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Legal & General Group Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  • Senior management loves the sound of its own voice (in 11 reviews)

  • I spent a lot of my time at L&G dealing with politics which made it difficult to progress (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Respect your staff and the business will grow more for you."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pensions Administrator in Kingswood, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Pensions Administrator in Kingswood, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you have a Free Shares entitlement

    Cons

    Management need to show respect for staff and gain a better understanding of the job more.
    lack of Knowledge Transfer
    Poor salary

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the job from the ground up and respect your staff.


  2. "Slowness of organisation to react & lack of investment in people make this a place to move on from when times are better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Stable working hours and family friendly environment to work

    Cons

    A good deal of rhetoric around change and advancement, however little real opportunity to do so.
    Work projects show little variation, to advance the employee.
    Quiet office and sporadic attempts by senior management to promote an atmosphere / sociability.

    Advice to Management

    Renumerate staff better and provide a better structure for advancement.Without this staff wil continue to leave.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fixed Term Contracts is a one way win."

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Legal & General Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere with extra curricular activity such as charity work, running and cake baking.

    Cons

    HR advertises the job as perm and then changes it after the interview.

    Working hours discriminated against woman with out children. Expecting them to work longer than those with.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of expensive grade 7's that don't do much except network well and keep in with their "friends". They look after number one.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill rapidly"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Hove, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in Hove, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Legal & General Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice open plan offices. Good location with some on site parking. Average salary for new starters compared to similar local companies.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, constant change, continuous redundancies over last 5 years. No internal progression. No training for management. Poor rates of bonus / pay rise verse success of company. Unclear expectations of staff. New staff being recruited but lack of honesty about job role means unhappy recruits, who are receiving below standard training for such a big, well known company.

    Advice to Management

    You are loosing staff and have a severe lack of morale at your Hove offices caused by unclear, unfriendly management. A real shame and a total change over the last 4 years and something that is being ignored. It might be worth coming down for yourselves and asking the staff on the floor what it's really like to work there.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Beyond awful"

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Legal & General Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The name might get you a decent job elsewhere.

    Cons

    Compensation: If you pay peanuts you get a bunch of monkeys. Processes, management radical overhaul, limited career and salary growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into employees and pay them a market wage at least.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Bullying culture and very poor management and HR practices"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Hove, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in Hove, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices, and friendly staff. Good restaurants/ coffee shops. Easy to work flexibly and in non bean counting areas you can do very little

    Cons

    Appalling HR personnel, poorly trained and unable to spot bullying amongst senior managers. Many senior managers are incompetent. I would not recommend anyone to work for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen Listen Listen


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Once great but now would not recommend it"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Developer in Kingswood, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Developer in Kingswood, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Legal & General Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Historically has been a very flexible workplace. This may be less of late but it is still a good place to work if you need to work around different hours and commitments.

    Pay is reasonable, though again some benefits have been recently withdrawn. The pension is good.

    Management at a lower level are largely good. And at a staff/professional level the cameraderie is still high. Having worked in a couple of teams and on projects across the business it has been enjoyable.

    Cons

    Was a great place about 5 years ago but has gone steadily downhill since. Change was needed but the manner it has been undertaken has generally demoralised the staff and has seen a lot of very skilled people go out of the door. Has also suffered from mediocre outsourcing exercises that have made delivering key changes in the business extremely difficult.

    Culturally there used to be a very open and collaborative working practice but the business has become increasingly silo-ed with the usual in-fighting between business units. The company line of key behaviours is something constantly preached to the staff but is largely ignored by the management.

    Culturally there used to be a very open and collaborative working practice but the business has become increasingly silo-ed with the usual in-fighting between business units. The company line of key behaviours is something constantly preached to the staff but is largely ignored by the management.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and look at how stressed, unhappy and over-worked the remaining staff are. The company is making massive profits and is on track to continue to do so. The time for developing your staff and core systems is now before the whole things goes badly wrong.

  8. "Difficult to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working hours
    Benfits package
    Nice location
    That's about it
    Lunch
    Bonus
    Pension
    Flexible

    Cons

    parking
    Pay
    Office environment
    Lack of it resources


  9. "Lost its way"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Legal & General Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff who are really knowledgeable
    Good products

    Cons

    IT is really poor, no strategic direction, use of catch words like digital and agile without understanding what they mean.
    Email rubbish
    PCs the same I used about 10yrs ago
    It helpline the worst I've seen
    Information is never cascaded
    No opportunities internally
    Forget career progression, it's only for about 2 people

    Advice to Management

    Informing the staff could help deliver the strategy
    Giving staff the right tools will help deliver the strategy
    The executive are invisible to the staff.
    Restructure the management and reduce the layers. Too many managers.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "So happy to have left."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Legal & General Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place for incompetence and politics to thrive. The once good people are despondent, the life has been beaten out of them over the years. The Office is a parody of this place.

    Cons

    Just awful. Long term lack of progression, pay and training is biting back. The most appalling technology. Old boys network. Sexist. Bullying. Slow to make decisions (if ever). No investment in people. Shockingly poor internal communication. Decisions by committee so nothing ever gets done. The CEO is terrible with people and fosters a back stabbing, defensive non collaborative culture - the values / behaviours are not demonstrated by the senior team (quite the opposite).

    Advice to Management

    Change the management.


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