MetLife Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
950 Reviews
3.0
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Somerset, NJ

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

    Pros

    There is very Work Life Balance

    Cons

    There are no growth opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Changing for the better

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

    I worked at MetLife

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits and always plenty of work to do

    Cons

    Management can always use improvement.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Big company culture, all depends on your boss

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

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

    Pros

    im lucky enough to have a great boss. PTO

    Cons

    big company culture, some coworkers are just a-holes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be innovative, put down the politics, need better work/life balance, give employee more incentives to exercise and be healthy.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't let Snoopy fool you!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    You really can't beat the vacation time!! And flexible start time is a real plus. The building is located in a beautiful area, lots of wildlife around!

    Cons

    I'm tempted to say: too many to mention. While the vacation time is pretty impressive and hard to beat, the salary is low. Over the years that I've been with the company, the whole atmosphere has changed. In the beginning, prior to becoming a public company (stock(, employees were valued and morale was high. It was fun to come to work! Once we became public, it changed. Employees are not valued at all. Let me list some examples. Mandatory overtime. Yes, mandatory. As in you have to work every Saturday for so many hours, and if you don't they threaten to write you up. I am curious if that's even legal. And it's been mandatory for over ten years in my department. Oh and they told us on July 3, that we would be required to work on either July 4 or5 and we didn't get the three day holiday weekend. Beyond that, if we worked in July 4, we did not get paid extra because it was our CHOICE to work that day. Really? And to cover themselves, they made us fudge our time sheets to look like we worked on the day after the holiday so they didn't have to pay us. No value on employees.

    Another prime example of not caring for employees comes in the form of relocation. We were told in March 2013 that our jobs were being moved to North Carolina. If we wanted to relocate, we had to reapply for our positions and hope we get it. Keep in mind, on the conference call with the VP he mentioned they were moving for the talent pool. That right there shows they don't want to keep is. We were then told that in RI we are so under budget that we are not being paid the correct amount for our zones and levels. But that's too bad because they aren't going to raise out salaries here. When we found out we were relocating, we were told what we would make of we were to go to NC. Turns out the salary there was about 5K more. Which is funny because they should actually make less than us down there. The in June 2013, we were told that they weren't relocating us "right now". And even though we were told our salaries would be more down there, there still is not enough in the budget to match what we actually should be making. They acknowledge we are under paid and make no attempt to fix it. Now we are awaiting another decision on if we are relocating or not. Very hard to stand my a company that has such little regard for their employees. We have families and there is not work life balance.

    I could keep going, but I won't ramble. Just really think out your decision to work for this company. I will also point out my department is on the Life side, not the Auto and Home side. Maybe not all of our company is like that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like you appreciate your employees. Treat them fairly. And if you're going to mandate overtime , maybe you could come in too to support your teams! Might help raise morale.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Need to move with the times

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits provided as far as health dental and 401 are good. Work from home option in some departments

    Cons

    Poor systems and upgrades still are not compatible with the industry. Very political when it comes to promotions. They always talk about work-life balance but make you work 10+ hours of overtime every week (its not mandatory because they cant by law but if u dont do it its held against u in reviews and promotions). NO employee appreciation what so ever! A lot of good workers are leaving because things are getting worse by the day

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    MetLife IT. Check the box, done for the day!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Morristown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Not hard work, it's typical of big IT.
    If you want to learn about ITILs, PMP, SLA, and all that other IT gibber gabber
    If you're really bad at managing people you will shine at Met.

    Cons

    You're hear this a thousand times a day, "WHEN I WAS AT MORGAN"
    IT in Investments survives by staying out of the way,
    Maintain, don't innovate. Don't ask, check the box you box checker you..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should have cleaned up your act before moving to NC..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work for, but there are pitfalls

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Systems Consultant  in  Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Information Systems Consultant in Long Island City, NY

    I worked at MetLife full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people working in IT, and most are team oriented. Compensation, Benefits, work schedules, and flexibility are all very good.

    Cons

    Since the company went public, corporate culture seems has changed and the employees have taken a back seat to investors. Employees in IT are generally limited to one area of expertise, limiting exposure to that one skill set. This makes it difficult to change jobs, as most companies are looking for a broader range of experience. Metlife employees call this the silo effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    favoritism is alive and well at Metlife. Compensation, Leadership, and promotions are discriminatory in many areas. Some male managers show favoritism towards female employees, and this is ignored by senior management (maybe because most are male themselves). In my area, male employees were (and still are) constantly harassed and picked on, whereas female employees are always treated with respect.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    big gap between senior management and rest of team

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    interesting work; many offices. a change to gain knowledge then leave, or just sit and hang out for years on end, whichever career track you feel like, you will be directed that way.

    Cons

    total lack of recognition for best efforts yet responsibilities kept increasing..smart management, just lazy and rude to junior staff. mixed messages about work from home - allowed but discouraged. many people leave all the time, not sure why, but they end up on their feet elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was lucky to get laid off.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiting Manager  in  Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Recruiting Manager in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    Loved my boss who hired me. As a manager, the company spent a lot of time on leadership training which was also a huge plus.

    Cons

    Hard to make any independent decisions, had to drink the company Kool-Aid hard, and was not given credit for my hard work. There were also many questionable layoffs among upper managment that made employees question the company's direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the sales offices the autonomy they need and deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Financial Representative/ Investment Advisor

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, strong name recognition.

    Cons

    More focus on International business than keeping the US Sales division healthy. Limited competitive products. Too reliant on internal leads to build a strong personal book of business. Very high turnover both at the local office and corporate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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