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Protective Life Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
56 Reviews

3.2
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many opportunities for career growth

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

    Pros

    Protective has a family-friendly culture that supports its employees. The benefits and time off policies are competitive in the local market. During my time with the company, I experienced great career growth and also saw many of my peers grow their careers as well.

    Cons

    Some projects and initiatives don't get off the ground due to analysis-paralysis. The company is a little too risk adverse sometimes. (They are an insurance company...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While Protective does promote from within, there seems to be a limit. C-Suite placements mostly seem to be outside hires in recent years. Encourage all employees to achieve their best by looking for talent from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seven years and people still speak to you! Amazing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Birmingham, AL

    Pros

    Friendly work-life balance, prestigious company now being purchased by Dai-Ichi Life from Japan.

    Cons

    Strong company financially may well be destroyed by outsider purchase who doesn't understand the work culture of Alabamians or Americans in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider this buy out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    One big family!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - IT in Birmingham, AL

    Pros

    Great benefits, and great corporate values. They have a true servants heart.

    Cons

    Some times it can feel like communication up the chain is almost like a hassle to your boss. kinda feels like your issues are unimportant even though they are the ones that are managing the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in an open door policy so if someone has a quick question they feel a little more open to just stoping by and asking it real quick.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great family work life....unless you know the right people or can play the game don't look for advancement on merit.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    Pros

    Great facility, with healthy living amenities, friendly environment.

    Cons

    Its not what you know its who you know. Poor advancement on based on merit or performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your talent...not your friends..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - New Business Processor  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - New Business Processor in Birmingham, AL

    Pros

    There's a jogging trail nearby. And a nice gym downstairs.

    Cons

    Co-workers were really catty. It felt like you weren't trusted to get your work done because there were actual monitors that kept track of any down time and if you were away from your computer for 15 minutes your manager would get an email notification.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everybody needs their own printer. The communal printer is a real bummer.

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

    Good enough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, flex time is good, gym on site, people are mostly nice, work from home benefits when needed.

    Cons

    Non technical analysts expect you to keep your head down and "just code" without asking questions or trying to improve the software. Has resulted in a fragile system developed over 15 years without proper upkeep, many talented technical people willing to jump in and make it better but get burned out on fighting non-technical analysts and slow business processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the overhead, non technical analysts are useless and slow down progress - get a proper QA department and trust your technical staff to do what they do best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Asset Protection Division

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Friendly people, business casual culture, decent pay & benefits & PTO, short workday on Fridays, good location

    Cons

    No opportunity for career development and doesn't appear to be room for advancement, don't seem interested in retaining talent, some departments are very understaffed for the relative workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing changes if nothing changes and this company seems to be stuck in a rut, clear strategy and decisive leadership needs to come from the top down and not from veeps with personal agendas

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been very satisfied with my time here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Institutional Life Account Specialist  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Institutional Life Account Specialist in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    -If you work hard at your job, this company will take care of you!
    -Management has an open door policy
    -Can get great feedback at your quarterly reviews

    Cons

    -not open to having their employees work remote if in an office position
    -pay in some positions may be lower than the rest of the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at letting more employees work from home on a permanent basis.
    Look at giving a small bump in pay to the rest of the industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The work itself is easy, monotonous. For the most part, not a highly school educated work force.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Coworkers are kind, there are multiple rounds of checking info entered so if something is incorrect it mostly gets caught and fixed.

    Cons

    Being expected to know laws and regulations without being taught. Little money, long hours. How long you work there matters more to them than your level of education or intellect.

  11.  

    Short lived, and glad it was

    Former Employee - Customer Support Claims Manager  in  Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Support Claims Manager in Bannockburn, IL

    Pros

    No brainer claims work, no exhaustion, few interfaces with outraged claimants required

    Cons

    Very quirky culture, secret-handshake inside relationships for some and not for others...it was all about who you knew. Bully management style, find something "wrong" with your work and pester you incessantly about it; at least until they got tired of that and went on to bother your peer, or they found a contrived way to "invite you to leave” Company threw a full out Christmas party after having complained all year about having to make budgetary cutbacks...scratching head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Boo...keep an eye on those sneaky employees, they may be trying to get away with something.

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