Protective Life

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Protective Life Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
60 Reviews
3.2
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Protective Life Chairman, President, and CEO John D. Johns
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  1.  

    It is what you make of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Protective Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flex hours (leave at 3 everyday) and the 2 hour window for lunch break. As 'non-exempt' workers, you are required to clock in / out for lunch break. The first 15 mins is paid for but anything after that, you'll have to make the time up. Very friendly people / management. The home office building has a cafe, library, workout facility w/ showers, towels and lockers.

    Cons

    Management. They do little to help in career development unless you are ore of the managers favorites. They like to think they are doing a good job but the employee surveys tend to say otherwise. Things get 'better' for a month and go back to being the way it was. Rules are not enforced and the seasoned workers can get away with murder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Asset Protection Division

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

    I have been working at Protective Life full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friendly people, business casual culture, decent pay & benefits & PTO, short workday on Fridays, good location

    Cons

    No opportunity for career development and doesn't appear to be room for advancement, don't seem interested in retaining talent, some departments are very understaffed for the relative workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing changes if nothing changes and this company seems to be stuck in a rut, clear strategy and decisive leadership needs to come from the top down and not from veeps with personal agendas

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager for 12 yrs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support Claims Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Support Claims Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Protective Life full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some of the best people work there. But not the best educated and there for not very connected from the front line to upper management.

    Cons

    Cheap not willing to put out for new technology which leaves them in the dust compared to 90% of the other larger company's . Management has no review or evaluations by the employees who report to them . So you can only imagine how horrible some of the managers are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be better connection to the front line employees and better reviews of managers by their peers and subordinates this for the Chicago office mostly.

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

    So so

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst  in  Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Elgin, IL

    I have been working at Protective Life full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Never under the radar, no micromanaging.

    Cons

    No development opportunities and no training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and recognize your talented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Don't believe the hype!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Protective Life

    Pros

    For the most part flexible and willing to work with you when you need time off. Fair benefits package as far as insurance and such go.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place where knowing the right people and kissing ass gets you far, Protective may be for you. Hard work and being a good employee get you no where. Protective is all about who you know and not what you know. From the very top down management is only concerned with furthering their own careers and the bottom line. They hype it up on their web site and through recruiters as a great place to work where everyone knows everyone's name, but it is not true at all. Most people walk around there looking down to the floor and most people are just rude. Senior management are total corporate elitists who don't even say thank you when you hold the door for them and are totally unapproachable. Mid level managers are only concerned with their own personal corporate career ladders and there is very little employee recognition. They claim to be all about professional development for their employees, but that is only if you are golfing buddies or use to work with someone in upper management. Salary increases dont filter down to most employees and are consumed by mid managers and department leads before the get to the people actually doing the work. There are serious nepotism problems company wide at protective, so if you don't know someone in management you will never get ahead. There are MAJOR problems in HR as well, so employees have no voices at all.
    Protective is great place to let your career die. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of being so focused on the bottom line and having nothing but accountants running the company, you should take a good look at why so many people have negative things to say on their employee feedback surveys and why there is so much turn over. Dear Mr. Johns if you really want to sell the company so bad so that you can make a profit and screw over everyone else, just do it already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Managements favorite employees rule the roost

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

    I have been working at Protective Life

    Pros

    The benefits are decent. Flex time is appreciated, but management has the ability to take it away anytime they want.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites and buys into the clique attitude. They keep everyone on pins and needles with threats of firing. They target someone for a while and make life He** for that person, then grow tired and pick on someone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The members of management need to learn how to be leaders. Right now, they are simply glorified babysitters brandishing their power to the underlings. Playing favorites doesn't work. Being known as the biggest gossips in the department doesn't work either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A job, not a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Protective Life

    Pros

    Generally family-friendly. Good insurance, great food in cafeteria. Managers tend to be mostly be fair during reviews.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for internal job or career growth. Most new managers brought in instead of being promoted from within. Virtually impossible to get funding approved for external training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to middle management and senior analysts instead of just being buddy-buddy with all the senior execs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    There are much better places to work, but not a bad place to spend some time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Protective Life

    Pros

    Excellent technology and use of systems, good sense of connection between people regardless of location

    Cons

    no clear job path, horrible benefits if you need anything out of the ordinary (therapy, for example), very "clubby" as most insurance companies are - if you're not in you're out. Impossible to get decent real-time feedback, which leads to surprises during the formal review process. Inconsistent application of HR rules; some folks are late all the time, others are late once and are fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the development of your people; realize that they have lives outside the office; be sincere when you talk about personal development being so important

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over 10 plus years with Protective, the first 6 were great the last several management changed and it was miserable.

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

    I have been working at Protective Life

    Pros

    The company itself is very conservative, which has been a plus in these tough economic times. 401k contribution continued and raises continued. The company has been very stable.

    Cons

    This was a great place to work when I started. I have been here for over 10 years and in the last 4 the management in my area changed drastically. There is an atomosphere of don't mess up or you will be gone, which stifles innovation. Friends hire friends and the people who have worked hard and performed well for many years get pushed to the side. Salary does not match market value in many cases. It is highly micromanaged in my area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people in management that understand what they are doing as related to their area. Give employees some freedom. When employees are given space instead of micromanaged you will find they take greater interest in their job and the company, thus are more productive. You could take some queues from companies like Google, linkedin and such.

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

    No room for ambitious young leaders

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

    I worked at Protective Life

    Pros

    A steady, if meager, paycheck. A few educational opportunities for the rank & file. Home office cafeteria & free parking.

    Cons

    This company's idea of leadership is obsessive micromanagement of pennies. A complete vacuum of leadership toward career growth, realistic goals, and reasonable income potential. Management attitudes and decisions are eroding relationships with long-term business partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize & embrace the fact that your best growth occurred while you treated employees and business partners as family instead of treating them as expendable commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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