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Prudential Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.3 596 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld

John R. Strangfeld

(312 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is good but still depends on what team you belong(in 80 reviews)

  • Good benefits package - new employees are still eligible for a pension(in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance of sales will drive most to leave within the first few years(in 24 reviews)

  • 15 appoiuntments unless is is your personal friends and family(in 7 reviews)

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    Good Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Shelton, CT (US)

    ProsGood culture, benefits, location, overall great group of people.

    ConsInternal hiring makes it difficult to gain perm. employment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Contract Specialist

    Contract Specialist (Former Employee) Roseland, NJ (US)

    ProsGreat place to work! Pru really stretches you outside your comfort zone. Pru build leaders at all levels. Loved working for Prudential.

    ConsJob outsourced to India. So so sad

    Advice to Senior Managementincreased pay is always great!

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    Solid Intern Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible and understanding management. Solid education and development. Pay was very good compared to the industry.

    ConsOffice was a little bit sluggish, but it improved during my experience there. May just be cyclical.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best Place To Start A Career

    Financial Professional (Current Employee) Irvine, CA (US)

    ProsAs a Financial Professional, you have a ton of freedom, both with your time as well as the type of practice you wish to build. You are primarily paid via commission, so the sky is the limit. Training is considered to be some of the best in the industry. Benefits are amazing - 401(k) match, stock purchase plans, life, health, disability insurance, etc.

    ConsSometimes having a ton of freedom can feel like no one cares until you have closed a big deal. This also harbors feelings that no one is guiding you down the right path to success. Rather they are just patting you on the back when you do something good, because they are earning a commission when you sell. When you look at the commission structure versus an independent broker, you really should be getting more guidance. The fact that you are paid via commission also has it's pitfalls when you don't get paid. Costs up-front to become an advisor can be a challenge for some when you factor in the life and health insurance exam, series 6 & 63 study material and exams, fingerprints, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more engaged with new and veteran hires. Your job isn't over just because an agent made it through training, or has had a few years of success.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPrudential offers great benefits, fair salaries, work life balance and a lot of extra benefits you will only find at a large organization.

    ConsYou will find the typical office politics often found at large organizations with a diverse group of employees. In some of the departments you will also find the favoritism obstacle in advancement.

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    Your experience will vary.

    Director (Current Employee) Woodbridge, NJ (US)

    ProsGood benefits package - new employees are still eligible for a pension. Many people can find a good work life balance. If you need to work long hours on a project, you can usually do it from home.

    ConsHighly controlled environment tends to stifle quick solutions and creativity. Difficult to move between departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow employees more flexibility to use outside, internet, tools to perform their job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Newark, NJ (US)

    ProsGood pay; flexible hours; tuition reimbursement as soon as you start; good location; company provides a lot of training opportunities

    Consit depends on what department you get into; some departments are not open to change and this can sometimes cause conflict; not all departments participate in the flex schedule.

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

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    Great overall company, but depending on what group and organization you are in, growth could be limited.

    Investment Analyst (Current Employee) Roseland, NJ (US)

    Pros- Good pay
    - Flexibility
    - Promotes talent internally

    Cons- Certain areas are stifled in terms of growth, which trickles down to the employees within that group.
    - A little too much status is given to higher ups.

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

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    Great company with poor management

    Operstions (Current Employee) Portland, TX (US)

    ProsGreat benefits
    Flexible hours
    Strong salary
    The company is always working to improve itself and its environment

    ConsVery poor management- if you are a go getter and looking to advance, then you will want to look elsewhere. Management should not be able to

    So many opportunities are only in NJ so if you don't want to go to NJ then you have very few options to advance

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake action against managers when issues/concerns are voiced. People leave when they feel they don't have a voice and they aren't getting the support they need.

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    It's pretty good, but not without flaws.

    Actuary (Current Employee) Newark, NJ (US)

    ProsGreat health, dental, and vision care. In fact, all their benefits are pretty good. You get a lot of PTO, too, and working from home is encouraged. Prudential really does care about helping you get the rest of the stuff in life out of the way so you can perform your best when you're on the clock.

    ConsSalaries are pretty low for the work and region. Just about everyone I know outside of Pru is getting paid more than me.

    Big focus on doing something in the "Prudential way", even if that's admitted to be inefficient. Results in some clunky, inefficient procedures that waste asssociates time.

    Tech standards are WAY outdated - we're still on Lotus Notes for crying out loud! The firewalls and Internet blocking policies are ineffective and condescending, too. Sometimes they block you from getting to information that'd help you at work, and if people really want to slack off, they'll just find another way to do it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove our IT systems into the 21st century. It's only slowing us down.

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

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