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Pacific Life Los Angeles Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  • Hard to move up (people work here for life (in 5 reviews)

  • Middle management does not encourage upward mobility (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "decent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Life full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid company, market std pay rates, good benefits

    Cons

    very little upward moment, lots of super long term employees clogging up the works


  2. "Securities Accounting Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, good people, stability.

    Cons

    Discipline required to power through repetitive and mundane assignments. Unless you are a superstar, or have the energy to remain actively social with management, internal growth is at a glacial pace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your ears and doors open. That's all.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Traditional Corporate environment"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits comparable with most Fortune500 Companies. Follow all bank Holidays and the day before most of the time get half day off. Gives you time off for employees to pursue series 6 license.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities, managers stay there and don't move. Little management training, non management staff found it hard to request vacation days off during peek holiday season. Job very repetitive, soon Artificial Intelligence and technology will take over. I was getting more grief and feedback on my minor grammar errors of my employee annual salary reviews rather than helping focus on more important things like employee career delvelopment assignments, looking at strategies to increase ROI. If you want a career where you follow and adhere to tasks with little career advancement with decent benefits this is a place for you. I quit and make 2x as much now.


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, busy environment, great co-workers. Benefit package is one of the best in the market.

    Cons

    Lack of communication with management

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly environment. Provides good training tools. Opportunities to change departments and move within the company. They appreciate their employees.

    Cons

    Management communication is not always clear with all employees at all levels. Job security is not the best right now.

    Advice to Management

    Be a better advocate for those that work hard and have real knowledge, not just your favorites.


  7. "Malaze"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gain experience to move elsewhere

    Cons

    Management, Lack of Incentives, Tedium

    Advice to Management

    Resign


  8. "Okay overall"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Mission Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Life (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company provides well for its employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes management can be too "old school" in their thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and listen to your teams.


  9. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Most departments within the company seem to have a commitment to developing talent and promoting internally. Many of my colleagues have been with the company long-term, often for decades. Pacific Life is a mutual company, so there are no quarterly earning reports or dividends to worry about.

    Cons

    As a large company, the bureaucracy can be challenging. Pacific Life also does business in a highly regulated industry.

    Advice to Management

    The senior leadership of the company and division seem to have a strong commitment to their employees and customers. They also aren't content to continue with the status quo in an industry whose growth has remained flat for years.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great old-line insurance and financial services firm with proud history. Mostly really nice people (95%) and good work environment. The company is focused on growing itself through solid strategies and strong products. Competitive benefits and strong commitment to community. A great place to work most days.

    Cons

    PL is challenged with a few managers/directors/VPs that shouldn't be in positions of leadership. To be become a leader it's more about who you know rather than what you know. Not a full meritocracy. If you're perceived not to be "one of the special people," you'll likely get a smaller bonus. While all departments are quite good to work with, HR is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the steady course and open your minds to current technology and "best practices" in human resource management. Take complaints seriously. There's also a little bit of room to improve the company's culture, although it is pretty darn good for today's world.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Dream Job, with one caveat"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Life (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Respectful management, world class HR department with focus on employee engagement and success. Excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Very slow promotions. Work can be a little slow at times. Employees are encouraged to stay in their lanes and high performers are only marginally rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Increase position flexibility, manage long term employees to a higher standard of work, aggressively pursue low performers so that they are not blocking more motivated workers from advancement.


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