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MetLife New York City Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineer"

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

    I worked at MetLife (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere to work. Some facilities and 401 and pension plan is good.

    Cons

    Huge amount of offshoring, the company have layoffs every year or less. It used to be best company to work for. But after consolidation and moving lot of people to North carolina etc its a mess now.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Office is in a great location on park avenue.

    Cons

    They expect you to work for free for months and come in everyday and cold call for you. Management is horrible they think they are professionals when the truth is they are just churn em and burn em salesmen who use and abuse whoever they get to call for them.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more and get real managers not axa runaways.

  3. "Huge Learning Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MetLife part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the division you work in (I worked in 3 separate divisions), the people will either be very clear with what they want you to do or very vague and expect you to know how to handle the project. Not too much training or onboarding help, up to you to get up to speed on the company.

    Cons

    Not much of a culture compared to other companies I've worked for, people usually in their cubicles and out the door by 6pm. Would have been nice to have more team outings or introduction to other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Create less formal environment and more collaborative. Such a huge company would work more efficiently with more teams and less individual work.


  4. "Great to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MetLife (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, No Micro-managing, Innovation and creativity valued.

    Cons

    Difficulty to implement, high number of reorgs, and changes

    Advice to Management

    Keep management style but implement changes fully before moving on.

    MetLife Response

    Dec 12, 2016 – Global Talent Acquisition Team

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review! It’s great to hear from both current and former employees and satisfying to know that you experienced many of the positives MetLife has to offer... More


  5. "Great Colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International exposure, travel, opportunities to grow

    Cons

    too political, uncertain direction, travel

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees

    MetLife Response

    Dec 12, 2016 – Global Talent Acquisition Team

    It is great to hear from former employees! MetLife strives to ensure that all employees feel they can make a meaningful difference and we are so pleased you were able to take advantage of many of... More


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Restructuring is rough"

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    Former Employee - Communications Consultant in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Communications Consultant in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits initially. There were some great development opportunities and some great managers. Also some interesting work and meaningful responsibilities. I had coworkers who had happily been there for up to 30 years.

    Cons

    There were some not so great managers who would undermine others. Upper and middle management extremely stressed out and acting out due to the pressures, this was right before most of the Northeast was canned or "invited" to relocate to North Carolina with no relocation expenses paid and a lower salary. It made for a very unpleasant environment.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know what you were supposed to do, it was a tough situation. Nobody deserves to be a casualty of a restructuring. I guess just act like a human being and don't add insult to injury by behaving as though your reports are at fault when it's a top down business decision.

    MetLife Response

    Dec 12, 2016 – Global Talent Acquisition Team

    Change is rarely easy and so we are especially glad you took the time to write this review. Thank you for your observations and feedback. We're listening to both current and former employees and... More


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Satisfaction Varies by Department"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company. CEO focused on stock price / Wall St.
    Solid benefits.

    Cons

    Authoritarian rule. In many functions, mid-level people not empowered.
    Bureaucratic. Traditional, not risk takers.

    Advice to Management

    CEO and Exec Group needs to care more about their people. This level is out for themselves and it trickles down.

    MetLife Response

    Dec 1, 2016 – Global Talent Acquisition Team

    We're glad you took the time to write this review. We take feedback very seriously and hope you will be encouraged to continue to share your specific observations and ideas on how we can improve as... More

  8. "Microsoft SQL Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Microsoft SQL Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Microsoft SQL Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MetLife (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Always pleasure to work with big organization like this company improve carrier growth

    Cons

    No issues with this company

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

    MetLife Response

    Nov 18, 2016 – Global Talent Acquisition Team

    Thanks for offering such positive feedback and highlighting the great company culture that MetLife is proud to offer.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Misc."

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MetLife (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employees at bottom half of population. Opportunity to meet amazing and talented people.

    Cons

    They won't protect you. If a manager has it out for you, you don't have a chance. Can be here for decades and be given two weeks notice to pack your bags.

    Advice to Management

    Do 360 reviews on middle management. They are the hidden layer and cause the most disruption. Terminations and job eliminations should not be influenced by personal opinion or perceived threat.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "there are better jobs"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, health insurance, 401k, decent pto, some people friendly

    Cons

    poor mgt, no ability to deliver projects, no clear direction, mass rehire in nc, constant layoffs, constant nickle and dime

    Advice to Management

    care less about your stock options and more about the company

    MetLife Response

    Nov 17, 2016 – Global Talent Acquisition Team

    Change is rarely easy and so we are especially glad you took the time to write this review. Thank you for your observations and feedback. We're listening and will continue to identify areas to... More


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