Jackson National Life Reviews

Updated Aug 7, 2020

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3.8
66%
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Jackson National Life Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Barry L. Stowe  (no image)
Barry L. Stowe
130 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good benefits and work/life balance(in 48 reviews)

  • "Good pay, but you have to work for it(in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lansing employees forced to join outsourced tech company, will lose benefit and pay and can be fired after one year(in 11 reviews)

  • "Can work long hours, high stress environment at times(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great money for students"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Support Associate in East Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Flexible, part-time, 401(k) matching, and close to campus.

    Cons

    Management can be passive-aggressive sometimes

  2. "Really supportive leadership and work/life balance"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Okemos, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jackson National Life full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Leadership eager to innovate & drive change - Supportive management to empower associates - Work/life balance - Lots of focus on community and empowering of others

    Cons

    - Legacy systems can move things slowly at times - Eagerness to change/move, but slow decision making


  3. "Great company to work for!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SSP in East Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jackson National Life part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours and great environment.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad too say.

  4. "So many great things but a lot of bad as well"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, the people, work schedule, flexibility, really good systems

    Cons

    Communication, delivery of news, management

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  5. "Was ok while it lasted"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Administrator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    When first hired in, you could see the potential for growth in your career. They provided training where needed (was very limited at times). Good benefits. Great pay, 401k matching, time off, etc.

    Cons

    There is a lot of politics at management level that stopped progress on many things. Monolithic apps that will never be rewritten that took away time from implementing new technology. Company outsourced IT operations (~300) to Tech Mahindra in order to prepare itself for sale. Took many people with years experience and knowledge, and threw them out of the door with little to no remorse. Before the outsourcing happened, you couldn't really guess what technical path would be taken as it seemed management was a year + behind where industry was. Communication no matter the department, was terrible. The yearly review process was a joke.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "IW Pay"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Jackson National in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Jackson National Life full-time

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere and training

    Cons

    High office politics and little promotional opportunity

  7. "Great benefits & community involvement"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HRIS Analyst in Okemos, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are many fantastic programs to join (with manager approval) that impact the community in a positive way. Benefit coverage is wonderful and the 401(k) match is great. Jackson University is also a wonderful tool if you have the time to take advantage of it. Great people to work with!

    Cons

    Manager approval is required to participate in culture improvement groups.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Women Beware!"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Jackson National Life full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great compensation, especially if you are right out of college. The role itself is very easy, I ended up in a great territory with an awesome external wholesaler. Living in Nashville has also been a phenomenal experience! I would encourage anyone from another state to live in TN even for 1 year.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility in the sales path which was very disappointing as it was the main reason I decided to come to Jackson. During my tenure, the whole fixed external wholesaler channel was cut, the business development consultants were moved around 3 times, external wholesalers positions do not open up- they are simply consolidated. Do not come here with expectations of becoming an external wholesaler, variable annuities are trending downward and it will be very challenging after 2 years on the desk. Jackson, simply put, is also a frat house. Mostly men , who have no problem making sexual micro aggressions to women inside and outside of the office. I've been working in this industry over 5 years and this was the first time I've ever felt so disrespected by men in the work place. Granted, the culture here has allowed for it- everyone is really sleeping with everyone. There was a female on the internal desk who has slept with 20+ men within Jackson. It's been very frustrating for some of the other women on the desk that she constantly receives accolades simply because of who her father is to Jackson.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good first Job"

    5.0
    Former Employee - SSA 

    I worked at Jackson National Life part-time

    Pros

    Learn how to be an employee

    Cons

    It's just entry level. Isn't more than that.

  10. "Work was okay"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance was good. We received a moderate amount of PTO.

    Cons

    Fluctuation in workload changed frequently.

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