphere

ConsLong hours, no work - life balance.

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

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

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Merger very slow - many people unmotivated

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Towers Watson

ProsGood benefits and work life balance

ConsLots of senor management haven't got a clue. Very much 'grade' orientated - you have to be a certain grade to have ceratin knowledge shared with you - very old fashioned approach

Advice to Senior ManagementActually show an interest in your staf and appreciate that for many ex Towers Perrin staff in the UK this feels like a takeover

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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very rewarding experience

Data Analyst Internship (Current Employee)
Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)

I have been working at Towers Watson as an intern for less than a year

ProsI really learn a lot through the internship experience. no only with the data analysis but also get involved in different projects.

ConsMaybe the work is a little challenging at the beginning but it is worth it. I really like the experience and helps me a lot!

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

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Great company to work for!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsDedicated to give interns wide exposure to different areas of the practice.

ConsSame as any other consulting firms, billable hours seem to be a tricky thing but it did not affect interns much.

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bloomington, MN (US)

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

ProsFlexible hours, still has a pension plan, and company is growing. Everyone that I work with is very knowledgable and very helpful.

ConsHigh stress at times since I work on many clients. Low pay for the amount of hours and stress you put in.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to your current employee and reward those that deserve it.

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

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Amazing people, great diverse experiences

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

Proswork flexibility, travel opportunities, great senior leaders, international company, great colleagues

Constight /strict deadlines, work life balance can be compromised

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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