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Prudential Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
620 Reviews

3.3
620 Reviews
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Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is good but still depends on what team you belong (in 80 reviews)

  • Good benefits package - new employees are still eligible for a pension (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance of sales will drive most to leave within the first few years (in 23 reviews)

  • 15 appoiuntments unless is is your personal friends and family (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    World class employer; diverse, inclusive, and poised for even more growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Information Systems  in  Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager, Information Systems in Newark, NJ

    Pros

    Leadership is committed to meeting market expectations, but also to the associates who drive that value. Management's tone at the top is that of diversity and inclusion, of ethical practices, and continued improvements. I've never had bad things to say about Prudential.

    Cons

    As opposed to the company's leaders, local management (mid-level) can be tone deaf and reactive. Tight budgets in one department may lead to quiet layoffs and eliminating talented staff who may have been better utilized. Other areas may have managers who may have been promoted to more senior positions, but never learned how to develop vision and strategy. The result is a wonderful company whose employees experiences' differ greatly depending on the management team. Work-life balance and other factors also vary by job type.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers often get promoted because they are good managers, but at some point the good ones pivot and begin leading. Building a successful team, department, division, segment, or company is about having a vision and executing plans toward it. It's also about getting associates to perform their best by keeping them engaged and inviting them to participate in creative ways. Prudential could do a better job emphasizing that "pivot" to Directors and above, and cultivating an environment where it is implemented consistently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Recognition. Great coworkers. Decent bonuses. Travel trips are fun. Good product set. I like it so far.

    Cons

    Some growing pains and tech issues. Compensation is no so transparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    RS

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Actuary  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Associate Actuary in Omaha, NE

    Pros

    Good Work Ethics, Growth, Location, Adaptability, Training

    Cons

    Tremendous Pressure, Long Hours, Pay, Permanence, Culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try Easing Out

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Welcoming Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Realtor  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Realtor in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Training is one of the best out there and Flexible hours

    Cons

    Not that many cons, besides slow activity in some markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company and benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales  in  Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Plymouth, MN

    Pros

    Had a Very good Benefits

    Cons

    Downsized at the tail end of the Great Recession - not based on production

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    It has been good so far, not really perfect.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Information Systems  in  Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager, Information Systems in Newark, NJ

    Pros

    A lot of friendly people to work with. The salary is also competitive. It also create a lot of challenging atmosphere for folks who are interested in getting a lot of good skills and building up on experiences.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career advancements for a lot of IT employees. Also, some supervisors do not take time to understand their surbodinates better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training for employees is suggested. Upper management should work on creating more opportunities for career advancements and promotions for hard working individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Roseland, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Roseland, NJ

    Pros

    Cares about it's employees, good work-life balance (flexible work schedule, telecommuting, etc.), great work culture, very ethical, good fitness center & fitness programs

    Cons

    Pay is probably average at best compared to most companies; should do more promoting from within rather than hiring so many external VP's that don't know the business as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    place more value on employee performance through promotions and larger salary increases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work environment, great benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Pru was a nice place to work. The benefits for me were key, as I had two babies while working for the company. I was given great benefits and enjoyed a 6 month maternity leave.

    Cons

    I wish I could have had more flexibility in the job. Working from home part-time, or having flex time hours would have been really helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Financial Planning and Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst

    Pros

    This is a big company where I can learn new things everyday and has a lot of opportunities to improve my career like job training and opportunity to work with different department.

    Cons

    I was a contract employee so I did not have benefits, but I heard benefits in Prudential is excellent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Manager in Prudential has a tendency of giving a good training and a good chance to employee to sharp their knowledge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Best Place To Start A Career

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

    Pros

    As a Financial Professional, you have a ton of freedom, both with your time as well as the type of practice you wish to build. You are primarily paid via commission, so the sky is the limit. Training is considered to be some of the best in the industry. Benefits are amazing - 401(k) match, stock purchase plans, life, health, disability insurance, etc.

    Cons

    Sometimes having a ton of freedom can feel like no one cares until you have closed a big deal. This also harbors feelings that no one is guiding you down the right path to success. Rather they are just patting you on the back when you do something good, because they are earning a commission when you sell. When you look at the commission structure versus an independent broker, you really should be getting more guidance. The fact that you are paid via commission also has it's pitfalls when you don't get paid. Costs up-front to become an advisor can be a challenge for some when you factor in the life and health insurance exam, series 6 & 63 study material and exams, fingerprints, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more engaged with new and veteran hires. Your job isn't over just because an agent made it through training, or has had a few years of success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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