Protective Life
3.1 of 5 52 reviews
www.protective.com Birmingham, AL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 27, 2014

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Protective Life Chairman, President, and CEO John D. Johns

John D. Johns

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementNothing 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

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    Manager for 12 yrs

    Customer Support Claims Manager (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

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

    ConsCheap 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So so

    Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    Elgin, IL

    ProsNever under the radar, no micromanaging.

    ConsNo development opportunities and no training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop and recognize your talented.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't believe the hype!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Birmingham, AL

    ProsFor 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.

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementInstead 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Managements favorite employees rule the roost

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A job, not a career.

    Senior Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    Birmingham, AL

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Assistant Vice President (Current Employee)
    Birmingham, AL

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

    Consno 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 Senior ManagementFocus 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementPut 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No room for ambitious young leaders

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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