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Symetra Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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Symetra President, CEO, and Director Thomas M. (Tom) Marra
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance in most parts of the company (in 28 reviews)

  • The company offers good Benefits (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • There is a poor Work-life balance, lack of priority (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management out of touch with the realities of front line employees (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Underwriting Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, compensation, great manager/co workers

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons to working for Symetra


  2. "IT Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Symetra offers opportunities to innovate, move ahead and to do new things.

    Cons

    You need to seek and become aware of these opportunities, they are not handed out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging people to better themselves and the company.

  3. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Symetra is a wonderful place to work. Management and executive leadership really care about their employees and do their best to help them with their career goals. The work-life balance is great and you feel that everyone around you truly cares. They really try to live out their core values and try to be as transparent as possible.

    Cons

    It would be nice if Symetra would invest in an ERP system. As it is, we have multiple systems that make reporting challenging although not impossible. An ERP would help streamline things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to invest in your employees!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Just keep on doing what you're doing!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symetra full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly and helpful co-workers. Fun environment to spend your working day around. People always seem to have a smile on their faces, no matter the weather. Always encouraged to look after your personal health, regardless of the current work situation.

    Cons

    Has a big ramp up time in education for the position I took. This can be frustrating if you wanted to hit the ground running and write code on day 1.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. You're listening to your employees and balancing their needs with your own. It is a refreshing change to be seen more as a human.


  5. "Operations Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Operations Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Operations Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Symetra as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with, outstanding leadership.

    Cons

    There are no cons that I am aware of.

    Advice to Management

    I would work for you again in a heartbeat.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with room for growth!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enfield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enfield, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symetra (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working for Symetra since November 2015 in the Enfield CT office. This A growing company that is on the move! Upper-management is very engaged with the staff and seeks fresh new opinions and ideas. Great benefits. The HR department is very focused on employee development. It is very important to work for a company that is aligned with your personal morals and beliefs. This company is definitely aligned with mine!

    Cons

    None come to mind. Great company

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on growing the company. Look out competitors!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "SIU Investigator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fraud Investigator in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Fraud Investigator in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team! Benefits are good for the industry and area. HR is always available, the office environment is nice. The only reason I'm leaving is to join my husband out of state.

    Cons

    The office is located in downtown Bellevue. If you live close, the transit system is excellent. If you have to pay to park, cheap is $180/month.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company - Great Future"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Strong leadership with well defined vision for the future. Company is maturing internal IT processes to improve operational efficiencies. Sales and Growth on track for National Player status.
    Solid employee development plan. Great location. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    2 Weeks vacation to start.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "2nd Best Company in the PNW"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Only beat by Microsoft, Symetra was recently ranked the 2nd best company to work for by the Seattle Times. There is an excellent work-life balance and there are many opportunities for growth and movement within the company.

    Cons

    As a growing company, there can be some challenges with old systems which can be frustrating and slow down your day. They are working to make improvements as they continue to grow.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest making communication processes more streamlined and seamless. There are some challenges between various departments that causes delays and confusion.


  10. "Great service oriented community"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Symetra full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Community and service oriented, lots of advancement/development opportunities

    Cons

    Management in some areas tends to be cliquey


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