Empire Life Reviews

Updated May 30, 2014
Updated May 30, 2014
16 Reviews

3.0
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great People, Positive Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Burlington, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Empire Life as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Office Hours, lots of variety in work and work load.

    Cons

    There are some unorganized systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall not a bad employer

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

    I have been working at Empire Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, pretty laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    No room for development, low salaries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly company, coming up to speed with current technology, yet, in some areas are further ahead than most companies.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology  in  Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Empire Life full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    New and exciting opportunities for new technology.

    Cons

    Initiation stage is slow, but project implementation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key from the top down to the bottom.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work in Kingston

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Empire Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Corporate head office in the heart of a comfortable city. Reasonable room for promotion, steady career, convenient to have employer as group benefits provider

    Cons

    Many non-stimulating jobs, typical of insurance industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Empire Life,

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Empire Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, learning and development; strong community ties.

    Cons

    constant changing management, under-market value rewards

  7.  

    Great place to work if unstable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Empire Life full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friendly, opportunities; learning and development; strong community ties

    Cons

    Unstable, constant changing management, under-market value rewards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less Sr. Management (Directors; VPs; Sr. VPs;) and more stability in middle management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    All talk, no quality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Empire Life full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Community involvement, Kingston is a great city, it's a paycheck

    Cons

    Too top heavy - that is, for such a small company they have a large amount of upper-management level people, some of the upper-management are pretty useless as they have no idea what the lowel-level employees do, short-sighted focus, cater too strongly to sales reps, ancient computer systems, it's about who-you-know instead of how well you work, heavy on the propanganda to their employees about culture and ethics but not a lot of follow through when it counts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to bring in someone in VP role who is willing to objectively see all the areas not working efficiently due to outdated modes or outdated people. Then need to change a lot of people out and change from "this is how we've always done it" to "this is how we are going to do it". Need to improve on how management treats employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    small town mentality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Empire Life full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - low stress environment
    - generally friendly people
    - ok benefits

    Cons

    - hideous systems
    - senior management acts like a close knit group with no hope of new ideas coming into the company
    - they like to think they are open minded but they are not - it all about who you know
    -butt kissing is the sole criteria for rising in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want your company to perform better, try hiring people who are smart and then listen to them. there is too much politics in who gets hired and promoted and its all based on butt kissing. this is not going to appeal to good people who can help you become better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good UGDP program, more room for improvement...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - UGDP Program  in  Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern - UGDP Program in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Empire Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good rotational Program
    - Exposure to various business units.
    - Interesting projects and potential to contribute.
    - Some of the projects are really high-level, if you get lucky you may get an amazing rotation with a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    - many of the rotation are really boring, and you are not given enough work for your time.
    - The HR department is old fashioned, and don't retain talent.
    - Culture is afraid of change,with many long-time employees who lack the appetite for progress, new ideas.
    - Low awareness about the program, many people think you are a student.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better rotational assignments.
    - Improve the culture, bring more younger people in and try to retain them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    it's a paycheck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Empire Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good pay, normal working hours provides good work / life balance, nice people, great service to clients

    Cons

    backwards in technology, infrastructure makes it difficult to be productive, lots of inefficiencies and disorganized, slow in progress and moving on common industry trends, lack of vision, drive and strategy to move the business forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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