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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
342 Reviews

3.4
342 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get on the conveyor belt, don't be ambitious, don't expect positive change. I'd suggest you dont bother!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

    Pros

    Exceptional colleagues that keep you sane during the daily grind. CFA/FIA paid for and adequate study support. Exposure to a range of departments.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Technology Associate  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Client Technology Associate in London, England

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, multicultural atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours, no work - life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee's are not treated as individuals with lives and families. There is more to life than profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent study support.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Consultant  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Actuarial Consultant in London, England

    Pros

    Excellent study support. good opportunities for progression.

    Cons

    Salary increases in th elast few years have been poor, but I guess this is market-driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do more to retain junior associates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Merger very slow - many people unmotivated

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    Actually show an interest in your staf and appreciate that for many ex Towers Perrin staff in the UK this feels like a takeover

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    I've only been with the company for three months but so far it's off to a great start. I feel like my work has meaning.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Benefits Systems Administrator  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Benefits Systems Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    Pros

    The benefits are great!

    Casual dress is allowed except when clients are visiting, working from home is allowed on a limited basis, I can set my own schedule within reason, they provide a company iPhone, they do 401k matching and provide a pension, there are free sporting event tickets and tailgates for company outings, occasionally there is free food, the soda machines are always free, the list goes on and on.

    Cons

    It's a global company so there are a lot of people to coordinate with in order to get things done.

    Also, I'm in a rapidly expanding business segment so there can sometimes be growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees know that difficult changes need to be made from time to time. However, they would like to feel like management understands that changes take time and effort out of their normal work day and schedules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good employer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good colleagues

    Cons

    Salary isn't comparable compared with market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Relaxed, flexible workplace with limited growth opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

    Pros

    - Reasonable salary
    - Friendly office environment
    - Quarterly social events
    - Well-respected name
    - Good work/life balance for this role

    Cons

    - Very limited growth, stagnation
    - Mediocre benefits
    - Terrible communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider letting non-vital employees work from home. The commute in certain parts of New York can be brutal, and I am sure the same can be said for our employees in DC and other Metro areas. If the work can be done over the Internet, save yourself some money and hassle and let employees work from home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong review for Towers Watson. A great company and great people.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, and people.

    Cons

    When upper management is ready for you to go, they will force you out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    Pros

    Great working environment with several smart, highly skilled associates. With Towers you will have the opportunity to work across business units and to be involved in national initiatives. Your success if really determined by you.

    Cons

    As with many consulting firms, the hours can be long and the job can be very demanding (client based).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue success of growth of company through future thinking!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people - people work hard and play hard

    Cons

    no clear career path or progression

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