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Sun Life Reviews

Updated 20 January 2015
Updated 20 January 2015
326 Reviews
3.3
326 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    assistant actuary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    good work environment. Good compensation. people are very friendly. Will enjoy to work here.

    Cons

    sometimes could be very busy and need to overtime for a long period during quarter end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great work environment!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Abbotsford, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, very strong culture, involved in the community, awesome people

    Cons

    Commission based, lots of opportunity to make great money but you'll need to know that its not a salary or hourly position going in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Sun Life Financial is a solid company that treats its employees well.

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to mold individual career paths, internal posting is encouraged and can lead to success.

    Collaborative work environment

    Work/Life Balance.

    Overall compensation is better than average

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy.

    Weighing of cost versus benefit of doing work is sometimes out of balance. A lot of time is spent deriving answers to exactness, when time/energy would be better spent on bigger picture.

    Little turnover, which sometimes leads to non-productive individuals or areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Limited growth opportunities

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

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Work life balance
    -Good benefits
    -Management is OK
    -Majority of people there are nice

    Cons

    -Limited growth opportunities and career advancement
    -Future of company is unclear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Management should support employee's career development more and encourage growth opportunities. It sometimes feel as if management doesn't care at all.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

    Great location and environment to work at.

    Cons

    Poor or less than average training and support program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not for everyone.

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of $$$ if you know a lot of people and work really hard. Very good products and solutions that are marketable thanks to a strong household name.

    Cons

    High employee turnover. If you don't like sales, this is not for you. If you don't like rejection, this is not for you. If you don't have a tough stomach to say no to your superiors, this is not for you. If you believe that becoming an Advisor is your ticket to corporate down the road, this is not for you. Becoming an Advisor is the pinnacle of your career here and you are expected to stay with the company in this role until you retire. There is no up, down or sideways promotion wise (other than joining sales management which is a lot of the same thing and then some). You will make however much you put in with respect to your effort and the number of people you know and can connect with. You can easily make over a 100k in your first year or end up with a debit balance and actually owe the company money. Think of this as your business, be prepared to take a risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't push around your Advisors in order to meet your sales targets; properly interview candidates instead of just thinking about the number of people you will have under you; respect your Advisors' qualifications; provide better training; if you want to start acting professional and think we are no different than the banks then the culture needs to change; we need to move from a sales culture to a culture of respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Insurance/Investment Advisor

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Advisor in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Good training.

    Cons

    Commission-based. You pay for office space, phone, business card, etc. They say it's your business but the thing is you leave every client when you resign. High turnover. Management like you when you're up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay away from politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Stagnant Office Culture and Strong Politics

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    Former Employee - Customer Coordinator in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Coordinator in Lethbridge, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    - HSA/ benefits
    - 3 weeks paid time off
    - Co-workers were generally nice

    Cons

    Where do I even start with this company! I had a manager who couldn't be bothered with questions about pay, time off, stats, or benefits in general. The metrics used to measure your performance suggest that they are more concerned with getting customers off the phone quickly than actually helping them. Your manager is very concerned about your stats to ensure they get their bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on your people instead of just numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company. Constant changes in leadership provide limited growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, CT (US)

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    Conservative Canadian company with good benefits

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Many managers are detail oriented, and not big picture focused. They know their department and products, but don't know how to step back and be strategic in moving the company forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act on diversity. Time is spent talking about it, but the company does little to actively promote it. Just take a look at how homogenous the leadership is…..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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