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Sammons Financial Group Reviews

Updated 25 May 2017
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Sammons Financial Group CEO Esfand Dinshaw
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  1. "New Employee company rating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Des Moines, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Des Moines, IA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sammons Financial Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employee owned. Many great benefits. Friday afternoons off! My co-workers are all so welcoming and helpful. Love the comfortable feeling when coming to work and everyone seems happy to be here.

    Cons

    I have not had any issues or "downsides" to working here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. You are very involved in the employees and are there for us when needed.


  2. "Company that values employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Des Moines, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Des Moines, IA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sammons Financial Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sammons provides good onboarding, realistic and practical training, and they believe in treating employees well. Bonus - free coffee, tea, cider, and hot chocolate. Work week is 4 days 8.75 hours, 5 hours on Friday. Friendly senior leadership.

    Cons

    Contractors don't always have the same values as permanent staff


  3. "Programmer / Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Sioux Falls, SD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Sioux Falls, SD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sammons Financial Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee Stock Ownership Plans
    Casual attire

    Cons

    Limited advancement
    Very slow to advance productive technology
    Salary at low end of national salaries
    No compensation for on call demands


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  5. "Great Company to Work For!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sammons Financial Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    When I started at Sammons over 8 years ago, I came from an industry that did not value culture and work life balance so when I got to Sammons and saw the importance they put on these, I thought there was no way it could be sincere. It absolutely is and I'm frequently amazed at the new ways they breathe fresh life into the culture here. The availability and openness from leadership at all levels is refreshing and appreciated.
    There are many great perks working at Sammons:
    - Volunteer opportunities during work hours for company-sponsored initiatives
    - A full day of Volunteer Time Off
    - Casual dress
    - A bonus structure
    - Closing at 12:30 on Fridays - who doesn't love a half day year round?
    - Remote work potential - currently more than half of my team works remotely full-time.
    - Last but not least: ESOP - this is unlike anything I have heard of anywhere else and is truly the most generous retirement benefit I know of.

    The list can go on, but I have really enjoyed my time at Sammons and look forward to many more years to come.

    Cons

    I don't have any major downsides to speak of.


  6. "Hope to Retire Here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sammons Financial Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing work-life balance. The company really cares about the employee perspective and places a lot of emphasis on our culture. I really feel like my opinion and ideas matter. Career development is emphasized with plenty of training opportunities to enhance skills and future growth.

    Participation in the company funded ESOP is an amazing benefit and allows employees to build a retirement nest egg that far exceeds that provided by a 401(k) match (Sammons offers a 401(k) plan, but there is no company match because the ESOP benefit is so generous).

    Community Involvement and Healthy Living committees. The company is starting to introduce 'remote' or 'work from home' options for certain positions, which is helpful if you have a long commute.

    Cons

    Smaller company (in comparison to some of the larger companies in metro area), so promotions may be slower than expected for some people.


  7. "SFG - companies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Department in Sioux Falls, SD (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Department in Sioux Falls, SD (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sammons Financial Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    Systems are not the best. Management turnover has seemed pretty high.


  8. "Employee focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sammons Financial Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I like working here because the community involvement is huge. SFG sponsors and/or are involved with a lot of outside work activities and you get a few hours off to help volunteer and it doesn't count against VTO. The core values are implemented here and leadership are very opened about concerns. There are weekly survey with 3 questions and you get enter into a $50 gift card. They have a welcome package here to make you feel welcome. Really good benefits, long lunches, awesome PTO, free coffee,tea and tap water, has a dishwasher that runs everynight, on Fridays we only work half days which makes it great for a lil bit longer weekend. A lot of friendly people work here and HR works closely with answering employee questions. SFG offers online class related to work and its free if you pass it and you get paid for completion. There are many more great things this company offers employees. I always on the computer with a comfy chair.

    Cons

    The paycheck is semi-monthly which is not what I'm use too, it could me MORE work-life balance or shorten lunch to get off a lil early, no hand dryer in bathrooms.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Internal Sales Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Sales Consultant in West Des Moines, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Internal Sales Consultant in West Des Moines, IA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sammons Financial Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very welcoming. The training process was very inclusive, and the environment is fantastic

    Cons

    The insurance plan isn't the greatest, which can be explained by since we are an employee owned company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  10. "Managment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sammons Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    Great Culture with great benefits.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time


  11. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sammons Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work schedule, positive work environment, and great benefits!

    Cons

    none that I have right now


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