Prudential Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
658 Reviews
3.4
658 Reviews
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Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is good but still depends on what team you belong (in 89 reviews)

  • Good benefits package - new employees are still eligible for a pension (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance of sales will drive most to leave within the first few years (in 25 reviews)

  • 15 appoiuntments unless is is your personal friends and family (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    It's a family after all

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Prudential (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly good people doing the "right thing." Decent benefits. Treat associates like adults. Good work/life balance. Supportive - depending on area - of career development and advancement.

    Cons

    Sometimes promote people who ought not be; because someone does their job well does not always translate into being able to manage others that way. Similarly, some people stick around longer than they should. Inconsistent across enterprise with on-boarding; some areas do it well, others not at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let operational initiatives and prerogatives drive the business. Let the dog (continue to) wag the tail.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with great employee benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Prudential full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, good employee benefits.

    Cons

    Administrative roles finding different role opportunities within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Part time work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Realty in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Global Realty in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Prudential full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great agency and leadership in metro Atlanta.

    Cons

    Not understand my global focus Also in mid of real estate crisis, closed office in my area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at global business opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Overall excellent experience, although I was laid off after more than 10 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Relationship Manager in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President, Relationship Manager in Newark, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits and work/life balance. Management is very supportive of work/life balance including telecommuting, occasional work from home, varied schedule, work in an alternate location, etc. Senior Management is very strong, as evidenced by Prudential's journey through the 2008 financial crisis.

    Cons

    Quick to hire and quick to fire. Prudential is very overfunded in their pension, so they are not hesitant to do lay offs and pay out severance. Most of the time, this occurs because you happen to be in the wrong business unit, or organization. Or.... your work is outsourced. What they don't do, is try to get you placed in anticipation of a lay off. Recently over 100 were laid off, yet there were over 600 jobs advertised internally. This is clearly an opportunity for HR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    OK

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prudential

    Pros

    Provided great benefits and a nice work environment

    Cons

    Promotions were non-existent without a degree

  7.  

    One of the most difficult careers to succeed, but can also be one of the most rewarding.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Springfield, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Springfield, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    One of the best life experiences, career development and training programs are a major plus. Benefits, both retirement and current employee benefits a plus. Helping clients reach their goals, retirement, and protecting their families is by far the best part of the job.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours, very little pay in first 4-5 years. Company says 20% make it 4 years, personal experience showed its less than 5%, it might be more like 20% who make it 4 years survive the career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and compensate local management and staff more for keeping employees 2+ years instead of giving the majority or their pay and bonuses for recruitment of new reps and for their 1st years production. All it's done is increased the turnover and given the company a reputation for throwing their sales reps to the wolves the day their 1st year is over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company Reputation, but read the fine print ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prudential

    Pros

    Prudential has 98% name/brand recognition, so it's great to be associated with that type of clout. Prudential also offers great benefits to employees and their philanthropy efforts are to be applauded.

    Cons

    Be sure to read the fine print! Depending on what type of job you accept it could mean the poor house! Corporate or staff positions at any location will supply a great career opportunity. Agency Distribution and Professional Financial Associate (sales) positions AVOID. You end up buying leads, even from Prudential! Position is 100% commission and you are asked to be/do everything from 200+phone calls/week, lead generation, business canvassing, administration and even, after 2 years, pay for your cube. Forget the promise of top-notch training! Overlook promises of $90,000 your second year! Again read the fine print.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A new business model needs to be put into place at Prudential.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learning Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ (US)

    I worked at Prudential full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Ability to work on a vast amount of high level projects

    Cons

    Limited resources, haste project requests

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An Excellent Employer

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

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

    Pros

    Prudential was an excellent place to work. They value diversity. They respect all employees. They place ethical behavior & practices in high regard. They instill in you the importance and value in respecting Customers. I worked there for 15 years and grew to understand, respect, and appreciate them as a company. I would highly recommend seeking them out if you feel you would be a good fit.

    Cons

    Things sometimes take time to change. Think of the analogy of the time and effort it takes to take a huge ocean liner to change course. Certain things can and must get done quickly. However many things take a fair amount of time to come around and change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being open to creative and even divergent thinkers and their opinions. Genius was never found standing in line - following the pack. Genius contributions are often found in places (people) with the rough edges. "It's the grain of sand, the irritant, that stimulates the pearl." Keep that in mind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Prudential (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Place to Work and good management

    Cons

    Need more attention to detail

    Recommends

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