CNO Financial Group

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CNO Financial Group Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
58 Reviews
2.5
58 Reviews
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CNO Financial Group CEO and Director Edward J. (Ed) Bonach
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • CNO offers a good work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunities in the short term, for resume building (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is a good ol' boys club that offers lucrative contracts to associates without regard for the business outcome (in 4 reviews)

  • Management and Upper management look at their employees like numbers instead of people (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good at first but went downhill fast

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Carmel, IN

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

    Pros

    They had good people...so long as they did not get laid off. Provided a good selection of software tools to use.

    Cons

    Top heavy management and apparently random layoff of working staff. They laid off a few senior people and had to bring them back because no else could do their job. That is how stupid management was

    One VP promised upper management they would convert six systems to new application in nine months when the industry standard is about 12-18 months to convert one system. They did it in about a year but the conversion was faulty due to hurrying the job. Another example of poor management.

    They were real big on project management. I worked on project where the project manager finished up the project plan about a week after the project wrapped. I never found a project manager there who was of any value to me. I often attended weekly hour-long meetings where I would contribute my 30 seconds and then get nothing from any other part of the meeting. Their main job seemed to be churning out paper for upper management.

    I quit because I did not know from one day to the next if I would have a job or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce your executive payroll and hire more good people to actually do the work. Be careful of the promises made by middle management officers on the lookout to move up in the company. They can lie to you or mislead you in order to look good and then pressure their staff to meet an unrealistic deadline with a defective product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Small company feel, focus on results

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    People generally care about what they are doing
    Midwestern values makes for a pleasant work environment
    Good leadership who know how to lead the company to success

    Cons

    Some people have a hard time keeping up with technological advances
    Old school thinking can lead to getting stuck in ruts
    Lack of attention to 21st century marketing processes and insight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some top notch consumer and insight marketers

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

    Friends get promoted, not qualified people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN

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

    Pros

    Growing company, job security, location

    Cons

    The managers are not qualified managers and therefore are unable to lead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your people are doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carmel, IN

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

    Pros

    There are small pockets for really good people

    Cons

    Lack of incentives at the lower levels make people not want to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good people, soso business, need progress on business

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Trainee in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Actuarial Trainee in Carmel, IN

    I worked at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    people are very friendly over there

    Cons

    no promissing career growth, soso business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more time to deal with the growth of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very much an old boy's club atmosphere. Not much loyalty from management to the employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay was above average

    Cons

    Management seemed to have no direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Struggling company with low employee morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Agent Care Representative in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Agent Care Representative in Carmel, IN

    I worked at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a good work/life balance with the company; hours are very regulated and it's perfect for those who are concerned with schedule maintenance.

    Cons

    Poor employee management with top-down directives that have no on-the-ground perspectives; constantly changing initiatives without seeing any one out; hiring ambitious college grads with promises of promotional opportunities that later turn out to be merely a carrot on a stick; politically charged environment; high employee turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on lowering your employee turnover with more incentives to stay (or by lessening the frustrations that cause people to leave). Give your employees the tools to succeed and then TRUST them to utilize those tools effectively. Use positive instead of negative reinforcement to motivate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Alright

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group

    Pros

    Good incentives when you are doing your job well

    Cons

    Not made for call center work

  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Carmel, IN

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, kept updated, great educational opportunies for employees, and lots of parking.

    Cons

    Crazy deadlines to meet in short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Going back to 2004 the employee office culture was nice, everyone seem to want the company to move forward. But along the way, it was more about management getting the perks and the associated getting nothing. When I got hired I was so proud in 2002, but then in 2009 the company changed so much. Moral was so low, and was hard to see people just leaving. I would say to management to help develope their employees to be sucessful, and mentor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not a great experience as a technology team member

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at CNO Financial Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours both a contractor and full-time employee

    Cons

    Old technology, no room to advance, job is very mundane

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to not only direct reports but 2 and 3 down as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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