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MetLife Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
1,069 Reviews
3.1
1,069 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 120 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 29 reviews)

  • Senior management inner circle that does not include front line management input or feedback (in 36 reviews)

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  1. 2 people 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.  

    MetLife Europe Sale representative work insurance consultant.

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

    I worked at MetLife full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good knowledge of protection covers gained during 5* hotel business trip . Friendly management team.

    Cons

    Not good follow up on practical learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In need of more regional meeting . A Trainee period should be introduced.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Excellent employer but not sure about senior management in the company in 2014/2015

    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits, flexible work arrangements, retirement plan, 401k, etc.

    Cons

    Management is very slow in approving new technologies, there is always talk about change but the change never really happens. A number of senior employees and management with a lot of baggage were moved to Raleigh as well and this will ensure the politics will continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit new ideas and be open to investment into new technologies. Get rid the management baggage you are picking up into Raleigh. The associates and first level managers are not the problem - they will follow the orders, the middle and senior management is and I am surprised that a lot of them are coming over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Experience heavily rides on department you work in

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, benefits, many locations

    Cons

    Extremely political, some departments are gossipy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are promoted into management that don't want to be and also shouldn't be. Promote good people who are want to be managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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