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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 52 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. Work hard to be rewarded

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    • Career Opportunities
    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. Communications Consultant

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, prestige, strong client base, solid future outlook

    Cons

    Key performance measures, base pay,

    Advice to Management

    Sacrifice billable hours for creativity and innovation

  3. First year programme in London provides candidates with a

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. An excellent place to work at. Well respected in its industry with great learning opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst

    I have been working at Towers Watson

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

    Pros

    The people you meet and work with - very intelligent and humble.
    The culture of balanced life and work benefits

    Cons

    Compensation is in line/slightly below peers' initially but builds up in later years.
    Niche industry

  6. Appeared promising but did not deliver

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holborn, England

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good market reputation and quality clients.

    Cons

    Leadership clashes and politics make it a toxic environment to work in. Ultimately it seems that you have to pick the 'right' side. Lack of clear strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Mentoring and encouragement is key to employee engagement. The in flghting and management struggles ruin a great opportunity for all.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Offers great career experiences and advancement opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    TW is a high performing organisation with a collaborative culture. It attracts very smart and driven associates and provides career opportunities that stretch associates.

    Cons

    TW can sometimes be conservative with its actuarial roots and could also be more agile

    Advice to Management

    Invest more boldly in growth areas (HR software, products and annuity services) including being more aggressive on acquisitions.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    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!

  9. It is ok, depends on what team you join

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some good people and can get exposure to other large clients

    Cons

    Managers are bullies and over inflated middle manager layer blocking opportunities

    Advice to Management

    See the bigger picture, have less self interest

  10. Helpful (2)

    Highly professional organisation adapting to a changing world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reigate, England
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Reigate, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great quality people
    High standards of professionalism
    Good corporate ethics and desire to put clients first

    Cons

    Has become too big and less collaborative
    Can be slow to adapt
    Very demanding on young employees, who 'should feel privileged to work for TW regardless of the rewards'

    Advice to Management

    Improve collaboration between lines of business
    Enliven the working environment
    Try to retain a small company ethos

  11. Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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