Guardian Life Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Guardian Life President and CEO Deanna M. Mulligan
Deanna M. Mulligan
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Pros
  • They provide wonderful benefits and a great work environment (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits (although they took a hit on health care recently - but so is everybody) (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • More communication between senior management and employees (in 12 reviews)

  • There is currently no one in upper management that came up through the company - previously unheard of (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great opportunity to work with a wealth management firm

    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Diamond Bar, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Diamond Bar, CA

    I worked at Guardian Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome culture and have Guardian has a brand recognition that is different from all the other insurance companies. They have a higher level of respect within the industry.

    Cons

    Although big brother is a great resource, each office is dependent on the GA creating and maintaining culture, leadership, and overall performance. If you have a bad seed, it'll stunt the agency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The home office probably should be keeping a close eye on each individual GA. Although numbers might look good, it's hard to know exactly what is going on unless you spend a full week with them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Difficult, but Worth A Lot.

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

    I have been working at Guardian Life full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to change lives. Outside of a pastor or a doctor you realize you are the next most important person, since you're the only one that is going to REALLY help people know what's important in regard to their financial lives.

    Cons

    Sometimes it's lonely. Having a mentor that can be there when you need them is an imperative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more ongoing support for helping producers get into a market so they can build a specialty and be profitable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Guardian can be great for some but not all

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

    I have been working at Guardian Life full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Work life balance is amazing, many departments allow work from home Fridays
    -At higher levels (Director+) salaries tend to be very competitive
    -Very stable company in times of economic uncertainty

    Cons

    -Upper management struggles to make decisions; resistant to change and new technology
    -Communication between departments is often non existent
    -The political environment can often be hostile
    -Almost no career development opportunities for most positions
    -Very inconsistent policies between departments (hours expected of salaried employees, vacation and sick time)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Guardian could most benefit if our executives would bring their direct reports into the decision making process and give them more of a voice at the table. Better decisions made in less of a time frame would really help the staff.

    All salaried employees should be required to work the same number of hours. WFH, Sick Time, and Vacation policies need to be made more consistent across the organization as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Lay-Offs, Low Pay, Over-Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agency in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Agency in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Guardian Life full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pension if you work there for 30 years.

    Cons

    Disorganized information. 20th century technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit laying people off. It's toxic.

    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a good company. As a representative you dont get paid. They tell you every week the check is in the mail!

    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Guardian Life full-time

    Pros

    No check at all. Do they expect people to work and NOT get paid? How is that for integrity from a so Called Insurance company??

    Cons

    NO pay what so ever! No Pay ! Plain and simple!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people that have worked. Dont tell them they are going to get paid and for 2 months I have not been paid!!!!!!. Dishonest, Lack of Integrity, Unjust!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Financial Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guardian Life

    Pros

    Unlimites growth potential , great environment

    Cons

    very difficult to develop in the first years

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    I worked in this company for most of my working life.

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

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

    Pros

    Nice People, defined benefits pension plan, 401(k), bonuses, annual merit increases.

    State of the art systems living side by side with ancient systems.

    Cons

    To quick to lay people off. Not enough staff to do the work (due mostly to layoffs).

    Benefits for new hires not comparable to benefits for old-timers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying people off. Use more employees, fewer consultants. Long-term retention of personnel creates institutional memory. That's how the company was able to run forty-year old applications (not an exaggeration).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. A Different Company than a Few Years Ago

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Bethlehem, PA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Solid leadership overall
    Opportunity for advancement if you network and work hard.
    Decent pay for this area.
    Cafeteria
    Pleasant working environment with nice people.

    Cons

    Lots of long hours - although that's just the way of the world now. Used to be a 40-hour week gig, sometimes it's twice that now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They seem to know what they're doing - I'm not qualified to give advice!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Financial Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guardian Life

    Pros

    Great Products, technology, and planning tools. LBS is unmatched in the industry really. Planning philosophy is tough to argue against. Excellent learning opportunities. Unlimited earning potential.

    Cons

    Poverty for the first 4-5 years. If you don't sell, then you don't eat. Don't get talked into the draw being a salary, it's 100% commission, the whole time. Starting a business from the ground up. Complete reliance on others (those whom you sell to) for compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for LBS for new reps for 3-4 years. This will inevitably increase retention. Find ways to decrease the burdens of being new to the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    New office, no support from corp. Need a lot of money saved up to last!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Guardian Life (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, nice people to work with and great products.

    Cons

    New office, no support from corp. Need a lot of money saved up to last! You get told one thing and another happens, have to split you deals, new management does not know what they are doing. Over all not a good place to start out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to train and stop taking peoples commissions for doing nothing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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