Pacific Life Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pacific Life President and CEO Jim Morris
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Pros
  • Good benefits and a salary that is competitive (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits and one of the last stressful companies in America according to Business Insider (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Middle management are the worst I've experienced (in 5 reviews)

  • massively over heavy at the senior management level (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Pacific Life (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great Facilities - Competitive Pay - Great Benefits - Good Retirement Plan - Good Vacation and Sick Time Benefits

    Cons

    None come to mind at the moment.


  2. Retirement Plan Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retirement Plan Consultant in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Retirement Plan Consultant in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Life full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits programs are very generous. Good marketers when it comes to insurance products. Support for wholesalers is excellent.

    Cons

    If your job is not associated with insurance, annuities or mutual funds or if you are a start up operation, support is less than stellar.

    Advice to Management

    When jumping into something new, either hire a qualified leader you trust and will listen to or support those individuals who know what they are doing, so they can make it work.


  3. Helpful (1)

    terrible IT department

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    a steady and reliable paycheck

    Cons

    The IT department is treated like an unwanted adjunct of the business. We are isolated down in the basement of the building.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good firm, better people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people that have been working their for some time

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities and room for advancement


  6. Business Service Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Service Specialist in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Business Service Specialist in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Life (More than a year)

    Pros

    An amazing company and employees

    Cons

    No complaints. Great location and hours.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more understanding of employees with difficult home situations.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Senior Accountant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Life full-time

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. Management is reasonable and professional.

    Cons

    Because most people work till they retire, growth sometimes is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Keep what you are doing. So far so good!


  8. Senior Business Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people - like a family. Promote from within, education assistance, great benefit package. Integrity, loyalty, and innovation are greatly valued.

    Cons

    Mid-levelLegacy management not very open-minded, resistant to change. Relationships valued over performance in some departments. Technology, especially in the Life Insurance Division not current and hard to make significant progress. From what I have read on Glassdoor - same problems most long-existing corporations have.

    Advice to Management

    Free your mind and the rest will follow.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not Many Employers Like This Left

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

    Pros

    Ethical company that doesn't have to answer to stock holders/Wall Street. Takes a longer view on issues and puts people first. Not many companies like this left. Long service employees have no idea what they have.

    Cons

    Too many long service employees retired in place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus on people.


  10. Small Company Family Feel

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay and very pleasant colleagues. Overall, employees are motivated and people feel loyal to the company.

    Cons

    Can be a bit insular at times. Good news is that leadership is open to changes

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. With the Insurance Industry in the US reaching saturation engage your team to take our competitiveness to a new level. Given how well people are generally treated, a positive response is likely


  11. Front End Developer Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    First off the work environment at Pacific Life is very professional and friendly. Interns also get paid well. The IT Portal team I work with is very smart and funny. We get to work on the website's portal page for clients. As an Intern you get to learn as you work on some enjoyable projects and also get treated as a regular employee and get to attend team meetings. Also, If you are a full time employee you receive good benefits. Pacific Life is a great place to work for.

    Cons

    Working full time is hard to balance with regular life. If I wasn't single I don't know how I would have time for the family. However, Pacific Life offers many activities and benefits for families.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if Management had a better internship program for Software Developer interns. The program for IT interns is fairly new.



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