Sun Life

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Sun Life Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.1 272 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Sun Life CEO Dean Connor

Dean Connor

(47 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, nice clean offices(in 18 reviews)

  • The work environment is fast-paced, accommodating, and comfortable(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Very strong politics especially when you start dealing with senior management(in 13 reviews)

  • once you hit mid career, opportunities for advancement evaporate(in 5 reviews)

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    Great working environment

    Associate (Former Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGood working environment, Great colleagues

    ConsPersonal Growth, Leadership, Promotions, Perks

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for entry level

    Actuary (Current Employee) Wellesley, MA (US)

    ProsFriendly to international students, a good place to start.

    ConsEmployees do not focus enough on work, playing around during work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to work, great to work in certain business units, high turnover in others because of poor leadership.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsDecent work/life balance and compensation, most non-management level staff are hard-working and great to work with.

    ConsGreat company values are not reflected in workplace HR practices, staff are asked to show high initiative but managers show poor leadership in supporting staff, leading initiatives, and addressing problems. Managers either ignore these responsibilities or don't know how to do this. Little transparency in decision-making.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Mgt. has great intentions but no follow through, too much focus on short term results and too many resources (people and time) devoted to reporting to paint a pretty picture. Need to hire more managers at all levels who focus on more than just climbing the ladder, more than just discrediting others to make themselves look better, managers who are passionate about leading and positive change. The quality of the human resources and progress of the company will always be dependent on the quality of staffing decisions. Leaders need to focus more on these decisions and supporting staff, and more time leading; too much of the planning activities are delegated to lower level staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood work life balance
    Decent bonus

    ConsAppraisal meetings are fake
    No technical growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is what it is.

    Sales Coordinator (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsThe company is stable and strong; you don't have to worry about it going away any time soon. Benefits are good for employees.

    ConsThe company valued appearance over reality; they'd rather you "look busy" than be efficient. Pay is under average for the industry for the support staff. Workloads are not managed well, with some people being over-busy and others having too much time (and then being forced to find pointless make-work to fill in the time).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sun Life

    Customer Service Consultant (Former Employee) Irvine, CA (US)

    ProsGreat corporate communication. Terrific benefits. Excellent at seeking employee engagement. Nice rewards and employee recognition programs. Great perks; i.e., gym membership assistance, Charitable matching grant program, tuition assistance, EAP and rewards for participation in wellness programs. Love the Global Learning Center course availability.

    ConsUsual challenge of working for huge corporation. US operations in Eastern Time Zone and my business unit was in Pacific Time Zone. Bonus structure has complicated formula. Not as easy to grow in career as I'd like. Frequent restructuring of sales and distribution units.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work environment despite a terrible manager

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Wellesley, MA (US)

    ProsGood work-life balance and casual culture

    ConsPersonally unhappy with manager, no complaints otherwise

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sun Life US - If you're looking for a positive culture or you're seeking challenging and rewarding work - look elsewhere

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Wellesley, MA (US)

    ProsThe benefits and vacation structure are great, and for most of the business areas there is a great work-life balance available for the majority of employees.

    Compensation is generally in-line with the industry, but varies highly depending on your manager and business unit.

    The majority of peers and co-workers are very friendly and there's a good sense of team.

    ConsThe company's larger corporate organization in Canada is extremely stable and consistent. However, the US organization has seen a great deal of uncertainty, strategic direction shifts, and reductions in business lines over the past several years. Future direction and stability in the US is extremely uncertain, and clear communication from senior management is non-existent.

    The US organization thrives on form over substance, and opportunities do not exist for hard-working, honest, and talented employees. The most talented team members are singled-out and minimized by managers that do not understand the subject matter or responsibilities of the teams they are managing. Who you know is definitely more important than what you know. Hence all the other reviews here describing that the most talented people leave. (this is absolutely accurate)

    If you're looking for punching the clock and low demands on your time and skills, this might be a great fit. But if you're looking for challenging and rewarding work, Sun Life might not be the place for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Parent org with poor policies and procedures at ISC

    Business Systems Analyst (Former Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsOverall the org offers opportunities until band 6... fairly straightforward work where an average person should be able to do work and be successful.
    Senior management has built a listening organization... which is good.

    ConsMost benefits are for leadership team. LT can get away from anything very easily. Managers would pick and choose the feedback and manipulate them to their advantage.
    Travel policies are not in line with global benchmarks. Parent company shows interest to get work done, but doesn't bother much about the day to day nuances and execution... they are usually impressed well by the leadership team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease have consistency in reviews and processes across organization at India.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Advisors' Assistant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere was always a good working environment.

    ConsA lot of very hard work to keep pace.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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