Sun Life Reviews

Updated 17 April 2015
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Sun Life CEO Dean Connor
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Pros
  • Variety of experience; good benefits (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexibility and work environment are extremely positive (in 19 reviews)

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

  • Not many opportunities for advancement, Salary increases very minimal, too many senior managers (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Financial advisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Sun Life

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good balance persona life-professional life

    Cons

    New advisors have to pay the rent of the office, telephone, internet, and other expenses

  2. Wonderful working experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst

    I worked at Sun Life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for.
    Some folks have great knowledge
    Very helpful management.

    Cons

    Insecurity of the contract.
    Some perks should be given to contractors as well.

  3. Great work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Wellesley Hills, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Wellesley Hills, MA (US)

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful employees, nice office space, flexible hours, great company values.

    Cons

    Some antiquated systems still in place.

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  5. Nice company to work with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong growth on man power, expanding Hong Kong, Phillippines, Vietnam and basically all over Asia or Asia Pacific region

    Cons

    Lack in advertisement, company products lag behind market sometimes, have to restructure the product team in my opinion

    Advice to Management

    Put more resources on advertisement, product research team, to update products faster and put up more competitive products in time is very important

  6. Advisor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Sun Life as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    To sell life insurance and investments etc. you need to gain various licences i.e. Lifetime License Qualification Program or Mutual Funds the co. is very supportive although with the LLQP you have to buy your own books $300.
    I assume management is greatly motivated to get one licensed & contracted however once this honeymoon period is over and you have exhausted your $ 2000 signing bonus and $5000 establishment account without deep pockets you are on your own.

    Cons

    Pure COMMISSION here is the culprit of early termination because as an advisor affiliated with a Financial Centre you are billed for any office space including the rabbit hutch artificial light cubicles, errors & omissions Ins. phones, faxes, brochures, coffee, social fund and group plan benefits not forgetting the $ 2000 laptop. The FC is run as a profit centre in itself, SLF will charge monthly for social media management and secure smartphone access etc. even the Christmas party or FC golf game.

    Advice to Management

    Firstly YOU have to really believe in Life Insurance to sell it ?
    As management I would put all advisors on a minimum hourly wage monitor their time and structure performance bonuses as a team so everyone helps each other and forget about the billing for office space etc. save the social fund. I would however most probably be more selective on my recruiting criteria. And generally I believe Sun Life Financial would gain greatly if they had more of a highstreet presence similiar to a bank that gets walk in traffic and not waste so much time and pressure getting advisors to cold call, there are better ways to generate leads.

  7. Average

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - JPA in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - JPA in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work culture
    supportive environment
    low pressure of work

    Cons

    low quality work
    less chances of growth
    stagnant people

    Advice to Management

    should improve quality of work

  8. Great inclusive environment for learning and growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wellesley, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wellesley, MA (US)

    I worked at Sun Life

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with genuinely want to help you grow professionally and see you succeed.

    Cons

    The company is a little old fashioned in their processes and the way things are managed

    Advice to Management

    Give people the ability to be innovative and really own their work

  9. Anayst

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job principles.
    Amazig work culture
    Work from home
    No problem with leaves

    Cons

    Low quality of work
    Terrible middle management

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication
    Review Managers behaviours

  10. Helpful (2)

    Mixed Feelings

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

    I worked at Sun Life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Field offices are work from home
    -Friendly co-workers
    -Organized HR Department
    -Good benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    -Disorganized and constantly changing service model
    -Too many internal computer systems resulting in time consuming, frustrating issue resolution for clients
    -Micromanagers
    -Layoffs galore, employment is unstable

  11. Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - good work life balance
    - good pay, good benefits
    - good for people who are ready to settle and wait for retirement

    Cons

    - stagnant company with limited growth prospect
    - work is very syloed
    - limited opportunity for growth and personal improvement
    - overstaffed

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees with greater opportunities for learning and growth
    Foster a culture of feedback

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