MetLife Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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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 (6)

    Awesome Company..World Class

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Process Trainer in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Process Trainer in Noida (India)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    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. Distribution support consultant- group annuities

    Current Employee - Distribution Support Consultant- Group Annuities in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Distribution Support Consultant- Group Annuities in Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    Flexibility great atmosphere management is fair I like the building in Charlotte

    Cons

    Wish I could remote from home since job could be completely virtual

    Advice to Management

    ..


  3. Helpful (2)

    good company, nice people, just too big

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generous PTO, flexible start/end hours, annual bonuses, decent people, quiet work environment, telecommuting 2 or 3 days a week possible after one year, affordable benefits.

    Cons

    Company is fractured, too many functions are outsourced, antiquated computer systems. Change, if it happens, takes forever. In my department, reactive rather than proactive manager. Lousy training. One-year waiting period for telecommuting begins anew when you accept another position within the company.


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  5. A Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    MetLife is a great place to work. There's a lot of work to do, and a lot of really smart people working here. They recently built a brand new, state-of-the-art campus for their Global Technology & Operations department. It's a beautiful campus with lots of ammenities. They are very focused on technology and automation, and there is plenty of room for growth and advancement. MetLife is a stable, well known company and they have really great Insurance, financial and employee benefit products.

    Cons

    They are in transition and going through some growing pains due to all of the change and movement. It's such a large company that alot of departments work in silos, and the right hand doesn't always know what the left hand is doing. Streamline and simplify your processes. Make it easier to find the internal resources you need to do your job. It takes to long to get things done sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage from the top down. It's hard to get things done when you don't have or feel the support of upper management, and you feel like you have to fight an uphill battle to bring about change.


  6. DBA

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Lots of opportunity for growth,

    Cons

    Need to work for long hours and weekends.


  7. Satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is really friendly, campus feel with lots of organizations that you can get involved with. Teleworking available when needed. Good onboarding process with extra time to get settled into a new role. Work/life balance

    Cons

    Stack ranking, benefits are just OK, work/life balance seems to vary by team. Loss of knowledge from the move to NC


  8. VP IT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    Good People work in this company

    Cons

    Pay isn't the greatest....good people


  9. Helpful (1)

    Review of Metlife

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work, decent benefits and great people.

    Cons

    Progression up the management ladder can be hindered by politics. It is often who you know and not what you bring to the table.


  10. Financial Advisor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    Great company with so many resources and awesome benefits

    Cons

    They churn and burn advisors. Senior management regular displays favortism

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror


  11. Amongst the VERY BEST Work-Life Balance in NC

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - world-class work-life balance policies (depending on managers) - good amenities onsite (2 TT tables, 2 foosball tables, Xbox room every floor, onsite gym & basketball court, plenty of walking trails) - management by-in-large are all very empowering - transition to NC is almost completed, if you are in IT, it's best to work in Cary, NC. best-in-class workplace - smart people all around! HR & site leadership did a great job attracting the best and brightest in the RTP area

    Cons

    - healthcare coverage does not start from Day 1 - fairly expensive onsite gym membership - benefits like 401K & IRA doesn't kick in till 1 yr of service - hard to get a corporate title promotion

    Advice to Management

    Great job handling the transition to NC. Maybe have more meaningful recognition award system or tie the "Center Stage" recognition to some financial rewards (even modest sub $1000 level rewards are nice to have)



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