Symetra Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Symetra President, CEO, and Director Thomas M. (Tom) Marra
Thomas M. (Tom) Marra
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Pros
  • Tries to support work/life balance with a 38 (in 17 reviews)

  • Some employees are really great people (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • I am a dedicated employee & hard worker but I'm having to watch my peers fall apart around me from overwork & lack of work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management is very out of touch with business reality, trying to make a small to medium size company into an industry giant (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2nd Best Company in the PNW

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Only beat by Microsoft, Symetra was recently ranked the 2nd best company to work for by the Seattle Times. There is an excellent work-life balance and there are many opportunities for growth and movement within the company.

    Cons

    As a growing company, there can be some challenges with old systems which can be frustrating and slow down your day. They are working to make improvements as they continue to grow.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest making communication processes more streamlined and seamless. There are some challenges between various departments that causes delays and confusion.


  2. Great place to grow!

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, ideas are listened too, great people, good benefits

    Cons

    Can be an old boys club in certain departments


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work and and company on the rise

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Symetra full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - One of the best companies I have ever worked for and a company on the rise.
    - Large enough to have everything you need as an employee in terms of benefits, opportunities and resources, but small enough that you can make a direct impact if you are motivated to do so.
    - Terrific employees/ coworkers in general and strong leadership in many (but not all) departments. VP of Life and Retirement Operations in particular was awesome, as were the leaders in my own department.
    - Excellent work/life balance and overall benefits package.
    - Decent compensation.
    - Convenient location.

    Cons

    - Values organizational wide are not clearly understood or necessarily followed/embraced by all leaders.
    - Parking is expensive.


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  5. Great service oriented community

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Symetra full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Community and service oriented, lots of advancement/development opportunities

    Cons

    Management in some areas tends to be cliquey


  6. Great experience

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

    I have been working at Symetra

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My team is very flexible and my supervisor is very progressive when it comes to training.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind at this time.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company with great values and ethics. Collaborative culture. Big plans!

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

    I have been working at Symetra full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Symetra has aggressive growth plans, which translates into a lot of opportunities. The culture is very good; people work together to address challenges.

    Cons

    We're still maturing in some spaces, so too often things get done by relationships versus process. Some of our tools and systems need improvement as well, but management has made the commitment to address these areas, and recent investments indicate they are backing up their words.

    Advice to Management

    We've got great growth plans; just don't let these exceed the organizations abilities and energy to address these in a manner consistent with our core values.


  8. A company on the up and up.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager - IT in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Manager - IT in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Symetra full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Great leadership.Great benefits. Your work is valued.

    Cons

    2 weeks vacation to start.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and direction for growth and maturity.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Symetra

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Symetra is a great company to work at!
    1) Professional and nice people
    2) Friendly and collaborative environment
    3) Challenging projects to keep you interested and motivated
    4) Good work-life balance
    5) Nice location for lunch walks :)

    Cons

    I am satisfied with everything so far, do not see any downsides yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up a good work in improving the excellence and having great people on-board!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unit Manager in Enfield, CT
    Current Employee - Unit Manager in Enfield, CT

    I have been working at Symetra full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    What a way to make a difference!! Being hired by this start up has been great for my career. I'm excited by all the new challenges and truly making a difference. The growth opportunities are amazing, and we are pulling in some very good talent.

    Cons

    No work from home and it seems we're running out of space, but a new design that will be coming next year will be great!

    Advice to Management

    I appreciate the time they give to listen to ideas from the staff. People are very helpful as well.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Symetra full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was hired as a contractor in April, after two months of hard work, I was converted as a Business Analyst. My management and VP recognize my talent, which is very important to me in a company. I also see a lot of opportunities to learn and grow, my manger always encourage me to give out new ideas for improvement, and I have the freedom to execute them as well. I love working here.

    Cons

    no free coffee, but I'll live.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!



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