MetLife Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian
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Pros
  • Incredible work/life balance (depending on the organization) (in 120 reviews)

  • Ethical company with great benefits (in 74 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance to speak of; perks are good; management is "meh" (in 29 reviews)

  • Senior management is woefully disconnected from the daily goings-on of the low level workers who shoulder the grunt work (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    Awesome Company..World Class

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Great job but lots of travel

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Tiffin, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Tiffin, OH

    I worked at MetLife (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    great training and team work

    Cons

    Far too much traveling for single parent


  3. Former employee review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Advisor in Cranford, NJ
    Former Employee - Investment Advisor in Cranford, NJ

    I worked at MetLife (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great management to work with

    Cons

    Low compensation. Compensation has changed in the past two years.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good, but there is still much more room for improvement.

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

    I worked at MetLife (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Personally have a couple managers that have gone above and beyond to help their team members develop skills and participate in new responsibilities. A lot of employees would like to be the supervisor but once they are the job is more than they can handle or perhaps it’s not what they thought it was going to be. With management allowing team members to "test drive" responsibilities they can get a taste of what the role would entail before maneuvering themselves into career suicide.

    Cons

    With a company as large as MetLife it is easy to be overlooked. I have seen many great individuals processing an array of skills to tackle even the greatest of hurdles be sidelined multiple times which eventually decays the morale of the teams and impacts the corporate bottom line. Ultimately the various locations can be "cliquey", but this can be overcome with perseverance. While MetLife does offer a nurturing environment, the weak are definitely left behind.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping the board of directors and shareholders happy is a priority. Keeping the customers, both individual and group is a priority. It can feel as if these two are on opposite ends of the "see-saw". That fixed support in the middle of the see-saw that keeps the balance are employees who stare at you with glazed over eyes during town-halls and don't recognize you when you're visiting locations. Take the time to understand what your managers are doing in your name. “Shadow” each of your products and learn how to do a part of the process so you can say you have at least tried to hold that see-saw up. It’s time to stop being disconnected.


  6. BPM developer CASE360

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    Get expierence in the entire Life cycle of a Development project

    Cons

    i could be more in this project but there was a lot of issues to solve


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Company with awesome opportun

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

    I worked at MetLife

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

    Pros

    - Great Projects
    - Very nice people
    - Raleigh is a nice city
    - The offices are insane
    - You get some great computer equipment

    Cons

    I really don't have many cons. I'd say that it can be an old boys club and seniority is obvious in the leadership. If you're young and you don't like waiting to get promoted this might not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on merit, not seniority


  8. Helpful (1)

    Local Market Account Manager

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

    I have been working at MetLife

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company and longevity. Growth is available

    Cons

    Lots of "brown nosing". Favoritism can be an issue, but when you are in, you're in,


  9. Portfolio Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and opportunities working at a large company

    Cons

    Uncertainty of job / position stability


  10. TRICARE-Senior Database Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Database Engineer/Systems Administrator/Analyst in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Database Engineer/Systems Administrator/Analyst in Somerset, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the recent MetLife US Relocation strategy has eliminated many IT positions in the northeast US.


  11. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Liaison
    Current Employee - Technology Liaison

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

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

    Pros

    I have been given many opportunities, and have had the ability to advance my career significantly in the 4 years i have been there.

    Cons

    The hiring process seems to be a bit convoluted at times, Salary at times is lower than other companies for comparable jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Refine hiring process



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