John Hancock Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
201 Reviews
3.6
201 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is definitely good work life balance and a lot of fun things to do in the area (in 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good cafeteria, on-site gym exercise and quarterly healthy check with (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Management has been charged with cutting to the bone, more with less, little upward mobility, Canadians think they know it all, two words - Lotus Notes (in 5 reviews)

  • Very little feedback from senior management regarding forward career progression (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    financial advisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at John Hancock full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good culture of training and development
    extensive suite of products to offer prospective clients

    Cons

    home office programs somewhat disjointed, slow to trickle down to every office
    no marketing support for new hires, tough to get established enough o survive the first 12-18 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support new hires through first 12 months with direct marketing campaigns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at John Hancock full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is aggressively moving towards a work-life balance that is actually helpful for their employees. More employees are able to work from home anywhere from 1-5 days a week, depending on business unit and job function with most averaging 3-4 days at home. The company has invested in tools and software to make this a successful program.

    Cons

    Personal growth can sometimes be stagnant due to ever changing business models and need for positions to be 'vacated'.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internal Wholesaler at John Hancock

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Hancock full-time

    Pros

    I love the people at John Hancock. I also love their Boston headquarters right in the Seaport district. There is definitely good work life balance and a lot of fun things to do in the area. I also go to the gym every day at lunch which has made me such a healthier person and so much easier to fit working out into my life. I don't know what I would do if I could only go before work or after work.

    Cons

    In my position, you have to move in order to get ahead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    One of the best companies I have worked for.

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    Former Employee - Compliance Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Compliance Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at John Hancock full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The culture and value of the company is something I have not been able to match in other companies. I worked with people who were professional and willing to work as a team.

    Cons

    Work schedule was inflexible with limited opportunity for growth which is why I left.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good overall

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Boston, MA

    I worked at John Hancock full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good community of people, quality people, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Frequent outsourcing, frequent change in top management (VP level).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great place to learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at John Hancock as an intern

    Pros

    great management and lot of things to learn in the organisation

    Cons

    none. I did not find any cons while i worked here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Actuarial

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuary Co-op in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Actuary Co-op in Boston, MA

    I worked at John Hancock as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The site is located next to boston harbor, very beautiful place, I would say this building is located in one of the best place in Boston. Their actuary department offers classes and resources which help you get through all the actuary exams. Very competitive salary.

    Cons

    As a actuary working in a big company like John Hancock, it usually take years to move up. It's a very long process to complete all the requirements and acturial exams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive Future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at John Hancock

    Pros

    The company had a great year, and there is positive outlook for the future.

    Cons

    There have been many changes as a result of the re-org, not sure when they will settle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Internal Wholesaler - RPS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler

    I worked at John Hancock full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Money
    Good work/life balance
    Good perks
    Learned a LOT of industry knowledge

    Cons

    RPS grew too fast - downsized
    Management were micro-managers
    Petty office drama
    Zero room for advancement

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Financial company with diverse sponsorships!

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    Former Employee - Sponsorship Marketing in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sponsorship Marketing in Boston, MA

    I worked at John Hancock as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the Sponsorship Marketing department because we had a fun fast paced environment that worked on events such as the Boston Marathon!

    Cons

    There is not much company bonding/divided departments
    Hard to get a feel of a unified company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the environment more accessible to everyone in which departments interact and learn other businesses!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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