Prudential plc Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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Prudential plc Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam
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Pros
  • Good working environment and friendly management (in 6 reviews)

  • Work-life balance with flexible working hour (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / life balance is dismal in these areas and stress levels very high (in 4 reviews)

  • Long working hours and a very demanding place - which at times may compromise your work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Highly hoerarchcal structure and very old technology

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Prudential plc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bonus and benefits but lack of work life balance.

    Cons

    communication from top to bottom is lacking. So the message will not reach to org structure. 1920 technology company

    Advice to Management

    Be open and communicate message to all levels and be compliant.

  2. IT organisation led by end user decisions

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Prudential plc as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good location. Interesting technologies. was able to learn a lot pursuing my own avenues here and got involved in some project work that was interesting.

    Cons

    End users dictate IT policies. Leadership was utterly subservient to end users, meaning that all good practise was abandoned in order to accommodate senior end user's demands. Corner cutting (as dictated by the business) meant that the finished infrastructure was unfit for purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Get IT leadership that will stand up to users and make sensible engineering decisions. Be firmer with permanent employees that are causing problems.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Extremely hierarchical with outdated management style

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Prudential plc (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits including pension and Share options.

    Cons

    Highly sexist and very hierarchical organization that does not support employee development or growth. Promotions will likely need to be sought outside the company. Culture of blame, and lack of accountability on the part of Directors.

    Advice to Management

    More focus needs to be put on having senior executives engage with staff, to increase employee morale, and offer more opportunity for 360 degree feedback to hold managers accountable.

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  5. Would not want to work again !

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Semi Senior Management in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Semi Senior Management in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at Prudential plc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Descent paymaster. Hard think of anything else.

    Cons

    Management is not driven by level of expertise and effort brought in, rather by where you come from! No acknowledgement of hard work. Bureaucracy and politics at its peak where threads reaching HQs.

    Advice to Management

    Completely change the very top management and bring in competent team leader, who really understands the business and turn this place to business than House of Lords.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Loss Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Director in Central District (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Regional Director in Central District (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Prudential plc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They buy you a dinner at Christmas if you make the top 50 list ..otherwise it's rice and water....

    Cons

    Management is by Aliens who do things quite strangely, and people vanish all the time for no apparent reason. Other people quit for no apparent reason other than they are fed up with their friends / work counterparts being treated like wankers.

    Advice to Management

    Should bring back the man from PRU concept and show some flair rather than Machiavellian BS and keeping people looking over their shoulder daily. Stop being introverted BS'ers and learn how to work in the current world. Use less consultants and trust internal people who are hired to do the job.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Bad leadership - more personal short term focus, than long term people and company viability focused

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Prudential plc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    business in good position for growth due to good decisions made prior to financial crisis of 2008/9

    Cons

    Poor management - highly political, egotists, focussed on short term gain, not focused on people

  8. A bit like living in a Flashman novel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Prudential plc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None if you end up in a department running under the old boy network.

    Cons

    I am continually amazed by the old fashioned pecking order in existence here, where insufficient toadying and imagined slights are seized upon and petty revenge plotted.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade to modern, dynamic leaders with people skills who are too productively busy to spend time sulking and plotting over their expensive lunches on expenses.

  9. Needs to address bullying

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Prudential plc

    Pros

    Competitive financial packages and investment in staff. A large company which allows employees room to develop or change their skill set.

    Cons

    A blind eye is turned to senior managers who enjoy bullying, intimidatory tactics. Work / life balance is dismal in these areas and stress levels very high.

    Advice to Management

    Closer attention to, and zero tolerance of, areas where bullying and hierarchical rule is routine. Let's protect Pru 's good name.

  10. Young sales people create an undercurrent of pressure to sell at all cost

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Financial Consultant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Prudential plc full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'll say it first. If you are have to choose a career in insurance... it's objectively one of the best choices, this coming from someone who greatly dislikes the industry. That said, their products are costly, meaning often you find yourself selling a suboptimal package from a purely cost perspective
    Learn very quickly
    Builds confidence in people to high pressure
    Training and pressure allows you to build strong bonds which may be the main thing that stops people in the industry from leaving

    Cons

    The job does not discriminate between working and off-work hours
    A sense that you are exploiting your friends
    A strong draw to push aside your morals

    Advice to Management

    Checks and balances + KPIs directly on the quality of sales culture being developed

  11. Helpful (2)

    People are unhappy at work, the turnover rate is high

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I have been working at Prudential plc

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The reputation of the company, nice colleagues, good office location, hands-on job experience

    Cons

    not-so-good management style, limited on-the-job training, limited personal growth and career developments, uncompetitive compensation and benefits, bad work life balance, inflexible company culture, management are not open to improvements and changes, understaffed, not-so-good IT support

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