Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.3 328 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Towers Watson CEO John Haley

John Haley

(166 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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 Company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorldwide firm with personal recognition.

    ConsNothing that I can think about

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to learn

    Investment Consultant (Current Employee) Reigate, England

    ProsA great place to learn!
    Excellent study support
    Friendly culture
    Young company and very social
    Supportive of learning
    Coworkers collaborate well and do not compete or judge
    7% pension contribution is great

    ConsIn the UK, the head office is in Reigate, which is in the middle of the countryside and very inconvenient to reach by both public transport and car (parking spaces are only given after working 4-5 years at the firm)
    Hours can be long.
    Not a good place to earn!
    Career progression can be slow especially for technical, non-client facing roles
    Career progression very much related to the time worked at the company, rather than your performance or the value you add.
    No reward on hard work, promotion is the same as it is related to the time you've worked at the firm and bonuses are standardized
    Very difficult and political to move teams, and limited opportunity to move across geographies despite being a global company
    Managers only care about their own team and don't care about the company as a whole, limiting employees opportunities to learn how the business works
    Every role in Towers Watson is very specialist due to the size of the firm, limiting future prospects and hindering exit opportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer the employees a broader learning opportunity and the opportunity to move across teams and locations. Lots of good employees get stuck in the wrong team and then end up leaving the firm when they could have added lots of value to the firm

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Secretarial work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople are great if you are lucky enough to find them

    ConsI do mostly secretarial and admin work

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your analysts better work and move faster with decisions

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    Bad management, lack of communication

    Associate (Current Employee) London, England

    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

    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

    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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    Ok

    Client Technology Associate (Former Employee) London, England

    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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    Excellent study support.

    Actuarial Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    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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    Merger very slow - many people unmotivated

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England

    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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    Great company

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsFlex work schedule. Great people to work with. Overall great environment

    ConsThe only issue I had was location and parking situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany values are great. I would definitely try and work on promotions from within. Overall advancement on employees.

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

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