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"Was good in the past not any more"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Developer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
Current Employee - Software Developer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

For Developers there really aren't any these days. They trap you in a job role that suits them and leaves you there indefinitely. The have Personal Development plans, which they completely ignore. They destroy your career, to where even if you wanted to leave you can't because you no longer have the skills the industry wants.

The pay can be pretty good at certain points. The problem is you just get stuck in certain levels for years at a time. They won't give you a list of what you need to do to move up. They just base it on time. Keep doing what you are doing and wait, and wait.

Cons

The place has too many managers, and what is worse most of them are very bad at it. The company is choked with process. Roles are not properly defined. This provides a lot of confusion and friction. The Project Managers are paper pushers, that couldn't care a less about any of the people and will put them on death marches to get their bonuses. They talk a lot about advancement and opportunities, but it's all a smoke screen.

Advice to Management

Try thinking of your staff for a change. Stop treating the company like a giant science experiment where the staff are collateral damage, all so you can look good and be promoted further. When staff tell you something you may not like, don't single them out as troublemakers and make examples of them. Try listening for a change. Imagine if your kids were working there and being cast aside the way you so readily cast your staff aside. How would you feel about that?

Other Employee Reviews for Great-West Lifeco

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Manager
    Current Employee - Associate Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    THere are some things like the hockey league and gym that are great. The cafeteira is also a nice added touch but the food is average.

    Cons

    The old guard will not retire and employees and not co-operatinve with each other. No information is shared will staff.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It is just a regular job. I don't consider it as career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CSS
    Former Employee - CSS
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I think you will get better benefits as it is the insurance company and also the partners of other insurance companies.

    Cons

    It doesn't care about employees as other companies do. It doesn't care about environment. The company isn't as developed as other big insurance companies.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees and environment.

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