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  • Micro-management, unrealistic workloads, non-existant work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior Management does NOT care about employees (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "IT Systems Consultant"

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Consultant in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - IT Systems Consultant in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Appropriate pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Does not value employees opinions or worth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and truthful with employees.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Always wondering about your job"

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    Former Employee - Systems Consultant II in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant II in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unum full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Good Benefits
    Smart, very dedicated employees
    Low morale

    Cons

    Continually doing re-orgs. Apparently they can never get it right.
    Always worrying about job elimination
    Very top heavy. Too many AVP's/VP's

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great folks. Nice training, fair compensation and benefits etc

    Cons

    Top heavy, cannot keep top technology talent. May consider purchasing technology rather than build from within.


  4. Helpful (14)

    "For Ten Years Politics has been 75% of the Job."

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    Current Employee - Systems Consultant in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Systems Consultant in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unum has a great benefits package. You receive double the amount of vacation days an employee will typically get from a company, outside of the insurance industry. Bonus incentive program for all employees. Work from home option. Onsite company gyms. Family friendly event ticket giveaways to minor league sporting events. Great training opportunities. Great programs for employees who are very involved in community service activities, outside of United Way donations, you as an individual can leverage Unum’s charitable giving, for a cause you are passionate about. Great management/HR support for internal job opportunities posted, leadership programs, and mentorships. Great CEO and CFO leadership, the company is in good hands. Job security.

    Cons

    Working for a large insurance company is as soul crushing and joyless as it sounds. Managers are a bunch of talking heads, that provide little insight, and will drag you into an endless series of meetings, only to state generic, and painfully obvious statements, like “technology is important to the company’s growth.” The perception of your importance is the only thing that matters, and is solely based on your manager’s opinion of you, which can often be an emotional rollercoaster. As a result of this, you can never be honest, even on an “anonymous” work environment survey. The recognition/award system leaves a lot to be desired. The awards and recognitions are cheesy, and seen as a way of snubbing other employees/managers/teams/departments, and often go to the biggest toadies. Management not only encourages an extremely competitive environment, but drills it into your work culture with “everyone must be a leader” commitments, which has everyone competing for funny money, and 1% yearly cost-of-living increases. Work morale is low, as employees feel overworked, overtired, and unappreciated. Half the managers are megalomaniacs, who fly on the corporate jet a couple of times a year, to attend meetings catered by a low-grade foodservice. Which as an employee, you will receive emails, about the available food scraps you may have, after managers are done picking through them. You will go to one “corporate outing” a year, which is more of a mandatory attendance/forced event rather than an event employees look forward to, this overshadows the spirit and effort of it all. All of this is considered the “Unum culture”, and will be shoved down your throat, with the attitude of “you are lucky to get even that” and “look for a new job.” All of this may impact your long-term career development goals depending on your ambitions and needs.

    Advice to Management

    When you have a quarterly meeting with over seven hundred employees, and no one has a single question, that should tell you something. The employee review process encourages over competitive behavior/politics, which sometimes borderlines a hostile work environment, and is more tiring than the actual job description itself. Unum would be much better served to find a way to channel the energy wasted on internal infighting, into better products, and services, versus encouraging counterproductive behavior, which forces the company to bleed money, and will continue to hold back Unum’s true potential, to be a solvent powerhouse in the insurance industry. If politics was truly 75% of my job, Unum paid a price tag for ten years worth of work, but only received two years and some change of actual productivity. This not just hurts Unum and its shareholders, but it hurts everyone in the company, including externalities, that reach the state, national, and global level. Unum has committed, and communicated to all, its responsibility to be more successful company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "ok, but don't expect too much"

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    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits package, generous time off, some interesting and new technology for an insurance company.

    Cons

    if you're in a management position, you'll never be able to take the time off. Organizational resistance to change is huge, and getting simple improvements through is very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    focus on long term value creation in the marketplace - the stock will respond over time.


  6. "I've had an excellent experience working for Unum."

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    Current Employee - Systems Consultant in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Systems Consultant in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, Unum is a very established and solid company. I am proud to work for them and many others that I've talked to are proud too. There are Information Technology employees that have worked there for over 30 years and love it there. That is rare. Even though it is a huge company, I don't feel like I'm just another number.

    Cons

    Since Unum is a large company they are less agile. Many of the processes that lower agility also reduce risk as compared to a small company. Unum is pretty good at managing the agility/risk, but sometimes falls short.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. "Unum is a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Consultant in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Systems Consultant in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are not afraid to spend some money on IT...for example, they are doing a ton of SOA stuff.

    Cons

    Conservative, all microsoft, a little slow moving...it's a big company.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have anything to say

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unum is a solid company, it has been the number one Long Term Disability company in the US for nearly 40 years."

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    Current Employee - Systems Consultant III
    Current Employee - Systems Consultant III
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Significant professional opportunities for motivated people. Company continues to make progress even in this difficult economy. Flexible work/home balances are provided.

    Cons

    Very political environment, can lead to significant frustration for people that are not used to this, but if you focus on the work you generally will be a satisfied employee.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate openly to your employees. In general the employees are very intelligent and sophisticated and would appreciate a more candida approach.