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Empire Life Reviews

Updated July 31, 2017
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  1. "No long-term opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small-scale company, nice people, new projects quite often, some schedule flexibility

    Cons

    There is a strict "no hire" policy in place that forbids managers to hire permanent staff. They will almost only offer temporary positions, i.e. no employee benefits, mediocre salary, no time off, etc. Beware: if you ever are offered a permanent position, they will NOT recognize any prior service at all.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of your no hire policy, you can't reward fidelity screwing people over denying them a real job.


  2. "No Room for Improving Salary"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Empire Life part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and flexible hours

    Cons

    Low salary and no possibility to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a way to develop and improve status within company to keep employees motivated

  3. "Overall not a bad employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, pretty laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    No room for development, low salaries


  4. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunity, great colleagues, fair management

    Cons

    It's a small company (both pro/con)


  5. "Great location, high workload"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Empire Life full-time

    Pros

    One of the better places to work in the local IT setting.

    Cons

    High workloads and tight deadlines lead to a poor work/life balance.


  6. "Excellent place to work. Colleagues were very friendly and helpful. Teamwork at its best"

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    Former Employee - Sales Support Coordinator in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Support Coordinator in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Team environment, great management, social activities and conferences were fun and relative. Everyone was willing to help and you got to know your colleagues across the country.

    Cons

    Long hours, did not get paid overtime or get time in lieu for working beyond regular hours. Some coordinators were not as busy as others so there was inequality.


  7. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Empire Life full-time

    Pros

    Great people, excellent work atmosphere, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Little to non existent opportunity for vertical movement, not competitive salary-benifits

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more realistic.

  8. "Empire Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Empire Life (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to educate oneself and obtain insurance certificates.

    Cons

    Management organization needs work, Organization is missing, Goals and evaluations are not clearly identified.


  9. "Excellent Company and Balanced Work Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Empire Life full-time

    Pros

    - Very flexible company and supportive team
    - A lot of growth and opportunities to test new ideas
    - Excellent mandatory head office training for new hires
    - Overall excited about future in this company

    Cons

    - Need more hires in each department to match the evolving workload.
    - Disconnect from other offices. Need an annual gathering for all staff. We work on a daily basis with teams in Kingston, Toronto and Victoria Park office. Would be nice to strengthen our relationships in person.
    - A lot of activities in the Kingston head office to strengthen company culture, not enough in other offices.
    - Benefits can be improved.


  10. "VERY Top Heavy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, work life balance, etc. Benefits are fairly competitive. Lots of long time employees, which says a lot. Overall a pretty good place to work.

    Cons

    Very, very, very top heavy. I have 5 levels of management above me, which says a lot. This inverted pyramid is costing the company a lot of premium salary $. It is sometimes also a huge bottleneck in getting important work done, and decisions/approvals made.

    My experience is mostly good, but the work experience can vary dramatically depending on what part of the company you are in and who the management are. Some areas are a lot healthier than others. If you are considering taking a job at Empire, find out who you will be reporting to and try to find out as much as you can about what it is like working with them before you accept.

    Advice to Management

    It feels like an upside down pyramid here sometimes in terms of the org structure. That's very counterproductive and wasteful. There are too many VP's and Directors in my opinion. In some cases those positions don't have many people reporting to them, whereas others are totally swamped. We could probably save a million dollars a year by cutting a few senior positions and within a few months nobody would even notice.


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