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Sun Life Reviews in Wellesley Hills, MA

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
14 Reviews
3.6
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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)

  • Not many opportunities for advancement, Salary increases very minimal, too many senior managers (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sun Life Financial is a solid company that treats its employees well.

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to mold individual career paths, internal posting is encouraged and can lead to success.

    Collaborative work environment

    Work/Life Balance.

    Overall compensation is better than average

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy.

    Weighing of cost versus benefit of doing work is sometimes out of balance. A lot of time is spent deriving answers to exactness, when time/energy would be better spent on bigger picture.

    Little turnover, which sometimes leads to non-productive individuals or areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    High work volume for the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    Pays the bills if you don't mind being zombified

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intelligent, committed management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Once Great, Now Iffy

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

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    Benefits package, work-life balance, teamwork within a function
    People in general were very friendly and caring
    Most leaders put high value on open and early communication

    Cons

    Since the company went public around 2000, business strategy seemed neither stable nor consistently prudent. Also, company-sponsored during-work events nearly wiped out.

    Pay tended to be "competitive," at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get truly anonymous feedback and input from employees: current methods tend to identify people by e-mail address or IP address

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    not bad for work life balance

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

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

    work life balance is the main thing - just about everyone is on the same wavelength about this, so it doesn't seem to vary that much by department

    Cons

    once you hit mid career, opportunities for advancement evaporate
    if you're at all ambitious, you'll have one foot out the door

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication from senior management about recent layoffs was terrible
    their ready shoot aim approach has made everyone nervous about both job security and stewardship of the company
    platitudes about how talented people are don't help

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Changing

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

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

    People are great at SLF

    Cons

    Recent Organizational changes have greatly changed SLF

  10.  

    This was a horrible working experience!

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

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    Decent Salary
    Good Location
    Employee's good to work with

    Cons

    Lack of compassion from Management
    Management did not listen to employees
    Management would say one thing and do another
    Blame first ask questions later atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show Employee's more respect

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    if you work in Sun Life (USA), you will know

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Actuarial Associate in Wellesley Hills, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Actuarial Associate in Wellesley Hills, MA

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    nice location; plenty of parking;

    Cons

    not a fair working environment; communications are difficult and big problem; heavy politics; shadow manuvers toward employees (drones, as you may feel).

    Doesn't Recommend

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