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Stability and opportunity in IT

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Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

I have been working at Guardian Life full-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The firm has been around for a while. It's not a publicly-traded firm so your fortunes and future as an employee don't necessarily move with the market. My director in IT security services and governance was smart, knowledgeable, demanding and fair. The work was interesting and challenging, sometimes mundane. Compensation was ok.

Cons

The pay and bonuses aren't the most competitive. You can go over a couple blocks to Wall St. and earn much more. The tradeoff is that you'll be working in a far less collegial environment. Management beyond the director level aren't the most technically smart, which is ok. They should be more focused on leadership and not get mixed in with the technology too much, but they often dive into technical water that's far too deep for them to swim and end up creating a mess for the staff level folks who are "doing the work."

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  1. Used to be a great place to work and have a career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA

    I worked at Guardian Life full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Guardian was once truly a company with a conscience and meant it when they said "We do the right thing". Hard work and ability were rewarded (though it did help to know or be visible to the right people). Long tenure was valued and actually rewarded, and in many cases co-workers felt like family. It's still a stable, financially secure company.

    Cons

    Over the past few years, changes in top management have eroded the culture of the company. There is currently no one in upper management that came up through the company - previously unheard of. Employees are no longer valued as an asset, but rather seem to be looked upon as a debit item.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and re-examine your approach to corporate culture. What you evidently perceive as weakness was actually a strength. Live up to your proclaimed corporate values: Do the right thing and People Count.


  2. Poor Company Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Guardian Life full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, OK pay. Stable company. Good for expierence, not for long term

    Cons

    Required to work long hours for insurance company pay. Better off working at Wall St, and make 50% to 100% more. A lot of senior management only cares about your career and not yours

    Advice to Management

    Promote better work life balance and do it from the top down. Management below the senior leadership needs to change. Promote a better work/life culture. Offer better pay.


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