Sun Life Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Sun Life CEO Dean Connor
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89 Ratings

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

  • Respectful and professional work environment (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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  1. Assistant Actuarial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Assistant Actuarial Analyst in Newton, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Actuarial Analyst in Newton, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good working environment. Good culture to work in. Colleagues are friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    The growth prospect of the company itself in US is not very promising.


  2. Overall Company Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to learn about every part of the business. There are opportunities to volunteer with different departments during their peak season or shadow someone in a position you are interested in. The business has been successful for 150 years and the reason is clear!

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company. It is easy to move from department to department, but it's more difficult to start as entry-level and move up

    Advice to Management

    Seek the best out of your employees. Everyone involved is looking to learn more about the business and stay challenged. Provide your employees with challenges and there will be more growth.


  3. Sun Life Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company. Excellent Culture, work life home balance.

    Cons

    Do not have any cons


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  5. Sr Application Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Analyst in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Analyst in Wellesley, MA

    I have been working at Sun Life (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible env Good work life balance Nice location Good retirement plan.

    Cons

    Limited growth not much extra curriculum Business not doing very well.


  6. Internal Wholesaler

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Your external partners are hard working, get an idea of what it takes to work in the field. Pay is pretty good for the work you do!

    Cons

    The management is awful. None of them could hold a conversation for 2 minutes about employee benefits and or about what we actually do on a day to day basis. The turnover rate is very significant and the office is dead silent to be considered a sales desk. There's no motivation across the board even after many employees have pleaded for some sort of 'competition' to be held on the desk. Managers are comfortable in their position now that the initial 50 people hired have quit, and they've hired much lower level employees to fill a role with zero potential to move up, regardless of what they say.

    Advice to Management

    Congrats, you failed at running a sales desk... regardless of what you think of yourselves, you had a negative impact on a majority of your employees.


  7. Great benefits, but low pay...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    Company does have great benefits and is considerably generous with vacation time.

    Cons

    Salaries tend to be on the very low side in comparison with similar businesses and positions. As a long time employee, there is little incentive to stay as vacation time stops increasing at 9 years for several years, raises are unimpressive, and morale is fairly poor. Also, many departments are very disorganized with lack of communication and inconsistency amongst processes, which leads to high turnover from exceptional emploees and a tendency to hire inexperienced management.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation for employees. Pay more competitive salaries that will attract talent and retain good workers. Assess why so many people leave to work at Liberty Mutual, and take some action on those findings.


  8. RLDP

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits because the company is Canadian.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical corporate culture. Too much politics.


  9. Pretty Good Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice People. Great working environment, a bit slow paced. Professional and hard working

    Cons

    For some people it might be a little bit slow paced?


  10. salary scale

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    career development courses are available at all job bands

    Cons

    Lack of min on job training and directions are given clearerly


  11. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Windsor, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work environment, truly gifted co workers (great resources), appreciates experienced underwriters (as opposed to college recruits), flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    -stingy salaries/raises -lack of diversity -no career path -increasing stress on production over quality

    Advice to Management

    Expand recruiting, increase salaries to state average (especially given profitability), increase staffing to allow quality underwriting.



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