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Great place to start off career with new skills, learn negotiating with clients, and develop time management skills.

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Current Employee - Underwriting Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA
Current Employee - Underwriting Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA

I have been working at Aetna

Pros

Laid back atmosphere with friendly people. Always have enough time to complete your work and know deadlines in advance. Get to learn Excel programming on independent projects and how to use various systems. Learn how to organize, prioritize, and effectively use limited resources to meet client's needs. Learn how to negotiate with tough salespoeple and develop communication skills. Great training programs both online and internal company trainings with constant new systems, products, and processes to learn. Get 3 weeks of PTO plus the usual holidays. Have lots of mini team events like luncheons, birthday lunchs, appreciation days, and holiday parties year around with great food.

Cons

Methodology in using systems and processes is not unified amongst different teams and regions. Deadlines from salespeople with their requests fluctuates widely and sometimes there are very intense days where you don't have enough time to finish your tasks. Sales people are not as educated on systems and processes that underwriting uses. Some days there is nothing to do. Work type becomes extremely repetitive and boring after a while. Alot of filing involved and lots of complex systems to learn and remember. Initial learning curve is very steep and have to constantly ask mentor questions since on the job training doesn't teach you alot of things that come up in the job. Easy to get overwhelmed and confused in the many small little tasks. Pay is pretty low as initial job requirements don't require skill in any particular field. Company advancement opportunities are limited beyond current position to managing. Once you figure out the workflow there is very little variation. If looking for a business/analyst type job with creativity this is not the ideal job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Senior Management varies with some managers being super strict and anal about everything, while other managers are more laxed and allow you to do things at your own pace as long as you get your work done.

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

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    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.

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    good if you can get attention

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at Aetna

    Pros

    flexibility with work load, friendly people, good training, good opportunities when communicated. can turn into a career if one is focused on such however it is just a job. if you can catch a manager's eye and prove that you're an asset, they'll help.

    Cons

    terrible medical benefits, work politics come into play more often than expected, no flexibility nor considerations for promotions. someone could get the same promotion as you and you may have worked harder. obvious favoritism does occur.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give promotions and bonuses based on merit and make it an equal system. remove the "class" structure regarding the promotion scale.

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