CNO Financial Group

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CNO Financial Group Reviews

Updated 26 September, 2014
Updated 26 September, 2014
48 Reviews
2.5
48 Reviews
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CNO Financial Group CEO and Director Edward J. (Ed) Bonach
Edward J. (Ed) Bonach
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  1.  

    Working hard is different than working smart- these guys work hard

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  Carmel, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Carmel, IN (US)

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are looking for a company that pays well, the people are nice and you can glide through your day without having to work hard, then this is the place for you. If you are motivated and show signs of competence, the sky is the limit on how much you can take on. So far, the company has been pretty good about leveraging open-source projects as well and migrating off IBM websphere in favor or Tomcat.

    Cons

    The company is currently focused on moving all IT to offshore.
    The company incentive program consists of a gift store, you can pick things out of. Examples( Cno branded pens, shirts, off-brand watches, purses, etc). They also rolled out a magnet board. So now you can earn magnets. There is not incentive pay or stock options, etc.
    This company still runs on Mainframes.

    This company is the opposite of agile. Their SDLC process is governed by a home-grown project management/workflow system that pushes 85% of the manual tasks, back on the developer. Many of the tasks could be automated. For example: When I deploy something to production, I have to log into a website and put the date the package deployed. This is just one step of many.

    Project managers are AWFUL. All they do is take notes. They are never in the trenches with you. Instead they stand on top of the trench and throw more dirt on you. They setup meetings, assign work, and then ride you. They never help team members overcome any challenges and none of them have a technical background, so they do not understand the notes they take.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top priority- get rid of SAFE and put something in place that fits naturally into a developers day/work. Start at dev, and not with Testing or BAs. Development is the center of of the whole sdlc process, yet it is treated as an afterthought when creating new processes. Buy a tool. Do not think we are so special in our needs, that we need some custom app. Get rid of HP QC and get something that integrates more easily with the PM tool you are going to buy. Or just buy a PM tool that includes defect tracking in it.

    Get off the mainframes. Mainframe talent is retiring or dying out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President  in  Carmel, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President in Carmel, IN (US)

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    work life balance, relaxed environment,

    Cons

    no long term perspective. Benefits especially health insurance really sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a long term pan and stick to it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    lonely place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group

    Pros

    interesting work, nice location,

    Cons

    no career advancement, one feels isolated.

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  5.  

    Hard to get things done

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNO Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    Located in a nice city. Some jobs do not demand much effort. Go along to get along. Many talented co-workers.

    Cons

    Mostly reverse of the pros.
    Many jobs are extremely difficult to complete to to conflicting or non-existent processes.
    To get positive visibility by always agree with management.
    Incredibly inept management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove and replace all management at the EVP, SVP and VP levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNO Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    CNO offers a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Benefits are not great. Promotions seem hard to get as there are limited spaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider focusing more on strategic objectives and less on the details of execution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Audit Intern  in  Carmel, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Internal Audit Intern in Carmel, IN (US)

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It was a good environment. No major complaints. Great compensation. Overall, it was the best place I have worked

    Cons

    If you like to stay busy this is not the place for you. There was an abundance of time allowed for tasks and a ton of down time.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dead end

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

    I worked at CNO Financial Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many of the people below manager are friendly and great to work with.

    Cons

    Managers are inept and manage by fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying you work through teamwork, recognize that your teams are really cliques and change the culture. Likewise, stop obfuscating information with the PowerPoint charts. Most of those have too much meaningless information. Let your managers do their jobs and don't micro-manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    good people to work with

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

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    work life balance / WFH facility / Strong on Project Management

    Cons

    Lot of legacy systems / Best practices not followed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simply cutting on cost will not bring growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Claims Adjuster

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Adjuster  in  Carmel, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Claims Adjuster in Carmel, IN (US)

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A lot of overtime. Know what to expect in each job. Work autonomous. Diverse group of people. Very little supervision. Good computer systems available to do the job. Good help desk service. Can work at home and job flexibility.

    Cons

    Low wages. There is a lot of politics in order to move up. Not a friendly atmosphere. High turnover at all levels. Lower level positions are low wages. Top down type management structure. They want employees to give feedback but are not too receptive to criticism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower level positions need better raises and bonuses. Management needs to be more open to new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't look for advancement, no room

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

    I have been working at CNO Financial Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are many good caring people other than management

    Cons

    Performance review is a joke, managers are inept, very political, pay raises 0 - 1%, not team oriented, very cliquish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved with your staff to understand what they need to do their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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