Unum Group Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Good benefits, Bad bosses

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Nice cafe. Good salary.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Awful people to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all your senior execs and start fresh.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Always wondering about your job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant II in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant II in Portland, ME

    I worked at Unum Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay Good Benefits Smart, very dedicated employees Low morale

    Cons

    Continually doing re-orgs. Apparently they can never get it right. Always worrying about job elimination Very top heavy. Too many AVP's/VP's


  3. Helpful (1)

    The atmosphere is boring but the people are friendly.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Management was great


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Employee-minded HR, excellent corporate culture - High integrity

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    Career Killer

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company to begin your career with!

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

    I have been working at Unum Group

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

    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.


  8. Benefit Center Admin.II

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    some bad managers throughout my years there


  9. Helpful (1)

    I'm a huge fan...and for good reason.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at Unum Group full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    I've worked with Unum almost 8 years in 2 different depts. and several different roles. I love it here and (as of today) hope to be a lifer. There is an excellent culture, community involvement, encouragement to volunteer, focus on personal development, outstanding benefits, focus on continuous improvement, and we provide an excellent product. I started at the very bottom as a call center rep and have worked my way into management in an operational area. I was given opportunities to prove myself, received valuable input and feedback to assist in my development, and rewarded for doing a good job. As with anywhere, there are always those with a grass-is-greener mentality. There are always complainers (I've seen some of them here), but they would complain no matter what company they work for. We see many of them leave Unum, only to return months or years later when they realize how good Unum actually is. I'm sure I sound like a company fanboy...and I am. But it's only because of how good the company has been to me.

    Cons

    Too conservative in business strategy, need to take more calculated risks and act faster on them. While I don't want to see a swing too far in the opposite direction, in a fast-paced world Unum often takes too long to bring a new product or service to market. Need to be more proactive rather than reactive to the market.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not for everyone

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


  11. Adjuster

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

    I worked at Unum Group

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

    Pros

    Great pay on most occasions

    Cons

    Low Pay after bonus as well

    Advice to Management

    Nothing



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