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"Solid company; Good place to start your career"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Provides its associates with a great work/life balance, good benefits, and a friendly work environment. It is a large company, so there are many opportunities to move into.

Cons

Upper management is weak and does not care to develop its employees. Some people linger in their jobs because they have held it for so many years. Incompetence is ignored at a certain level with work just re-allocated to those that are more competent, allowing some people to unfairly get paid for doing little to no work.

The company is also very interested in their bottom line, leading to a lot of offshoring, instability, and constant restructuring within the organization.

Advice to Management

Invest more in developing your employees rather than cutting costs at every turn and ignoring weak leadership. You are losing a lot of good people that once made this company stable, a pleasure to work for and who made this company a leading competitor in the market.

Other Employee Reviews for MetLife

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Cost cutting for share holder happiness"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits in terms of coverage and costs, 401K Matching and a Pension Plan you vest in after a year.
    Paid Time Off/Personal Days are amazing, 15-20 days off with vacation time; yet in senior level/mgmt positions don't really let you take all your time off (unwritten rule I guess)

    Cons

    Management can set unrealistic expectations and constant reorganizations and cost cutting. Should be "happy" to have survived the cuts and thus willing to work 60+ hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Great company, focus more on the people who are helping you achieve those strides and not so much on the bottom line.


  2. "Great place to start a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tester in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Tester in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encourages at least 40 hours of training per year by providing online learning modules as well as instructor-led courses. Work is autonomous with varying levels of micro-management depending on the individual manager. Excellent work-life balance benefits such as the option to work from home in situations that would otherwise require a day off. Greenville, SC office permits jeans and athletic shoes during the week.

    Cons

    Job specific training is virtually non-existent. Performance measurements are often not clearly defined or measurable and reasons for the performance rating received are not explained. Office morale is very low as company is currently restructuring causing many changes in job duties and team members.

    Advice to Management

    Provide job specific training to new hires such as how a particular tool is used in that particular job role. Implement stress reducing team building activities following each round of "actions" at each site to offset the lowered morale. When a position is eliminated, take more time to evaluate the value of the individual who is losing his or her job to avoid losing talent that could be retained in a similar position. At the very least, check to see if they've applied to other open positions and determine the potential for a transfer.

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