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Updated Jan 14, 2021

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Pros
  • "Doing very well at maintaining comraderie in a remote work environment(in 111 reviews)

  • "Good Benefits (specially Insurance policies)(in 88 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Poor middle management, lots of turnover with senior management(in 27 reviews)

  • "Honestly, none: it is a wonderful work environment(in 19 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      It's the People

      Oct 6, 2012 -  in Wellesley, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all types of people. - Flexible hours and ability to work from home one or two days a week (may differ by department). Good support for remote workers. - Good benefits package - During large layoffs, they offer good compensation packages and are generally fairly humane about it - Convenient location with attractive facilities - Comparatively stable company for the industry (parent company is one of the top two insurers in Canada and they keep their investments generally conservative) - Ethically-run company (important in the insurance/financial-services industry) - Technology has improved significantly over the years and is looking forward - They've paid out the annual bonus every year since its inception, even during some years when, technically, we didn't meet the required profitability threshold, because senior management felt that it was due to the general economic environment and not a failure on the part of the employees.

      Cons

      - Too much of US operations is being taken over by Corporate in Canada, which decreases some flexibility and makes for a more bureaucratic atmosphere. Feels more like the US is just a "remote site" rather than the "US home office" we used to be - IT has become too centralized, bureaucratic, and controlling - Needs more opportunities for advancement for "individual contributors" -- if you don't manage people, you can be fairly limited on how high you can advance, in most areas. Two things that are probably true of most companies in similar situations these days: - Rate of change (of various kinds) has been high since it went public and the rate has been accelerating steeply since then.Generally feeling of insecurity about the future of operations in the US (what it will include and whose jobs might be affected) - Pace of work can sometimes be a bit daunting and can require sacrificing some quality in favor of speed.

      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Sun Life US - If you're looking for a positive culture or you're seeking challenging and rewarding work - look elsewhere

      Jul 12, 2014 - Anonymous in Wellesley, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The benefits and vacation structure are great, and for most of the business areas there is a great work-life balance available for the majority of employees. Compensation is generally in-line with the industry, but varies highly depending on your manager and business unit. The majority of peers and co-workers are very friendly and there's a good sense of team.

      Cons

      The company's larger corporate organization in Canada is extremely stable and consistent. However, the US organization has seen a great deal of uncertainty, strategic direction shifts, and reductions in business lines over the past several years. Future direction and stability in the US is extremely uncertain, and clear communication from senior management is non-existent. The US organization thrives on form over substance, and opportunities do not exist for hard-working, honest, and talented employees. The most talented team members are singled-out and minimized by managers that do not understand the subject matter or responsibilities of the teams they are managing. Who you know is definitely more important than what you know. Hence all the other reviews here describing that the most talented people leave. (this is absolutely accurate) If you're looking for punching the clock and low demands on your time and skills, this might be a great fit. But if you're looking for challenging and rewarding work, Sun Life might not be the place for you.

      5 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Premium Administration

      Feb 8, 2016 - Operations Specialist in Windsor, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The pay is good and the environment including the co-workers makes this job bearable. Great benefits and PTO depending on hire dates 1 week sick time ( 2014- 2015 ) had 10 days sick time.

      Cons

      Senior management has no clue as to what the job expects and it can take up all of your personal life and you can be written a bad review off of false pretenses. Not much diversity and can use a refresher in higher management and it can use a redirecting in real expectations of specialist workloads.( uneven).

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      WAS a great place to work

      Oct 22, 2009 - Sales Manager in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      SunLife used to have a great practice of hiring from within. The compensation can be in the top quartile if your boss likes you. You will end up with may friends at the company, as opposed to just co-workers.

      Cons

      In the past 12-18 months there has been a major shift at the senior management level, and roughly 20-40% of every dept has been laid off...only to be replaced with friends of the new senior management team.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      You can make a lot of money, but you can't advance past sales.

      Jun 11, 2011 - Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you're good you'll make a lot of money. The people who work in the office are fun usually happy people.

      Cons

      They have make some really bad decisions on picking managers. Because of that there has been heavy turnover and low moral in the office. With senior management being as solid as they are it surprises me why they haven't taken a better look at making the baltimore a top office.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great Company to work for

      Feb 20, 2012 -  in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits Employees are the best... they make Sun Life what it is Understand the balance of personal and business life

      Cons

      Senior Management changes direction to often

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      All About Money

      Oct 15, 2013 - Administrative Assistant in Wellesley, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fellow employees were good co-workers.

      Cons

      Senior management didn't seem to understand the essential work that the lower level employees were doing. New schemes were created without consulting the people who were actually doing the work. Costly mistakes were made because of this blind spot.

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Financial Analyst

      Aug 22, 2016 - Financial Analyst in Wellesley, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Large Scale International firm with multiple divisions, Great benefits and compensation packages, Good bunch of co-workers, excellent departmental support staff and nice job location

      Cons

      Too much office politics, Inconsistent Senior Management direction, poor resource planning, divergent job priorities and task assignments.

      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Disappointing. Effort was pointless as people's paths were predetermined.

      Feb 8, 2012 -  in Windsor, CT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent work/life balance. Amiable coworkers. Clean bathrooms.

      Cons

      Place is run like a sorority with rampant favoritism. Senior management has allowed this to carry on for years on end. Whether you languished or succeeded was, again, predetermined. Opportunities to advance were cut off at the pass, literally. So we can add unethical to the list as well.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great employer

      Jan 14, 2021 - Senior Marketing Communications Manager in Toronto, PE
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible, great benefits, good work-life balance

      Cons

      Poor middle management, lots of turnover with senior management

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