Unum Group

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Unum Group Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
141 Reviews
3.7
141 Reviews
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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 14 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    solid experience at Unum

    Current Employee - Technical Consultant
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant

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

    Pros

    solid insurance product - strong recurring sales;

    Cons

    aging IT systems, Silo'd management and IT teams, lack of agile thinking and close understanding of the business needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to truly understand the importance of lean and customer experience.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Company

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

    I have been working at Unum Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, generally provides good work-life balance, some areas provide nice advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Don't count on a raise unless you change job levels, which can be difficult to do. Old software systems don't work together and can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the conservative strategy, but provide more communication to non-management employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unum Group is a good stable organization

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

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

    Pros

    Leader in industry with a national presence

    Cons

    Sales offices have limited career advancement opportunities within the organization

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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Stable job security with room to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    From what I've witnessed first hand and second hand, this company is better than most when it comes to weighing pros and cons. The benefits are good. Medical, dental, vision, etc. and 401K match up to 5%. The company generally cares about its customers and the employees first behind making a profit. There are opportunities to rise within the company and they make walk-ins feel empowered in upward mobility. People can work from home. You get a decent amount of PTO days from the start. Unum is a big contributor in the community at large, giving to charities, partnering with education, internships, tuition reimbursement, & drives of every kind. The people here also, mostly, get along. We have a lot of smart, talented individuals and the company makes employees do a lot to live the brand - essentially setting the bar really high and measuring every inch to ensure we can strive to such standards. On top of this Unum also offers a decent incentive bonus every year, an above average fitness facility, group clubs, shopping discounts, and other wellness programs. In the end, would I recommend this place to a friend, absolutely.

    Cons

    Company culture is mostly conservative, read not a lot of young people, or only in certain departments. The daily work is not very cool. Sales people are treated like hotshots on account of they generate $$$ for us. Some job roles can be very time consuming. You might be the only one of your team not in the same physical home office. Cubicles everywhere. Gym memberships and classes are grossly too expensive. Technology in general, right down to the generic computers given to us, the outdated browsers we're forced to use, and the systems that run this company are lackluster, and behind the pace of our competitors. We have a real shortage of technology innovation from the top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read employee complaints and adjust please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    FMLA LEAVE SPECIALIST

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

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed working for the company as they invest in employees and believes in promoting within. The work dress standards are business casual and I did not experience micromanagement. Employees were given the freedom to complete tasks responsibly and on time.

    Cons

    I have no cons to report at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're very open to new ideas and implemented an open-door policy for all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Professional Organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administration in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Administration in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Unum Group as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for advancement and training

    Cons

    Has had many corporate changes overall; but what corporation hasn't.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great Benefits and opportunity to make good money

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Unum Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great office atmosphere with a lot of experience. I love to travel and the role allows me to do that. In addition, bonuses pay out throughout the year.

    Cons

    The field is often overlooked compared to the home office. In addition, the change in account management has changed and it has been difficult to get some clients on board with that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Unum Group is a great company to work for

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

    I worked at Unum Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent attention to work life balance on a corporate level (depends on your manager and what department you work for). Great medical, dental and vision benefits, including decent 401k matching, and ability to purchase Unum's voluntary benefits products at a good price such as Group Critical Illness insurance, long term care insurance, etc. 10,000 employees worldwide to network with.

    Cons

    Corporate red tape as at any large company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President & Actuary in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President & Actuary in Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    1. They are an industry leader in their business
    2. Very good working culture - people are very good to each other
    3. Operational improvements have been very significant over the last several years. Along with strong financial position, they are well positioned when the economy improves.
    4. Benefits are very good, while salaries are market average.
    5. Long tenures and they like to promote from within.

    Cons

    Good work will be recognized, but it's an insurance company, so it's not flashy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Constant Reorganization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, ME

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

    Pros

    Very generous paid time off benefits

    Cons

    Constant reorganization which causes major disruption and inefficiency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not reorganize just for the sake of reorganizing. Think though how reorganization can cause disruption and inefficiency to the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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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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