Sun Life
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Updated May 27, 2014
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3.1 266 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Sun Life CEO Dean Connor

Dean Connor

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53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Politics of a regime change

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAbility to work from home. Work-life balance is excellent. Substantial vacation time. Good exit packages when layoffs occur. If you're complacent you can stay here for a long time.

    ConsYearly layoffs and they often occur around the holidays. They've been eliminating older employees for years now. If you're over 50 you're on the chopping block.

    Office culture in Canada is night and day compared to US. Folks in CA like their job and they're proud of the company. People in the US show up for a pay check and often wonder if they're part of the next round of layoffs.

    Office politics is brutal. Lots of large personalities here with no room for growth making pretend that this is corporate America. Several managers/Dir/AVP's are brutal to work for. Clearly they are "lifers" and not happy about it and feel the need to treat employees very poorly.

    Regime changes, SLF loves to bring in flunkies from other organizations such as Bank of Montreal or Lincoln Financial. They should try to minimize the potential impact and only bring on one employee from another firm, not the entire "click."

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart running the company as one, not separate entities.

    Don't ever buy a stadium and then lay off 3500 employees the next day.

    Stop laying off US employees annually. Stop layoffs at Christmas.

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

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    Pays the bills if you don't mind being zombified

    Senior Software Developer/Analyst (Current Employee)
    Wellesley Hills, MA

    ProsWork-life balance? 70% of the development and BSA staff are doing nothing most of the time while Project Management and SVPs bicker and play politics. Salaries are competitive and there is opportunity for advancement if you are good at politics (not your job). The problem with work/life balance here is a lack of challenging work, actually. On-campus gym was a big plus for me.

    ConsCulture is absolutely soul-destroying if you care about your work in any way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck!

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

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    Lame

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI would say that there's a lot of excitement in the beginning. Lots of training and such. However one quickly realizes that the company is a horrible place to work.

    ConsFrequent layoffs and no room for growth. Employees are treated like cattle, not people. Not happy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a grip.

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    Great start to my career

    Database Administrator (Former Employee)
    Framingham, MA

    ProsGood people, right off of 128 - the location was a big part of why I chose to work there

    ConsToo many people - easy to get lost in the shuffle. If you're looking for career advancement go somewhere smaller

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    This was a horrible working experience!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Wellesley Hills, MA

    ProsDecent Salary
    Good Location
    Employee's good to work with

    ConsLack of compassion from Management
    Management did not listen to employees
    Management would say one thing and do another
    Blame first ask questions later atmosphere

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow Employee's more respect

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Group Insurance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Windsor, CT

    ProsThe people that work here are very nice, but incredibly scared of th on-going lay offs in the organization.

    ConsThere are a lot of problems with this group. They have people who are clearly not qualified in senior positions. There is a "good old boys" network at management levels. Women do not get same treatment. You need to question whether employees are treated fairly in the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-evaluate the management group

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    group insurance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Windsor, CT

    Prosflexible work schedule
    decent work station
    little micromanagement

    Conslittle to no opportunity for advancement
    little to no training. learn as you go.
    little motivation to excel (see above regarding zero opportunity for advancement)
    stale environment
    review process is stunted

    Advice to Senior ManagementForget status quo and start recognizing your internal talent. Treat them accordingly. You'd be surprised what you'd see out of them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not the best not the worst

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsYou get a great Discount

    Consyou really have nowhere to go

    Advice to Senior Managementopen your eyes

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    Lacking in solid support and leadership in certain corporate office areas.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsThe good news in there are openings in different corporate areas that will allow you to potentially expand your career.

    ConsBeware the long-time employees who know nothing more than this corporate culture and are not of a mind to really support change, or support you through it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look around you; all the "leaders" are not on the same page.

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

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    Rather Not Say (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsGood benefits, nice clean offices

    ConsFavouritism, if your liked your golden, if not your dead in the water. Work loads to high, very reactive. Senior managers all located at a different location and have no idea what's going on at the other site.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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