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MetLife New York City Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  1. "Internship Process"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MetLife as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is highly cooperative and welcoming.

    Cons

    I can not specify any cons at the moment.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Business Procedures Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Procedure Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Procedure Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MetLife (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and work from home capability.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Downsizing and too many changes leads to poor morale. The do more with less people is stressful.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not Employee Focused"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    Fitness Center in NYC location
    Some nice, good-hearted co-workers
    Free coffee and tea, sometimes a free lunch or two

    Cons

    Management is out of touch, take too long to make decisions, allow seat-warmers to continue to receive a salary while they are a total disruption to others who actually want to work. New open/standing work stations now give permission for the lazy to socialize all day under the guise of "collaboration".

    Benefits, PTO, Performance Reviews are not great - look at what other companies are doing. MetLife is not a leader/innovator in these areas. It is very frustrating for employees who know better.

    Advice to Management

    Can the CEO show "some" interest in the employees other than a video or two on the intranet? Now that we have this fabulous new NYC HQ, how about the CEO walk the 4 floors and "try" to engage with employees? Never seen such an absentee CEO before.

    Improve Benefits, PTO and Performance Reviews if you want to retain/attract the best talent. People know better is out there.

    Do something about the lazy, unprofessional employees.


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  5. "Assistant Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous benefits, competitive pay and bonuses

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, corporate 50 experience.

    Cons

    Lack of management and career development in certain departments. Competitive environment that does not support a team culture.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be trained in how to manage employees and be assessed for how they are managing their departments. Currently only a one sided review process. There is no employee career development training outside of senior management (Director and above)


  7. "DevOps Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at MetLife as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with nice people in a great culture

    Cons

    Different with each department. I heard stories ranging from canceled vacations due to delays in projects.

    Advice to Management

    Lay down rules for everyone and clear up the vagueness in the employee handbook. Train managers on those rules.

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    Lay down rules for everyone and clear up the vagueness in the employee handbook. Train managers on those rules.

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    Lay down rules for every one and clear up the vagueness in the employee handbook.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "No longer a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Good benefits - health insurance, 401k, PTOs
    -Lots of nice people who work there
    -Steady paycheck

    Cons

    -Flexible work arrangements are not for all employees
    -Management couldn't manage its way out of a paper bag
    -Very few, if any, employee incentives
    -Good employees are "rewarded" with more responsibilities, with little to no financial reward, while dead weight flies under the radar for all eternity
    -Higher-ups make simple tasks unnecessarily complicated
    -Too many prima donnas use co-workers as crutches
    -Officers want to be in charge, but don't want to take responsibility in simple decision-making
    -Way too many meetings
    -Almost impossible to advance
    -Little to no employee advocacy
    -Bureaucracy is out of control

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together


  9. Helpful (2)

    "It's OK"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Assistant in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Actuarial Assistant in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people to work with, ability to work from home

    Cons

    Company does not care so much about employee happiness. Constant change of strategy. Extreme budget cuts.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Too volatile in transition"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, strong work ethic and good relationships with co-workers

    Cons

    Relocation of job positions to NC, exit from IB sales and administration business, layoffs.


  11. "Risk and Finance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Finance in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Contractor - Finance in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MetLife as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great experience, great management, reasonably good technology for its size.

    Cons

    Sheer size makes innovation a bit hard to push. But very open to change. Reorganization and SIFI obviously created some hardships.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great effort vis-à-vis customers and employees.


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