Unum Group Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Unum Group President, CEO, and Director Tom Watjen
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Pros
  • Unum stresses a great work-life balance and backs it up by offering a generous amount of vacation time (in 14 reviews)

  • Strong benefits package and lots of paid time off (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management and business leaders do not value technology or staff (in 6 reviews)

  • big company, unrealistic goals, too number focused (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Career Killer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unum Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -They promote work from home (to save facilities costs) and have employees technology scattered around the entire country(US)
    -PTO is generous

    Cons

    Please note that I worked in the IT organization so my review is based on my experience work in their IT organization

    -Riddled with politics and if you are an individual who values making a difference, they will beat you down to their level...which is: keep the light bulb on and keep singing praises of your managers.
    -They promote work from home and will even force employees to work from home to save facilities costs. You might think thats a positive but work from home will kill your career progression. I was outright told that in order to be promoted, I have to be in Chattanooga or Portland.
    -Your hard work simply does not matter for promotions. What matters is who you know. For example, i beat out their best technologist in the market for a role we both pursued. This is a guy who was promoted ahead of me on the basis that he was more qualified than i was. I still beat him after his promotion for a role in the market much senior than both our roles (AVP/VP Level) even though he had a director level position and I was one level below him.
    -Expect a directionless and senseless reorg every time they hire a new executive on the IT side. This is because their current executives hire their kind and all this kind knows is umm nothing. So in order to justify their hiring, they attempt to show how smart they are and how they are trying to fix things by conducting a reorg. Every time they do, expect them to not bother asking you about your career objectives or even looking at your resume or asking where they will dump you. They will change your title and throw you in a place where there is absolutely no chance of progression. They just went through one and basically merged several titles and totally destroyed people's resumes. Several of my former peers have called me and are crying right now.
    -The pay is terrible as compared to the market. Why? Although they will hire you regardless of where you are located, they will pay you according to the TN or ME market. So you could be living in NY City and have a director level title, but you will get paid what a Systems Administrator would in NY market. Cost of living etc. don't mean anything to them so don't expect a cost of living adjustment raises. I was with the company for 6 years. My TOTAL raise over 6 years was 1500 dollars.
    -After 6 years at the company, i finally resigned. I rate companies based on a three level scale: Good companies, Wannabe companies and bad companies. This is a classic wannabe company and barely above a bad company. They want to play that we are an excellent place to work, but in reality its drama with little substance. For example, they promote a 2 week training time, but i have not seen anybody who has ever done two weeks training.
    -Their performance measurements are a joke and they use a classic bell curve system. Managers are forced to rank X number of employees in A percentile, Y number in B percentile and the leftovers in bottom percentiles regardless of how you actually perform. One of my managers actually quit because he could not force himself to beat up his team to fit the scale.
    -The business as a whole is somewhat stable and in recovery mode but its still all about cost cutting. Don't believe me? their most recent "future ready" IT strategy meant only one thing: cost cutting...I actually asked them if that was the only objective just to be sure. The answer was yes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not sure what to suggest to them because they are part of the problem. What this place needs is a major shakeup beginning from the top. There is only two ways thats going to happen. Either A, there will be another IT disaster and some business leader is going to put his foot down and do a overhaul level wipeout of the IT leadership or B, they will hire a senior IT leader by mistake who will not buy into the coolaid system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Disappointing

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Unum Group as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Allow you to do your job without micromanaging. Great co-workers willing to train and share their experience and knowledge.

    Cons

    No job security, no appreciation, no promise for future employment. No raise in 13 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "little" people that do the work, the "administrative" type work. Don't discriminate against ones without degrees. Sometimes experience trumps education/degree. Do not implement new systems without testing and testing with live employees, not outside individuals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Project Manager III in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Project Manager III in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at Unum Group

    Pros

    Great benefits package, PTO package

    Cons

    Still feel the pain of the Unum and Provident merger, slow technology changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    The atmosphere is boring but the people are friendly.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unum Group part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a laid back type of job where there aren't people over your back constantly to make sure you accomplish your task.

    Cons

    It gets very body bery quickly due to monotonous and repetitive work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Adjuster

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unum Group

    Pros

    Great pay on most occasions

    Cons

    Low Pay after bonus as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company to begin your career with!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unum Group

    Pros

    Benefits.... it's all in the benefits - generous paid time off (PTO), health / dental / vision insurance, and do not forget the short- and long-term disability benefits!

    Cons

    It is a challenge to move up from an entry level position. Many people need coaching and practicing to be able to successfully navigate the interview process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Benefit Center Admin.II

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    Former Employee - Benefit Center Administrative II in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Benefit Center Administrative II in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Unum Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, process improvement opportunities, training, certifications through company, good corporate environment

    Cons

    some bad managers throughout my years there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Not for everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unum Group

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits, coworkers, senior managements super supportive

    Cons

    Corporate cubicle environment, have to be willing to micromanage staff and performance manage for minute infractions

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Employee-minded HR, excellent corporate culture - High integrity

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    Current Employee - Financial Benefits Specialist in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Financial Benefits Specialist in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at Unum Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits the company provides are next-to unbeatable. The company goes to great expense to offer their employees some of the best options.
    Some of the benefits include:

    On-site locker rooms & exercise facility
    Excellent health, dental, and vision insurance at relatively low-cost to employees
    Free STD & LTD insurance
    $50k GTL for employees
    Free parking
    VERY generous PTO policy (4 weeks, starting out)
    High focus on work-life balance with opportunities for WAH (Work at home)
    corporate policy to match employee gifts to non-profit charities
    Strong focus on recycling (each cube has its own recycling bin)
    Open-Door policy is strongly encouraged, complete with a 3rd-party hotline for reporting questionable treatment and/or behavior
    Professional Keurig machines in each breakroom
    Flexible work hours (depending on which department you're in)
    Well-established and functional performance measurement tools
    Each year the company sends approximately 300 of their top-performing employees to Disney World for free
    Great incentive program (employees can recommend rewards for fellow employees for great work and/or teamwork)
    Strong emphasis on team-work (to the point that sometimes, interaction with your teammates ranks at or above on your performance review than your actual work quality)
    Strong encouragement to develop yourself, both professionally and personally

    Cons

    Career path can sometimes be difficult for advancement
    Likes to re-organize
    Layoffs every couple years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great entry level opportunities, lack internal growth and succession

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unum Group

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation time, executive management

    Cons

    lack of opportunities, succession, lack respect to loyalty

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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