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Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Approver and Technical Expert

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingswood, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingswood, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Legal & General Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience, good work/life balance - depending on individual managers, pay and bonus at manager level is okay, friendly and relaxed in Kingswood office and a few intelligent staff.

    Cons

    Slow workflow due to no investments into decent computers, short term vision and aggressive and childlike directors of business units.

    Advice to Management

    Protection business area. Smile, greet people in the mornings and say goodbye in the evenings - don't try to avoid eye contact it is strange and not engaging.

  2. Nice people, interesting work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compliance Adviser in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Compliance Adviser in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Legal & General Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, good benefits. Very good work life balance

    Cons

    Salary could be better, stressed staff, questionable career progression

    Advice to Management

    There is discussion about personal development but nothing done to encourage or support you. Teams are too divided

  3. Well run company, who treat staff fairly, wages slightly below local industry rates but overall package is great.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Legal & General Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They really care about their staff, and will help you through any difficult periods.

    Cons

    It's sometimes difficult to progress, and you may feel like you're waiting for someone to retire to get that step up. Once you're on a specific career path it feels like the opportunities are few.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work if you don't care

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Legal & General Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Perfect place to "work" if you want to do 9am - 5pm, want flexible working or an easy life.

    If you're a politician, you'll go far.

    Cons

    If you're not interested in politics, want to achieve something, work with talented people, progress your career or make a difference, look elsewhere.

    Incompetence makes doing a decent job impossible. Unless you work in risk.

    Advice to Management

    The politics and poor decisions are putting L&G in a very bad position for the future in order to protect today's share price. If you make a bad decision, it's better to change your mind than to force it through (e.g. every single technology decision that's being made).

    Stop focusing on risk and start thinking about the customer.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Beyond awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Legal & General Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The name might get you a decent job elsewhere.

    Cons

    Compensation: If you pay peanuts you get a bunch of monkeys. Processes, management radical overhaul, limited career and salary growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into employees and pay them a market wage at least.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Very poor internal communication

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingswood, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingswood, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Legal & General Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Still a good name to be associated with.
    Deliver good products
    Good work life balance, good gym & classes
    Great car sharing
    Parking has improved

    Cons

    Exceptional poor internal communication - expect to find out all your information from gossip and the media - including the information you need to do the job !
    There only seems to be one visible executive, who seems more focused on politics than running the company.
    IT systems and controls exceptionally weak with no long term planning.
    No networking opportunities

    Advice to Management

    1. Communicate to your staff, don't be frightened of them.
    2. Understand the connection between Vision, Strategy and tactical planning.
    3. Develop a proper IT Strategy and implement it.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Was a great place but culture has changed totally in last 18 months

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Legal & General Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good name on cv. Was always plenty going on to allow for challenge and development. Previous staff and performance appraisal policies were transparent and ensured fair outcomes

    Cons

    Once you are onboard your package does not keep pace with the market
    huge cultural shift and restructures since mid 2013 have increased centralisation, reduced resource beyond what is comfortable to manage business and result in staff working long hours without adequate support
    increasingly political management which seems to value those who make the right noises over those with the knowledge who can actually do the work; a recipe for disaster once they lose the good people. Increasingly bullying culture to achieve results
    Years of underinvestment in systems is now becoming critical yet they are cutting costs still further
    poor progression internally

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff and try the carrot not the stick
    if you want to cut costs in the long run and improve customer service at the same time you need to invest in systems now
    stop being so kingswood centric. You will find that it isnt the centre of the universe and in many cases your most productive staff are elsewhere
    trest people fairly including reward. The current performance system is far worse than the previous one as it is open to abuse and allows favourtism.

  9. Good when they know what they are doing

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

    I have been working at Legal & General Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance and culture

    Cons

    Constantly changing departments and reporting lines

  10. Worthy but dull

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

    I have been working at Legal & General Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company benefits in Kingswood, pleasant location, gym, swimming pool etc. Good worklife balance.

    Cons

    Generally known as a dinosaur in the financial industry. Clunky systems that don't speak to each other. Complicated matrix management systems. Too many people involved before a decision is made. Behind the curve in creating financial platforms and running to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Top management all have financial backgrounds, more focus on people than profit and product.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits, but too much internal change.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hove, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hove, England (UK)

    I have been working at Legal & General Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, such as pension, bonus and staff discounts.
    Nice office environments and making improvements. Friendly colleagues and there's always someone to help you with a project.

    Cons

    Painfully slow progress upgrading systems/IT.
    Too much internal change, re-structuring, office closures and redundancies while recruiting like crazy call centre and operational staff. Some roles aren't even advertised, you just hear that so and so is now Director of this or Head of that.
    Repetitive - every year the same thing. Many managers here are creatures of habit and are comfortable just doing the same thing year in, year out, despite internal change to business areas, staff opinion and advancements in technology.
    External announcements of healthy profits and growth does not stack up with the internal turmoil and senior management re-shuffles that happen on an annual basis.

    Advice to Management

    Put together a carefully thought out strategy BEFORE announcing change. Make redundancies and office closures a last resort rather than the first knee-jerk response to internal change.
    Treat all grades of staff more fairly.

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