Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 28 February 2015
Updated 28 February 2015
440 Reviews
3.3
440 Reviews
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Offers great career experiences and advancement opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Investment consulting practice at cutting edge of industry

    Cons

    Qualification requirements (CFA) are intense

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It is ok, depends on what team you join

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    See the bigger picture, have less self interest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly professional organisation adapting to a changing world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Nice environment but not inclusive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working environment is nice
    Associates are polite and respectful

    Cons

    Can be a bit more edgy
    It is not inclusive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Investment analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Culture study package training opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours not much meritocracy to get ahead early on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Instant high pressure with NO training

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    The team I worked with were hard working. You were able to leave on time and there was no requirement to work weekends.

    Cons

    There was no training given at all, even if they new that you had no previous experience in any role similar. When you asked for some it was not given. The managers were dismissive and appeared not to care for their employees. The lunch break was meant to be an hour, this was cut to 15-20 mins if they were feeling generous. If they felt that you call turn around time was not within the two minuet target (very hard when you get lonely pensioner on the phone, or a difficult and complicated case) then disciplinary action would be taken. The pay was not very good. It all felt very impersonal and you did not feel valued, if you did a good job there would be no recognition. Overall it was poor, and I would not recommend them to anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Towers Watson Response

    Nov 05, 2014Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. All associates who join our pensions administration and contact centre teams now go on a full induction before being placed on a team to ensure they ... More

  10.  

    Drive your own career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Reigate, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Reigate, England

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

    Pros

    Great people. My team are brilliant to work with and there are some very inspiring associates throughout all regions and areas of the business. As part of HR you get to participate in initiatives such as the 'connectivity committee' which is an associate listening programme where you get to input ideas and give feedback.

    Cons

    It is a big company so you have to find your niche I suppose.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Pros

    Leading edge intellectual capital in the industry
    Smart colleagues who work collaboratively to help
    Flexible work/life policies
    Ease of work experiences in other countries

    Cons

    Since the Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt merger in 2010, there is more internal bureaucracy to deal with, and Lines of Business think more in silos nowadays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to more easily bring our best people and best work to our clients, regardless of who "owns" the work or client relationship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Towers Watson Response

    Oct 09, 2014Segment Lead Recruiter

    Thanks for the positive comments and constructive feedback.

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