Unum Group Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
127 Reviews
3.9
127 Reviews
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Unum Group President, CEO, and Director Tom Watjen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Unum stresses a great work-life balance and backs it up by offering a generous amount of vacation time (in 12 reviews)

  • Strong benefits package and lots of paid time off (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management and business leaders do not value technology or staff (in 6 reviews)

  • big company, unrealistic goals, too number focused (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Just starting out, outlook is excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Development Program Associate  in  Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Professional Development Program Associate in Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits at Unum are top-notch as many other reviewers have reported. However, I've found that it is the people at Unum (managers or otherwise) that make the experience at Unum great. The people I've met thus far are well grounded in reality. They will not forget that you are a person and not a machine. The Paid Time Off is incredible and the work environment is busy but supportive. It is easy to make friends, laugh with coworkers and still be productive.

    Cons

    Not all organizations within Unum are constantly advancing or coming up with innovative ideas. However, an insurance company does not need to be a cutting edge technology company. Projects may take longer than they should to complete in some organizations because there are many day-to-day tasks that trump special projects. This really isn't a con because there are parts of the business that just need to work. But if you are looking for rapid innovation don't join sectors that are about the day-to-day grind. Look for groups at Unum that develop strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no complaints about the managers I've interacted with. Almost all are friendly or at least reasonable. There is plenty of communication between managers and direct reports.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stability, Opportunity, and Career Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Development Program Associate  in  Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Professional Development Program Associate in Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    The opportunities that have been afforded to me at Unum have been tremendous. Apart from having a dynamic and engaged senior leadership team, the company places extra emphasis on professional development and commitment to our customers, shareholders and communities. The value that we provide to individuals in their time of financial hardship also makes coming to work very fulfilling. In addition, the company is in strong financial standing which makes me encouraged about career stability and longevity. Management really emphasizes work-life balance which I know many peers of mine at other companies are not so fortunate to have. Overall, very impressed and am glad to be part of the Unum family.

    Cons

    We are often criticized as being "too collaborative" which can sometimes stalemate the ability to accomplish key business objectives in the most efficient manner. I enjoy being surrounded by friendly people, but at times the politics of navigating the business can be frustrating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    AWESOME Employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Unum Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Incredible company with even better employees. Ample opportunity for professionald growth and development. Huge commitment to the communities in which the company operates. Good benefits package - including paid time off, retirement, health, vision, dental, etc. Also provides employees with paid time for volunteering! ACCESSIBLE senior leadership team - see them regularly in the hallways and they always remember names and say hello.

    Cons

    As with any company that operates across multiple geographical locations, it can be challenging to adjust to slight cultural differences between sites. While some departments offer great flexibility when it comes to work schedules (build your own daily schedule around core business hours of 9-3, flexibiltiy for occassional work at home arrangements, etc.), there is some work that could be done for more consistency across departments and sites within the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Oustanding Career Development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Development Program Associate  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Professional Development Program Associate in Chattanooga, TN

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

    Pros

    Unum's leadership development program is the best in the industry. The program gives young adults exposure to senior leader mentorship and offers an indepth tour around the company. Associates complete 3 rotations in different areas of the corporation for 12-18 months each. Upon program completion, placement into a director level role is the norm.

    Cons

    Rotations sometimes require temporary relocation among company headquarters. While a great opportunity, this can be difficult for colleagues with spouses or young families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disability Benefits Specialist  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Disability Benefits Specialist in Chattanooga, TN

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

    Pros

    Terrific company for those looking for a career and significant growth opportunity. Promotions are based on job performance as opposed to politics and senior level management is very approachable. Managers spend an extraordinary amount of time developing their team members for future positions. Unum stresses a great work-life balance and backs it up by offering a generous amount of vacation time. Unum is a company with high moral values and they truly practice what they preach.

    Cons

    It takes a while to feel as though you are really contributing to the organization as most jobs require time to adjust to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great customer focus and treats employees very well

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disability Benefit Specialist  in  Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Disability Benefit Specialist in Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Unum has a genuine regard for their customers. The customer focused is highlighted throughout the company and is examplified by upper management. Each employee has a developmental plan that is reviewed and encouraged by managers. Unum has a great work environment with strong company values around family.

    Cons

    Because the company is so large, many positions are monotonous. However, there is much opportunity to grow in your career and switch positions which helps mitigate this problem.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Best place I ever worked

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology
    Former Employee - Information Technology

    I worked at Unum Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It was great place to work. I can't tell you how much I learned and grew as a professional at UNUM. It's the best place I ever worked. I was a manager and I had a great group that reported to me, they were hardworking and professional 100% of the time. My peers were top notch and some of the best in the business, and even though I didn't see eye to eye with my director, he was a good manager.
    The pay was good, great vacation, flexible work arrangements, fantastic bonus, I can't say enough about how great it was working there. I must of suffered a "brain fart" when I decided to leave, because it was an awful decision on my part.

    Cons

    I hated the performance review process. You had to have a certain % in each bracket including "do not meets" which was awful. When you take time to work with people and put together a plan and they ALL are meeting or exceeding their plan, how are you going to pick someone to fall in this bracket just so your department is showing a bell curve for the performance plan Having to do this honestly keep me up at night. I spent time with my employees trying to help them develop and grow and then I had to pick someone just so I'm showing a poor performer even though they really weren't. This was a nightmare for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the performance review curve and let the managers rate the employees on how they really perform. You have a lot more satisfied employees and the relationships between the employees and managers would be better.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Field Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Unum Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Great benefits and great pay

    Cons

    I did not have any issues with this company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Four months with temp agency then moved on.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Records Order Specialist  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Medical Records Order Specialist in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Unum Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, easy job, very lenient.

    Cons

    My experience at Unum was valuable yet restricted in advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some work and don't stand around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    great employer to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unum Group

    Pros

    compensation, management, and opportunity to advance

    Cons

    market competitiveness and difficult to do business with

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Unum Building, Chattanooga (Photo thanks to Flickr user Larry Miller, available under by-nc-nd v2.0)
Side of Unum building and part of parking lot during the snow storm we had a few weeks back. (Photo thanks to Flickr user Always, Erika with permission, All rights reserved.)
Unum Building, Chattanooga (Photo thanks to Flickr user Larry Miller, available under by-nc-nd v2.0)

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