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Updated 15 August 2014
Updated 15 August 2014
340 Reviews

3.4
340 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    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

    Pros

    Good name, good services and good people

    Cons

    No clear goals that make business sense

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  Reigate, England
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Reigate, England

    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
  3.  

    Investment consulting department

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

    Pros

    Excellent family of intelligent people

    Cons

    None that I consider worth mentioning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Satisfactory but not challenging

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    Former Employee - Investment Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst

    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
  6.  

    Incompetent

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    Current Employee - Actuarial
    Current Employee - Actuarial

    Pros

    Not a single thing is good

    Cons

    As a junior actuary I want to learn. To grow. To become the best at what I do.
    All I have done for the past year was cleaning data. When confronting management about this, they confirm that this will continue for the next 4 to 5 years, and even worse even people with 12 years of experience are still doing this.

    The methods we use are out-dated to say the very least. In our whole office there are only 3 people who knows how to program in VBA. If I suggest a better approach it is shot down almost immediately.

    I compare myself to my other actuarial friends in other companies and they are doing far more advanced things after 3 or 4 months than what I am doing after 1 year.

    The junior actuaries hired (and a large number of senior actuaries as well), are completely useless as well with one girl who will become a qualified actuary in a few years asked me (to mention one of the few stupid questions) how to concatenate 2 cells in excel.

    Another asking me what SC is exactly after working at TW for 7 months...

    Good talent is leaving TW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DO NOT EMPLOY IDIOTS. Set up a testing system in which candidates much attain a certain level to be considered to join TW.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great for those who are starting out

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Reigate, England
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Reigate, England

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, shame about the managment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    Pros

    Worked with mostly a nice bunch of people, good office locations in London, get to work alongside some very knowledgeable people. One definite plus is the name looks good on your CV if nothing else.

    Cons

    Understaffed for most of the time I was there and found it to be very old boys network, if they or the senior people liked you you did well, if not tough luck and no chance of moving up. Non existent work life balance. Not great on bonus payments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be great as Towers Perrin .... but that was ages ago!

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

    Pros

    - remnants of intellectual capital still make it a good consultancy compared to the big four (who suck in human resource consultancy);
    - aspires to be the mckinsey of strategic HR ... and on occasion does a good job!

    Cons

    - little shop mentality all over the business - a cottage industry like behaviour amongst pricipals who will give projects to their favourites, shutting out new talent or those that could outshine them
    - will they EVER reward their consultants with market rates .... ironical for a reward consultancy to not drink its own coolaid
    - very unfriendly to consultants with young families or those due to go on maternity etc (though they say its worse at the big four)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - have been losing or not winning for a long time ... something is wrong
    - reward your peeps ...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Career enhancing

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    Former Employee - Non life actuarial manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Non life actuarial manager in London, England

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Supportive and encouraging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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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