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Guardian Life Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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Guardian Life President and CEO Deanna M. Mulligan
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Pros
  • 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 (in 15 reviews)

  • The company has some pretty good benefits, but has been cutting back on them in recent years (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is out of touch with what we dealt with on a day to day basis (in 22 reviews)

  • Teams have way too many projects to manage, and it's difficult to meet realistic deadlines set by upper management (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Team Leader"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian Life full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities if you ask for them. Never bored.
    Manager is supportive of my personal development goals.
    Tuition reimbursement is a great perk.

    Cons

    Not a 40 hour week job - I enjoy it but this may not be for everyone.
    Annual compensation reviews - the amount of my raise some years is equal to the increase to my insurance premiums.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Generalist in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Generalist in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of employee perks. Co-workers are very pleasant and management is very supportive.

    Cons

    I can't seem to find any cons.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Generalist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian Life full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some good people make the environment tolerable.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, and also the propaganda displayed throughout to give this 'us against them' environment. At the end of the day we are still our own people with our own lives to make our own decisions. Whether that fits into the business model shouldn't be a factor.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing politics at work.


  4. "Good company. Great products. Best if you're a bit seasoned in the profession"

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

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

    Pros

    Upstanding company and individuals. Great tech support and good products that make you feel good about what you can offer your clients.

    Cons

    You have to make a concerted effort to find the support you need to understand the software. You have to know the right individuals to ask or you could be confused for awhile.


  5. "Operations Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian Life part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Guardian does not feel like you are working for a fortune 500 company. They are invested in each individual and you are not just another number. They have great benefits.

    Cons

    It is not a 9 to 5 job. You need to be ready to invest your time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Reporting Analyst in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Reporting Analyst in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team Environment
    Great Benefits
    Big on Communication

    Cons

    Time Management
    Too many meetings


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, location, and opportunities to work remotely

    Cons

    Lack of associate skill development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. Help identify future leaders.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Age discrimination is illegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work/life balance is great. As long as no issues go to the Board of Directors there is no pressure and you can do what you want.

    My manager is great and cares about my development and training.

    Pay is fair. Benefits are good but less every year. Backstabbing and politics don't exist except in the highest level management, but it's starting to be felt everywhere.

    Cons

    The CEO only cares about what the Board Directors thinks and does not know or understand the business and hardly knows anybody in the company. I had heard this from others, but I just sat in my first meeting with her and found the situation disgusting. I was really hoping for something different. The environment in the upper management ranks is horrible and nobody will speak up. Even at my level in the organization we see it and talk about it.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job, not what's best for you. That is your job.

    Quit talking about values. Live them.

    Stop the age discrimination. It happens and is encouraged at all levels of the organization. It even happens in HR.


  9. "Great Place to Work !"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Architect in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Life full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of New Technologies, Shift to Digital Transformation , Big Data and open environment

    Cons

    Lack of defined growth paths


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New Hanover Square, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New Hanover Square, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a sense of mission. Committees actually strive to find solutions. People look out for and help each other. Great tram spirit.

    Cons

    Managers manage up. Your successes are subsumed into department metrics. No sense that HR is there to support you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so self- serving.


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