Sun Life Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
290 Reviews
3.3
290 Reviews
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Sun Life CEO Dean Connor
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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.  

    Decent company, no room for growth

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

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive
    Great co-workers
    Convenient location
    Free parking
    Great benefits
    Ample vacation time

    Cons

    Job security is shaky at best lately
    Very little room to advance at the company
    Culture has taken a down turn in recent years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees feel like you want them there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Stop Loss Underwriting/Risk Assessment  in  Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Stop Loss Underwriting/Risk Assessment in Windsor, CT

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    communication 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).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Talented workers leave for more challenge and advancement

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sunlife is an excellent employer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and employee health benefits.

    Cons

    The commute can be challenging at times given its location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers 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.

    Recommends
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Financial services industry can be boring.

  8.  

    Poor morale and uncertainty of the future plague workplace

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    Awful 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 ManagementAdvice

    Corporate 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for but hard to advance.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company with declining presence in the U.S.

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

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

    Pros

    strong risk management focus, polite discussions

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get fresh blood in and quickly. Do not change strategy again. Showcase MFS more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people - everyone works hard towards a common goal.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Good compensation and benefits
    Opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Can be 24x7x365 mentality towards the work day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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