MetLife

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Shareholders first, people dead last!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

I have been working at MetLife

Pros

Company name is great and looks good on a resume. LGBT are welcome and that says a lot.

Cons

The bottom line is more important than people, that includes its employees and customers. Shareholder satisfaction drives business, which leads to insane cuts and increased employee dissatisfaction. They've cut the IT dept, for example, to such levels that only very senior management get the support that every employee deserves--a 1-3 day turnaround for basic basic IT support. In this cost-cutting-you're-lucky-you-have-a-job environment, employees feel like they have to work on their time offs and while on vacation and put in 60-75 hour weeks; some a lot more. While these cuts are going on, management of course, lives high off the hog. Management is unproductive. They start lots of initiatives that go nowhere. They are poor communicators. I suspect they communicate with employees via email because they're too embarrassed to lie to us to our faces. Most discouraging though is that they let go excellent/productive people or pass them over for promotion in favor of less competent people that they, management, likes.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

People are a company's greatest asset. Treat them well and you can't go wrong. Promote and retain people with brains, ideas and competence and give customers value and this will drive business and take care of shareholders' ROI. It is lazy and unsustainable to rely on cuts and acquisitions to grow a business.

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    Current Employee - Investments Professional in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Investments Professional in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    Some great aspects of working at MetLife are the vacation time, flexible schedule, and exposure. There is never a lack of work to do. Everyone is professional and treats you with respect.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic making it very hard accomplish your tasks. Company does not promote within, usually looks for talent outside first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment where open communication can take place with all levels in the company. There are many benefits of this for both management and employees.

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    MetLife - Aurora Office - An extreme challenge in endurance and tolerance of ignorance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    Flexibility, Telecommuting, . . .

    Cons

    The weak leadership shown in the Aurora office is driving the business and its processes into a state of complete inefficiency. Management and those participating in the organization of the business processes are unaware of the daily effect some changes have. Many decisions are made in a vacuum. Rumors and lies, more commonly known as "feedback" are considered to be truth and credible. Reputations are easily destroyed by the opinions of certain employees who are more than willing to share enough information about something someone said or has done to make that person seem difficult or mean. The work environment is tearing the employee morale into shreds. The computer systems are also archaic and create great inefficiencies in their own right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long hard look in the Auora office and it's employees from associates to manager and beyond. Too often 'assumption' is the only basis upon which decisions are made and communications are weak at best. There is a lot of great talent that will be lost to MetLife because of the stagnent and unknowledgable management staff. The work environment at this location is very degrading and full of back stabbing.

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