Protective Life Reviews

Updated June 6, 2015
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Protective Life Chairman, President, and CEO John D. Johns
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Dead End Job

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

    I have been working at Protective Life (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Flex time and pension is good and you get to leave early on Fridays. Some of the people you work with are nice.

    Cons

    Favortism is the name of the game. Dead-in job with no promotional opportunities, especially in certain departments. They take advantage of the hard working employees and take it for granted that employees that have been there awhile will not leave. Micro-management is rampant and you're not allowed to do anything without getting permission first, even just simply answering or sending an email. Overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to employees that they will never get promoted. Management needs to support their hard workers and do what they can to advocate for them with upper management if they are truly deserving of a promotion, not turn a blind eye and do nothing. Stop the favortism and stop taking advantage of the hard working employees.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Favoritism is the name of the game

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

    I worked at Protective Life full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid parking and close co-workers

    Cons

    Employees are underpaid
    Promotions based on favoritism
    Manage by fear

    Advice to Management

    The employee survey results speak loud and clear. Quit making excuses, and make things right.


  3. Helpful (3)

    look for a better opportunity

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

    I worked at Protective Life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    i honestly cant think of any. a good company has the proper management and supervisor who are fully trained for the title- i havent experience that at protective

    Cons

    low pay
    terrible managment
    the pay is extremely low, there is alot more money to be made; especially for an insurance company. this isnt a career, its a job.

    Advice to Management

    stop showing favortism.


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  5. Poor management and unfriendly coworkers

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter Powersports in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Underwriter Powersports in Edina, MN

    I worked at Protective Life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most miserable place that I've worked at.

    Cons

    Everyone was nosy and didn't care or respect me because I was too Urban for them. They were not accepting nor welcoming and I tortured myself working for them for 9mos. Glad I made a run for it... oh yeah, no opportunities either.

    Advice to Management

    Take management courses and learn how to deal with employee conflict.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Retirement home

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

    I have been working at Protective Life full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flex hours and PTO. That's all I can think of.

    Cons

    Management
    No room to grow within department

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. More work and less pay does not equate to a happy work environment. Also, job politics and gossip creates mistrust between you and your employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Sell you the moon, deliver the dirt.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Annuity Wholesaler in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Internal Annuity Wholesaler in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Protective Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were great, time off and paid parking. Bonuses when they paid them were ok.

    Cons

    If you weren't part of the in crowd you could never work hard enough. All promotions were based on who you knew and who looked best in the seat.

    Advice to Management

    Get a fair and balanced way to pay, stop looking at looks for hiring and promoting.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Short lived, and glad it was

    Former Employee - Customer Support Claims Manager in Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Support Claims Manager in Bannockburn, IL

    I worked at Protective Life full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No brainer claims work, no exhaustion, few interfaces with outraged claimants required

    Cons

    Very quirky culture, secret-handshake inside relationships for some and not for others...it was all about who you knew. Bully management style, find something "wrong" with your work and pester you incessantly about it; at least until they got tired of that and went on to bother your peer, or they found a contrived way to "invite you to leave” Company threw a full out Christmas party after having complained all year about having to make budgetary cutbacks...scratching head.

    Advice to Management

    Boo...keep an eye on those sneaky employees, they may be trying to get away with something.


  9. Helpful (3)

    This well is poisoned!

    Current Employee - Customer Service in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Protective Life full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They do have a gym and on sight nurse.

    Cons

    Benefits have dwindled. Entrenched management. Two class society. Advancement is based on who you can cover for rather than skill or knowledge. Human resources turns blind eye to obvious abuses. Managers who have no business managing while people with law degrees work the phones waiting for a better job opportunity. Fake.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Contract employment does not lead to permanent as led to believe.

    Former Contractor - Life Underwriter
    Former Contractor - Life Underwriter

    I worked at Protective Life as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stable, good work environment, people genuinely are nice.

    Cons

    Fast-paced, only concerned with quantity rather than quality.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make promises you can't fulfill.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Look elsewhere...definitely don't relocate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Protective Life full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is incredibly financial stable and very innovative in product design and marketing. That is what attracted me to them. There are some very creative, driven and talented people working there.

    Cons

    The company culture is that of "eat or be eaten". Teamwork is not fostered by any means. It is every man or woman for himself of herself. Your co-workers will absolutely throw you under the bus if it makes them look better. Everyone is fearful of losing their job, so that is why that culture exists. Management seems to like it and encourage it from what I can see.

    Advice to Management

    You get amazing results from the talented people you have on board. Imagine the quality you'd receive and how much longer they'd stick around if you fostered a positive culture and treated employees with respect.



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