Unum Group Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Field office culture varies from office to office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unum Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good benefits, team oriented work, lots of resources for mentorship and learning

    Cons

    poor compensation for support roles in the field, only a handful of job titles in the field so not a lot of options for promotions and growth into other roles

  2. Helpful (2)

    Disappointing

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Unum Group as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Allow you to do your job without micromanaging. Great co-workers willing to train and share their experience and knowledge.

    Cons

    No job security, no appreciation, no promise for future employment. No raise in 13 months

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the "little" people that do the work, the "administrative" type work. Don't discriminate against ones without degrees. Sometimes experience trumps education/degree. Do not implement new systems without testing and testing with live employees, not outside individuals.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Not for everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unum Group

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits, coworkers, senior managements super supportive

    Cons

    Corporate cubicle environment, have to be willing to micromanage staff and performance manage for minute infractions

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  5. Great entry level opportunities, lack internal growth and succession

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unum Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation time, executive management

    Cons

    lack of opportunities, succession, lack respect to loyalty

  6. Helpful (2)

    As your years of experience and age increase, be careful and mindful of the purge(s)....

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    Former Employee - Operations in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Operations in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Unum Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked over 30+ years in two separate departments. My job/position was eliminated in both departments. I went through the Unum/Provident merge and the subsequent purge. Before the merge it wasn't uncommon to see employees with 40+ years of service. Afterwards 35+ was rare. Later on and subsequent purges brought down the likelihood of finding someone with 30+ years of service rare. Eventually, my number came up. I laugh at the reviews of those stating they will be "lifers" who have only been there a few years, as I was also, but got kicked out not once but twice in two separate departments. You are an "employee at will" and they can get rid of you for NO reason at all..
    It is VERY rare to see someone "retire" there now. I personally witnessed 100's of position eliminations throughout my 30+ years of employment. Unum, like all big employers, are known to go through layoffs and to get rid of those who are costing them the most. As your years of service increase and you climb the ladder you start costing them more on the bottom line. The target on your back gets bigger and bigger. Loyalty goes out the window as one dodges position eliminations and employer disloyalty. The only way to stay ahead is the "revolving door approach" learn what you can and get out before you get to old and they kick you out.
    I was fortunate enough to learn not only one but two trades, get my bachelors and associates degree, and climb the ladder in not only one but two different departments. I showed that I could retool and relearn as my years of service increased and that I was very dependable and teachable but obviously Unum did not like these traits.

    Cons

    If you are 40+ years of age and make a good salary and have over 15+ years of service be very careful on Mondays and Fridays. Keep your work history and what projects you've worked on up to date and handy for future employment opportunities as if you get the ax you will be escorted out on a moments notice...This may sound paranoid but I personally witnessed several position eliminations/I.E. escorts out of the building and of course they were not ready and left proof of projects and work history behind.

    Advice to Management

    The days of the "customer" being the "focus" is gone. Now its the "boss" and share holders that are the focus and keeping them happy. Until they go back to what it use to be "customer driven" and experience is utilized and appreciated Unum's name in the marketplace will continue to go down as is currently being witnessed especially in Worcester and Portland.

  7. marketing consultant

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    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Unum Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule. good benefits and pay.

    Cons

    not a lot of growth opportunity in the sales office. very political.

  8. Stable Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unum Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off, location, community involvement.

    Cons

    Changing market, executives not as progressive as other groups in same business.

  9. Awesome people, average pay...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unum Group

    Pros

    Great People, great culture. Genuine care for their workers

    Cons

    Pay is not market competitive

  10. Great

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    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Unum Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great folks. Nice training, fair compensation and benefits etc

    Cons

    Top heavy, cannot keep top technology talent. May consider purchasing technology rather than build from within.

  11. It's a job!

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, ME

    I have been working at Unum Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, positive managers, solid company, amazing campus with plenty of extra teams and groups to join, overall very nice place to me.

    Cons

    The training programs on great and it's very easy to get stuck in one job for a long time unless you actively get out. They are easily the slowest company at making decisions ever. It took me a solid week or two before I could even get approved for applications...

    Advice to Management

    Make a conscious effort to grow your employees, invest in them and they won't leave you for competitors that will.

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