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Protective Life Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Growing company with aging staff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Protective Life full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule/ Health Incentives/ Reasonable Health Insurance/ Matching 401K/ Continuing education

    Cons

    Very few advancement opportunties which limits salary increases


  2. "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Protective Life (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for advancement if hard working, quick learner, team player, smart.

    Cons

    Upper management sometimes misses opportunities to help middle management become better managers overall.

  3. "Actuarial Valuation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Protective Life (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, good work life balance, plenty of actuarial opportunities, beautiful office, on the growth track.

    Cons

    Not that competitive in terms of exam progress and overall a bit laid back environment


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place"

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

    Pros

    Great wellness program. Offer incentives for participation.

    Cons

    Lean staff. Tap the same high performers for projects until they're burned out.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Laid Back, Relaxed Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Director in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great gym, friendly people, relaxed laid back culture. Great location - you can leave the place and go walking or running on Jemison trail, a beautiful trail beside a creek. They have an onsite nurse, dietitian, and counselor. The organization seems to try to do the right thing. A great place to stay for a long time if you find the right job.

    Cons

    Not very performance driven, traditional. The longer you have been there the more complacent you are and a lot of people have been there a LONG time. Get in the right department though, that is in line with your thinking and goals and it will be great!

    Advice to Management

    I feel like the middle managers tend to be the problem. They are rooted in their traditional ways and are not very flexible with the new generation that is coming in. They don't seem to have as much of a problem with executives or newer staff.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Marketing Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Salary levels are ok, jeans days on Friday, Donuts on Fridays

    Cons

    No work from home options, a lot of office politics

    Advice to Management

    Allow flexible work schedules


  7. "Mechanical Claims"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster in Calabasas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great team , great hours

    Cons

    Not enough recognition for their employees

    Advice to Management

    Value your workers greatly

  8. Helpful (3)

    "You can be replaced."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bannockburn, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Protective Life (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the benefits are still good. 401K match only to 4%. New employees get a small cash pension (grandfathered employees had a much better program) vested after 3 years of service.

    To be perfectly frank, there are a lot of admin jobs at Bannockburn. The people who stay a long time live north or west of the office, have no college degree, and know there's nothing else out there for them. If you're OK doing the same job with no hope of things getting better, give it a go. Also, feel free to apply for a job you do not meet the requirements for. A lot of qualified individuals are overlooked for less qualified applicants. Sometimes the new hire is related to someone who works there, even though nepotism was officially eliminated in 2008.

    Cons

    Employees are seen as a replaceable commodity. Don't look for them to invest in you in any way or for opportunities for advancement. People who have made several moves over the years have almost certainly made a lateral move. The few internal promotes are typically demoted or relegated to a "new role" after a period. This is likely different in Chesterfield and Birmingham. They seem to have more opportunities.

    Compensation is a huge issue. Salary ranges are very wide to include people who started at the bottom and people who were demoted from another position but get to keep their salary. Pay raises differ significantly by department and are frequently allocated based on "manager recommendation" (read: these two people got the same rating but I want this person to have $1000 more. OK). It is not uncommon for someone to make half as much as someone doing the same job. New hires frequently are brought on at a higher salary than people who have put in years of effort.

    Management is schizophrenic at best. Restructuring is an almost constant occurrence. Frequently, the purpose seems to be to eliminate certain individuals as staffing usually returns to its original organization with slightly different titles. There doesn't seem to be a consensus on what the goals are. One month more managers will be brought in because they need more managers. The next month, they let go or demote several managers and the same number of managers work in that area, except now they're new and have no idea what their people do. A lot of changes are just a reversal of a change made within the last few years so no one is taking notes on what changes are made and what worked or didn't work about it. Since everyone involved is now new, it's a new idea. There is an abundance of middle managers who justify their positions by calling an endless stream of meetings which achieve nothing. Re-arranging seating is usually high priority while compliance and improving efficiency are less so. If you work there for more than a couple of years, you will have had more than one job title while your duties remain essentially unchanged.

    Advice to Management

    Make your managers stick to the overall corporate strategy instead of making up their own pet projects that achieve nothing.

    Stop spending money on employee surveys. Managers interpret the results to match what they think and their interpretation usually has no statistical data to prove it. Plus several managers have told their employees that they will know what their responses are so you are not getting honest answers.

    During Employee Appreciation Week, instead of dispensing food and more food, try to dish out some actual appreciation. It would be interesting to have managers do their employees' job for a day. The ones who perform well should be recognized for that, but I suspect many will be surprised by what their employees do. Then they might be motivated to look for actual progress.

    Evaluate salaries even before a "restructure". Base raises on where someone is in their range. For example, if two people get the same rating for the same job and one makes half as much as the other, 2% raises to both is not equitable in the least. The person making half as much has far less reason to stay and those are the people you should want to keep.


  9. "Great place to start my career"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I love the flexibility and the amount of PTO days as well as the other benefits like 401k match and pension plans. They are a great company that offers the employee options that helps to better the work life balance.

    Cons

    I see little room for vertical climb in my current position. I also see compared to other companies, the pay is a little less than going rate. This may be because we have such great benefits.


  10. "Product Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Festus, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Festus, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Do not have any cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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