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"One of the best employers in the UK - fun place to work"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Best professional experience ever thus far in my career. Extremely bright, hardworking people who are keen on helping others, sharing information, and providing mentorship to junior associates. Strong culture of promoting a work-life balance, though it's not uncommon for top managers to work 11+ hour days. Secondments are a brilliant way of retaining talent, while encouraging cross pollination of associates across divisions. High degree of internationalism within the workforce and international business travel is not uncommon in certain areas of the company. Nice canteen with a Starbucks to fuel employees throughout the day. Management easily accessible and approachable, including its executive leadership. All-around, a great place to be and a name you'd proudly have on the CV.

Cons

Office renovations can't be finished soon enough - the bathrooms are antiquated, if not downright scary. Lighting is dim on most of the floors, and the lack of assigned seating in some areas is a bit of a nuisance, considering this is the HQ of a global company with oodles of assets. Meetings are used overzealously, when a quick phone call or a sametime message will suffice.

Advice to Management

Some of the older & senior employees are absolute nightmares to work with. Highly bureaucratic at times and it's not uncommon for voicemail messages, emails, and notes left with the secretary to go unanswered. A few days is understandable. Multiple attempts over a 4-month period without appropriate action is ridiculous. Performance incentives and reviews should be opportunities for top-management to push-down/reinforce its vision of teamwork and acceptable/unacceptable behaviour.

Other Employee Reviews for Standard Life

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Very good company on an unclear path"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Marketing in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Director, Marketing in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Standard Life full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good remuneration and benefits for employees in Canada, which have been gradually scaled down in the past few years. Very welcoming, warm employees.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between the objectives of the transformation programme and the daily reality of employees. The transformation programme aims to make the company a leading asset managing and long-term savings company and less of a traditional insurance company. However, the strategy and tactics to transform the company are unclear. Staff is being asked to do more with less with no end in sight and no understanding of what the company wants look like in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk. Stop talking about the lofty goals to transform the company and invest in the talent, and organizational structure that will support this. Be more sales and business development focused - bearing in mind that clients not products create demand. Make some important changes to the leadership team, so that all leaders are pushing in the same direction.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Process heavy, technologically backward, frustrating place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits - Flexi time, great holiday allowance, pension
    Most offices have canteens, however they are no longer subsidised
    Friendly people

    Cons

    Too many processes make it difficult to get anything done.
    Employees and managers are overworked so you don't feel very supported
    Software and IT facilities are very outdated and prohibitive

    Advice to Management

    -

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