MetLife Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
947 Reviews
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MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work arrangements and very good company for work life balance (in 104 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 21 reviews)

  • Lack of visibility to senior management as to who is doing the actual job (in 33 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely conservative culture, very old school.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Consultant  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Consultant in Morristown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Family friendly, good benefits. A lot of opportunities to move around. An insurance company is not a technology start up, and it is a behemoth, it takes time to implement change.

    Cons

    Saw great talent leave because of fiefdoms. Very few women in upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace technology, promote women, dismantle fiefdoms.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at MetLife as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    good structure, good business values, depending on the department they care about their employees.

    Cons

    There is not much respect for contract employees. Technology is very behind.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Recent compensation changes at MetLife.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Services Representative  in  Roslyn, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Services Representative in Roslyn, NY

    I worked at MetLife full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some excellent Agency Sales Directors & Managing Directors who really care about you and doing what is best for your clients

    Cons

    Minimum Production requirements have been increased substantially. It seems that MetLife only wants financial Sales Reps that annually produce 200,000 worth of Gross Domestic Commission for the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should take better care of retired reps who have given their entire life to MetLife.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worklife balance is great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at MetLife full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worklife balance, senior management exposure

    Cons

    Uncertainty due to regulations, career opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage switching departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Opportunities to improve, but slow growth - CEO needs to stop importing ideas from outside and improve from within.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst  in  Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Morristown, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company values, work/life balance, and opportunities to interface with the customers. Strong diversity and inclusion policies and opportunities to get involved in more than just your job. Many departments, some mobility across units. Decent resources and reasonable benefits. Hours are not bad, and friendly to family-focused individuals.

    Cons

    Political end-of-year evaluations, slow promotions and salary growth, and unless you're part of the favored few, little clarity into management decisions. If you're critical to your position, may be difficult to move to another. Conservative, slow, consensus-style investments. Oftentimes will have people hired from outside above you instead of promoting from within which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the investment office from NJ to NYC or Jersey City - you'll get more of the candidates you seek. True up salary - your best people are leaving because you don't pay them similarly to competitors like AIG and Prudential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Funny that the positive reviews are superficial one-liners, while the negative have detail.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at MetLife full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work-life valance is the key. Most people don't show until 9-ish. No commute for most NJ employees. Buy, not build, creates opportunity of the unskilled paper-pushers. If you are a PMP, at Met you are some sort of God. Big offshore presence to pass work to. Uhhh, there is a cafeteria and a gym. Got to pay for both.

    Cons

    Highly siloed organization so that the groups in one small building have no idea what each does. IT thinks it's a business separate from the users. Very poor leadership. Highly reactionary. Stressful.
    The people that can leave do, or they are so close to home they just don't, leave. Employees are treated like drones.
    Negative and stressful environment. Most of IT hides behind conference calls, reports, and sequesters themselves in a separate part of the building. Lots of reorgs that seem to have the purpose of separating from the business even more. Disorganized.
    IT does not have a good relationship with the business so that when something goes wrong (and it will in any company) the poo really hits the fan. Lots of yelling matches.
    Morgan Mafia.rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Funny that the positive reviews are superficial one-liners, while the negative seem to have heart.
    Says it all right there.
    Tired of trying. No one is listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Financial Services Rep

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    Former Employee - Financial Services Representative  in  Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - Financial Services Representative in Clifton, NJ

    I worked at MetLife full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Possibility to make a lot of moneu

    Cons

    Constant pressure from management, pressure to reach out to natural market, if you are successful you probably have no social life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Product Mgr

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, especially for a working mother

    Cons

    Reorganization is taking place and many employees are leaving the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the transition alittle smoother

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work and getting better

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Competitive, yet collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are unclear, due to low turnover / attrition rate. It's a good place to work with great benefits and a not too demanding schedule, so folks tend to stay leaving less opportunities for growth / advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider ways to continue to promote associate development and find ways to provide additional development opportunities to mid-level associates. There is a lot of angst and frustration amongst mid-level associates around how to further advance their careers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    World class aspiration on track with very impressive track record of financial results and people practices.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    A leading global financial powerhouse very focused on customer centricity and talent management. Committed leaders and a strong pipeline of talent coming through

    Cons

    Too many work from home arrangements limits teamwork. Recently hired and continuing to hire large numbers of high performing and high potential talent from the outside which could be demotic aging for long term internal talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to advance world class motivational leadership journey

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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