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Symetra Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance in most parts of the company (in 30 reviews)

  • The company offers good Benefits (in 15 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 11 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Symetra full-time

    Pros

    lots of development and growth opportunities

    Cons

    The pay isn't very competitive


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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

    People oriented and transparent business practices. Your experience may depend on your team, but most people here are genuine people who care about doing a good job.

    Cons

    There are some issues with knowledge silos. There are some positions that have been held by the same person for 20+ years, which is great in some ways, but also results in come amount of complacency and reluctance to share knowledge.

    Also the pay is pretty average. Not really much that most managers can do about that, but it causes unavoidable turnover as you have to leave to get much of a pay increase.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The company seems to be going in the right direction.

  3. "associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symetra full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed some of the people that i worked with

    Cons

    Management has a hard time listening to employees


  4. "Great place to work!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Thumbs Up"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is up and coming and has a less corporate feel than some of the bigger insurance companies out there.

    Cons

    If you thrive working on your own then this is a good fit for you. There is a lot of independence associated with this job, which is a con for some people.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Leadership is bad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symetra full-time

    Pros

    Good people below the senior level, benefits were OK, time off was average.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't care about staff. They don't provide real opportunities for growth and have cut themselves off from the home office. HR rep is a crony to senior leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Having worked in both offices, I can say this remote office has good potential but poor leadership at the top.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Caution"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Mortgage Loan Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Commercial Mortgage Loan Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symetra (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company offers good Benefits

    Cons

    There is a poor Work-life balance, lack of priority

    Advice to Management

    Goals are not the same as expectations

  8. "Working at Symetra"

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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

    Pros

    Great company! I have had a really great experience working with Symetra so far. I have a great team and they have all been very helpful. I feel like I am challenged in my work and learning and developing new skills.

    Cons

    Parking, kinda stinks having to pay to go to work (parking or bus) but that comes with working in a big city.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A caring, driven, company with many opportunities"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Brand in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been at this company about six years and every year I've been able to seek out participating in new and interesting projects and opportunities.
    - Community involved company
    - Job Flexibility. Many managers promote work/life balance. Some jobs offer some work from home opportunities or hours that may shift early or late as needed by the employee
    - Most employees are excited and invested in their jobs
    - This company is on the rise and regularly diving into new territory, ideas are encouraged, and every year their seems to be more support and cooperation between divisions and departments.
    - GREAT management from the top down, I feel if I needed to I could email the CEO directly and get a response
    - HUGE benefits including education, Volunteering, Toastmasters, Blue fridays, and employee events

    Cons

    - NOT the most competitive vacation or sick leave plan
    - Parking is expensive and not free (However they offer great subsidized alternatives)

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving for excellence, Keep listening, Keep evolving. I love working here!


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Very Poor Experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symetra (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary was decent but business processes archaic

    Cons

    This company has eliminated so many long standing employees and replaced them with recent community college graduates. Management is unethical.

    Advice to Management

    Have Mr Marra do something for his 4 mill a year besides golf the world.


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