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Sun Life Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
333 Reviews
3.3
333 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Variety of experience; good benefits (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexibility and work environment are extremely positive (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Very strong politics especially when you start dealing with senior management (in 13 reviews)

  • Not many opportunities for advancement, Salary increases very minimal, too many senior managers (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Wellesley, MA

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

    Pros

    I've worked at Sun Life for 8 years and enjoyed it for the most part. The people are the best part.

    Cons

    Being a Canadian company, the focus is usually focused North of the border so it can be hard to get ahead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company to begin an insurance career

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

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fair compensation for the type of work, competitive benefits and vacation time, flexibility to work from home, friendly office culture

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, unrealistic deadlines and workloads, little attention to employee development, and stressful vacation planning because of lack of organization / coverage while out of the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to help employees advance to their career in order to retain them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sun Life Financial is a solid company that treats its employees well.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Wellesley Hills, MA

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to mold individual career paths, internal posting is encouraged and can lead to success.

    Collaborative work environment

    Work/Life Balance.

    Overall compensation is better than average

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy.

    Weighing of cost versus benefit of doing work is sometimes out of balance. A lot of time is spent deriving answers to exactness, when time/energy would be better spent on bigger picture.

    Little turnover, which sometimes leads to non-productive individuals or areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Limited growth opportunities

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

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Work life balance
    -Good benefits
    -Management is OK
    -Majority of people there are nice

    Cons

    -Limited growth opportunities and career advancement
    -Future of company is unclear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Management should support employee's career development more and encourage growth opportunities. It sometimes feel as if management doesn't care at all.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company. Constant changes in leadership provide limited growth opportunities

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

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    Conservative Canadian company with good benefits

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Many managers are detail oriented, and not big picture focused. They know their department and products, but don't know how to step back and be strategic in moving the company forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act on diversity. Time is spent talking about it, but the company does little to actively promote it. Just take a look at how homogenous the leadership is…..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, not sure of the future.

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

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

    Pros

    Good company with very good benefits and decent pay. Most employees are hard working and good to work with. Management for the most part is OK.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities.
    Seems to be having limited success with their growth strategies, so the future of the company is murky.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great Experience

    Former Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting
    Former Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    Excellent Employees
    Internal Opportunities
    Professional
    Comfortable Work Environment

    Cons

    I really enjoyed my time at Sun Life Financial, no cons

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Culture of hierarchy slows innovation

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

    I worked at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    New CEO who knows the employee benefits business, which the US firm has staked its future on. Open to data analytics and innovation from designated individuals.

    Cons

    Firm has staked its future on voluntary benefits, but has few innovative products to break into a market dominated by industry leaders. Low salaries, inconsistent meritocracy, few innovative employee benefits products, few industry leading divisions except stop-loss and international. Corporate culture is so top down and job security is so tenuous due to the new CEO, cost cutting goals, adn constant reorganization that there is no room for the needed culture of firm-wide innovation that would help insure success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward according to innovation and performance. Reduce hierarchical/top down approach to strategies. Encourage experimentation at all levels of the firm. Encourage the making of mistakes, instead of allowing only top management and favored managers to experiment with new ideas. This will reduce the tendency for higher executives -- or those favored by senior leadership -- to practice blaming those with lower titles when mistakes -- the perquisite for innovation-- occur.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Review

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

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

    Great Benefits within the company

    Cons

    Strategy changes frequently in the company

    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    It waswa good internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Intern in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Newton, MA

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good co workers to work with

    Cons

    It can get busy, but that's not reallly a con sometimes haha

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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