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MetLife Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
1,032 Reviews
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1,032 Reviews
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MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is a plus; especially for working professionals with families (in 120 reviews)

  • MetLife has great benefits and different positions in different departments (in 74 reviews)


Cons
  • Some of the supervisors don't allow flexibility as far as work-life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Senior management inner circle that does not include front line management input or feedback (in 36 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing company. Low salaries, but easy hours. Like a family.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Actuarial Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Family environment, flexible hours, low attrition

    Cons

    tough to rise, lower salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best management out there. Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Job Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Somerset, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good People to work with

    Cons

    Lot of jobs moving south

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    5 years, lots of change, but none of it seems to be for the better.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    Great flexibility in ability to work in the office or at home (not applicable in all depts). Many truly great, smart peers to work with.

    Cons

    Elitism can sometimes run rampant.

    Some very (very) dumb ppl have kept their jobs for way longer than they should.

    Anything takes forEVER... too many hands in the decision-making pot / layers of bureaucracy.

    Oh, and we're "upgrading" to IE 7 (released in 2006), so most the websites you try and visit won't work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce your dependence on non-employees and stop giving the same tired excuse that "we can't add to headcount because the budget is flat". I heard that for 5 years, and then we fired 5 grade 30 employees and magically replaced them a year later with 5 AVPs. (And spent millions in search firm fees to find them.) The new VP that replaced the old one is also a grade level higher. Another long-time AVP was replaced with a VP. Meanwhile, we've had 75% turnover in the past 6 months. And no one's bothering to do exit interviews.

    Ensure individual contributors doing the grunt work have a voice. We are simply NEVER heard at your high-level meetings and as a result, you make terrible decisions.

    Embrace change and maybe try to not take years and years to make a decision.

    Calculate the opportunity cost of the self-service HR model.

    The newly-released company "Values" and Employee Value Proposition are not reflected in your actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Software Consultant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at MetLife as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with and great middle managers. Treated the consultants with respect and continued to pay even through the great storm of Sandy. Also, flexible with work from home.

    Cons

    Company decided to relocate to the South to cut expenses with total disregard to the people that did the work for years. Most, decided not to relocate and disrupt their personnel life. Also, very old technology and unbelievable bureaucracy, to the point of becoming really inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everything is profits and there is such a thing as quality of life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Stuff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Stuff in New York, NY

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Company, training and well balanced work life

    Cons

    PTO policy is liberal afetr maintaining client support (quite logical)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decision makers should consider discussing with technical professionals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working for one of the best US companies.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Finance in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager Finance in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary is very good, benefits are great and training opportunities are always available.

    Cons

    The very fast paced expansion and amount of change needs to be handled better by providing transparent and timely communication to all affected parties.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Really enjoyed the internship.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Design Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at MetLife as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, Great city view, and Great people.

    Cons

    MetLife doesn't sponsor internationals.
    Little bit boaring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    It was an amazing summer there, the team I worked with was extremely helpful. I had various task to work on everyday.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at MetLife as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There was always work to be done, so the internship was very meaningful. As well as the work the interns received, I felt like a full-time employe with little work. The Work-life Balance was amazing.

    Cons

    There isn't too much exposure to move up quickly, the senior positions were held by very senior associates. The environment wasn't one of a fun, young, company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Failed in talent management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many departments have offered a great Work/Life balance. I met many good people.

    Cons

    Very little growth opportunities, below the market salary increase rate. Many talented individuals left for better opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More career growth opportunities should be offered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Education is provided and certification supported

    Cons

    Mid line management is not knowledgeable in responsibility areas. This causes extreme frustration for SMEs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way and let those that can do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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