Manulife Financial

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Manulife Financial Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
255 Reviews
3.5
255 Reviews
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Manulife Financial President and CEO Donald Guloien
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance, usally work 40 hours a week without much overtime (in 31 reviews)

  • The role also offers work from home opportunities and therefore some work life balance can be achieved (in 11 reviews)


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

  • The work life balance here is quite terrible as most people only leave work after 8pm (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Treat employees fairly, lots of autonomy, progressive company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Director
    Current Employee - Regional Director

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I worked at Manulife Financial

    Pros

    Gain lots of valuable learning. Fortunate to have professional and nice mentors who give constructing advice and feedbacks. Work-life balance. A lively company with interesting internal and external events.

    Cons

    Unsynchronized business units, gap between one department and the other. But overall, bureaucracy is still able to keep things going well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to blend in well with subordinates at different levels to form effective workplace environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I love the culture

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

    I worked at Manulife Financial

    Pros

    Fun at work, nice colleagues, lots of travel

    Cons

    High pressure, very fast paced

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Slow paced lifeco.

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

    I have been working at Manulife Financial

    Pros

    Work life balance is great, typically 9-5 with occasional variability depending on deal flow

    Cons

    Do not invest heavily in training for employee growth. Compensation is not comparable to other FIs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for.. still change needed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Manulife Financial

    Pros

    Great Work/Life balance, good culture to work with in IT, and a very stable environment. Lots of opportunity within IT if you are willing to accept new roles.

    Cons

    Though there are good people, there are lots of organizational changes that make it hard to see the light. IT needs more support from management to improve inefficiencies. Change is hard within this culture since the acquisition of John Hancock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to individual contributor ideas. Foster an environment where both extroverts and introverts can share suggestions to make the company better.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The Ideal Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Manulife Financial full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, very relaxed and flexible hours, open office concept, enjoyable atmosphere.

    Cons

    Many lazy employees, too many approval gates, responsibility confusion after restructuring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more autonomy and remove the gates of approvals/signatures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Risk management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Manulife Financial

    Pros

    exposure to lots of business

    Cons

    focus on excel can be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Business Analyst Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Manulife Financial

    Pros

    Very dynamic environment, lots of new things to learn. People are very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    No cons really, lots of learning opportunities.

  10.  

    Senior Print Buyer

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Manulife Financial full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fortune 500 Company
    Enjoy the career
    Benefits
    Pension

    Cons

    room for growth and opportunities

  11.  

    Actuarial Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Manulife Financial

    Pros

    Excellent exam support and work life balance

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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