Prudential Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
638 Reviews
3.4
638 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall excellent experience, although I was laid off after more than 10 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Relationship Manager  in  Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President, Relationship Manager in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Prudential full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits and work/life balance. Management is very supportive of work/life balance including telecommuting, occasional work from home, varied schedule, work in an alternate location, etc. Senior Management is very strong, as evidenced by Prudential's journey through the 2008 financial crisis.

    Cons

    Quick to hire and quick to fire. Prudential is very overfunded in their pension, so they are not hesitant to do lay offs and pay out severance. Most of the time, this occurs because you happen to be in the wrong business unit, or organization. Or.... your work is outsourced. What they don't do, is try to get you placed in anticipation of a lay off. Recently over 100 were laid off, yet there were over 600 jobs advertised internally. This is clearly an opportunity for HR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Global Real Estate Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Real Estate Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Global Real Estate Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Prudential full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Top company in it's field with strong leadership

    Cons

    Little support in a new area of company interest and my specialty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the steps to make advances in the global markets - the future of our industry.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Very professional, supportive company to work for, whether one is a parent trying to advance while balancing work/life, a student fresh out of college or a seasoned employee looking for growth opportunities.

    Cons

    It is an insurance company so might be a bit slow for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is a great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Prudential full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The best thing about working in Prudential's professional and personal growth.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is to beat myself to achieve the goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I work with professionals, and that makes me go to another level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is great to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Part of the rock, too big o fail. No matter who you are your voice is heard.

    Cons

    I would like to see more commercials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets make it a better household name through advertisements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Planning Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planning Specialist  in  Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Planning Specialist in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits. Flexible hours. Good work life balance. Lots of room for advancement.

    Cons

    I should of negotiated a better salary. I feel under pay compare to my peers at other companies. Everyone has so much tenure. Most people I meet have been working with the company for 15 plus yeas. Which is a good thing but I must believe there is a lot of complacency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more new people a senior level!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The Best Opportunity a Professional Could Ever Want!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Professional Associate  in  East Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Financial Professional Associate in East Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at Prudential full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Training..Training..Training!! Office Culture and Compensation

    I've read a number of negative reviews and found in my opinion that they must not have had a long term vision of what this Career should be. With any start-up practice you have to sacrifice in the short term to gain long term success. With that being said. Where can you start a 6 figure practice for less than a thousand dollars with a Billion dollar brand. My opinion for anyone thinking about becoming a Financial Services Associate is that if you want a 9-5 with the chance of being fired or downsized, this is not it. If you want freedom of a flexible schedule and income based on your own worth then fully commit to the opportunity and then judge.

    Cons

    If you do not have a hard work ethic and drive, this may not be for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be a resource for your reps and maybe think outside the box of what has been typically done for years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Contract Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist  in  Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Roseland, NJ

    I worked at Prudential for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to work! Pru really stretches you outside your comfort zone. Pru build leaders at all levels. Loved working for Prudential.

    Cons

    Job outsourced to India. So so sad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increased pay is always great!

  10.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prudential

    Pros

    Prudential offers great benefits, fair salaries, work life balance and a lot of extra benefits you will only find at a large organization.

    Cons

    You will find the typical office politics often found at large organizations with a diverse group of employees. In some of the departments you will also find the favoritism obstacle in advancement.

  11.  

    Amazing experience, learned a lot.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retirement Marketing  in  Woodbridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Retirement Marketing in Woodbridge, NJ

    I have been working at Prudential as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    New, fun projects. Gets rigorous after a few weeks. But stays very fun

    Cons

    A lot of free time. At least an hour a day in the beginning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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