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Sun Life Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
99 Reviews
3.0
99 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Variety of experience; good benefits (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexibility and work environment are extremely positive (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Very strong politics especially when you start dealing with senior management (in 13 reviews)

  • Not many opportunities for advancement, Salary increases very minimal, too many senior managers (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to begin an insurance career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, CT

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fair compensation for the type of work, competitive benefits and vacation time, flexibility to work from home, friendly office culture

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, unrealistic deadlines and workloads, little attention to employee development, and stressful vacation planning because of lack of organization / coverage while out of the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to help employees advance to their career in order to retain them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company. Constant changes in leadership provide limited growth opportunities

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

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    Conservative Canadian company with good benefits

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Many managers are detail oriented, and not big picture focused. They know their department and products, but don't know how to step back and be strategic in moving the company forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act on diversity. Time is spent talking about it, but the company does little to actively promote it. Just take a look at how homogenous the leadership is…..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Review

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

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

    Great Benefits within the company

    Cons

    Strategy changes frequently in the company

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Was a great place to work until the life insurance division went down the tubes

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

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, competitive pay, is accessible via public transportation, and offered (the past tense being emphasized) opportunities to grow and build a career. The people with whom I worked were some of the most hardworking, friendly, and cooperative co-workers that I've ever met. Overall the environment used to be positive and geared toward productivity.

    Cons

    Due to a constant shifting of upper level management over the past four years and those individuals' business decisions, the overall mood of the company changed from "we're a team" to "it's every man for himself." Another frustrating thing is that, for many positions, once you're employed there is a freeze in terms of moving to other jobs or department, sometimes lasting two years. The regulation is understandable, but stifling all the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attempt to recruit some new blood in hopes of rebuilding some of the positivity from the past, because many of the employees are still jaded and unhappy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good for entry level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Actuary in Wellesley, MA
    Current Intern - Actuary in Wellesley, MA

    I have been working at Sun Life as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly to international students, a good place to start.

    Cons

    Employees do not focus enough on work, playing around during work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It is what it is.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company is stable and strong; you don't have to worry about it going away any time soon. Benefits are good for employees.

    Cons

    The company valued appearance over reality; they'd rather you "look busy" than be efficient. Pay is under average for the industry for the support staff. Workloads are not managed well, with some people being over-busy and others having too much time (and then being forced to find pointless make-work to fill in the time).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad job to get your feet wet.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Revision Specialist in Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Revision Specialist in Windsor, CT

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility and work environment are extremely positive. Entry level salaries are decent.

    Cons

    Extremely hard to grow in the company. Better to get in and get experience and then move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to encourage good employees to stay or you're going to lose the talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent company, no room for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in Wellesley, MA

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary is competitive
    Great co-workers
    Convenient location
    Free parking
    Great benefits
    Ample vacation time

    Cons

    Job security is shaky at best lately
    Very little room to advance at the company
    Culture has taken a down turn in recent years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees feel like you want them there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented workers leave for more challenge and advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, excellent educational opportunities, excellent benefits

    Cons

    No way to advance for the individual contributor . Talented, and hard working people are often overlooked for promotions, and leave in order to advance. Hiring managers outside of claims are pompous and narrow minded .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directives come from Canada, and don't always transfer well to the US market. Get out of your glass towers and talk to the Minions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for but hard to advance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Sales Manager in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Internal Sales Manager in Wellesley, MA

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free parking, cafeteria food is affordable, gym on site. Good work/life balance. Easy access to some upper management.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, some managers have been there for many years and don't like change. Slow to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more on image, people, resources, developing the right products. Need to be more aggressive when it comes to promoting the company. Make decisions faster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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