MetLife Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
999 Reviews
3.0
999 Reviews
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MetLife President & CEO Steven A. Kandarian
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is a plus; especially for working professionals with families (in 118 reviews)

  • MetLife has great benefits and different positions in different departments (in 72 reviews)


Cons
  • Some of the supervisors don't allow flexibility as far as work-life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Lack of visibility to senior management as to who is doing the actual job (in 36 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Investments

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England

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

    Pros

    great work life balance and good compensation

    Cons

    very US centric and need to adapt to US culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Ruthless, rude, uncaring, backbiting disorganised company

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at MetLife full-time (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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Programmer Manager in London, England

    I worked at MetLife as a contractor (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.  

    Hectic but fun!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at MetLife as a contractor (more than an 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
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, great teammates, some leadership okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Implementation Specialist in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Implementation Specialist in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of training. Good benefits (health, dental, vision, vacation). Some management is very helpful in developing employees.

    Cons

    Can be some backstabbing in office culture. Some management can be the worst offenders in the backstabbing or picking favorites to develop. Has a tendency to pigeon hole people in roles they are good at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your talent. Don't leave an associate in a position simply because they are really good at it. Find their passion and develop it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I am proud to have worked for MetLIfe

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MetLife full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for. Always found the employees very willing to help each other. The company offer many professional opportunities to their employees. Depending on you department flex time and telecommuting are possible.

    Cons

    I do not have anything bad to say. Only advice. If you want to move up in the company it's up to you to take the initiative and apply/post for higher level positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to stay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at MetLife as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Positive company culture.
    Supportive colleagues.
    Lots of opportunity to contribute

    Cons

    Pockets of outdated technology and behaviors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep showing yourself.
    Try to communicate with other departments and learn more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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