Pacific Life Reviews

Updated July 27, 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. Senior Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Aliso Viejo, CA

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

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

    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.


  2. Senior Accountant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Life full-time

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

    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!


  3. Small Company Family Feel

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

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

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

    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


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  5. Not Many Employers Like This Left

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  6. Front End Developer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  7. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I worked at Pacific Life

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Beautiful location. Motivated work force

    Cons

    Divisions not always unified in approach


  8. Industry Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Placentia, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Placentia, CA

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

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

    Pros

    +Great Benefits +Decent Pay +Great work-life balance +Opportunities to volunteer +Industry leader

    Cons

    +Hard to move up (people work here for life!)


  9. Overall satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -friendly people (mostly) -good work/life balance (half days and time off for major holidays) -decent pay and benefits package -nice office (Newport/Aliso Viejo)

    Cons

    hard to move up/change job title


  10. Slow and Steady

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer

    I worked at Pacific Life full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you're the kind of person that wants everything laid out for you and to come in, do your job, go home ... it's a great place to work. There are many, many happy employees at Pac Life.

    Cons

    The company is run by accountants, so everything is by the numbers. There is little room for innovation. You alone are not going to move a company that is a century old and 2000 people strong, so if you've got big ideas and need to see actions taken on them to feel appreciated, it might not work out for you.

    Advice to Management

    Is Pac Life a meritocracy or an exist-to-the-top-cracy?


  11. Customer Service - Great Company, challenging job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Training, people, stability. Will pay you for almost a year of training and get you securities lic. Good benefits, great location in Newport Beach. Clear path for promotions (2-3 promotions within first 3 years). Lots of people from area go on to other roles within the company.

    Cons

    Have to learn an incredible amount of information even with the lenghty training. Standards are extremely high for how you work with customers. Significant product changes every 3-6 months.



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