MetLife Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Consultant/Director

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    Former Employee - Consultant/Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant/Director in New York, NY

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great people, who care about their work and the people they work with.
    -Benefits and flexibility of company in adapting to work life balance and any special family needs that come up is top tier
    - If you want a guaranteed job for life where you can coast through with average of above average performance, this is the place for you
    - Sr management accessible if you rise to a certain level
    - office location in NY cannot be beat, right across from bryant park in midtown with great views

    Cons

    -culture in US vs. international offices are incredibly different. Intl. offices are better in that they're more competitive, driving harder and moving faster
    - no explicit culture. little incentive for employees to socialize outside of work and little budget to do so even if there is
    - little explicit recognition for your work, so little incentive to outperform because only your direct manager will know but broader group may not
    - slow moving company
    - inward facing, doesn't look outside at competitors with respect to business or talent management.

    Advice to Management

    - needs to benchmark more to competitors and outside world (non-insurance world class companies)
    - offer more challenging opportunities for employees
    -invest in creating a CULTURE and encouraging employees to socialize

  2. Great work and life balance

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is truly offering a work and life balance.
    Full support on employee growth by offering training.

    Cons

    A bit slow paced work environment. Sometime it's their own league for those employees stayed more than 20, 30+ years with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Need to keep up with managers to take closer look at their team member's aptitude and find their fit so they can add a value to the team and company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Overrated?

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at MetLife

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

    Pros

    - Stable company
    - Fortune 50 firm
    - Industry leader

    Cons

    - Tough to advance
    - The work can be mind numbing
    - Some management hires based on friendship. Certainly not competence.
    - As an Analyst we don't actually analyze just continually code spreadsheets
    - The technology is a bit disappointing (slow, old) considering the company

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  5. Review of MetLife

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly stable environment with good hours.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to advance within the company

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company, with, one exception.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Huge company with emphasis on changing its global footprint and its traditional domestic distribution.

    Cons

    U.S. Direct-to-Consumer business; a new leader whose previous job was retailing under garments has been unable to make decisions, design an organization or put together a business plan. As a result, a mass exodus of top-tier talent has been underway (over 20 departures) due to no confidence in the new leader.

    Advice to Management

    Help the US Direct senior leader to exit swiftly and bring in a leader with business acumen, vision, people skills and stop the bleeding of top-tier talent.

  7. Iconic American company, Fortune 50 Company, but it is in the throes of transition to a global player.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at MetLife

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are collaborative and intelligent, for the most part, and the company has a relatively laid-back culture that stresses diversity and tolerance. Work load and work-life balance are acceptable. Company is a leader in many areas so that makes it fun to work here at times.

    Cons

    Too much restructuring and people (executives) coming and going. In the five years here, we have had three different heads of my department. Politics play a role, as it does in any big organization.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more than lip service to training and development. For most the longer tenure employees, training and development are non-existent.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Working with intelligent dedicated people have made working fun and s true learning experience

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    Former Employee - Auditing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Auditing in New York, NY

    I worked at MetLife (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, exciting work, excellent management and the ability to telecommute

    Cons

    nothing bad, all good all good . The people are friendly. The people are friendly and the experiences are good

    Advice to Management

    allow employees to job rotate in other areas, reward high performers with exciting projects and make sure all workers are taking training in the latest tools

  9. Helpful (2)

    Ok company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at MetLife

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Average bonus and nice office building. Not really much else, company sucks

    Cons

    Lack of promotions, old school management. Lack of innovation

    Advice to Management

    Replace old people with young. Stop promoting people staying in their positions for 15-20+ years

  10. I worked full time as an analyst for almost 3 years.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, able to work from home. Very friendly environment, care about employees

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

  11. I have worked at MetLife for 13 years great company with good benefits and compensation.

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    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at MetLife

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are really friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Management needs to step up and promote employees base upon knowledge not friendship.

    Advice to Management

    When jobs are being relocated to another state, management should assist their employees in getting jobs at MetLife Home Office in Bridgewater. It is so sad to see that employees worked for so long with a company and just let go without and assistance from Management .

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