MetLife
3.1 of 5 869 reviews
www.metlife.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

MetLife Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.1 869 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian

Steven A. Kandarian

(277 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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge company with great benefits

    ConsVery difficult to make changes, poor training

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    Dubious about success of recent changes

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Somerset, NJ

    ProsMarket leader, strong company, here for the long term, flexible work/life balance

    ConsCompany is undergoing a transformation with the shutting down of several locations in parts of the US (mainly the northeast) to concentrate in North Carolina. Obviously it's all about money as NC granted Metlife good tax breaks to bring over 2,000 jobs to the state. Current employees are allowed to post for their positions but unless they're part of the "chosen few" they'll be posting for a position a grade level lower than the one they had. If you're considering one of these junior positions be sure you know exactly what you're getting into regarding training - depending where you end up it could be great then you could be tossed in the deep end of the pool. There's a Knowledge Library being developed to help with the job knowledge transfer but the success of that depends on how thorough it is vs talking to someone who actually did the job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay in touch with your new employees in NC. Have skip level meetings with them. Don't expect the knowledge transfer and training will just "get done" - remember people do care and want to do a good job but they can't if not enabled and trained properly. Paying less experienced people for the same work that needs to be done may look good in concept but you may also get what you pay for.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    MetLife is a great company with excellent employees

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsSalary, Flexibility, Tuition Reimbursement, Annual Bonus, Great Work-Life Balance, Good amount of PTO

    ConsTough to define my career growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp your employees pave out a career plan and offer more growth opportunities.

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

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    Great company to work for

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros* Flexibility, focus on work/life balance
    * Global opportunities and exposure, for those who are interested
    * Very good benefits comparing to many other large insurance and financial companies
    * Opportunities to move within the company from one department to another

    Cons* Org changes create distruction in the day to day operations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Employer!

    Case Manager (Former Employee)
    Alpharetta, GA

    ProsGreat work life balance. Excellent training.

    ConsSalaries are below national average

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevaluate your current salary structure and retain your talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Once great.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBig name, just like GM. None any more

    ConsMetLife is a different company now from when I started. It used to be all about policy holders, now it's about shareholders. Met is about increasing share value at all costs. The turnover is terrific. We reduce force in experienced people and hire inexperienced simultaneously, all in the name of cost-cutting. The move to NC is a flagrant example. Fire people in the NY/ NJ, hire cheaper in NC.

    This human resources shell game has attracted a very low standard of person as manager. I have examples, but the worst happened recently. A very experienced man was fired after they caught their manager lying on their year-end review. I heard the manager laughed when confronted with the evidence and refused to apologize. HR did nothing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would not recommend Met to anyone.

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

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    Work culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosvery friendly people, feel at home

    Conshard to see the results of your work

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter transparency

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Forget about the fast-track, it's no place for a career at any speed.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNo need to commute to NYC

    ConsVery political culture which is based upon the application you support. Since the CTO is a MUREX person, if you work on MUREX you are golden. Anything else and you’re a leper. Mantra is: there is nothing that MUREX cannot do , there is nothing that MUREX cannot do, there is nothing that MUREX cannot do. Limited upward mobility if you are not in the MUREX clique no matter your contributions.

    The place is overrun with consultants who out-earn employees, but who rely on employees to train them. The revolving door to the Morristown Building is an untapped natural resource!

    Met is all about diversity, as long as diversity doesn’t trickle up to management.

    Low risk appetite in IT because of poor reputation with the business. Weak management who focusses on process and in protecting their jobs. Total lack of ethics in management. IT does not support the business. CRE (Customer Relationship Executive) has to be the perfect oxymoron.

    Forced Curve Rankings mean that someone is going to get black-balled. You could deliver superior quality work yet still receive an inferior ranking. Management says it doesn’t matter, but it certainly does (they must think we’re as dumb as the users!) For one thing bonuses (pathetic) are calculated on ratings. MUREX people always get high rankings because MUREX can do anything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are the problem.

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

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    STAY AWAY FROM LONG TERM CARE!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Tampa, FL

    ProsNo weekends, holidays and pretty good benefits.

    ConsPoorly managed LTC department. Managers have NO medical background and make very poor decisions. They also lack training and knowledge of the LTC policies which in turn, makes it very difficult to seek assistance. Managers themselves voice frustration from the many changes from higher up (director, etc) and will many times flat out say, "I don't know". ZERO career opportunities if you are a nurse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLive up to your Fortune 500 name by ensuring that you have qualified managers who possess leadership skills and who are not afraid to seek advice when applicable. Also, PLEASE work on hiring leaders who have some type of medical background, as it will only be advantageous for the company and your employees who work under them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work schedule. Lots of training opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    ConsSalary r.ange is not satisfactory

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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