Sun Life Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Great experience as an Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

    -employees seem to have a great work life balance.
    -a lot of room for growth
    -managers always make time for me, and cares a lot about my growth/development
    -great HR people
    -company is making a lot of great changes

    Cons

    -not fast paced enough for my personality

  2. 3 people found this helpful

    The company is going down. Do no work for it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Actuarial Analyst in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Actuarial Analyst in Wellesley, MA

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

    Pros

    Good location, has complementary parking.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Lots of micro-managers. They don't have a fair/effective performance evaluation system. A lot of office politics going on and there's no good working ethic. The company sold out most of its major business and outsourced lots of functional areas. Therefore, it has frequent lay-offs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Not the place you want to stay for long.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    Laid back style, lunch break, cafe on site

    Cons

    depending on your job, you can be much busier than some others at the same level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    prefer not to give any advice to the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. All About Money

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Wellesley, MA

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees were good co-workers.

    Cons

    Senior management didn't seem to understand the essential work that the lower level employees were doing. New schemes were created without consulting the people who were actually doing the work. Costly mistakes were made because of this blind spot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what is really going on in the office, out on the floor, not in your ivory towers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great place if you're seeking work-life balance

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very easy to maintain a work-life balance.
    Fair salary with decent benefits.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get recognized for additional effort if you are not in the right network.
    Company seems to develop a new strategic direction every 18-24 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the younger talent at the organization and empower them to make tough decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Pays the bills if you don't mind being zombified

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer/Analyst in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer/Analyst in Wellesley Hills, MA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance? 70% of the development and BSA staff are doing nothing most of the time while Project Management and SVPs bicker and play politics. Salaries are competitive and there is opportunity for advancement if you are good at politics (not your job). The problem with work/life balance here is a lack of challenging work, actually. On-campus gym was a big plus for me.

    Cons

    Culture is absolutely soul-destroying if you care about your work in any way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good Place to Work

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people as coworkers and friends. The benefits are good and the work is challenging. Campus is clean although work spaces need updating.

    Cons

    No such thing as promotions. If you want to move to the next level you must apply for the job. Very fast paced environment where most people are doing two jobs and can't find time for lunch. Recognition is sporadic and often only the high ranking employees get recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job at recognizing employees and promote from within.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Sales Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Great employees to work with. Everyone worked very well together to get the job done at the end of the day. Created lasting friendships within the industry at this job.

    Cons

    Since I worked in the field it was impossible to move up within the company. It was ultimately the reason I left. Annual raises were only the cost of living. The job itself often went above the actual job description.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The field has some great employees which I know are being cut and positions are being moved to the Home Office. I don't agree with this idea and hope it works out.

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Over promised, under delivered

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Group Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Reorganizing for the better, but unrealistic about damage past 5 years of poor service and uncompetitive pricing has done in certain markets

    Cons

    Internally a mess. Can't deliver strong service or competitive pricing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give local regions and office some autonomy in local markets. Current comp/incentive plan has take aways that reps have no control due to uncompetitive pricing and no point of sale flexibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. I worked here as a software developer on a short term contract

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Wellesley, MA
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Wellesley, MA

    I worked at Sun Life as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is fast-paced, accommodating, and comfortable. Development teams don't face some of the stress that I've seen at other companies, because A) major decisions are made by people who are experienced in the field and don't impose unrealistic deadlines on unrealistic requirements, B) in the same vein, tasks are delegated equally and efficiently, C) the technology infrastructure is well-built

    Cons

    Not much to say here since my experience was short term and with one team out of who knows how many. Many team members are offshore, so the scheduling can be kind of a pain. But the effort is made on everybody's part to be punctual for teleconferences and to stay on the same page.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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