MetLife
3.1 of 5 871 reviews
www.metlife.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

MetLife Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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3.1 871 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian

Steven A. Kandarian

(278 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Flexible work arrangements and very good company for work life balance"
    in 95 reviews
  • "MetLife has great benefits and different positions in different departments"
    in 70 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lean work force, very aggressive timelines, work/life balance"
    in 20 reviews
  • "Lack of visibility to senior management as to who is doing the actual job"
    in 32 reviews
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    Was lucky to get laid off.

    Recruiting Manager (Former Employee)
    Bloomington, MN

    ProsLoved my boss who hired me. As a manager, the company spent a lot of time on leadership training which was also a huge plus.

    ConsHard to make any independent decisions, had to drink the company Kool-Aid hard, and was not given credit for my hard work. There were also many questionable layoffs among upper managment that made employees question the company's direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the sales offices the autonomy they need and deserve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rebuilding mode

    Internal Wholesaler (Current Employee)
    Charlotte, NC

    ProsGreat benefits, good working evniroment

    ConsBecause the company is rebuilding things are ever changing and comunication is lacking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou promised we could help build the culture but instead we have been told to fall in line. Listen to suggestions and give change time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Customer service is key to what we do"

    New Business (Former Employee)
    Bloomfield, CT

    ProsI worked with many good people and created meaningful relationships with internal and external partners.

    ConsIt was always a challenge to convince management that you knew what you were talking about. I would ask of them to be involved with projects but wasn't taken seriously.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of taking applications for the move to Charlotte NC; all individuals affected should have been offered either to stay in Ct or move with the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Life was easy. Vertical movement tough

    Senior Actuarial Associate (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsFriendly atmosphere. Flexible work hours. Low stress job

    ConsAbility to pass actuarial exams. Tough to get ahead.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved working at MetLife

    Sales Manager (Former Employee)
    Johnson City, TN

    ProsGreat company and devoted to excellence

    ConsClosed my division. Though I do understand why. The Dodd Frank regulation around banking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck and if you are still with MetLife - You are fortunate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Possible to build a career and stay for the long term

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Warwick, RI

    ProsSolid pay and benefits package. For young talent, there are great opportunities for exposure to senior leadership, of you push yourself and show initiative.

    ConsAs others mentioned, some departments are top-heavy and it is a very bureaucratic system, which makes getting a project done, no matter how small, a huge undertaking. IT systems are very slow and outdated, but there are never enough resources to update.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So far, a very pleasant experience with lots of opportunity

    IT Director (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsWork life balance
    Compensation
    Friendly staff and management
    Culture of giving back to community
    Communicative and transparent executive management team
    Organization that recognizes what it is, what it isn't, and what it wants to be

    ConsLarge company challenged with bureaucracy
    Over zealous restrictions on systems and access in IT
    Heavy fragmentation amongst service areas - lot a of handoffs required to get things done, takes a lot of time
    Lots of legacy processes / systems in need of overhaul

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is largely new (<2years), and highly competent and capable. They are doing the right things, it just takes time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company on the rise.

    STD Claims Specialist (Former Employee)
    Alpharetta, GA

    ProsGreat company to work for and had a good office location.

    ConsThe particular office I worked at had an issue with motivation from time to time. It wasn't as bad a I had experienced from other companies but not the worse either.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHad a manager that was an introvert and needed to approach her than she approach you. That was a turnoff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A view from the field

    Financial Services Representative (Current Employee)
    Orlando, FL

    ProsHistory, brand, reputation, products, providing a comprehensive one-stop solution for clients.

    ConsTechnology needs to be updated. Executive management has placed to much focus on the bottom line and no emphasis on driving top line numbers. Expense cuts have drastically reduced our infrastructure and support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake better care of the field. Invest some of the savings from redundant expenses and put it back into the filed and sales support.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Customer Centric my rear!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNot a bad commute to work....there are small pockets of caring employees if you are lucky enough to find them.

    ConsCorporate double speak.....nobody cares about the employees.......most everyone has a severe case of 'not-my-job-itis'.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry caring about your employees more - I got tired of hearing 'You're lucky to have a job' when the truth was more of 'You (Met) were lucky I chose to work so hard for you'.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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