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MetLife Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
1,018 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is a plus; especially for working professionals with families (in 118 reviews)

  • MetLife has great benefits and different positions in different departments (in 72 reviews)


Cons
  • Some of the supervisors don't allow flexibility as far as work-life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Lack of visibility to senior management as to who is doing the actual job (in 36 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Work environment is not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Database Administrator in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Database Administrator in Cary, NC

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    not seen any future for my career

    Cons

    uncertain career making people not stay long

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    MetLife IT. Check the box, done for the day!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Morristown, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not hard work, it's typical of big IT.
    If you want to learn about ITILs, PMP, SLA, and all that other IT gibber gabber
    If you're really bad at managing people you will shine at Met.

    Cons

    You're hear this a thousand times a day, "WHEN I WAS AT MORGAN"
    IT in Investments survives by staying out of the way,
    Maintain, don't innovate. Don't ask, check the box you box checker you..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should have cleaned up your act before moving to NC..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Metlife Broker Dealer

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

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

    Pros

    I wish I had one to say

    Cons

    Just a name and number . No matter what you do you are always at fault. With new re-org this division is a mess

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue .Try to get some advice from the insurance side . Since you are running this division to the ground

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Customer Centric my rear!

    • 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 MetLife

    Pros

    Not a bad commute to work....there are small pockets of caring employees if you are lucky enough to find them.

    Cons

    Corporate double speak.....nobody cares about the employees.......most everyone has a severe case of 'not-my-job-itis'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try caring about your employees more - I got tired of hearing 'You're lucky to have a job' when the truth was more of 'You (Met) were lucky I chose to work so hard for you'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Going in wrong direction

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

    I worked at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401k and work/life balance.

    Cons

    I was forced out, ignored and discarded. No offer was ever extended or even mentioned to me to relocate to NC. I wasn't part of the in-crowd. You're either in or you're not and there's no hope for you if you're not. I kept my head down and did my job to stay employed. When NC was announced, management rubbed their hands together to choose who would come along. No amount of experience or knowledge could save you from the chopping block. Some sold their souls to join up. Currently, associates who weren't chosen for the move are being wooed to come back and relocate to NC. What does that tell you?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your current leadership's arrogance and disconnect from employees is a ticking time bomb. Giving up experienced and knowledgeable staff to relocate to NC and hiring inexperienced staff for cost savings has been an enormous and costly failure. No sales, no products, bad leadership and inexperienced staff, what else do you need for a disaster? Clean house and replace leadership from executive to management level, then start over. You've positioned the organization for acquisition, whether planned or not. Good Luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    OMG. Claiming to be in technolgy at Met is like a galley slave claiming to be a sailor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Programmer in Morristown, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No thinking needed or wanted by managment

    Cons

    IT management is grossly incompetent, dishonest and trivial. The people doing the work never get credit. IT creates, then amplifies small issues into big ones, then rides to the “rescue” . If you got a big problem, first question is gonna be, “is the work in the budget?” Ugh! It’s just crazy what IT does because they have no clue what to do.

    IT management’s catch phrase is “at the end of the day we work for the business”. By end of the day they must mean 4:59 PM. Don’t dare help the users if you want to keep working there. Much better to tell the Emperor they have “nice clothes”. Management not interested in the truth. Management is interested in running up bar tabs.

    NJ jobs are either going to NC, or to India. Met would rather have the "cheap and cluelss" rather than the skilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think a new batch of recent Morgan layoffs are looking. Time to laod up again!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Where people go to be put out to pasture... Seriously AVOID at all costs if you are under the age of 55.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Morristown, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Perfect If you are ready to retire and want to die slowly and painfully or if you like an environment that is akin to a basement with no lights and very little social interaction.

    Cons

    I dont know where to start. Hands down the absolute worst place I have ever been. Lets start with the MetLife culture. Everyone knows when you first start a job you are reserved and cautious how you act to your new fellow employees. Then you open up and show your personality when you are comfortable. Well at Metlife the Culture is that awkwardness of your first day of work EVERY SINGLE DAY. No one looks at you in the eyes when walking by in the halls. Everyone purposely avoids each other to avoid any social interaction. And you have to pay for instant coffee, gym and expensive cafeteria prices.

