Sun Life Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
291 Reviews
3.3
291 Reviews
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Sun Life CEO Dean Connor
Dean Connor
56 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is fast-paced, accommodating, and comfortable (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits, nice clean offices (in 18 reviews)


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

  • once you hit mid career, opportunities for advancement evaporate (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

    friendly culture; nice co-workers; we have rotation program for new hires; basically every two years you will be rotated to a new role

    Cons

    Some teams are very busy, some teams require you to have strong technical skills, there are no as many social events as consulting firms

  2.  

    Life is better under the Sun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Associate  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Process Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Work culture is good, Training, Growth, Paying high

    Cons

    Management, blockage for hardworking people

  3.  

    Sun Life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Consultant  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Consultant in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    Great corporate communication. Terrific benefits. Excellent at seeking employee engagement. Nice rewards and employee recognition programs. Great perks; i.e., gym membership assistance, Charitable matching grant program, tuition assistance, EAP and rewards for participation in wellness programs. Love the Global Learning Center course availability.

    Cons

    Usual challenge of working for huge corporation. US operations in Eastern Time Zone and my business unit was in Pacific Time Zone. Bonus structure has complicated formula. Not as easy to grow in career as I'd like. Frequent restructuring of sales and distribution units.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I really enjoyed the people I work with and the Sun Life culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    Leadership had an open door policy and was easy to access. I had the opportunity to learn many new things and learned how to navigate around a large organization to get things done.

    Cons

    My challenge was when our leader changed everything changed. The whole team was scared and worked hard out of fear. This was not a positive environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to address why there is high turn over in a department and figure out the truth. If someone is not suited for a role every effort should be made to find that person a role within the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A company who practices the "work - life" balance structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor  in  Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    It is a very stable company that has been regarded globally as one of the MOST SUSTAINABLE COMPANIES IN THE WORLD. Compensation package is very competitive and can even exceed your expectations that is why they have a very low turn-over rate.

    Cons

    If you work as a Financial Advisor in the company, your income will be dependent only on your sales production which is through commissions. But income based on commission can be unlimited depending on the work load you are exerting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest that they also should come up with a committee or a department who handles the issues and concerns of the Financial Advisors with their direct Field Unit Managers in order to have a check and balance in implementing policies on promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    AWESOME COMPANY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HIre more employees from different industries so that the company gets a new perspective

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Phenomenal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great ambience, excellent management, perfect place to work for.

    Cons

    Nothing at all, everything was perfect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I have recently been hired at the Waterloo office and cannot begin express how impressed I am!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Excellent work environment
    - Promote growth and new learning
    - Fair salary
    - AMAZING benefits
    - Great time off policy
    - Ability to work from home (bad weather, appointments, etc)
    - Very friendly people
    - Cafeteria, Tim Hortons, Starbucks within building

    Cons

    - I have yet to experience anything negative other than the far away parking, new hires are placed on a waiting list for anywhere up to two years to pay one site.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sun Life is a great employer with an excellent work atmosphere and plenty of interesting job opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Delivery Packager  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Delivery Packager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sun Life as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As mentioned the atmosphere is great, quite positive. I met some wonderful colleagues with whom I am still in touch - there was even one time I was misdirected while looking for someone, and not only did someone nearby direct me to the correct location, they took me straight there, and we had a lovely conversation on the way.

    Cons

    I was working low-down in the IT department, which (as might be expected for a financial/insurance company) was not particularly invigorating; I saw plenty of what seemed to be pure bureaucracy, which is also to be expected for a large and long-lived company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got some great things happening in Waterloo - keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good company

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

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    some buildings brand new some still need to be remodeled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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