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A Mixed Bag

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manager  in  Portland, ME
Current Employee - Manager in Portland, ME

I have been working at Unum Group full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Good compensation and generous time off

Cons

Over the last three to four years the company has scrambled to change things constantly to fix and adjust to the economy. As a result it's been a 100% over kill on results at any cost and middle leaders have put an huge burden and pressure on employees to do more with less and be happy about it. Candor is not a reality at all. The middle management leaders will take a professionally candid comment in the appropriate setting and use that to decide who stays and who goes when downsizing. I've seen it happen and it definately makes people put their heads down and just work as much as they can to avoid being "off the list". The comments about having 7 manager in 7 years is reality in many of the operations and benefits areas as reorgs and strategies change every 6-12 months and you have to stop and start on your development, your goals and revalidate your results with new leadership. this is driving a very unhealthy competitive environment where employees are backstabing others to try to ensure they are viewed as a top employee. In most cases meeting goals can mean no raise. And to meet goals you work well over 40 hours a week. Every cent for development has been taken away for Managers and below. I buy my own paper to ensure I have some. A lot of talent is being lost due to new managers coming in and listening to others opinions. So the key is to stay below the radar and keep your comments about improvements to yourself or your immediate family.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

People managements needs to be just as high as a priority in Operations as results are. People need to feel valued and they'll go that extra mile. Militant Leadership will not get us to exceed our goals. It's really scary on the ground, I wish you could really see that.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    For Ten Years Politics has been 75% of the Job.

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    Current Employee - Systems Consultant  in  Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Systems Consultant in Portland, ME

    I have been working at Unum Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Unum has a great benefits package. You receive double the amount of vacation days an employee will typically get from a company, outside of the insurance industry. Bonus incentive program for all employees. Work from home option. Onsite company gyms. Family friendly event ticket giveaways to minor league sporting events. Great training opportunities. Great programs for employees who are very involved in community service activities, outside of United Way donations, you as an individual can leverage Unum’s charitable giving, for a cause you are passionate about. Great management/HR support for internal job opportunities posted, leadership programs, and mentorships. Great CEO and CFO leadership, the company is in good hands. Job security.

    Cons

    Working for a large insurance company is as soul crushing and joyless as it sounds. Managers are a bunch of talking heads, that provide little insight, and will drag you into an endless series of meetings, only to state generic, and painfully obvious statements, like “technology is important to the company’s growth.” The perception of your importance is the only thing that matters, and is solely based on your manager’s opinion of you, which can often be an emotional rollercoaster. As a result of this, you can never be honest, even on an “anonymous” work environment survey. The recognition/award system leaves a lot to be desired. The awards and recognitions are cheesy, and seen as a way of snubbing other employees/managers/teams/departments, and often go to the biggest toadies. Management not only encourages an extremely competitive environment, but drills it into your work culture with “everyone must be a leader” commitments, which has everyone competing for funny money, and 1% yearly cost-of-living increases. Work morale is low, as employees feel overworked, overtired, and unappreciated. Half the managers are megalomaniacs, who fly on the corporate jet a couple of times a year, to attend meetings catered by a low-grade foodservice. Which as an employee, you will receive emails, about the available food scraps you may have, after managers are done picking through them. You will go to one “corporate outing” a year, which is more of a mandatory attendance/forced event rather than an event employees look forward to, this overshadows the spirit and effort of it all. All of this is considered the “Unum culture”, and will be shoved down your throat, with the attitude of “you are lucky to get even that” and “look for a new job.” All of this may impact your long-term career development goals depending on your ambitions and needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you have a quarterly meeting with over seven hundred employees, and no one has a single question, that should tell you something. The employee review process encourages over competitive behavior/politics, which sometimes borderlines a hostile work environment, and is more tiring than the actual job description itself. Unum would be much better served to find a way to channel the energy wasted on internal infighting, into better products, and services, versus encouraging counterproductive behavior, which forces the company to bleed money, and will continue to hold back Unum’s true potential, to be a solvent powerhouse in the insurance industry. If politics was truly 75% of my job, Unum paid a price tag for ten years worth of work, but only received two years and some change of actual productivity. This not just hurts Unum and its shareholders, but it hurts everyone in the company, including externalities, that reach the state, national, and global level. Unum has committed, and communicated to all, its responsibility to be more successful company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Constant Reorganization

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, ME

    I worked at Unum Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very generous paid time off benefits

    Cons

    Constant reorganization which causes major disruption and inefficiency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not reorganize just for the sake of reorganizing. Think though how reorganization can cause disruption and inefficiency to the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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