Pacific Life Reviews

Updated March 2, 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
  • You will need to know massive amounts of information without missing a beat (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Integrity, professionalism,competitive, family feel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Life

    Pros

    You are proud to work at a company that cares deeply about its mission and its employees.
    It is profitable, generous, and pays competitively. It is transparent. Encourages education, training, and career growth. Remarkably stable! Privately held company. No shareholders to worry about last quarter. Annual bonuses are earned by a combination of individual, divisional, and company wide goals being met - very generous.

    Cons

    Due to its conservative nature as a life insurance company, it doesn't change quickly, but it is always trying to improve and in the process of changing. Some times it seems that it will never get there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Supportive and friendly work environment where people actually want to see you succeed!

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    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Pacific Life

    Pros

    Over the last 12-18 months, management has been driving home a new initiative to really support their staff - not just in their current roles, but helping develop them to get them where they want to be. The energy is usually very positive and almost everyone is very friendly. On the phones your creativity may be a little limited for regulatory purposes (since this is the financial field after all), but creativity is strongly encouraged when it comes to building training materials, food days, office games, etc. This company also really promotes hiring from within. There is a lot more cross department opportunity than many companies I have seen. The culture and benefits are great!

    Cons

    The company is efficient and there are not a lot of positions for upward mobility into management, if that is your path. People in those positions now like them so much, they rarely leave. It doesn't mean that management positions aren't there, they are just competitively sought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To senior management - there is more room for more floor supervisors. Staff love the time they get to build relationships with their direct supervisor in a proactive manner, not just in a disciplinary one. A lower supervisor to employee ratio could help this as well as open up more opportunities for growth within. Keep up the positive changes you have already been making though - we ARE noticing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Newport Beach, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people to work with. Company seems to be moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    Sometimes the technology feels like it can be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it goong

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    Positive Outlook
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    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Life

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance. Easy to change career by applying for other positions within the company. Large company stability

    Cons

    Office politics politics (not as bad as other large corporations). Pay may be lower than some other f500 is willing to offer but expectation is fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great low stress company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multilife New Business Accounting Coordinator in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Multilife New Business Accounting Coordinator in Aliso Viejo, CA

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

    Pros

    family oriented, low stress, great benefits packages

    Cons

    not a lot of room for growth unless you jump to another department, pretty much have to temp for a while to get hired, majority of employees over 40.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop young talent more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice people...Dull environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Life

    Pros

    Helpful co workers and senior professionals.

    Cons

    Strict policies with no room for override

  8. Great company to work for if you are looking for stability and longevity.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company offers competitive benefits, professional growth, and encourages promoting within.

    Cons

    Pacific Life is very corporate. There's not much room for individuality and creativity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Excellent Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Newport Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company to work at, the people are down to earth and we all worked well together!

    Cons

    Some micro managing but over all no negative reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people and team to get the job done... step back and let them shine!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great Culture and Employees!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    Amazing and helpful employees, great benefits/perks and great work environment.
    Most of the employees have been around for years and are willing to share their knowledge with you.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance to higher levels.
    Things get repetitive after awhile which can be boring at times

    Recommends
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  11. Great company!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Newport Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Pacific Life is a great company to work for, competitive benefits and salaries. The people working here have been employed by Pacific Life for a longer period of time, low personal turnover.

    Cons

    At times it can be hard to get promoted if your department has managers that are hesitant to do so, regardless of your performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managment should give more opportunities to people who are adding value to the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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