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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.  

    Great work environment!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Abbotsford, BC
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Abbotsford, BC

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    assistant actuary

    • 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

    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
  3.  

    Work Environment

    • 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 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
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  5.  

    Not for everyone.

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

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (less than an 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
  6.  

    Stagnant Office Culture and Strong Politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Coordinator in Lethbridge, AB
    Former Employee - Customer Coordinator in Lethbridge, AB

    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
  7.  

    Insurance/Investment Advisor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advisor in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Advisor in Burnaby, BC

    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
  8.  

    I really love working at Sun Life Financial.

    • 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

    They offer a really great work environment!

    Cons

    Raise potential could be higher.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 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.

  10.  

    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
    Former Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in Waterloo, ON

    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
  11.  

    Great corporate culture

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

    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

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