Sun Life
3.1 of 5 252 reviews
www.sunlife.com Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Sun Life Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.1 252 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

Sun Life CEO Dean Connor

Dean Connor

(38 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good benefits, nice clean offices"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Sensible business decisions, great people"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "Very strong politics especially when you start dealing with senior management"
    in 12 reviews
  • "once you hit mid career, opportunities for advancement evaporate"
    in 5 reviews
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Great place to work

Senior Stop Loss Underwriting/Risk Assessment (Current Employee)
Windsor, CT

I have been working at Sun Life full-time for more than 8 years

ProsOpen, inclusive, exciting (as only an underwriter could understand), smart peers, upper management.

Conscommunication could be better betw management levels, major changes (regional or., system and pricing methodology) changes tend to occur near or at 4Q business cycle. Sun Life- this yr- seems to be addressing this (ie, thinking ahead).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Talented workers leave for more challenge and advancement

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Sun Life full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat work-life balance, excellent educational opportunities, excellent benefits

ConsNo way to advance for the individual contributor . Talented, and hard working people are often overlooked for promotions, and leave in order to advance. Hiring managers outside of claims are pompous and narrow minded .

Advice to Senior ManagementDirectives come from Canada, and don't always transfer well to the US market. Get out of your glass towers and talk to the Minions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sunlife is an excellent employer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsWork life balance and employee health benefits.

ConsThe commute can be challenging at times given its location.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagers that have employees located in different countries - If you do not do so already please try to stay in constant contact with those employees as you would your employees that are located in your home office.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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AWESOME COMPANY

Financial Engineer (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Sun Life full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood work life balance, great pay and benefits(Vacation, 401k etc)

ConsNeeds focus on training employees. Company is run by old school methodologies and ideologies .

Advice to Senior ManagementHIre more employees from different industries so that the company gets a new perspective

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sun Life

ProsGreat people to work with. Gym and caf on site.

ConsFinancial services industry can be boring.

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Poor morale and uncertainty of the future plague workplace

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Wellesley, MA

I worked at Sun Life full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFlexible work/life balance where people felt comfortable leaving early or coming in late if they needed to attend to personal business. Free parking and self-contained campus.

ConsAwful morale. They tend to keep people around who are terrible employees because they are afraid of getting rid of them. In all my years, I have never seen an environment where people could basically get away with anything and not have consequences. Everyone walks around expecting the place to be closed at any time. Horrible brand recognition where "no one still knows your name." No opportunity at all for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate structure and environment in Canada is completely different from US. Need to work on US workplace and morale, if you want to continue operating in the US.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company to work for but hard to advance.

Internal Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Wellesley, MA

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

ProsFree parking, cafeteria food is affordable, gym on site. Good work/life balance. Easy access to some upper management.

ConsVery bureaucratic, some managers have been there for many years and don't like change. Slow to make decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more on image, people, resources, developing the right products. Need to be more aggressive when it comes to promoting the company. Make decisions faster.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company with declining presence in the U.S.

Actuary (Current Employee)
Wellesley Hills, MA

I have been working at Sun Life full-time for more than 5 years

Prosstrong risk management focus, polite discussions

Consquickly becoming a Toronto "insider" company, management unwilling to make quick decisions

Advice to Senior Managementget fresh blood in and quickly. Do not change strategy again. Showcase MFS more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people - everyone works hard towards a common goal.

Support Role (Former Employee)
Wellesley, MA

I worked at Sun Life full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people
Good compensation and benefits
Opportunities for growth

ConsCan be 24x7x365 mentality towards the work day

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good company

Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Wellesley, MA

I have been working at Sun Life full-time

Prosbene's, time off, pay, friendly, subsidies, parking

Conssome buildings brand new some still need to be remodeled.

Advice to Senior Managementgrow the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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