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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Prudential is one of the best places to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been with Prudential 25 years now in a variety of different roles and business groups. Prudential has an enormous amount of opportunities for the hard-working, qualified, and motivated employees. If you are not satisfied with Pru it is likely your own fault and you should look within yourself and your job performance. Unfortunately too many people today feel a sense of entitlement - grow up! You aren't entitled to anything you don't work hard for. And, if you are unfortunate enough to work for management who doesn't recognize your hard efforts - post out! Another wonderful Prudential benefit is the job posting board - you are eligible to post after you have been in an assignment for at least a year.

    You are the only one who has control over your career. Prudential has personally offered me many growth and diversified opportunities. I climbed the "ladder" so to speak through hard work, dedication and motivation and not for any other reason. If I was ever in an area where I didn't respect management I took ownership of my career and posted out.

    Prudential also offers one of the best work-life balance programs a company can offer to employees. There are so many flexible working options offered to the high performers, which is one of the top reasons I stay with the company - it is a priceless benefit to have.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency between management. I have observed management across lines of business are not consistent with how they manage people. Some areas fully support benefits such as work/life balance and others do not even consider it. Same with compensation. Prudential has a very generous compensation plan. We are all highly paid for what we do. The decisions on compensation, however, are very subjective and inconsistent strategies are used in the varying HR departments.

    Being in management I think I also have a right to say that too many managers ignore employee issues and do not take the courage to confront the issues and help empoyees grow. For a company that his cutting back so significantly on bonuses and comp they should really be getting rid of all the dead weight. Get a "set" and show us your true leadership.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Solid but Stodgy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Newark, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid employer, very diverse work force of qualified people. Strong support of GLTG. Good benefits, impressive senior leaders. Great name recognition and history. Focus on ethical behavior and helping people.

    Cons

    Too many 'POGs' (Prudential Old Guard) who worked here since they entered the workforce. They don't want things to change. Primary focus for most middle managers and above is politics. Everything else is secondary to protecting your turf and plotting advancement. Responsibility spread over several departments. Nearly impossible to get something done quickly. Reluctant to try new things. Compliance department strangles innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Shake things up and try something new. Remove managers who refuse to follow procedure.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Let's get our stock price back up to 95!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Newark, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity and work/life balance is emphasized greatly. Free parking and a ton of vaction days are granted each year. commuting to the Newark offices is very easy and connected through Penn Station Newark. Prudential fosters internal growth for all employees. Many of the current executives and "higher-ups" have started from the bottem and worked their way to the top. Educaiton and hard work is essential to succeed at Prudential for laziness is exposed very easiely. Tuition reimbursement is also another great benefit offered to employees and Rutgers is walking distance. Also, the new Prudential center is directly across the street and makes a good night out for events.

    Cons

    Salary and bonus is low compared to other financial fimrs

    Advice to Management

    Pay more!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Classic example of corporate America. Acceptable, but not exceptional."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Copywriting Specialist in Roseland, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Copywriting Specialist in Roseland, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid financial company prepared to weather difficult times. Formal programs for time off and work life balance. No drama, calm personalities working in a professional manner. Company provides a wide range of good voluntary benefits. There is an environment of respect among peers and from managers to subordinates. There is open communications from senior management regarding the state of the business. Is an innovator in terms of adapting new technologies and streamlining the way business is conducted. Efforts are being made to remove the jargon and unfrienfly language from the company communications. HR support is available if needed and provided in confidence.

    Cons

    Leadership examples do not reinforce the time off and work-life balance programs. Even though the written policies emphasize the importance of work-life balance, the examples set by many managers tend to discourage people from taking advantage of the policies. Lack of clear direction from middle management. Projects are often begun with insufficient and even inaccurate information. Too much emphasis is placed on meeting deadlines versus actually having all the information to execute well. A high degree of siloing makes it hard to get the big picture view of a project. There is an unspoken push to have people take on too many projects and agree to unreasonable deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Instruct middle managers to actively support time off and work-life balance policies. Clarify the goal of projects before they begin. Provide accurate information on the execution of the projects.


  5. "Interesting to compare."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Information Systems in Dresher, PA
    Current Employee - Manager Information Systems in Dresher, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They make you proud to achive success.

    Cons

    A lot of work still need to be done and resources are flat.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff and allow them to continue to provide solid performances.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "good company, timing is everything"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Services Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Services Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexable schedule, you make what you find and sale. If you know a lot of people and are able to win their confidence then you may have a good chance of survival.

    Cons

    Tough times for financial industry, people are unsure what to do with thier money. Getting you securities certification is not the easiest thing to acquire. Most burn out within the first two year. If you can not get in front of a lot of people, then you will not survive. There is a lot of cold calling and phone work. After you make it past your 2nd year and if you have built up a good clientel, it does not mean continued success.

    Advice to Management

    Make a base salary for those who have proved themselves, need better support for field offices


  7. "Come work for a Rock solid financial services company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many different opportunities and locations. Financial stability, even in a down market. A culture of teamwork. I am amazed at how many people have come back to Prudential after going to other firms. There seems to be a willingness to accommodate personal needs, special work schedules, transfers, etc. The benefits package is quite strong. Diversity is truly valued.

    Cons

    I am not sure compensation is at the top of the market. Advancement can be slow. Corporate office is in Newark, NJ.

    Advice to Management

    Continue an opportunistic , yet reasonable, acquisition plan.

  8. "Emotionally draining but you can learn a lot"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    pay is decent and you can learn a lot as there is a variety of transactions to work on.

    Cons

    management skills are lacking in leaders. there almost seems to be a promotion of an in group and out group by upper management which is very childish.

    Advice to Management

    get some managment training. it takes more than intelligence and drive to be a leader - bad leaders perpetuate poor leadership skills in those who work for them.


  9. "Prudential Retirement is a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Director in Hartford, CT
    Recommends

    Pros

    work life balance is highly regarded; lots of opportunity for growth and professional development is supported.

    Cons

    there is lots of red tape in order to get something accomplished

    Advice to Management

    stay true to the open door policy; relax


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A rock is a rock is a rock"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Roseland, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Roseland, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and a conservative company culture helping to keep this financial services company afloat. Good understanding of work - life issues, a family-oriented workplace. When there is a clear direction of a business objective, there is good cooperation across divisions. Still a large company with a strong brand name.

    Cons

    Little hope for advancement based on merit. No career track, little planning for future. Tech employees often viewed as necessary cost vs. adding value. Often very little in terms of clear business goals. Micro-management can be a problem. Outsourcing is here to stay. Many processes and procedures hinder actual work taking place, and seem to be over-cautious even in today's risk averse corporate environment.

    Advice to Management

    Develop talent within organization, both younger and older employees.


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