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Prudential Reviews

Updated 12 August, 2014
Updated 12 August, 2014
619 Reviews

3.3
619 Reviews
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Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld
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330 Ratings

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 23 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    World class employer; diverse, inclusive, and poised for even more growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Information Systems  in  Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Manager, Information Systems in Newark, NJ (US)

    Pros

    Leadership is committed to meeting market expectations, but also to the associates who drive that value. Management's tone at the top is that of diversity and inclusion, of ethical practices, and continued improvements. I've never had bad things to say about Prudential.

    Cons

    As opposed to the company's leaders, local management (mid-level) can be tone deaf and reactive. Tight budgets in one department may lead to quiet layoffs and eliminating talented staff who may have been better utilized. Other areas may have managers who may have been promoted to more senior positions, but never learned how to develop vision and strategy. The result is a wonderful company whose employees experiences' differ greatly depending on the management team. Work-life balance and other factors also vary by job type.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers often get promoted because they are good managers, but at some point the good ones pivot and begin leading. Building a successful team, department, division, segment, or company is about having a vision and executing plans toward it. It's also about getting associates to perform their best by keeping them engaged and inviting them to participate in creative ways. Prudential could do a better job emphasizing that "pivot" to Directors and above, and cultivating an environment where it is implemented consistently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is great to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Professional  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Professional in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Part of the rock, too big o fail. No matter who you are your voice is heard.

    Cons

    I would like to see more commercials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets make it a better household name through advertisements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    RS

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Actuary  in  Omaha, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Actuary in Omaha, NE (US)

    Pros

    Good Work Ethics, Growth, Location, Adaptability, Training

    Cons

    Tremendous Pressure, Long Hours, Pay, Permanence, Culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try Easing Out

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Welcoming Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Realtor  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Realtor in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Training is one of the best out there and Flexible hours

    Cons

    Not that many cons, besides slow activity in some markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company and benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales  in  Plymouth, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Plymouth, MN (US)

    Pros

    Had a Very good Benefits

    Cons

    Downsized at the tail end of the Great Recession - not based on production

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    It has been good so far, not really perfect.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Information Systems  in  Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Manager, Information Systems in Newark, NJ (US)

    Pros

    A lot of friendly people to work with. The salary is also competitive. It also create a lot of challenging atmosphere for folks who are interested in getting a lot of good skills and building up on experiences.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career advancements for a lot of IT employees. Also, some supervisors do not take time to understand their surbodinates better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training for employees is suggested. Upper management should work on creating more opportunities for career advancements and promotions for hard working individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Roseland, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Roseland, NJ (US)

    Pros

    Cares about it's employees, good work-life balance (flexible work schedule, telecommuting, etc.), great work culture, very ethical, good fitness center & fitness programs

    Cons

    Pay is probably average at best compared to most companies; should do more promoting from within rather than hiring so many external VP's that don't know the business as well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    place more value on employee performance through promotions and larger salary increases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Planning Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planning Specialist  in  Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Planning Specialist in Newark, NJ (US)

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits. Flexible hours. Good work life balance. Lots of room for advancement.

    Cons

    I should of negotiated a better salary. I feel under pay compare to my peers at other companies. Everyone has so much tenure. Most people I meet have been working with the company for 15 plus yeas. Which is a good thing but I must believe there is a lot of complacency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more new people a senior level!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work environment, great benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Pru was a nice place to work. The benefits for me were key, as I had two babies while working for the company. I was given great benefits and enjoyed a 6 month maternity leave.

    Cons

    I wish I could have had more flexibility in the job. Working from home part-time, or having flex time hours would have been really helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The Best Opportunity a Professional Could Ever Want!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Professional Associate  in  East Brunswick, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Professional Associate in East Brunswick, NJ (US)

    Pros

    Training..Training..Training!! Office Culture and Compensation

    I've read a number of negative reviews and found in my opinion that they must not have had a long term vision of what this Career should be. With any start-up practice you have to sacrifice in the short term to gain long term success. With that being said. Where can you start a 6 figure practice for less than a thousand dollars with a Billion dollar brand. My opinion for anyone thinking about becoming a Financial Services Associate is that if you want a 9-5 with the chance of being fired or downsized, this is not it. If you want freedom of a flexible schedule and income based on your own worth then fully commit to the opportunity and then judge.

    Cons

    If you do not have a hard work ethic and drive, this may not be for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be a resource for your reps and maybe think outside the box of what has been typically done for years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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