MetLife – Why Work For Us?

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As one of the world’s largest and most successful life insurance and financial services companies, MetLife makes a difference in the lives of over 90 million customers around the world who count on us to help them pursue more from life every day. We’re leading the global transformation of our industry through performance and innovation. But it all begins with talented individuals like you.

We’re investing in developing the potential of our employees. One of the ways we do this is by hosting annual Innovation Summits for high-potential leaders. We’ve even brought new products to market in as little as six months based on employee recommendations. Now that’s putting innovation to work.

MetLife serves over 90 of the top one hundred Fortune 500® companies, providing a breadth of financial services, insurance, annuities and employee benefits. If you’re ready to make life matter and be challenged to develop solutions that matter most to you, at MetLife, you can. Join us in leading the way.

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At MetLife, we’re focused on meeting the needs of our customers. We call it customer centricity. For everyone to succeed together, we know we have to set standards of excellence for identifying our employees’ individual opportunities, and accomplishments too. That’s why we implement new technologies to collaborate and share our goals publicly, and recognize customer success stories from within our team. We’re breaking down silos, challenging assumptions, and finding new means to succeed locally and globally.

We’re also investing in realizing the potential of our people by training our top leadership on how to support individual professional development. As an employer of choice, we have developed professional trainings and personal development calendars. We also recognize professional achievements with even greater opportunities to make an impact. So we’ll challenge you to make your goals and your career matter more to you.


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At MetLife, meaningful work with real impact isn’t reserved for just a few. We are committed to creating a culture in which every member of our team has the opportunity to make a difference to the success of our business. We’re developing leaders who act inclusively, encouraging others to forge their own ideas and motivating our people to live their dreams both professionally and personally.

To become a world-class company, we’re building a work environment on shared values, one that engages all our team members to help people pursue more from life. This extends to special programs in the regions in which we operate, such as MetLife Foundation’s enduring support for communities in the wake of natural disasters. It also impacts the way we celebrate the diverse communities within our own organization with strong and active Employee Resource Groups. Discover how you can join us.

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    Outstanding company, but inconsistent experience for associates

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A company that you can be proud to work for.
    Decent pay and benefits.
    Incredible work/life balance (depending on the organization)
    Pockets of excellence and some really cutting-edge architecture, technology and behaviors
    Some of the best people that I've ever had the pleasure of working with
    Lots of opportunity to contribute (depending on your manager)

    Cons

    Small pockets of political backstabbing and "culture of blame" groups.
    Pockets of outdated technology and behaviors.
    No accountability or 360-degree feedback for managers. Luckily, most are good, but there's no mechanism for calling out the ones destroying morale.
    Extremely poor oversight of the transition of IT Staff to Raleigh. Many people are being hired and given no support, direction or motivation and it's created a lot of dissent and frustration. Managers should have been moved/hired first like they did on the business side.
    Generous separation packages encouraged people who *could* find jobs to take the money and run rather than relocate or look for internal reassignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing/moving/building leadership in Raleigh to mitigate the damage to morale that's already occured/occuring.
    Implement bottom-up feedback and reviews to identify the managers that are undermining your vision.
    Put skills inventories back in place to identify the talent that you have rather than continually going outside to consultants or hiring to plug gaps that don't actually exist.
    Leverage the breadth of experience that your people bring to the table instead of being narrowly focused on HR-defined job functions.
    Shift more responsibility/accountability to managers and employees and stop consolidating all of the decision-making at the top. (eg: operating budgets, expenses, bonuses, salary treatment, etc.) If the managers can't handle it, train them or replace them. Fund services appropriately and let the managers figure out how to deliver.
    Consider incentivizing employees to stay rather than paying them to leave.

    5 out of the 7 managers that I had there were among the best that I ever had. If it hadn't been for the package, I would have jumped at the opportunity to join another team within the company. While I could (and did) find a higher level position and salary, there's a lot to be said for being part of MetLife.

    If you're a current employee and frustrated, just know that it's not the whole company. Talk to other teams and look for other opportunities. There's a reason why some people stay with the company for their entire career and it's not apathy.

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    The interviewing process is not difficult. Being self motivated in this position is the key to being successful. They look for someone who can work on their own. Being friendly and a people person is so important. working in this industry it isn't just about selling products and making the numbers but it is about helping people, which is Metlife goal.

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MetLife Awards & Accolades

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Best Insurance Brand in United States of America, Global Brands Magazine, 2013
Top Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives, 2012
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
Employees’ Choice -50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2009
Top 50 Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc, 2012
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Additional Info

Website www.metlife.com
Headquarters New York, NY
Size 5000+ Employees
Type Company - Public (MET)
Industry Insurance
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors AIG, Prudential, Allianz

Part of its name may imply "metropolitan," but the company is found in villages, towns, and huge cities around the world. MetLife is the largest life insurer in the US; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company is its flagship insurance subsidiary. Its Insurance Products segment includes all of its group and individual life insurance and non-medical health insurance products (dental, disability, illness). Its Retirement Products segment includes its annuity products. MetLife's Auto & Home segment works through subsidiary Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance (MPC... More

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