Manulife Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Manulife President and CEO Donald Guloien
Donald Guloien
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, diverse colleagues (in 31 reviews)

  • work from home option available (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Very stressful atmosphere and long working hours (in 9 reviews)

  • A lot of overtime with little work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Treat employees fairly, lots of autonomy, progressive company.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Director
    Current Employee - Regional Director

    I have been working at Manulife full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very innovative for a large insurance company, focused on implementing a client focused strategy, lots of opportunities within the company.

    Cons

    Some departments are faced paced, very competitive and can feel cut-throat. Some thrive in this environment, others are not a fit.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to front line employees who are in touch with the firm's clients and implement changes to better serve the clients (financial advisors) who are the company's distribution arm.


  2. Marketing Research Consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Manulife full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn new skills. Great people to work with and network with.

    Cons

    Too much restructuring and not enough time to give course to visions created during last restructuring as new management usually changes course.


  3. Excellent employer . Lots of recent changes

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Manulife

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, lots of work/ life balance, exciting times at Manulife.

    Cons

    Recent org design changes have led to some lack of resources and poor clarity of roles. This is expected given the changes the company is undergoing as they integrate the business of Standard Life into the Manulife organization.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain focus on communicating change... This is already a priority.


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  5. Director, Customer Service

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Oakville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Oakville, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Manulife

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, respectful co-workers and culture

    Cons

    Many meetings, some of which are not too productive.


  6. Great People and Culture but Processes slow down work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Manulife full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Forward-thinking leadership - Workplace flexibility program (work from home or remotely) - Newly remodelled offices (bloor campus) with sitting/standing desks and onsite gym.

    Cons

    - business processes tend to be very complicated and slow to maneuver - Still using many legacy systems; not cutting edge technology


  7. Challenging, forward-thinking, innovative

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Underwriter in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Junior Underwriter in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Manulife full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The day-to-day challenges strengthen problem solving skills, and resilience to become a superior underwriter. Progressively build stronger relationships with Regional Sales Office and Account Executives to successfully sell existing business benefit plans to Clients.

    Cons

    Demanding work and Clients, need to be goal oriented, individually motivated, work effectively on your own and self manage time to meet targets.


  8. Lots of opportunity, but you need to manage your own career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Market Risk in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director, Market Risk in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Manulife (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent and on par with this type of institution. Being a large firm there are lots of potential divisions to work in.

    Cons

    You need to manage your own career. Being a large organization things can get very political.

    Advice to Management

    Employees could use more perks. Even simple things like a better holiday party can go a long way.


  9. experience

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst II in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst II in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Manulife

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Greatest experience , flexibility and benefits

    Cons

    Salary was bare minimum could have been better

    Advice to Management

    When you pay a fair salary you will motivate employees to work harder for you.


  10. Senior Actuarial Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Manulife

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

    Pros

    Big company means there are many opportunities in different function areas or in different geography.

    Cons

    You may not get your preferred role during rotation which means you have to engage with boring work for two years unless you choose leave.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be care more about their subordinate professional development and ask their opinions before assign a random position to them,


  11. snr analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

    I have been working at Manulife

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

    Pros

    nice, smart people good salary for start learned a lot

    Cons

    more seminar on current economic trend will be appreciated



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