MetLife Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian
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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    Awesome Company..World Class

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Process Trainer in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Process Trainer in Noida (India)

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Amazing work life balance
    - Stress free environment
    -Employee engagement activities
    -Educational courses
    -Lots of learning/Trainings
    -Good number of Leaves

    Cons

    -Excessive bureaucracy
    - Slow growth
    -Less appraisal amount
    - Slow promotion

    Advice to Management

    Please remove the extra bureaucracy and unnecessary levels of designations.
    Good relations with manager determine lots of promotions if not all.

  2. Fulfilling, rewarding and challenging

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President Human Resources in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    global company, diverse range of resources and talent

    Cons

    being new in the global space, most functions think in a silo

  3. Marketing Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife full-time

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

    Pros

    Large, global company with plenty of opportunities in growing businesses worldwide. Colleagues were intelligent, interesting and fun. Good work/life balance. Senior management have a focus on global talent management, building and recruiting diverse teams, product innovation, corporate responsibility and ensuring MetLife is one of the most attractive places to work. A great company!

    Cons

    As with any global company of this size, change can be slow to be implemented. Not many opportunities to move globally. Compensation not as high as some.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure programs to help employees develop - focus on diversity, CSR - etc continue. Benefits are good, compensation should be a little higher. Increase global mobility of roles.

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  5. Consultant/Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. Finance Professional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Met is a great company to work for, managers are willing to help associates be the best they can be in their career. There are a lot of chances to move to new positions within the company. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Sometime the communication from upper management can be a little slow in getting out.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Short Term Disability Claims Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MetLife full-time

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

    Pros

    Enjoy being able to work from home three days a week. Can make good money working overtime.

    Cons

    Department is understaffed. The amount of work assigned is too much.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that your staff is overwhelmed by the amount of work assigned.

  8. Have to climb the ladder to succeed but overall great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FL - Florida in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - FL - Florida in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great location. Great coworkers. Well known company with integrity.

    Cons

    Annual increases are miniscule. Must change jobs and titles to see a real raise.

    Advice to Management

    Higher compensation for people that love their current positions.

  9. Actuarial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife

    Pros

    The coworkers are very nice, friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    There is nothing critical cons for the company

  10. Worked in various areas of their investment department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Tampa, FL
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Tampa, FL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice group of people to work with. Everyone was really friendly and willingly to teach you things you want to learn.

    Cons

    Didn't really had a set path, often times you had to ask for assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear idea what you want interns to do. Though, it was the company's first intern in a while, so can't really blame them.

  11. Investments professional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Metlife offered a number of training opportunities where they brought to the office. Generally speaking there was a focus on work-life balance with an acknowledgement that people consciously took positions for that reason - It is a life insurance company, not a wall street firm. Work at home flexibility was on the rise.

    Cons

    Management training was not explicit and no consistent. Your managers ability to manage, mentor, develop the team was a more luck of the draw. But, if you had a manager who took interest in his/her staff you were likely to go far.

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