Prudential Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    financial profesdional

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

    I have been working at Prudential

    Pros

    Flexibility, management, money is decent once you get good ng

    Cons

    Hard to find new clients

  2. Deadweight Culture

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

    I worked at Prudential full-time

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is good

    Cons

    No ability to move up, company prefers to hire from the outside for every senior position.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure management

    Prudential Response

    Apr 16, 2015Senior Staffing Specialist

    We appreciate your candid feedback. If you would like to discuss this further we are interested in hearing from you. Please email us staffing@prudential.com.

  3. Direcror

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

    I worked at Prudential (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people that are driven towards being the industry leaders in life insurance sales.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance career based on personal merit alone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

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  5. Not enough structure, but can be very rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Professional Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Professional Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Prudential

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning resources.

    Cons

    No follow through with new training, sales tactics, etc.
    Commission based.

  6. Helpful (9)

    Group Insurance---stay away!

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

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

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

    Pros

    pay and benefits are very good. Opportunites for work-life balance (flex time, telecommuting, etc.)

    Cons

    In the nearly 10 years with this company's Group Insurance, I’ve seen it change from a really great place to work into a mean, dysfunctional and harsh environment. The culture is horrible. Technology is old. GI doesn't treat their employees as their best assets. We are their biggest liabilities. If you don’t agree with “senior leadership” your job is "eliminated". You are walking on eggshells every day. Everyone is stressed out over job security and not having enough people to get the work done. Even if you do a great job the threat of termination is always in the air and you never know which day will be your last. Senior “leaders” are brought in to “fix” things but really make it worse because they sit behind closed doors and have no clue how their departments get the work done--mainly because they never asked and only speak to their peers. They are very skilled though at creating disgruntled & stressed out employees. They can’t seem to make up their minds on how to run the business and make some money. When things go wrong everyone starts finger pointing until they can find a scape goat. People are fed up and would leave in a New York minute. Morale is in the gutter. And if your over 40 years old don’t even think about working there or lasting too long. They are purging all of the long term (older) employees by kicking them to the curb. All in all if your looking to add a great company name to your resume, stop by for a few years but get out quickly before they crush your soul.

    Advice to Management

    talk to your people and PLEASE leave HR out of the discussion. Why are they in every staff meeting????

  7. Helpful (4)

    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Prudential full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, challenging work, exposure to a broad set of products & services, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Management from mid to senior levels offers a lot of lip service, differences of opinion based logic and facts are viewed as personal problems, environment is often hostile and highly political

    Advice to Management

    Someday when you fall out of favor, You too will feel humiliated, depressed, and hurt- until then there is no point in giving you advice since your actions, both hostile and inappropriate, are clear indicators of the behavior you approve.

    Prudential Response

    Mar 27, 2015Senior Staffing Specialist

    We appreciate your candid feedback. If you would like to discuss this further, we are interested in hearing from you. Please email us staffing@prudential.com.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Under appreciated, over worked

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

    I have been working at Prudential

    Pros

    PTO, good skills learned, company values

    Cons

    micro managed, don't look at the whole picture, basically forced into working overtime
    rude managers

    Advice to Management

    have a different way to evaluate your employees and consider hard work that has been done

    Prudential Response

    Mar 24, 2015Senior Staffing Specialist

    We appreciate your candid feedback. We encourage you to email us at staffing@prudential.com so that we can refer you to someone who will be able to address your concerns.

  9. Nothing like I expected. :(

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Prudential

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

    Pros

    Fun environment (depends on who you work with) and you learn a lot

    Cons

    Not much. They were pretty cool about everything/.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to get everyone to do sales and make commission forever. It sucks.

    Prudential Response

    Mar 23, 2015Senior Staffing Specialist

    We appreciate your honest feedback. If you’d like to discuss more, feel free to email us at staffing@prudential.com

  10. Helpful (4)

    Started out great - but once you are behind the current you see the truth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Dubuque, IA

    I have been working at Prudential

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

    Pros

    Great Bonuses - Benefits - PTO - Most people want to be helpful but their hands are tied.

    Cons

    If you don't kiss VP's butt or blindly follow and do what ever they say, you will be black balled. The same people have been there to long in the remote locations and rule their kingdoms. People operate out of fear. Remote workers are treated horribly! If someone mentioned they are interested in management, they are promoted to a manager, regardless if they are qualified or not. No new idea's. Just repeat the failures of the past.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your other locations, do just focus on Hartford. There are lots of issues in PA and IA.

    Prudential Response

    Mar 9, 2015Senior Staffing Specialist

    We appreciate your honest/candid feedback. If you’d like to discuss more, feel free to email us at staffing@prudential.com

  11. Helpful (4)

    PRUDENTIAL SALES: Culture and Compensation Review

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

    I have been working at Prudential full-time

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

    Pros

    The job, as a sales producer (i.e. "FP" or "Financial Professional"), offers lots of independence and, IF YOU ARE WELL-CONNECTED offers the theoretical possibility of unlimited compensation. If you are not well-connected, you will have to devote countless hours to prospecting for clients. Sales is a lifestyle, not a job. You are always prospecting. There are numerous trainings and seminars offered. Professional development is good.

    Cons

    Compensation is exclusively commission-based. You will not get a base-salary. You will also pay for some operational expenses and almost all personal marketing. After two years you will pay an "agency fee" of up to $600/month for your desk. Also, if you are selling insurance primarily (as the vast majority of producers are) expect to have your express commission retracted (taken back) due to denial by underwriters, policy lapses within a 12-month period, or client's failing to follow through with underwriting. The result is that you have to constantly write business to account for the constant loss of commission. Because of this compensation arrangement it is actually possible to leave the company indebted to Prudential. I have seen it happen. Morale is not good because there are lots of producers/brokers who are just scraping by. A trend at the company has been to reduce commission percentages and to limit the number of contracts that give the producer residuals (i.e. recurring annual income from past contracts). Senior producers who have been with the company for years admit that the compensation available to producers has plummeted over the past 20 years. The trend continues. You will always be on the road and new clients are unreliable. Some of these cons are inherent in sales: others, as you can see, are not and are specific to Prudential as a company.

    Advice to Management

    Supporting sales staff with an ethical compensation package will increase loyalty, morale, and retention. I don't know but my experience suggests that the retention rate among sales-producers at the company is poor. The expectations do not match the compensation. The newer producers (years 1-4) are expected to attend trainings and agency meetings without compensation. This is unpaid labor. It is unethical and negatively affects morale.

    Prudential Response

    Feb 17, 2015Senior Staffing Specialist

    Thank you for your candid feedback. We appreciate the input we receive from our associates. Prudential has a strong commitment to acting ethically. We hope that you have found Prudential to be a safe ... More

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