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Symetra Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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Margaret Meister
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  • "Also, work/life balance does take a toll during busy season, but that is to be expected in accounting/finance" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Upper management can be scattered and varies from team to team" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symetra full-time

    Pros

    Good management from operations. Always willing to help employees.

    Cons

    Some departments take a long for advancement.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People ,hours, flexible and people

    Cons

    Lack of knowledge very clicky and management doesn't understand the jobs

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    -5 days sick time
    -7 days of floating time off on top of vacation time
    - Paid holidays off

    Leadership and management encourage promoting and help employees develop quickly.

    Cons

    So far I have no complaints.

    Symetra Response

    Sep 13, 2018 – Chris Katzmar Holmes, SVP, Human Resources and Administration

    I am glad to hear you like having flex days as part of our paid time away benefits.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Symetra (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company was good overall. Typical culture for the industry. Mostly collegial but political in pockets. There was a bit of internal angst after the Sumitomo acquisition over some anticipated org changes.

    Cons

    Communication and cooperation between departments could be sometimes challenging.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "LAD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symetra full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Access to Upper management
    Flexibility
    Overall Compensation package
    Career Opportunities in home home

    Cons

    Newer department still working out kinks

    Symetra Response

    Sep 13, 2018 – Chris Katzmar Holmes, SVP, Human Resources and Administration

    Thank you for taking time to write a positive review.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Engaged company who cares about employees and customers!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The people are so great to work with! My boss and co-workers and are one of the biggest reasons why I have stuck around for 10+ years. Very supportive environment where asking questions is encouraged at every level.
    -CEO Margaret is amazing! Innovative, approachable, down-to-earth
    -The work is interesting and challenging (in a good way)
    -So much opportunity to grow and learn, hard work pays off here! If you have a positive attitude, come in every day and try your best, want to excel and take on new challenges, and take pride in your work, then this is the place for you!

    Cons

    -Commute and traffic can be a downside depending on where you live.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Innovating and motivating!


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Trust Me - Great Company and Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symetra full-time

    Pros

    Still plenty of room for people to make a positive difference. Excellent opportunities for advancement - I have seen it first hand. Excellent people and culture. The CEO sets the tone. Margaret Meister maintains the highest integrity and business practices - she cares about the people - she is a great lady and great leader. I

    Cons

    Maybe not the company for you if you have dreams of becoming a multi-billionaire. The people who have provided bad reviews on Glassdoor are living in some alternate reality from my perspective - very sorry there are people carrying a chip on their shoulders unnecessarily - a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving the company forward - keep up the good work and high integrity - keep making a positive difference in the community.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture. Great leader with a big heart!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symetra full-time

    Pros

    Margaret is a genuine human being with the highest integrity who truly cares about everyone in the company. Fully devoted to Symetra, she knows the business inside out. Other Senior Executives are also very easy to work with. It’s an insurance company with the innovative spirit of a technology company that keeps looking forward to stay abreast of changes in the industry.

    Cons

    It’s growing therefore there are opportunities for improvement but the management is well aware of it and is making investment in the right areas.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Keep investing in people.


  9. "If you're looking for a drawn out experience where the recruiter ghosts you"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symetra full-time

    Pros

    Nice people once you talk to them on the phone, which is the only reason this gets two stars

    Cons

    Cannot seem to get organized or follow through

    Advice to Management

    Make the company values you espouse real, from recruiting on through hire. I spent two months working through the interview process only to be ghosted after the third round. Your recruiter can't be bothered to respond to a simple and polite email inquiry--if this is an example of your initial employee experience, those harsh reviews over the past year seems well warranted.


  10. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symetra full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Non, horrible managrment and how they treat employees on fmla

    Cons

    Worst place i have ever seen for favortism


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