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Love the job and the people!

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Shared Services  in  Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Shared Services in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Symetra full-time for less than a year

Pros

Smart, hardworking, involved employees (who don't take themselves too seriously)!

My experience with management and senior management has been very positive - strive to be transparent and encourge employees to speak up.

There is VERY good work-life balance at Symetra.

Career mobility is supported and encouraged - discovered that 30% of all posted jobs are filled internally.

Cons

In comparison with other employers in the area, paid time off is not competetive.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

In order to be an employer of choice, continue to make strides in the overall benefits array and paid time off.

Continue to encourage employee feedback in all areas - from products and pricing to benefits and company culture.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    After 14 years - my loyalty didn't pay off.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Symetra full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, supportive co-workers and fairly good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, lack of knowledge amongst upper management, very political, hostile work environment is fostered and no action is taken by HR when situations are brought to their attention, projects and products are developed for months on end only to be stopped after thousands of dollars are spent, because not enough research was done beforehand. If you're thinking of applying here - RUN, they won't be around in 2 years and it's not worth your energy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When Tom was hired as the new CEO, there was a feeling of hopefulness. Many employees felt that it was time for a change. He has yet to prove himself. I watched many employees who had been loyal and hard-working be laid off to make room for Tom's buddies to come in. I ended up being one of those people - it was heartbreaking and took me a year to find a new job. My advice to upper management is to really think about the decisions they make. They may THINK they have all of the answers because of where they come from - they don't - they're not even close. LISTEN to the employees, 45% of them approve of Tom - that is TERRIBLE! Get a clue or get a new job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    RUN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOUR SANITY!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Symetra full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good location, restaurants and across from bus station

    Cons

    Middle management placing a horrific workload and unattainable % for processing. Even they would not be able to meet it but to look good to the "higher ups" they ate up and spit out the few loyal people.... Even temps ended up going on leave (and getting paid) due to the stress of the depts. If you went to HR (who was to mediate) you knew you took a risk and you walked out knowing you were in trouble. What was said in HR did not stay in HR they discussed it even in
    elevators! Once mid management heard there was a complaint they created "does not meet standards" and made it a hostile workplace..... This is just the beginning. Also Symetra apparently isn't aware their reputation on the "street" is negative ............ Oh I forgot this is a perfect place for promotion if you're a 'YES MAN'!!!!!!! One final .... they don't care they are understaffed they are more than happy to devour you ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tom when you came in to "take over" and found a place on Lake Washington to live .... Symetra employees can barely make rent. You really should look around and see what your middle management is doing to the employees .... shame on you ....... how about you with your other wonderful board members come on down and see how condescending some of your UM's and other management is to staff!!! They actually create a hostile work environment and spit out employees ....... just sayin' take time from one of your jogs and get on down to what you have created..... it's not pretty .......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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