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Aetna Reviews in Middletown, CT

Updated June 8, 2014
Updated June 8, 2014
580 Reviews
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Aetna Chairman, President, and CEO Mark T. Bertolini
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fast paced environment; flexibility for work at home; opportunity for advancement (in 116 reviews)

  • so far more paid time off as well as more emphasis on work/life balance (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Aetna used to be focused on employee satisfaction and work life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Each year's health insurance costs more with lesser benefits and higher deductibles (in 31 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Middletown, CT

    I worked at Aetna as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very structured but organized company.

    Cons

    The parking at this facility was terrible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Held three positions.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer, Applications Support in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer, Applications Support in Middletown, CT

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

    Pros

    Technology, people, work atmosphere, standards

    Cons

    too much outsourcing leaving Americans without jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Short contract but I really wanted to stay longer because everything made sense-

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Middletown, CT

    I worked at Aetna as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Educational mindset, cutting edge technology and for the most part smart people looking to share information as well as learn information.

    Cons

    If the business area(s) that you are working in are not performing to their standard, they have no hesitation in letting contractors go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's not what you know, but who you know

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT

    I worked at Aetna

    Pros

    Flexible hours in my dept
    Good co-workers
    Some opportunities to learn new skills, etc

    Cons

    Manager obviously had favorite people - he only talked to me & my co-workers if he needed something done or we didn't do something correctly or quickly enough.
    Management style was to throw people into new situations (with no direction) to see how they would handle it - he thought everyone should be able to figure things out without any help.
    Also many at the management level lack actual people skills.
    Never showed any appreciation for job well done - only pointed out flaws and provided "constructive criticism".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes hiring right out of college is not the best thing to do. Also, some actual management training for those promoted from within the ranks would be useful. Recognize and reward your employees when things go right - don't just point out all the negative.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Aetna Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Portfolio Manager in Middletown, CT

    I worked at Aetna

    Pros

    Aetna is generally a good place to work. Everyone really does work hard working and the management has a decent direction.

    Cons

    The benefits are not the best. Stress level is generally high and even though the company supports work/life balance, you don’t always get it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a better understanding of what is happening on the ground floor. It seemed like there was a disconnect somewhere in the management chain where that understanding was missing.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Underwriting new business national accounts (3,000 or more employees)

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriting Consultant in Middletown, CT
    Current Employee - Underwriting Consultant in Middletown, CT

    I have been working at Aetna

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, flexible schedule, lap top

    Cons

    Workload is inconsistent, will either be overwhelmed or will have nothing to do at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to provide more rewards for hard work such as bonuses or paid time off.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not the worst job I've ever had...but not the best!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Consultant in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Information Consultant in Middletown, CT

    I worked at Aetna

    Pros

    - Steady job
    - Not mind-blowingly difficult
    - Comprehensive training program
    - Seemed like you could advance to middle management fairly easily (woo hoo!)

    Cons

    - Boring, boring, boring!
    - Pay was so-so
    - Health benefits sucked! Deductible was well over $1000, avoided getting care several times because I didn't have the money considering how much I was making. HSA my @$$.
    - Very bureaucratic
    - Got several e-mails bullying employees into voting against health care reform (and this was during the Bush administration) - not cool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to streamline - too much bureaucracy and not enough intelligent leadership! CEO making a ton of money (and probably has great health benefits!) while young employees can't afford healthcare.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Delivery Specialist in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Business Systems Delivery Specialist in Middletown, CT

    I worked at Aetna

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balanace, nice gym facilities and outdoor trails, community services sponsored by the company - bbq's, games, service days. One will get new projects every now and then. Good for technical skill building if you are new to the workforce. They hire lots of interns and new grads from CT schools. Most of them continue to work at Aetna after their internship is over. Middle management is good in their leadership skills.

    Cons

    Large company - lots of layers to ger something done. This is a norm in a large company. If you expect things to be done in a day.. this is not the place to be at. Most projects are months and years long before you see a product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up with the open door policy.

    Recommends
  10.  

    If you can find a better place, go for it!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Middletown, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Middletown, CT

    I have been working at Aetna

    Pros

    Good solid job if you have it (and are able to keep it... lots of layoffs lately). Work at home is allowed.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs this year in IT. Large offshore presence in India, which means USA IT jobs are never really safe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that knowledge that's not inhouse is knowledge lost.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Boring but steady.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Middletown, CT
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Middletown, CT

    I have been working at Aetna

    Pros

    relatively stable, good benefits and salary. They go out of their way to portray diversity in ads and brochures. So overbaord you'll hardly ever see a white male.

    Cons

    layoffs always possible. Political change could hurt company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't layoff employees while you are spending millions on construction.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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