MassMutual Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
301 Reviews
3.2
301 Reviews
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MassMutual Chairman, President, and CEO Roger W. Crandall
Roger W. Crandall
126 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good compensation if you produce, friendly work environment (in 12 reviews)

  • Great Benefits along with exam reimbursements if you are in the Actuarial Student Program (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • They try to convince you that success relies in making friends and family become your clients (in 8 reviews)

  • Older culture, try to use your connections for their own, no salary (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company with great products and great ethics

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    Current Employee - Staff  in  Anaheim, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff in Anaheim, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    For a commissioned agent, Mass Mutual is the company to work for. You work for Mass Mutual directly. Great commissions and benefits. Great product line up and a very high premium placed on ethics.

    Cons

    Company works on a General Agency basis. Each office is in affect a franchise and each General Agent has leeway in how he or she operates. The GA definitely sets the tone of the office. If you looking at Mass Mutual you should definitely interview with different GAs (there are three in the Los Angeles / Orange County area). Also, staff positions works for the GA, not the company. Therefore salary and benefits can vary greatly from office to office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local staff should have access to home office benefits. (Note - the city listed below is not the actual city. Don't want to give away my office).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty busy but nice internship experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MassMutual as an intern

    Pros

    - People are all very friendly and willing to give you work
    - Except work, they also provided decent training

    Cons

    - Not flexible enough
    - Corner office

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Agent Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MassMutual

    Pros

    Fly-in and training for Blue Chip sales agents, same holiday schedule as staff, short commute, centralized location, nice building

    Cons

    "Mad Men" 1960s good old boy mentality among agents.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as good as it used to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MassMutual full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Close to home, cafe is ok

    Cons

    Bad management, inconsistent evaluations, worsening work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't read this anyway but there really aren't all of those work from opportunities, health benefits just ok.

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

    Financial Advisor

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor  in  Harrisburg, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Harrisburg, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good training, and strong back office.

    Cons

    Long hours with little reward many months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    extensive training

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MassMutual full-time

    Pros

    decent pay, decent benefits, there is a lot to take from peers and network, multiple satellite locations, team work and effort

    Cons

    training is long, tedious and a bit overwhelming, there is a lot of information that is covered and must catch on fast to be successful in position, serious call volume with an array of participant issues, 11 vacay days, 3 personal, 3 sick, must rollover 40 of those hours, scheduling is not the best

  8.  

    Call Center

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I have been working at MassMutual full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Vacation time
    Training
    New building/environment

    Cons

    Poor medical
    If you do get sick it is very frowned upon to actually use the sick time.
    Systems are very unorganized.
    Management puts more focus on revenue generating incentives than providing accurate/quality customer service
    When mistakes are made in other departments you are the front line for those customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was an interesting experience working at MassMutual as an intern; however, I was mostly stuck making copies.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at MassMutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    From my observation the commission for agents is pretty competitive with other financial services companies. I think is one is looking for a career in sales, MassMutual would be a good place for them.

    Cons

    Some employees told me that the only perk of working at MassMutual longterm was that they get one more day of vacation each year, and that's about it. I saw some agents become managers; however, I do not think that their salary increased (actually, it might have decreased).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Company needs to revise compensation program. Constant turnover because of low and inconsistent pay.

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    Former Employee - Financial Services Professional  in  Scottsdale, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Services Professional in Scottsdale, AZ (US)

    I worked at MassMutual full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Overall good company with a good public reputation.

    Cons

    Compensation and training are poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put together at base pay plus commission compensation package and a much more comprehensive training 3 month program. Doing this would increase the overall professionalism of the organization and it would develop much stronger and knowledgable CAREER Agents. Hiring anyone who has a perceived good warm market and then depleting this warm market over a year or so is not conducive to building a strong organization of seasoned and professional Agents. Most Agents don't stay with company more than a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Like working unpaid overtime? This may be your kind of place!

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    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter

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

    Pros

    Financially strong company. Great reputation in industry for paying claims. I hear that employees in non-production related roles don't have to work as much overtime.

    Cons

    With the economic downturn around 2008, like many companies, MassMutual stopped filling positions that became vacant due to attrition. Managers told the employees in production environments that they would simply have to get the work done with the staff they had left. They then began requiring staff to work X# of hours/ week of unpaid overtime. This has spiraled into an unfortunate work environment where the employees have to put in 5, 10, even 15 hours per week of unpaid overtime, on a regular basis, almost year-round. There is no way that you can work here and have a normal family life or social life. You can work 12 hours/ day all week and then still be told on Friday that you have to put in 5 more hours on Saturday. Huge sales contest every Sept-Dec- OT is even worse, vacation time not really permitted. Everyone in this type of role is trying to leave.
    Health benefits are sub-par.
    Ridiculous open work environments (no cubicle walls) to promote collaboration, even in roles where this is not appropriate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the enormous bonuses senior leaders are being paid a bit so you can afford to hire enough employees to manage the work and have a life. You are relying on your staff to work excessive free overtime as your normal way of managing business. Don't say you value work/life balance when your management philosophy proves your don't. As the economy improves, more and more people will be leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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