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Updated Sep 20, 2019

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Great company, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Okemos, MI
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    1. Talented pool of people 2. Good benefits - 401(k) 3. Good working equipment for IT people - dual monitors, New sit/stand desk, bluetooth headset, new sleek laptops.

    Cons

    1. The work area even in the new building is very open and has a call-center look. 2. No work/life balance. 3. Matrix management is good for the company, but bad for the employee's personal growth. The manager that you are working with is not the manager that you report to. So, your work is not aligned with your goals. 4. Promotion is very hard unless you have someone to push your case forward. 5. There is a... new Resource Allocation Council that puts you on different projects. You are just another number/resource irrespective of your skills/goals. 6. Constant re-org causes chaos. 7. So many standards, policies and procedures causes red tapism. Approvals are needed by middle management who have NO CLUE what is being deployed into a region. 8. The expectation is to work evenings and weekends to deliver what was originally grossly underestimated. 9. There is a lot of micro management and analysis over how the employees are booking their time. 10. In every department, you are thrown into a new group every now and then and are expected to support those systems after hours. Sometimes people who have no Java knowledge and expected to support Java-based systems and the same with mainframe applications as well.

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    Advice to Management

    1. Respect the existing employees. Before you make big changes and implement new procedures/standards/systems every other day, talk to the employees who will actually be doing the work and not just your 'Yay-saying' direct reports. 2. The upper management in IT talk only to a select few. They don't try to interact with the developers at all. 3. Try to get employees to talk about their gripes and don't shove your... decisions down their throats.

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    Jackson National Life2016-01-21
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company / Bad Job"

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    Senior Software Developer in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Jackson National Life

    Pros

    Community Give Back, Good Benefits, Mostly Good People

    Cons

    Work Life Balance, Promise of Advancement without Following Through, Career Path Requirements are often followed to strictly

    Advice to Management

    Realize when you have top talent and promote them quickly. Fear of the peter principle will cause good people to leave the company. Pay more attention to after hours work and minimize it or reward it with money or comp time.

    Jackson National Life2015-12-09
  3. "Internal Wholesaler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and internal training.

    Cons

    Middle management is poor. Promotion opportunities are very biased to a select few.

    Jackson National Life2015-12-08
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Overall good experience, must be good at phone sales"

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    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good income potential if you get a good territory

    Cons

    You'll never get a promotion unless you are friends with the management team

    Jackson National Life2015-11-03
  5. "Internal wholesaler"

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    Internal Wholesaler in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Jackson National Life for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company has good benefits (besides salary)

    Cons

    I didn't have any complaints

    Jackson National Life2015-09-14
  6. Helpful (7)

    "It's all in who you know"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jackson National Life full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very good benefits and training opportunities.

    Cons

    Salaries on the very low side for the education and knowledge you are required to have. Promotions depend heavily on who you know and who you schmooze with as well as who you are related to. People coming from the outside with lots of qualifications are promoted far less than those that have been here for years. Corporate culture is to put everyone under a microscope and insure they are working every minute of... every day. Organization is run extremely lean. Clearly the company is run by accountants. All employees are expected to work overtime, including salaried, yet to take an hour off for a doctor or other appointment, you must make up for the lost time. If you don't, forget going anywhere in the company even if you do a great job. Managers and up are expected to essentially work 24/7 and respond to emails/texts on their company provided phone. Quote from the CEO when asked about getting ahead: "If you're not working 40-45 hours a week, you really don't have a good work ethic.". Keep in mind a standard work week here is 37.5 hours.

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    Advice to Management

    See above.

    Jackson National Life2015-06-16
  7. Helpful (4)

    "JNL YES, PGDS NO."

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    IT Specialist in Okemos, MI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life

    Pros

    Overall a good company to work for, nice, growing campus of buildings in Okemos, MI. Good benefits. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Jackson itself seems to be a good company with mostly content employees, but internal to their IT department is a self contained company know as PGDS. In contrast to the rest of the company this is a horrible place to work. Everybody is doing the work of 3 people and they don't care about doing it right just making the rest of the company happy. And the rest of the company treats them like slaves. If you... interview with them and hear PGDS, run for the hills

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    Advice to Management

    To IT management. scrap the whole PGDS thing or at least the always doomed to fail concept that everyone else at Jackson is PGDS customer and try fostering a team concept where everyone is equal partners.

    Jackson National Life2015-04-05
  8. ""Great place to get your feet wet.""

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    Former Employee - Market Research in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    "friendly environment, work life balance, good benefits and bonuses"

    Cons

    "low salary and if you are not getting into sales there is limited opportunity for growth."

    Advice to Management

    "better compensation"

    Jackson National Life2015-02-20
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Client Service Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Client Service Advisor in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good cafeteria. Nice coworkers. Nice area. Great bonus.

    Cons

    Micromanagement - they even get on to you for going to the bathroom too much. They listen to some peoples calls more than others to wait on you to mess up. Morale - the morale is so low that people cant wait to get away from here. I was so depressed working here that i drunk everyday and generally gave up on life. Stupid people from the armpit of America call in and are the dumbest individuals i have ever... interacted with. There is soooo much more. Stay away from here for your own sanity. I left earlier this year and it felt like being released from prison. Get your bonus then leave!!!!!

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    Advice to Management

    Stop being fake. Stop watching certain people under a lens. Give people time away from that horrible place because suicide will happen eventually....

    Jackson National Life2014-12-04
  10. "Internship, JNLD Sales Support"

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    Anonymous 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson National Life

    Pros

    Great location, work conditions. Very good benefits, open door policy.

    Cons

    Job openings in the down economy. I was in a smaller department, which made it difficult to advance. Should be very different now with the better economy.

    Advice to Management

    Open door policy, mentors

    Jackson National Life2014-10-25
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