Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
425 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great values - bit stodgy since the merger

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    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

    Great people - genuinely very clever; great IC, environment, collaborative, genuine , authentic and they live their values; long tenure;

    Cons

    Senior leadership very average; not terribly dynamic; risk averse; conservative and traditional; too much silo'd behaviour between lines of business (but gettting better at that)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please retire and let some younger more dynamic people get on with it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Towers Watson Response

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  2.  

    Great Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Worldwide firm with personal recognition.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think about

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    The times are a changin!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Reigate, England
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Reigate, England

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Variety of work, flexibility to manage own work loads and good clients generally.

    Cons

    Targets, targets and more targets combined with requirement to charge for everything, open brown nosing and open 'sucking up' to move ahead, lack of collaboration and competition with colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You lost the Watson Wyatt culture and sold your souls to rampant individualism, rewarding same and similar behaviours and suppressing difference. A good place to learn and then move on, but not a nice place to work and try make a difference in the finish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to learn

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    A 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

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Offer 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Secretarial work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    People are great if you are lucky enough to find them

    Cons

    I do mostly secretarial and admin work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your analysts better work and move faster with decisions

  7.  

    Bad management, lack of communication

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    The people you generally work with are really nice and generally quite helpful.
    Company pays for any study you want to do.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and take their thoughts into consideration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    dreadfull local management

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    Former Employee - Senior Pensions Administrator in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Former Employee - Senior Pensions Administrator in Welwyn Garden City, England

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    job to pay your bills

    Cons

    people are treated there like dirt, promotions by who you know and not what you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

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

    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
  10.  

    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

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

    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
  11. 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

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

    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

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