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Sun Life Reviews

Updated 13 December, 2017
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Pros
  • I am allowed to work from home a couple days which helps because I live pretty far away (in 40 reviews)

  • Very much support a telecommuting work situation good benefits (in 61 reviews)

Cons
  • There should be right people management by the managers or senior management teams (in 20 reviews)

  • Lack of sustainable growth opportunities (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "For a company that provides benefits, Sun Life falls short"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is a great company to work fir - flex hours and agile work environment (read: work from home), support in work and learning, pension matching, bonuses are actually paid every year, etc.

    Cons

    For a company that provides benefits, I expected the health & dental plan to be outstanding. Don't get me wrong, the plan is good...but I've had better with other employers (who weren't insurers). My plan doesn't even cover the premiums for 100% medical and dental for a single employee, let alone family coverage!

    The company brags about being a great place to work for young people. However, only 6 weeks of mat leave top up are provided - really? How is this going to support young families?

    Pay for CPAs is not at market level. Staff know they are being underpaid and it is discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Increase mat leave top up to minimum 17 weeks to be in line with other employers that offer top up.

    Do a salary survey and increase CPA/finance salaries to match market levels.

    Increase monthly flex credits when plan coverage changes from single to couple/family.


  2. "Manager, Best Practices"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Best Practice Process in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Manager, Best Practice Process in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sun Life Global Investments provides an opportunity to be apart of a start up company allowing individuals to where many hats.

    Cons

    Centralized training and quality management practices limits the business expertise in delivering training.

    Advice to Management

    Seek industry participation to define mutual fund manufacturer practices.


  3. "Good place to work but limited upward mobility"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, Operational Risk in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, Operational Risk in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sun Life is a great and safe place to learn. It has a huge amount of diversity in business lines, so if you want there is a lot of knowledge to gain.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up as there is not a high turnover rate. In addition, depending on the business line there a reluctance to change, people have been in their jobs for 20+ years and "that's the way they've always done it" mentality is present.

    Advice to Management

    There is an acceptance of the status quo that needs to be removed to drive improvement. Additionally, the incentive structure doesn't encourage employees to challenge the status quo.


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  5. "Medical Underwriter"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Underwriter in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Medical Underwriter in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time

    Pros

    Great team, great culture,good support from management

    Cons

    Hard to move up, low pay


  6. "Sun Life"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best people to work with! So much flexibility!

    Cons

    There are no down sides.


  7. "Be prepared to accept status quo"

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    Former Employee - Distribution and Marketing in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Distribution and Marketing in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big company so in that you get some great people, variety of opportunities, and a really high quality end product that the company offers to Canadians.

    Cons

    The culture doesn’t support performers. Status quo is encouraged and getting along with everyone and navigating the politics is top priority.

    Advice to Management

    The biggest change you could make is changing the incentive system which forces modestly- performing teams. Performance is capped and the lip service paid to high performance culture gets lost. It’s ironic how much talk there is about high performance culture. If it existed I doubt you’d have to talk about it so much.


  8. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Marketing in Waterloo, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sun Life (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits program and pay are reasonable
    Nice facilities in most buildings

    Cons

    Expect to work over time unpaid
    Can be a stressful work environment depending on the area
    Lots of employees from the tech sector- can be "clicky" if not from Waterloo area
    Parking is a problem for new people for up to 5 yrs


  9. "Sun Life Financial Advisor Owen Sound"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Owen Sound, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Owen Sound, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to work, competitive compensation structure
    Joint field work are done for first 3 months with Managers
    Worklife balance

    Cons

    First 2 years are lot of hard work in order to become stable in the business


  10. "Great place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisor in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Advisor in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Life full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic culture and support from local managers and head office

    Cons

    Unclear path to advancement if one wants to move up in the company. First few years are a grind as your building your business.


  11. "Senior Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Life full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    Need to work on retaining employee

    Advice to Management

    Get better at employee planning


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