Standard Life Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Great company positive work environment

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

    I worked at Standard Life full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Management are open and approachable. Good benefits including access to training and development courses. Strong sense of teamwork

    Cons

    Limited career progression opportunities

    Advice to Management

    do not alienate long serving staff by reducing accrued pension benefits.

  2. Very nice place to work

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

    I worked at Standard Life full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its in the middle of the city center so you get to see the Edinburgh castle all the time and have access to the city easily.
    The people in the company are really nice and opportunities are available for improvement in your skills and knowledge

    Cons

    Not a lot I can think of. Except the cafeteria food is quite expensive and there tends to be company "rearranging" which sometimes end with people losing their jobs.

  3. no career advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Standard Life

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

    Pros

    salary, gym, parking, nothing much to say

    Cons

    poor management, no career advancement

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  5. friendly management, lots of autonomy, decent pay/benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Research Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Intern - Research Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    management is friendly, attentive, professional, work is relatively interesting, lots of room for growth
    good training for new graduates certainly

    Cons

    extremely corporate culture, somewhat top heavy management, lots of redundancy in the company structure, president is not particularly nice

    Advice to Management

    fix the extremely corporate culture, somewhat top heavy management, lots of redundancy in the company structure, president is not particularly nice

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    Sucked into a Corporate hell hole

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Standard Life full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Some really nice people to work with, when you managed to navigate through the corporate drones.

    Cons

    Dealing with the multiple tiers of management, and navigating the politics.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the long term outlook, not just your share options for the next bonus period. Trust staff to deliver in the best interests of the business and let them get on with the job.

  7. Senior Auditor

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

    I have been working at Standard Life full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    An excellent customer centric organisation who values their staff, customers and the local community. Having worked with SL for 20 years I would recommend them to anyone as a prospective employer.

    Cons

    Financial Services is currently undergoing significant change and Standard Life is no different to others in that respect. With change comes uncertaintly.

    Advice to Management

    Standard Life need to balance the traditional values of the organisation with modern dymamics and interests of key stakeholders.

  8. Easygoing atmosphere, young workforce, good benefit package

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

    I have been working at Standard Life

    Pros

    good office culture, easygoing atmosphere

    Cons

    most hiring is on a temp basis and takes a while before becoming permanent. salary isn't too great

  9. Ask if the compliance-driven culture fits you or not

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Standard Life full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They are prepared to pay you a package a bit higher than the market when they recognize the value of your role to the company

    Cons

    The compliance-driven culture just puts you off the passion of finding new ideas to do work as any attempts to make things different will in general meet more with disapproval than reward.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ideas, experiences, and courageous!

  10. Good social life, not much upward mobility

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Services Representative in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Customer Services Representative in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Standard Life

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

    Pros

    Good social scene, pay not too bad, good pension benefits, good location, flexible working times

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to progress unless you want to go team manager route

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with how individuals are progressing in their role and also their education and identify roles for progression as appropriate

  11. Mature

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Standard Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flex hours, benefits, location, environment, hq

    Cons

    hour amount, technology, hr, overtime, uk

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