CNO Financial Group

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CNO Financial Group Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
58 Reviews
2.5
58 Reviews
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CNO Financial Group CEO and Director Edward J. (Ed) Bonach
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • CNO offers a good work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunities in the short term, for resume building (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is a good ol' boys club that offers lucrative contracts to associates without regard for the business outcome (in 4 reviews)

  • Management and Upper management look at their employees like numbers instead of people (in 3 reviews)

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    Senior Developer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group

    Pros

    The employees are for the most part very friendly and supportive. Salaries are decent.

    Cons

    Management and Upper management look at their employees like numbers instead of people. Fire people who actually have knowledge so they can bring in outsiders who are cheaper and no little or nothing. Work is dumped on those remaining until they can no longer meet expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the mirror to see where the problems are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work hard and still get nothing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Willing to work with you on your work schedule, co workers at your level are great but management is inept

    Cons

    Health insurance, advancement is rough work hard and learn other positions still does not get you anywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff works hard and deserves to be treated better. I am not even saying salary wise. Give them a high five more often. Make them feel like the job they do is helping the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working hard is different than working smart- these guys work hard

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are looking for a company that pays well, the people are nice and you can glide through your day without having to work hard, then this is the place for you. If you are motivated and show signs of competence, the sky is the limit on how much you can take on. So far, the company has been pretty good about leveraging open-source projects as well and migrating off IBM websphere in favor or Tomcat.

    Cons

    The company is currently focused on moving all IT to offshore.
    The company incentive program consists of a gift store, you can pick things out of. Examples( Cno branded pens, shirts, off-brand watches, purses, etc). They also rolled out a magnet board. So now you can earn magnets. There is not incentive pay or stock options, etc.
    This company still runs on Mainframes.

    This company is the opposite of agile. Their SDLC process is governed by a home-grown project management/workflow system that pushes 85% of the manual tasks, back on the developer. Many of the tasks could be automated. For example: When I deploy something to production, I have to log into a website and put the date the package deployed. This is just one step of many.

    Project managers are AWFUL. All they do is take notes. They are never in the trenches with you. Instead they stand on top of the trench and throw more dirt on you. They setup meetings, assign work, and then ride you. They never help team members overcome any challenges and none of them have a technical background, so they do not understand the notes they take.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top priority- get rid of SAFE and put something in place that fits naturally into a developers day/work. Start at dev, and not with Testing or BAs. Development is the center of of the whole sdlc process, yet it is treated as an afterthought when creating new processes. Buy a tool. Do not think we are so special in our needs, that we need some custom app. Get rid of HP QC and get something that integrates more easily with the PM tool you are going to buy. Or just buy a PM tool that includes defect tracking in it.

    Get off the mainframes. Mainframe talent is retiring or dying out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work life balance, relaxed environment,

    Cons

    no long term perspective. Benefits especially health insurance really sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a long term pan and stick to it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    lonely place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group

    Pros

    interesting work, nice location,

    Cons

    no career advancement, one feels isolated.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard to get things done

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

    I worked at CNO Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    Located in a nice city. Some jobs do not demand much effort. Go along to get along. Many talented co-workers.

    Cons

    Mostly reverse of the pros.
    Many jobs are extremely difficult to complete to to conflicting or non-existent processes.
    To get positive visibility by always agree with management.
    Incredibly inept management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove and replace all management at the EVP, SVP and VP levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't look for advancement, no room

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

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are many good caring people other than management

    Cons

    Performance review is a joke, managers are inept, very political, pay raises 0 - 1%, not team oriented, very cliquish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved with your staff to understand what they need to do their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friends get promoted, not qualified people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growing company, job security, location

    Cons

    The managers are not qualified managers and therefore are unable to lead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your people are doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carmel, IN

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are small pockets for really good people

    Cons

    Lack of incentives at the lower levels make people not want to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling company with low employee morale

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Agent Care Representative in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Agent Care Representative in Carmel, IN

    I worked at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a good work/life balance with the company; hours are very regulated and it's perfect for those who are concerned with schedule maintenance.

    Cons

    Poor employee management with top-down directives that have no on-the-ground perspectives; constantly changing initiatives without seeing any one out; hiring ambitious college grads with promises of promotional opportunities that later turn out to be merely a carrot on a stick; politically charged environment; high employee turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on lowering your employee turnover with more incentives to stay (or by lessening the frustrations that cause people to leave). Give your employees the tools to succeed and then TRUST them to utilize those tools effectively. Use positive instead of negative reinforcement to motivate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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