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Sun Life Reviews

Updated 12 December 2014
Updated 12 December 2014
314 Reviews
3.2
314 Reviews
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Sun Life CEO Dean Connor
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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.  

    Great Experience

    Former Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting
    Former Employee - Human Resources/Recruiting

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    Excellent Employees
    Internal Opportunities
    Professional
    Comfortable Work Environment

    Cons

    I really enjoyed my time at Sun Life Financial, no cons

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture of hierarchy slows innovation

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

    I worked at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    New CEO who knows the employee benefits business, which the US firm has staked its future on. Open to data analytics and innovation from designated individuals.

    Cons

    Firm has staked its future on voluntary benefits, but has few innovative products to break into a market dominated by industry leaders. Low salaries, inconsistent meritocracy, few innovative employee benefits products, few industry leading divisions except stop-loss and international. Corporate culture is so top down and job security is so tenuous due to the new CEO, cost cutting goals, adn constant reorganization that there is no room for the needed culture of firm-wide innovation that would help insure success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward according to innovation and performance. Reduce hierarchical/top down approach to strategies. Encourage experimentation at all levels of the firm. Encourage the making of mistakes, instead of allowing only top management and favored managers to experiment with new ideas. This will reduce the tendency for higher executives -- or those favored by senior leadership -- to practice blaming those with lower titles when mistakes -- the perquisite for innovation-- occur.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financial Advisor Interview: A formal meeting with the Sales manager. Very general questions were asked.

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor

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

    Pros

    A very simple introduction, nothing like a serious interview. An online career profile was given to do. It took some time, next day I got a call from Co. that I passed my career profile and need to see them next day for my initial interview.

    Cons

    You have to clear your licence exam and invest a decent amount of money before start earning. Your pay checks will be based on your sales. This position is not for every one.

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    Review

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

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

    Great Benefits within the company

    Cons

    Strategy changes frequently in the company

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Excellent benefits, terrible management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Internal Sales in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Internal Sales in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits at this company were excellent, from vacation time to health care. Employees are great people who work hard and try to better the company.

    Cons

    Management at multiple positions do not have experience in the Employee Benefits Industry. The Internal desk has 4 managers, none of which know the products or industry, as they all started in 2013. They do not know what is best for the company because they have not been in the industry long enough, makes for some frustrating decisions. Head of Internal "Sales" team is a lifelong underwriter with 0 sales experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the product and industry trends instead of micro-managing dial numbers. Promote and hire people from within the industry who know the trends and approach to selling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a good place for beginner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work pace is not fast and you have a good balance of life and work. They have rotation program and you can take advantage of it to have experience of different jobs.

    Cons

    Pay is low and the career path is not so clear, and the promotion could be very slow sometime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It waswa good internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Intern in Newton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Newton, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good co workers to work with

    Cons

    It can get busy, but that's not reallly a con sometimes haha

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great corporate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - On-Site Support Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - On-Site Support Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sun Life as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - amazing corporate culture
    - everyone was interested in helping new employees succeed and would help each other with workloads.
    - very nice and accommodating managers.
    - very competitive salary

    Cons

    - very bureaucratic, so hard to get ideas to the forefront and actually implemented,.
    - lots of job shifts, so hard to keep in touch with old managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interview process

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

    I worked at Sun Life

    Pros

    Promises during interview process however did not transpire.

    Cons

    During interview process always ask for a written offer going through the steps of your interview

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Boring. Crappy company.

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

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

    Pros

    -good work life balance
    -people are generally really nice

    Cons

    -slow moving
    -not for ambitious people
    -where dreams go to die

    Approves of CEO

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