Sun Life Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
299 Reviews
3.3
299 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)

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

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  1.  

    So So place to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    Good people that work there

    Cons

    Canadian Insurance owner has an influence

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited upward movement if you've been there less than 10 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Business Systems Analyst in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Lead Business Systems Analyst in Wellesley, MA

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

    Pros

    Fairly stable, friendly people to work with, some very intelligent and interesting colleagues, decent pay.

    Cons

    Poorly skilled line managers, performance reviews are a fluke and difficult to make changes happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward management jobs to people who love managing people, invest more in people and reward performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work-life balance,not so hot on employee development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Great co-workers for the most part. Interesting work. Good benefits and time off policy. Great commitment to social causes.

    Cons

    Horrible employee development, at least in my area. Very political atmosphere. Very vertical and traditional approach to management. No real employee empowerment...new executive management promised a flattening of the organization and more empowerment. Never happened

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    I had a wonderful 28 years working for Sun Life.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Learning and Development Consultant in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Learning and Development Consultant in Wellesley, MA

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

    Pros

    Sun Life is a great place to work, with great benefits and lots of opportunities for career growth. The people are wonderful and the atmosphere is like a family setting. Great collaboration among teams and management allowing individuals to excel and grow.

    Cons

    Laid off 30% of staff this year and lost a lot of talented employees in the process. The company politics can be frustrating and challenging in getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realizing that its the bottom dollar vs retaining talented and experienced employees is your goals, you lost a lot of wonderful people in the layoffs that would off actually saved you money in the long run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Was once a great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA

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

    Pros

    Well maintained campus, strong leadership

    Cons

    Salaries below market, little room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not take employees for granted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's the People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA

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

    Pros

    - Friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all types of people.
    - Flexible hours and ability to work from home one or two days a week (may differ by department). Good support for remote workers.
    - Good benefits package
    - During large layoffs, they offer good compensation packages and are generally fairly humane about it
    - Convenient location with attractive facilities
    - Comparatively stable company for the industry (parent company is one of the top two insurers in Canada and they keep their investments generally conservative)
    - Ethically-run company (important in the insurance/financial-services industry)
    - Technology has improved significantly over the years and is looking forward
    - They've paid out the annual bonus every year since its inception, even during some years when, technically, we didn't meet the required profitability threshold, because senior management felt that it was due to the general economic environment and not a failure on the part of the employees.

    Cons

    - Too much of US operations is being taken over by Corporate in Canada, which decreases some flexibility and makes for a more bureaucratic atmosphere. Feels more like the US is just a "remote site" rather than the "US home office" we used to be
    - IT has become too centralized, bureaucratic, and controlling
    - Needs more opportunities for advancement for "individual contributors" -- if you don't manage people, you can be fairly limited on how high you can advance, in most areas.

    Two things that are probably true of most companies in similar situations these days:
    - Rate of change (of various kinds) has been high since it went public and the rate has been accelerating steeply since then.Generally feeling of insecurity about the future of operations in the US (what it will include and whose jobs might be affected)
    - Pace of work can sometimes be a bit daunting and can require sacrificing some quality in favor of speed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, atmostphere, good benefits

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    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Wellesley, MA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive pay, good people

    Cons

    Big company negatives, too many non-work related processes and procedures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intelligent, committed management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley Hills, MA

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

    Pros

    I worked at Sun Life for over 10 years and found it to be an organization of high-integrity. The management is working hard to modernize the company image and make it more known in the U.S. The benefits are excellent and the headquarters office is a very nice environment to work in.

    Cons

    Like most companies these days, they are trying to accomplish a lot with fewer people. Hours can be long and stressful sometimes.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great Overall Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, and staff, fair pay and benefits. There was a team oriented culture, and while most worked hard, there's a lot of playing hard as well.

    Cons

    Could do more to reward and retain talent at the lower and middle levels, some paths were stagnant or dead-ended. Sometimes slow to change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Leaders are a Joke, president failed this company along with Lincoln. Will never keep talented employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    Its just a job if you work here.

    Great work life balance because the company does promote laziness, complacency, and lack of responsibility to managements expense accounts.

    Cons

    Complacent management

    Crap pay

    No upper movement nor is there dedication to internal employees to move around in the company

    Very "old" crowd of useless managers with terrible performance track record. Its like a collusion of terrible, lazy, and old management keeping each other employed while losing real talent to much more competitive and better companies

    Terrible decision making within upper and lower management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your kidding yourselves to think you will continue to operate in the near to long term future with your current "regime". Will enjoy seeing how you fair in the real world once you lose your jobs. From the looks of LinkedIn, seems like that's been a complete fail as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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