Kansas City Life Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. AVP, Marketing Development and Corporate Communications

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Raymore, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Raymore, MO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Life (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A traditional, family owned business.

    Cons

    Very traditional in the management mindset of the company.


  2. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kansas City Life full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, nice people work there

    Cons

    Not progressive enough in today's market


  3. Unsure of true title

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, friendly people, nice cafeteria

    Cons

    Stuck in another time. Needs to move into the 21st century

    Advice to Management

    Time to make changes and get with the times


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  5. Continued fall from mediocrity towards a sell.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CIS in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - CIS in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Life full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits once all benefits like 401k match are taken into account. Stable job. Great place for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Company isn't growing and isn't making changes that will result in growth. The continued focus on the GA model is not the way to move forward. Lack of vision from the top leads to numerous unfinished projects and wasted time/money. There appears to be no coherent plan for revenue growth. A large # of employee abuse the work / life balance offered by KCL which means that work isn't getting done and hard workers are frustrated. Lack of accountability on that abuse means that poor performers stick around forever while motivated workers end up frustrated and move on to better jobs with more opportunity and fewer lazy people.

    Advice to Management

    New sales and product strategies are needed to kick start growth. The same ideas year-over-year that have failed aren't going to suddenly elicit double digit per year growth. Hire professional outside management and don't just put the next generation in place at the top. Value top talent and make some cultural changes to value & reward excellence while holding poor performers accountable.


  6. Panic!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Life full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros to working here

    Cons

    Management top heavy. I felt like I was working at an adult daycare. Absolutely no autonomy because you are micro managed to death.

    Advice to Management

    No stock company would operate this inefficiently.


  7. horrible

    Former Employee - Mailroom Clerk in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Mailroom Clerk in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Life full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    there are no reasons to work there.

    Cons

    depending on which department you work in, the department I was in had no work-life balance at all and the supervisor was hateful


  8. Family owned company between downtown and the Plaza.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Life full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company pays great attention to building maintenance so it always looks nice inside and out. They offer free parking and a fully staffed cafeteria with good food.

    Cons

    Divisions of this company unknowningly micro manage their employees who for the most part are fully capable of handling the workload.


  9. Sucess

    Current Employee - Agent in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Agent in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Kansas City Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good support system, good people

    Cons

    Comission pay out, not very good leads

    Advice to Management

    Make management more available for help


  10. KCL Good Place to Work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Life full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, competitive salary, nice working facilities.

    Cons

    Salary administration is specific system.

    Advice to Management

    Common sense goes a long way when it comes to employee matters.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Stodgy company plodding toward the 21st Century

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Director in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    Work hours are convenient - 8:00am to 4:15pm

    Cons

    Not the smartest group of folks. Lots of positioning and paternalistic thinking. Stuck in the 1950's.

    Advice to Management

    Create a way to hear what employees think and value their input. Understand that employees need some non-monetary rewards and encouragement. Have some fun. Build morale through simple rewards like ice cream sundae breaks in the summer, health and fitness rewards, an updated cafeteria menu with healthful and innovative food.



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