Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.3 326 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(162 ratings)

67% 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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    Great people but too much internal politics

    Senior Investment Analyst (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsBroad experience and good people, some people will mentor junior members

    ConsPoor pay, long hours, career development is not focused and far to much internal politics

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove pay if you want to retain talent, not competitive also improve communication and examine to issue with regards to internal politics

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    I enjoy working for Towers Watson

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProfessional, respectful, good values, good career

    ConsI don't have anything negative to say

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    Work hard play hard

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are incredible to work with and very knowledgeable in their skill set
    If you want something, go after it. Make a business case and go after it!
    Many of the leaders have grown up from the business.
    High performing organization, challenge you day after day.
    You get to work with the top companies in the world.
    Tenure is high due to the incredible culture

    ConsDemanding work. Project based work that demands from you highly during critical periods of the project.
    You think you are high performing? Everyone is here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing. Growing and challenging associates day after day

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

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    Great overall. Work-Life balance could be improved

    Retirement Actuarial Analyst (Current Employee) Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    ProsAbove average compensation, Great company and leadership, excellent work environment

    Conswork-life balance needs major improvements

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

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    A great place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA (US)

    ProsTowers has many talented employees and the company offers flexible schedules.

    ConsThe company has a few bad managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast paced

    Pension Benefits Analyst (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsLot of very knowledgeable employees. If you prove your worth and knowledge they will reward you. The products being offered to clients are very good and the collaboration between teams continues to get better. Lots of new work in the pipeline for the future.

    ConsWith those rewards they can lose sight of how much someone can possibly handle at once. Can be very high turnover in lower levels which leads to lack of consistent work product.

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

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    Not great for growth opportunities

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

    ProsGood Benefits and work life balance

    ConsNot a lot of growth opportunities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Make sure you have a people manager who takes development seriously.

    Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsExposure to various clients and industries.

    Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager.

    ConsYou'll do the same work over and over again. If you get stuck with a people manager who doesn't care about development you can get dead ended. Some offices afford you more flexibility than others. Average benefits. I highly recommend not starting your career at Towers. Other firms do a much better job of developing their people. Go to Hay, Pay Governance or Pear Meyer if you are starting your career in this field. You'll be treated much better as an analyst or project manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of picking people managers. Look at what offices have high turnover/haven't promoted people and ask yourself what has been the constant.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you enjoy 60 hour work weeks - this is the place for you!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent Pay
    Telecommute/office location
    Intelligent & nice People

    ConsWork life balance (there is none) - Long hours/weekend work. This results from encouraging extra work for additional client billable hours.
    Entering in your time
    Staffing is not adequate
    Minimal number of paid days off
    Medical benefits are sub par compared to other employers
    Some team managers and project managers are disrespectful to staff
    Morale of many many workers can be dismal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet people have a life outside of work. Hire more people. Create a positive morale work environment and stop being critical. Don't let a 60 hour work week be the norm!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Division Leadership, stifled internal issues & no incentive to perform well.

    Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    Pros-Some great colleagues who are all very intelligent.
    -Somewhat flexible working schedule (remote, etc).
    -Exposure to varied clients

    Cons-Well below market compensation and pitiful bonuses.
    -WAY too much emphasis on billable hours. The hours target is unrealistic unless you work like a horse.
    -ZERO incentive to perform well - bonuses are severely lacking.
    -No clear Performance Review process: Mid-Year was often skipped with no explanation. Process was disjointed and inefficient (e.g., Employees who had limited exposure to you will be asked to review you - nothing done about achieving your objectives).
    -No recognition - "It's your job, why should we let reward you?"
    -VERY poor Division Management (specifically in the OSI division in the East). Leaders are "fake" and absent in helping you build your career.
    -No advancement opportunities - if you're an Analyst, plan to stay in that role. They only hire consultants externally. Even then, the salaries are a joke (6+ year consultant was at $68k in NYC).
    -No adjustment for Cost-of-Living: Example, those working in NYC are compensated the same as those in Atlanta.
    -"Back-stabbing" and pointing fingers is the norm.

    Advice to Senior Management-Focus on the employee, not their billable hours
    -Create incentive to actually perform above expectation
    -Meet market pay
    -Replace division leaders in OSI (esp. the East) with those who are both astute in the business world AS WELL as possessing some semblance of EQ.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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