    Now on to the jobs. Lets start with their trading group. First off its an insurance company so no making profits on their trading desks (Its a cost center rather than a profit center) Old antiquated systems with software integration that doesnt work. Their trade booking and operations platform is hilariously cumbersome with only 2 people in both of trading and ops that knows how it works. Couple that with a unbelievably O.C.D helicopter manager and you have a recipe for procedures that are redundant 4 times over. Now i guess the reason that is needed because you only work 4 months out of the year. Seriously there are weeks where you can just sit there and do nothing and that ok.. because there is no meaningful stuff to do there. The work is garbage and meaningless and the fellow employees are just plain disgusting/horrible with no personalities. I am surprise they work on a trading floor as they deserve to be put in a windowless room in the basement to never be heard from again.

    Investments- If you are a research analyst in the investments group you can not escape from the bs either. No recognition, ridiculous timelines and requests. No one is happy no one is learning anything usefull. Everyone is constantly talking about leaving and openly looking for other jobs.

    The funny thing is that in this group and in trading everyone is from UPENN and Georgetown all very great schools. Metlife thinks they can attract "great talent" in reality its desperate talent. The only reason any of the students work at metlife is because we are in the recession and everyone is desperate for a job. Because of that 95% of the analyst class leaves in less than 2 years!!! That is an insane turnover rate for such a "World Class" organization. Oh yeah MetLife has an analyst "Program" that lasts 4 years.. once the 4 years is up you are out.. they havent changed that in years because they have noticed that everyone leaves at the 2 year mark... No!!?? really?! You mean to tell me you hire exceptional talent, bring them on and provide absolutely ZERO room for growth and everyone leaves??? I am shocked!

    Lower management - If you are part of management and you dont have an actual office you will get a promotion once everyone 10 years if you are lucky. Learn to play politics cause apparently with no work to do you have alot of time to practice your back stabbing skills.

    Upper Management is a joke here - half the guys are MetLifers (Poor souls) and the others are from the street where they could no longer succeed and need a place to plug their deflating ego.

    It is incredible how this place is still in business. They are resting on their size and there is no other reason why they are still around.

    I can go on and on about this but I believe this review and every other review that has some detail paints a fairly consistent picture. Unless you are absolutely desperate do not work here. IF you do then keep applying to jobs else where from day one.

    I am going to end on this note: When EVERY company wide MANAGER MEETING starts with your guest speaker (current manager) saying " When I first started at MetLife I didnt think I was going to be here for this long.." you have a serious serious problem. I heard 4 different Senior management start their speeches that way. Seriously??? Even they cant believe they got trapped at such a company for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring outside people. If you want to grow the company and give employees some pride promote within. Morale is non existent since no promotions are given to anyone and anyone from an outside company comes in at high management positions.

    Also, PAY a livable nyc wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at MetLife full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People at MetLife are great! Everyone really wants to move the company forward in the Raleigh-Durham area.

    Cons

    Lack of direction by management; Lack of understanding of the area by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Town Hall type meetings where honest discussions can take place about the morale challenges and revolving door employee turnover that is occuring at an alarming rate...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Customer Experience Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Experience in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Experience in Somerset, NJ

    I have been working at MetLife as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to improve existing SDLC processes.
    Many opportunities to improve customer experience.

    Cons

    Upper management has no interest in understanding contemporary technologies that solve business problems.
    Upper management has no interest in developing FTE human assets.
    Upper management has strong interest in creating unnecessary workforce and SDLC process chaos.
    Upper management has strong interest in growing low-cost, off-short human resources that generate tremendous on-shore re-work and contribute to declining customer service quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue what you're doing to grow your personal wealth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Once great.

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

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big name, just like GM. None any more

    Cons

    MetLife is a different company now from when I started. It used to be all about policy holders, now it's about shareholders. Met is about increasing share value at all costs. The turnover is terrific. We reduce force in experienced people and hire inexperienced simultaneously, all in the name of cost-cutting. The move to NC is a flagrant example. Fire people in the NY/ NJ, hire cheaper in NC.

    This human resources shell game has attracted a very low standard of person as manager. I have examples, but the worst happened recently. A very experienced man was fired after they caught their manager lying on their year-end review. I heard the manager laughed when confronted with the evidence and refused to apologize. HR did nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would not recommend Met to anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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