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Updated February 8, 2017
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Guardian Life President and CEO Deanna M. Mulligan
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Pros
  • The company has some pretty good benefits, but has been cutting back on them in recent years (in 28 reviews)

  • Great work environment, excellent leadership in Group Benefits division top to bottom (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Frequent senior management changes leading to frequent "CYA" activities (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper management struggles to make decisions; resistant to change and new technology (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Transformed company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian Life full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Being a 150+ years old company would make one believe that it is filled with out of date systems, infrastructure, processes etc. However, it is a new economy company in its own space. The pace of work, new technologies, state of art infrastructure, work from home arrangement etc is all something that one needs to be proud of.

    Cons

    Guardian being a mutual company will not lavishly spend on employees as much as one may find elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "I was a good family oriented company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Imaging and Support in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Imaging and Support in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits where good, the people where friendly. It was a good company to work for they had a good 401k, good pay.

    Cons

    They outsourced a lot of their departments to India. There is not much that i can say was bad about the company i was there for many years.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Guardian Life"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsfield, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsfield, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. Good benefits. Salaries above most of area average. Subsidized company cafeteria. Beautiful buildings and grounds.

    Cons

    My particular job was very stressful, with constant deadlines and rushing and racing with the clock to complete everything that was required.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Chaos Reigns"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Bethlehem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian Life full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pension and 401k package is very good

    Cons

    Non existent promotional opportunities for current management level employees
    No annual raises for officers
    It's not what you know it's who you know
    Top heavy executive management team
    Carry a lot of dead weight. 20 percent of top performers do all of the work

    Advice to Management

    Just stop trying to impress each other. There is not enough money or resources to do everything you all want to do. Executive level "inside jokes" fall very flat in front of the working class. Slow down and smell the coffee.


  6. "Solid Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Life full-time

    Pros

    Very nice people, everyone was welcoming and it was a very inclusive environment. They were also in the process of updating the office layout and furniture.

    Cons

    Lots of pro-company propaganda that they forced us to watch. This was my only experience at a large company so I don't know if that is common or not.

    Advice to Management

    Make the internship activities (Lunch with leaders, Intern Dinners) smaller and more intimate. They were held as big presentations and lost a lot of their value.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Executive Sales Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Life full-time

    Pros

    Incredible career in sales with lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    The "people count", "do the right thing culture" was changing toward the end of my career.


  8. "Solid long term company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - HRBP Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - HRBP Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Guardian Life Insurance Company is a good place to work. Great pension, nice people, trying to stay current with technologies

    Cons

    One of the issues I would identify about the Guardian Life Insurance company is that it is hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Consider employee satisfaction more


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Sexist, incompetent management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New Business Clerk in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - New Business Clerk in Bethlehem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work was left at the door once the business day ended.

    Cons

    Extremely low salary; Salaries not level across the board-- doing the same job in a different branch of the company meant wildly different compensation; cronyism: managers had their favorite employees, even if said favorites were incompetent employees-- this makes sense though, as many of the managers were also incompetent at their job. Certain managers essentially relied on the person one step below them in the supervisory hierarchy to pretty much do their job for them-- while still taking all the credit and reaping the financial benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting incompetent management; start showing that you value your employees by paying them a competitive wage.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Age Discrimination"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has some pretty good benefits, but has been cutting back on them in recent years.

    Cons

    Company lays off older workers

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your motto---Do the right thing.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "No Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ratings Analyst
    Current Employee - Ratings Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Descent benefits start day one I'd start. Kinda private. Dental insurance is a win.

    Cons

    Starting salary for new hires is not structured and random with like experience and background.

    Advice to Management

    Take more notice of your employees hard work. Not only when moral and energy is through the underground.



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