Sun Life Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Pays the bills if you don't mind being zombified

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Good luck!


  2. Good Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Over promised, under delivered

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Group Sales Representative

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Sales Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    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.


  6. A great company to work for...until they exit the business

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

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co workers, fair pay. A good place to start at the bottom and grow. Treated people very fairly when they laid off 800 people.

    Cons

    Management was out of touch with upper management (Toronto). There was little to no opportunity to advance for some one mid career.


  7. Lame

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    I would say that there's a lot of excitement in the beginning. Lots of training and such. However one quickly realizes that the company is a horrible place to work.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs and no room for growth. Employees are treated like cattle, not people. Not happy.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip.


  8. Great environment , No advancement

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, great benefits and vacation

    Cons

    No room for advancement unless you have been in the company for a very long time, org changes every 6 months, poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Please consider meritocratic advancement instead of advancement based on seniority. You are losing out on bright young talent.


  9. So So place to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people that work there

    Cons

    Canadian Insurance owner has an influence


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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



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