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Prudential plc Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Prudential plc Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam
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  1. "Would not want to work again !"

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    Former Employee - Semi Senior Management in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Semi Senior Management in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Descent paymaster. Hard think of anything else.

    Cons

    Management is not driven by level of expertise and effort brought in, rather by where you come from! No acknowledgement of hard work. Bureaucracy and politics at its peak where threads reaching HQs.

    Advice to Management

    Completely change the very top management and bring in competent team leader, who really understands the business and turn this place to business than House of Lords.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Extremely hierarchical with outdated management style"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Prudential plc (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relatively good benefits including pension and Share options.

    Cons

    Highly sexist and very hierarchical organization that does not support employee development or growth. Promotions will likely need to be sought outside the company. Culture of blame, and lack of accountability on the part of Directors.

    Advice to Management

    More focus needs to be put on having senior executives engage with staff, to increase employee morale, and offer more opportunity for 360 degree feedback to hold managers accountable.

  3. "Highly hoerarchcal structure and very old technology"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bonus and benefits but lack of work life balance.

    Cons

    communication from top to bottom is lacking. So the message will not reach to org structure. 1920 technology company

    Advice to Management

    Be open and communicate message to all levels and be compliant.


  4. "Bad experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible timings, work life balanced

    Cons

    Pay is very less, canteen is bad

    Advice to Management

    Should think about the well being of the employees


  5. "UK Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package for Prudential UK is reasonable.

    Cons

    The Reading office is not fit for purpose. A desk policy known as neighbourhoods has been introduced, which is a poor attempt at hot desks. It means each department is allocated an area but there are not enough desks in the area for all employees in the department. Permission must be sought from other neighbourhoods to use empty desks there, this results in unfriendly comments and looks between employees.

    The IT systems are so far behind the times and backward, it will be tough for Prudential UK to catch-up with the digital era.

    Processes have never been documented. This makes it very difficult for new people as staff who have worked there for an exceptionally long period of time have all the knowledge in their heads and are very bad at sharing it.

    There are many processes that add no value.

    Advice to Management

    When C-Level undermine each other it creates a toxic work culture.


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Prudential plc full-time

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, good salary, many business activities

    Cons

    Political environment, old folks, complicated internal procedure


  7. "Ok if you want to plod along"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can be very flexible around location of work, working from home is acceptable for example

    Cons

    Big organisation with not much devolved decision making power. Tendency towards blame culture prevents people from being prepared to go out on a limb

    Advice to Management

    If you don't have the time to consider the small things, give people the confidence to deal with them on your behalf.

  8. "It is not a good place for ambitious individuals to pursue their careers."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible; decentralized; good working environment.

    Cons

    Poor time management; inefficient communication channels; lack to top management coordination; over relaxed sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    They need to transfer from task-focus to people-focus asap.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Too slow moving and change reluctant company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with established brand name, presence in Asia.
    M&G in London one of the best employers in UK

    Cons

    strong hierarchical culture, little focus on performance, poor communication and a lot of inefficiency.
    Slow product development, and not too customer focused either.
    Very little attention to HR issues, poor employee retention policy, and no comprehensible promotion approach

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the people in "the field"


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Confused Place (I am talking about Knowledge Services only)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Better than expected work-life balance
    2. It did feel like a family
    3. Good location if you have a car, or traveling by rick.
    4. Excellent support from the parent Prudential UK.
    5. Employee reviews are dealt well.

    Cons

    1. Pathetic performance by Indian Executive Team. I am talking about 2009-2011.
    2. Pay is not very good... but they are working on it.
    3. Backdated software.
    4. Poor recruitment.
    5. No proper training.
    6. Casual environment does not really help the new people to grow professionally.

    Advice to Management

    1. Try to recruit good people at every level.
    2. Raise the pay in planned manner.


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