MetLife Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
944 Reviews

3.0
944 Reviews
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MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work arrangements and very good company for work life balance (in 104 reviews)

  • MetLife has great benefits and different positions in different departments (in 74 reviews)


Cons
  • Some of the supervisors don't allow flexibility as far as work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Lack of visibility to senior management as to who is doing the actual job (in 33 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Hectic but fun!

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant  in  London, England
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at MetLife as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    great team of people in the UK office

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Ruthless, rude, uncaring, backbiting disorganised company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    None whatsoever. This company is going nowhere fast

    Cons

    Company values are spouted but not followed, loads of backbiting, no team spirit, expected to work long hours for no reward, no work life balance, no support, terrible exec team. This company in the UK thinks it is better than it is, it is so disorganised with a terrible exec team that act like children and have little or no management experience at this level. Bad things are round the corner for this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Colleagues, good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at MetLife full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good and most colleagues are very nice.

    Cons

    Difficult to progress, poor salaries internally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the people that work hard for you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company to work for but only on contract basis

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    Former Employee - Programmer Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England

    I worked at MetLife as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great offices location in London.

    Cons

    Very biurocratic and US centric organization you have to be either American or extremely well connected in America to reach executive roles. A lot over very heavy characters that in most cases limit the ability of this company and brand to fully develop in the UK

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on innovation as opposed to autocratic backward processes. Enforce key talent to manage the business in a modern and forward looking way. Only the lack of innovation is keeping this company from growth, that’s 100% visible in the stock price which should be well over 70 by now. Management can’t come up with a credible growth story they can sell to the marker & analysts. Develop a strategy, establish milestones, realize the milestone show growth, build investor confidence that you can deliver on your strategies then benefit. Unfortunate management has a poor story, no one buys it, they poorly define milestones, can’t deliver them or show that they delivered them, cant’ differentiate themselves from the rest of the insurance market, hence the $40 share price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    a good company that do the right thing for staff and customers

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant  in  Newcastle upon Tyne, England
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Newcastle upon Tyne, England

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    very good money, good products to sell that do what they are supposed to do, excellent admin & support,

    Cons

    poor career advancement, commision only sales basis, no prospects just pure sales position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management do a very good job of leading the sales force but more recognition is needed

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Don't swamp the UK creativity in American approaches to business.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

    I have been working at MetLife

    Pros

    It is a stable reliable company to work for that is not going anywhere soon and provides reasonable benefits and the opportunity to work outside London. But, a number of times I have seen really good ideas generated by UK staff and the result is often that US policies and approaches are applied without really considering the idea generated.

    Cons

    American ownership can be a bit of a downer when they run roughshod over the ideas and innovations of staff in the UK. A number of times I have seen really good ideas generated by UK staff and the result is often that US policies and approaches are applied without really considering the idea generated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture the creativity of staff in the UK and encourage there independence.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Talented people, great money managers, lousy mid level managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very talented, smart people work there. Company is excellent when it comes to managing and investing money. Very political company so be good at politics if you work there.

    Cons

    Lousy mid level administrative managers. Poor quality and poorly trained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote within upon recommendations of existing managers. Too many politics leads to poor administrative managers recommending others who simply shouldn't be promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    One very organized and structured company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Compensation is good, with more then enough adequate training. Opportunities are there for those who seek it out. Very strong core values.

    Cons

    Like all larger companies the process can get heavy, and the red tape burdensome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the people more than processes and promote more from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good!

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Analyst  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Analyst in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at MetLife for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A good company and the salary was very good.

    Cons

    Leadership, work-life. training and compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great career where I acquire a lot of information

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant  in  Somerset, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Somerset, NJ (US)

    I worked at MetLife full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A good company for working mom and provides great benefit

    Cons

    New management lacks the expertise to manage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hiring manager with better management and people skills

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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