Sun Life Reviews

Updated 19 October, 2014
Updated 19 October, 2014
299 Reviews
3.3
299 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)

  • once you hit mid career, opportunities for advancement evaporate (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    IS WAS A GOOD EXPERIENCE

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Windsor, ON
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Windsor, ON

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

    Pros

    To improving your sales experience

    Cons

    pay base on commission

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Okay experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Call Service Representative in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Call Service Representative in Montreal, QC

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

    Pros

    Amazing People, good formation. Good benefits

    Cons

    Boring job, means customers, lots of pressure. Feeling in jail.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Slow moving structured organization

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    • 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

    Slow pace leads to good work - life balance, competitive salaries

    Cons

    IT environment is outdated, IT skills will become unmarketable. Little ability to make positive change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great culture, very friendly people, very professional

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst (Actuaries) in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Actuarial Analyst (Actuaries) in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Job security
    - Good benefits
    - Great people
    - Cares about the community and has a lot of employee programs and employer matching contribution programs

    Cons

    - Work life balance can be an issue at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I have been working at Sun Life

    Pros

    friendly culture; nice co-workers; we have rotation program for new hires; basically every two years you will be rotated to a new role

    Cons

    Some teams are very busy, some teams require you to have strong technical skills, there are no as many social events as consulting firms

  7.  

    Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisor in London, ON
    Current Employee - Advisor in London, ON

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

    Pros

    Great way to help clients with their insurance needs, products are very solid.

    Cons

    100% sales, only measurable is sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be good to all your hires

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

    Learning is continous

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Client Services in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work from home options, flexible hours and good people

    Cons

    Depending on management and location there is limited advancement and growth.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An innovative insurance company with a strong ability to gain market share through differentiation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Director in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    The culture, people, and constant move to innovate makes it an every-changing environment.

    Cons

    Like everywhere - politics and overlapping portfolios makes it difficult to get things done at times

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

    Company that doesn't care for it's people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Centre Manager in Brampton, ON
    Former Employee - Financial Centre Manager in Brampton, ON

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

    Pros

    The only pro is that no matter what other job you take up after leaving Sun Life, you will feel good about it.

    Cons

    Promotions are biased. The Regional VPs are immature and get into this position in their early 30's as other successful managers don't want to take the income drop. They feel threatened by Financial Centre Managers who are much more experienced and qualified by them, and end up trying to get rid of them and replacing them with other young, less qualified managers. The severance package given to these long-serving managers is the provincial minimum at 1 week for every year of service. One has to sue the company to get what you rightfully deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that HR conduct exit interviews with all Financial Centre Managers who are let go after being with the company for over 10 years, as they are losing a lot of valuable experience at the cost of satisfying egos for these young, biased Regional VPs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Strong and reputable company but little opportunity for advancement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LTD Case Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - LTD Case Manager in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stock purchase, Annual bonus based on performance, SOME flexibility to work from home.

    They also never hire referrals, well rarely anyway.

    Cons

    Once you are in a position you have little opportunities for movement. High volume of caseload with no ability to claim overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be supportive of your telecomuters, allow them the same opportunities as you in office workers. Work life balance is something you claim is important but the actions do not support that.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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