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Protective Life Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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Protective Life Chairman, President, and CEO John D. Johns
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great team , great hours (in 10 reviews)

  • Great environment to work in, and also great people to work along with (in 10 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. Helpful (1)

    "From good to bad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Closed the Friday after thanksgiving, Shut the phones off for 1 hour for Christmas lunch. fair raises, and resalable insurance cost. pleanty of customer reps on the phone so it is not none stop call after cal.

    Cons

    All of the pors are gone!

    Advice to Management

    Add more phone reps and bring back perks.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Protective is an employee friendly environment."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities based on merit and not, political or social.

    Advice to Management

    Promote talent, not friends.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great family work life....unless you know the right people or can play the game don't look for advancement on merit."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great facility, with healthy living amenities, friendly environment.

    Cons

    Its not what you know its who you know. Poor advancement on based on merit or performance.

    Advice to Management

    Promote your talent...not your friends..


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good enough"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, flex time is good, gym on site, people are mostly nice, work from home benefits when needed.

    Cons

    Non technical analysts expect you to keep your head down and "just code" without asking questions or trying to improve the software. Has resulted in a fragile system developed over 15 years without proper upkeep, many talented technical people willing to jump in and make it better but get burned out on fighting non-technical analysts and slow business processes.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the overhead, non technical analysts are useless and slow down progress - get a proper QA department and trust your technical staff to do what they do best.


  5. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst II in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst II in Calabasas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working without supervision. Great manager.

    Cons

    Company closed office in CA even though there won't be a presence in CA now.


  6. "Great Place to Start a Career in Financial Services"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Annuity Wholesaler in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Internal Annuity Wholesaler in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Culture
    -Open door policy with management

    Cons

    -Promotion can take awhile due to limited availability of non entry level positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, no defined career path"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, my co-workers were very dedicated

    Cons

    No defined career path, very political

    Advice to Management

    Break up the old boys network

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place to work, just not much room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's been around for a while and has conservative investment strategies, so it's done pretty well through the tough times. Upper management is beginning to open up to more up to date ideas.

    Cons

    Is still way behind in terms of employee satisfaction, is horrible at communicating with lower management and even worse with communicating with employees, is extremely cheap and overly conservative with systems

    Advice to Management

    Expand. Talk to your employees, one on one. Time expensive systems overhauls with acquisitions so they mask the hit in stock price.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A decent company with decent people."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Protective Life full-time

    Pros

    Fitness center, early end-time on Fridays, onsite cafeteria

    Cons

    Computer hardware needs some updating


  10. Helpful (8)

    "At least it's a job."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Director in Birmingham, AL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, work/life balance - no major complaints

    Cons

    Too many incompetent people in management positions; lack of promotion from within a department/division

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at the current employee pool. So many cases of bright, hardworking people not begin offered to opportunity to advance...such a shame.


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