Pacific Life Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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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. good company, great location

    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

    relatively easy work and competitive salary with opportunities for growth. there are some that are complacent, "lifers" and others that really excel and move on to do great things.

    Cons

    some of the managers are lazy, incompetent and mean.

  2. Love working at Pacific Life.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Internal Wholesaler in Omaha, NE
    Current Intern - Internal Wholesaler in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Pacific Life as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Interns get a front row seat to the daily processes of an Internal Wholesaler. The mentor program is great, allowing interns to sit in with a wholesaler to hear their sales processes. My mentor is always open for questions and has helped me a lot throughout my time as an intern.

    Would recommend this internship to any college student interested in Marketing or Finance.

    Cons

    Technological processes are not very efficient.

    Advice to Management

    No complaints about management!

  3. Very fast paced, multiple projects, frequent deadlines

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA

    I have been working at Pacific Life

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employee longevity, Co involved in many charitable works, very customer focused

    Cons

    Employee longevity, slow to adopt change, not all positions have growth paths

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving a real raise to workers (not just 2%), stop adding to Sr management

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  5. First job where I looked forward to going to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Internal Wholesaler in Omaha, NE
    Current Intern - Internal Wholesaler in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Pacific Life as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -They're a Fortune 500 Company, so they can afford to take care of their employees.
    -Managers are very open, and the people are very friendly
    -It's a consultative sales firm, so their primary focus is the client, not a sales bonus
    -Being privately held means they don't have to sacrifice ethics to follow sound business practices
    -It's a fantastic internship for students interested in Finance or Marketing

    Cons

    -The only real internship they offer is in Internal Wholesaling
    -Exclusively available to juniors and seniors in college

    Advice to Management

    It's a great company, but keep striving for continuous improvement! There's no reason not to look into expanding the internship programs for college students

  6. One of the few places left where people still matter

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

    I have been working at Pacific Life full-time

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

    Pros

    Very supportive and people centric leadership
    Progressive given their industry. RSD does a good job being open to new ideas

    Cons

    Processes are weak. Not efficient

    Advice to Management

    Remain open minded
    Bring in new people to mix things up

  7. Integrity, professionalism,competitive, family feel

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

    I worked at Pacific Life

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

    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.

  8. Supportive and friendly work environment where people actually want to see you succeed!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Pacific Life

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

    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 Management

    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!

  9. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Keep it goong

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Pacific Life

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

    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 Management

    None.

  11. Great low stress company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    develop young talent more.

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