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MetLife Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
1,027 Reviews
3.1
1,027 Reviews
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MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian
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349 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Broker

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    working with the managing director in the Roslyn office in long island is a wonderful experience. All the managers are very helpful and will do the best they can to make you successful.

    Cons

    If an agent based on commission, but the opportunities are endless if you work hard.

  2.  

    Solid Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Consultant in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    wonderful benefits and focused on educating their workforce on 401K savings and living a financially strong future.

    Cons

    Usually, it's the same people who are considered for new and upcoming positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Talented people, great money managers, lousy mid level managers

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

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

    Pros

    Very talented, smart people work there. Company is excellent when it comes to managing and investing money. Very political company so be good at politics if you work there.

    Cons

    Lousy mid level administrative managers. Poor quality and poorly trained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote within upon recommendations of existing managers. Too many politics leads to poor administrative managers recommending others who simply shouldn't be promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunities, co-workers are great. Can be a fun environment at times.

    Cons

    Stuck to the phone all day long with short breaks, tends to break a person down. Sales goals can be a bit unfair and unobtainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on the heavy scheduling and focus more on employee satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I loved my job. Metlife was a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Documant Analyst in Latham, NY
    Former Employee - Documant Analyst in Latham, NY

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

    Pros

    I liked working for Metlife because the department I worked for was a great place to work. We worked as a team, which made it enjoyable

    Cons

    The one con I can think of is they change our hour lunch to a half hour and took some holidays away from us

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bait and Switch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Principal in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Seeing employees I know from a previous employer. Nice onboarding program prior to joining your personal department.

    Cons

    Interview and actual position are a mismatch. Charlotte, NC pay is lower than the majority of competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace the culture, knowledgeable staff and be open to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Manipulation by pretending to create culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Annuity Customer Service Representative in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Annuity Customer Service Representative in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It feels like a real job for a while. Management pretends to help you work on a personal development plan. You are required to set goals for yourself in a job you just started in and know very little about. There's a cafeteria on site. Believe me, though the food isn't great, you'll need to learn how to eat there or bring your own food. Your 30 minute lunch(minus the 5 minutes*2=10 minutes it takes to enter and exit the building) won't allow you to make it for or actually humanely consume anything reasonably resembling food elsewhere.

    Cons

    They're regularly fussing with you about everything. Don't do this, don't do that. I felt 2 all over again. The difference is I'm a grown man with multiple degrees who acts my age. Everything I did was an attempt to be a good employee and you can bet I was berated at every turn. So, in essence met was like a giant preschool where we were actually handling giant transactions for real people in the real world. It was such a nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone seems to perform well in another industry doesn't mean they'll do well in your industry. I'm referring to the horrible mid-level management hire from Citi. The company has pretty much been on a downward spiral since going public. I was strongly consider going private similar to your prior arrangement as a mutual.
    Also, more money brings better talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Global Procurement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sourcing/Procurement Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sourcing/Procurement Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Very good team environment, open door policy all the way up the management ladder

    Cons

    Company is fractured all over the country. team mates in 4 different locations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits, casual atmosphere, great co-workers,

    Cons

    the self pace study for the series 6 exam. it did not help me, as i was not able to ask questions, and being that i didn't understand the information, it was super hard. the last week was the week we were actually trained on the series 6 exam

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if the class would have been structured more to how i learned, instead of me having to self study, i think i would have passed the test. also the test being 64% pass rate did not match up with other call centers. this is not right, as in the offer letter, it did state pass rate of 60%. also, i was not offered another position within the company given that i had already been there for a period of a few months

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great Place to Stay for Years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Intern in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Financial Intern in Dublin, OH

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

    Pros

    MetLife is an excellent community with a lot of down-to-earth people. The work culture is very-laid back but you are still motivated to get your work done. The leadership is helpful. Good work-life balance.

    The one great thing about MetLife is that it feels like a family and everyone is willing to help each other out. The days may be monotonous and the work may not be cutting edge sometimes but the co-workers are great.

    Cons

    The salary is not that great but I personally think its worth it!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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