Towers Watson Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
364 Reviews
3.4
364 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 45 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Stable and Diverse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Compensation Analyst  in  White Plains, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Compensation Analyst in White Plains, NY (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility of work schedule, culture is collegiate, and there is diversity of work so you are always learning something new

    Cons

    Slow upward mobility for career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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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    Current Employee - Lead Benefits Systems Administrator  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Benefits Systems Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time for less than a year

    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
  3.  

    Intern review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruitment Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Recruitment Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Towers Watson as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a global company with all of the HR subdivisions, so it's good for people that want to develop in the HR field. There is a friendly environment, nice people and career opportunities.

    Cons

    A lot of work, responsibilities and expectations for an intern position. There is no coaching, mentoring nor a lot of learning opportunities. It is expected you know things even though it is an internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No direct contact with upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good employer

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

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good colleagues

    Cons

    Salary isn't comparable compared with market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Relaxed, flexible workplace with limited growth opportunities

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

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

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    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
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    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
  9.  

    Want to work like a workaholic and still not get recognized?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst (PAG)  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Pension Analyst (PAG) in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Big company, challenging work, name brand looks good on the Resume.

    Cons

    Do not like the "bell curving" approach and penalizing those more than they should be. The review process is very biased and if you're not on the "inside track" you may as well start looking elsewhere. The most politically oriented place in my ENTIRE career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off the "family brotherhood" bandwagon and cliques and actually reward people for putting in hard work and hours, not just fast-tracking cliques and bloodlines like royalty. People talk, and the turnover (and training costs) will only increase.

    Secondly, stop underbidding the competition for ridiculously low contracts. Yes, you acquire the account, but at what cost to recoverability? This will only hurt the teams in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great people - people work hard and play hard

    Cons

    no clear career path or progression

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A rewarding job with an abundance of work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    There are a large number of smart and helpful coworkers at TW. Always willing to help out. The benefits are decent: Matching 401k, Pension Plan, PTO, flexible work from home scheduling.

    Cons

    The work can be very rewarding and help with career growth, but there is a lot of it. A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it. Hours each week range from 45 to 60 on average for most it seems. And for others it's even more. Many people work weekends and nights to keep up.

    The pay scale is awful. Some people are paid quite well and others are underpaid. It's largely based on who hired you and when and it's very hard to "catch up" with salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more help for people to keep up with their workload. Offer a better salary and base it on merit, not solely years of service with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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