Pacific Life

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Pacific Life is what you make it

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

I have been working at Pacific Life full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Well compensated if you work hard. Nice benefits, 401k and retirement. Incentive programs are ample. Always opportunities to learn new things if you are motivated and vocal in finding them.
Some very nice employees and well mannered work environment. The location and building is extremely beautiful and well kept.

Cons

Be willing to be flexible as management changes, so does the steering of the ship. It can be easy to confuse changes in direction with lack of direction for line staff.
Some areas can be micro-managed, but also the nature of those areas. Outsourcing technical jobs has lowered morale in some departments.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

New management needs to articulate direction so loyal employees know where to focus energies and not feel lost in the ocean. Continue to be honest and transparent.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lots of nice people, few stars

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Life full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are very good. Comprehensive medical and dental options are provided, as well as a retirement account with a generous company match. The cafeteria has delicious cookies.

    Cons

    Pacific Life does very little to gain or keep high performing employees. Good performance is rewarded with more work and longer hours, while poor performance has no consequences. Office politics are rampant and utterly crippling to efficiency and progress. Training is nonexistent, and new employees often do not have a workstation until their second week or later due to poor planning.

    Bad/nonexistent management is rampant, as people who are skilled individual contributors get promoted into management with no training and no screening as to their management skills. Managers who are demonstrably terrible are left in their roles for years, while all of their employees leave for other teams or other companies.

    New hires are barely interviewed (we once hired someone for a highly Excel-based job who had never used Excel, because no one bothered to ask about his Excel experience!) No one really seems to know how to interview at all, in fact - they just go through the motions and hire whomever tickles their fancy. Interviews are full-day gauntlets of 30-minute sessions with a random battery of unrelated managers. Often, none of the "worker bees" get to talk to the candidates at all before one is picked.

    HR's attitude toward candidates is "you should be so lucky." If you're unhappy at Pacific Life, then good riddance to you. The most skilled employees leave for other opportunities, while HR turns a blind eye. It is almost impossible to fire anyone, meaning that dead weight accumulates. The culture values face time far above work product. A person who puts in overtime to complete a task is valued more highly than a person who completes the same task more efficiently without needing to put in overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set high standards based on output and allow your employees to use their own judgement to meet those standards. Move low performers out instead of saddling the high performers with their work. Value production over face time. Treat your employees like adults instead of children. Get rid of bad managers in a timely manner, not after they have driven away all of their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cheap labor, the way of the whale!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - New Business Analyst in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - New Business Analyst in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I worked at Pacific Life as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Low stress, flexible hours. Of course, these are dependent upon who your supervisor is (I was fortunate, but most aren't).

    Cons

    In the majority, the company consists of contracted employees, most of which are students fresh out of college. No benefits, no raises (even for "long term temps" that have been there for 1.5+ years), no path to permanent employment, and they even charge you extra for food in the cafeteria. You aren't eligible for workplace perks either (no gifts during events, not allowed to partake in jean days).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees, and your employees will invest you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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