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Protective Life Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great team , great hours (in 10 reviews)

  • Great company that lives its values, great place to work (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Don't look for them to invest in you in any way or for opportunities for advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • Very low pay and low promotional increases (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Workplace rating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Accountant in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and generous Paid Time Off which makes the balancing of work and family easier

    Cons

    Currently i cannot think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Proceed with caution......"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401K, pension, family oriented company. Lots of volunteer activities for employees. On site cafeteria and walking trails ( home office). Easy to work with staff.

    Cons

    Absurdly low pay and salary increases. Advancement opportunities for those without an IT background are next to none, even for those with an advanced degree and a significant amount of experience. Company appears to prefer to hire from the outside and pay a higher salary rather than promote those who have a good handle on company culture and experience within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and reward their hard work. If you say an employee is an asset to the company and is valued- reward them with appropriate advancements in their job title and salary. Walk the talk!


  3. Helpful (5)

    "it was great for the first 3 years, my last year so many changes where made for the worst."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This job is OK for a first time employee, not good for an employee with lots of experience. 401k plan is excellent

    Cons

    Phone system is horrible, only locations for advancement is if you work in Chicago or St. Louis location.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "It is what you make of it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex hours (leave at 3 everyday) and the 2 hour window for lunch break. As 'non-exempt' workers, you are required to clock in / out for lunch break. The first 15 mins is paid for but anything after that, you'll have to make the time up. Very friendly people / management. The home office building has a cafe, library, workout facility w/ showers, towels and lockers.

    Cons

    Management. They do little to help in career development unless you are ore of the managers favorites. They like to think they are doing a good job but the employee surveys tend to say otherwise. Things get 'better' for a month and go back to being the way it was. Rules are not enforced and the seasoned workers can get away with murder.

    Advice to Management

    Do your jobs.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Asset Protection Division"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, business casual culture, decent pay & benefits & PTO, short workday on Fridays, good location

    Cons

    No opportunity for career development and doesn't appear to be room for advancement, don't seem interested in retaining talent, some departments are very understaffed for the relative workload

    Advice to Management

    Nothing changes if nothing changes and this company seems to be stuck in a rut, clear strategy and decisive leadership needs to come from the top down and not from veeps with personal agendas


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Manager for 12 yrs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Support Claims Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Support Claims Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best people work there. But not the best educated and there for not very connected from the front line to upper management.

    Cons

    Cheap not willing to put out for new technology which leaves them in the dust compared to 90% of the other larger company's . Management has no review or evaluations by the employees who report to them . So you can only imagine how horrible some of the managers are.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be better connection to the front line employees and better reviews of managers by their peers and subordinates this for the Chicago office mostly.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "So so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Never under the radar, no micromanaging.

    Cons

    No development opportunities and no training.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and recognize your talented.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Don't believe the hype!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part flexible and willing to work with you when you need time off. Fair benefits package as far as insurance and such go.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place where knowing the right people and kissing ass gets you far, Protective may be for you. Hard work and being a good employee get you no where. Protective is all about who you know and not what you know. From the very top down management is only concerned with furthering their own careers and the bottom line. They hype it up on their web site and through recruiters as a great place to work where everyone knows everyone's name, but it is not true at all. Most people walk around there looking down to the floor and most people are just rude. Senior management are total corporate elitists who don't even say thank you when you hold the door for them and are totally unapproachable. Mid level managers are only concerned with their own personal corporate career ladders and there is very little employee recognition. They claim to be all about professional development for their employees, but that is only if you are golfing buddies or use to work with someone in upper management. Salary increases dont filter down to most employees and are consumed by mid managers and department leads before the get to the people actually doing the work. There are serious nepotism problems company wide at protective, so if you don't know someone in management you will never get ahead. There are MAJOR problems in HR as well, so employees have no voices at all.
    Protective is great place to let your career die. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of being so focused on the bottom line and having nothing but accountants running the company, you should take a good look at why so many people have negative things to say on their employee feedback surveys and why there is so much turn over. Dear Mr. Johns if you really want to sell the company so bad so that you can make a profit and screw over everyone else, just do it already.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A job, not a career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally family-friendly. Good insurance, great food in cafeteria. Managers tend to be mostly be fair during reviews.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for internal job or career growth. Most new managers brought in instead of being promoted from within. Virtually impossible to get funding approved for external training.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to middle management and senior analysts instead of just being buddy-buddy with all the senior execs.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "There are much better places to work, but not a bad place to spend some time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent technology and use of systems, good sense of connection between people regardless of location

    Cons

    no clear job path, horrible benefits if you need anything out of the ordinary (therapy, for example), very "clubby" as most insurance companies are - if you're not in you're out. Impossible to get decent real-time feedback, which leads to surprises during the formal review process. Inconsistent application of HR rules; some folks are late all the time, others are late once and are fired.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the development of your people; realize that they have lives outside the office; be sincere when you talk about personal development being so important


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