Prudential Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
651 Reviews
3.3
651 Reviews
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Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld
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342 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is good but still depends on what team you belong (in 88 reviews)

  • Good benefits package - new employees are still eligible for a pension (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance of sales will drive most to leave within the first few years (in 25 reviews)

  • 15 appoiuntments unless is is your personal friends and family (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall excellent experience, although I was laid off after more than 10 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Relationship Manager  in  Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President, Relationship Manager in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Prudential full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits and work/life balance. Management is very supportive of work/life balance including telecommuting, occasional work from home, varied schedule, work in an alternate location, etc. Senior Management is very strong, as evidenced by Prudential's journey through the 2008 financial crisis.

    Cons

    Quick to hire and quick to fire. Prudential is very overfunded in their pension, so they are not hesitant to do lay offs and pay out severance. Most of the time, this occurs because you happen to be in the wrong business unit, or organization. Or.... your work is outsourced. What they don't do, is try to get you placed in anticipation of a lay off. Recently over 100 were laid off, yet there were over 600 jobs advertised internally. This is clearly an opportunity for HR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An Excellent Employer

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

    I worked at Prudential full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Prudential was an excellent place to work. They value diversity. They respect all employees. They place ethical behavior & practices in high regard. They instill in you the importance and value in respecting Customers. I worked there for 15 years and grew to understand, respect, and appreciate them as a company. I would highly recommend seeking them out if you feel you would be a good fit.

    Cons

    Things sometimes take time to change. Think of the analogy of the time and effort it takes to take a huge ocean liner to change course. Certain things can and must get done quickly. However many things take a fair amount of time to come around and change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being open to creative and even divergent thinkers and their opinions. Genius was never found standing in line - following the pack. Genius contributions are often found in places (people) with the rough edges. "It's the grain of sand, the irritant, that stimulates the pearl." Keep that in mind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Learning Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Prudential full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Ability to work on a vast amount of high level projects

    Cons

    Limited resources, haste project requests

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Down To Earth, Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit Research Analyst  in  Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Credit Research Analyst in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Prudential as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are so welcoming, intelligent and motivated. They are so helpful in explaining things and taking the time to share their knowledge and expertise with interns. They are very focused on balancing work and life for interns by limiting hours to 40 a week (can work over if need be).

    Cons

    Office is moving further away from the train station in the next year (will no longer be connected)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Prudential for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Place to Work and good management

    Cons

    Need more attention to detail

    Recommends
  7.  

    Salary

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Prudential

    Pros

    Work, Life balance, work from home

    Cons

    Weekend work, 24X7 on call status

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    setup succession plans

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company Reputation, but read the fine print ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prudential

    Pros

    Prudential has 98% name/brand recognition, so it's great to be associated with that type of clout. Prudential also offers great benefits to employees and their philanthropy efforts are to be applauded.

    Cons

    Be sure to read the fine print! Depending on what type of job you accept it could mean the poor house! Corporate or staff positions at any location will supply a great career opportunity. Agency Distribution and Professional Financial Associate (sales) positions AVOID. You end up buying leads, even from Prudential! Position is 100% commission and you are asked to be/do everything from 200+phone calls/week, lead generation, business canvassing, administration and even, after 2 years, pay for your cube. Forget the promise of top-notch training! Overlook promises of $90,000 your second year! Again read the fine print.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A new business model needs to be put into place at Prudential.

  9.  

    Great place to work with excellent bonuses

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Prudential for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits and excellent bonuses

    Cons

    Company clicks and inconsistent expectations from managment

  10.  

    Global Real Estate Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Real Estate Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Global Real Estate Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Prudential full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Top company in it's field with strong leadership

    Cons

    Little support in a new area of company interest and my specialty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the steps to make advances in the global markets - the future of our industry.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Prudential Financial

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

    I have been working at Prudential

    Pros

    Prudential provides a great Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Yearly raises do not change often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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