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Updated August 17, 2017
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MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Reliable employer for long-term employment"

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    Former Employee - Commissions Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Commissions Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is a giant in the insurance industry and is extremely secure as long as your job isn't off shored to India. They have supportive teams that are friendly and easy to work with. Each department has their own fun events to foster team work. They also supported my continuing education through tuition reimbursement. I am forever grateful for that opportunity and the opportunity to learn new systems and programs. Work Life balance was decent and flexible, at least in my department. The people were always nice. I still miss many of the people. Very low drama and relaxed compared to other places.

    Cons

    Once I was done with my degree, I couldn't get promoted or transfer to another department for more pay because it wasn't financed based. It didn't matter that I knew the systems and processes. The internal recruitment team looks for keywords and specific degrees instead of considering the talent and capability to learn. So, in order to make more money, I had to leave. It was very disappointing that I could not find a higher position within the company. The career path is difficult at MetLife. Some people stay in their role for 20 to 30 years. Compensation is on the low side, but the benefits do help offset it. When I asked for a raise once, I was told I was at the 105 percentile of my position range. I call BS. Management can be stingy on helping you out, so take advantage of thing like tuition reimbursement if your manager approves it.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep your talented learners regardless of their major. I'm now making almost three times my old salary am pursuing my MBA.
    Get rid of the rating system and the forced curve.
    I love the new logo and re-brand. This was overdue, and I'm glad to see it has happened.


  2. "Senior Bankruptcy Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    great company to work for really cares about their employees.

    Cons

    When the market took a hit they got out of the mortgage industry . They are known for insurance company you can trust.

    Advice to Management

    I wish managment would've put the same effort in making a mortgage company that people would trust with their life.

  3. "Love MetLife"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for a great benefits

    Cons

    Can't say a bad thing about MetLife

    Advice to Management

    Continue paying well to keep your emoliyees


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Pretty on outside, with lots to learn on the inside."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative office spaces, good benefits, good people at the worker bee level.
    The foundation is a great supporter of non profits and meaningful charities in the United States and across the world.

    Cons

    Very political. Even with its new transformational strategy, it's often unclear how it applies to one's actual job. Onboarding has become increasingly more confusing for external hires.

    Advice to Management

    Strategy is great but the topic of people often gets dropped from executives' agendas for large town hall meetings- e.g. recruiting the right talent, nurturing the right talent and even keeping the right talent.


  5. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Awesome office, awesome people and awesome work life balance

    Cons

    Too short working hours means less pay


  6. "Innovated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    Growth, talent development, diversified, and global

    Cons

    Shrunk in size and no longer has the competitive edge


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Audit Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, solid compensation considering the hours and low stress level, very flexible work environment, amazing work-life balance.

    Cons

    Can run into bureaocratic roadblocks due to the size and structure of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Allow directors and managers more freedom in handling their teams.

  8. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    Incredible group of co workers

    Cons

    Can not think of downside off the top of my head


  9. "Controls Manager"

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    Former Employee - Controls Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Controls Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MetLife full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They embrace work from home philosophy

    Cons

    None until retail division was sold to Mass Mutual and many people were laid off.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Look elsewhere for a real career"

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

    I have been working at MetLife full-time

    Pros

    Salary, 9-5, nice co-workers, location, new facilities, very low expectations (ideal for the unambitious).

    Cons

    Open work space, limited PTO days which includes both sick and vacation, ridiculous handcuffed vesting for 401k and pension, unfair and political ranking system on performance reviews, very low merit increases and always an excuse for why you didn't get the full bonus you rightfully earned, absolutely no career growth, rampant favortism and politics, "refreshed strategy" brainwashing with blue and green colors and catchy buzzwords that most still don't quite understand.

    Advice to Management

    Give your own employees all of the "benefits" and "perks" you constantly promote on social media....tale of two cities.


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