Unum Group

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Unum Group Reviews

Updated Mar 20, 2014
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3.5 111 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Unum Group President, CEO, and Director Tom Watjen

Tom Watjen

(76 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent benefits, generally provides good work-life balance, some areas provide nice advancement opportunities (in 9 reviews)

  • Strong benefits package and lots of paid time off (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • anything good you hear about this company is from upper management or a "teachers pet" (in 5 reviews)

  • Like any large company the bureaucracy does drag somewhat, but it is not a major problem (in 4 reviews)

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    Client Service Manager

    Director, Client Management (Former Employee)

    ProsVery good benefit package, lot of tenure in departments other than sales.

    ConsOutdated technology, sales office very segregated (sales vs admin) , inexperienced management, way too much favoritism and bias.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpdate technology. Really be honest about the run away power sales managers have. Change sales interview process, too many decision makers.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Career opportunities are limited and senior management is out of touch.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Glendale, CA (US)

    ProsFlexible work schedule. Work/Life Balance.

    ConsNo room for growth! Limited career opportunities in Glendale. Senior management is out of touch.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unrealistic expectations with respect to work load. Working atmosphere is punitive.

    Clinical Consultant (Former Employee) Glendale, CA (US)

    ProsPTO, health insurance and retirement options are decent.

    ConsDepartment managers are highly critical and offer little praise for a job well done. On an almost daily basis it is and was impossible to take breaks or a full lunch hour due to the unrealistic work load. My manager who has since been demoted operated from the CYA point of view and would throw anyone under the bus to save his skin.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnum has a low morale problem due to management's poor attitude. Work on supporting your team members, teaching where needed, and show appreciation for the hard work which is done on a daily basis.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too much work and too much stress

    Disability Benefit Specialist (Current Employee) Portland, ME (US)

    ProsThe pay is good and they do have a fairly in depth training program.

    ConsThe job isn't really how they represent it and there is a large burnout ratio in new employees. They also tend to change everything around on a monthly basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some stability and communicate more effectively what the job will be. Try to bridge the gap between the training room and the real job a bit better as everything seems to change on a day to day basis.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Loved the company until the Provident takeover.

    Sales Consultant (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsGood working conditions and excellent benefits and pay but you really work for them.

    ConsCompany is restructuring and cutting back on customer service, as well as all other areas of the company. Constant pressure to bring in new business. Atmosphere is that any employee can be replaced if performance or sales slip. Sales employees sell all products (group/voluntary/individual) instead of being an expert in one line. At the end of each year, you expect another round of downsizing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop running the company like a fast-food restaurant. Bring back quality instead of focusing only on quantity. With this restructure, you are losing many loyal, knowledgeable, and experienced employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cut throat working environment

    Lead Disability Benefits Specialist (Former Employee) Glendale, CA (US)

    ProsGenerous benefit package and decent pay. They serve free good quality coffee to employees and frequently have cake!

    ConsUnfriendly atmosphere in the office I worked at. Most employees under constant stress due unrealistically heavy work load. Management is cut throat and targets employees for firing rather than assisting them to succeed. The company was found guilty of closing claims by quota a few years ago. Since then they were under strict guidelines from DOI. They made workers go through unbelievable hoops to get their work product out. The "close the claim" mindset was still present among some of the management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow a heart and get rid of the sharks in middle management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A Mixed Bag

    Manager (Current Employee) Portland, ME (US)

    ProsGood compensation and generous time off

    ConsOver the last three to four years the company has scrambled to change things constantly to fix and adjust to the economy. As a result it's been a 100% over kill on results at any cost and middle leaders have put an huge burden and pressure on employees to do more with less and be happy about it. Candor is not a reality at all. The middle management leaders will take a professionally candid comment in the appropriate setting and use that to decide who stays and who goes when downsizing. I've seen it happen and it definately makes people put their heads down and just work as much as they can to avoid being "off the list". The comments about having 7 manager in 7 years is reality in many of the operations and benefits areas as reorgs and strategies change every 6-12 months and you have to stop and start on your development, your goals and revalidate your results with new leadership. this is driving a very unhealthy competitive environment where employees are backstabing others to try to ensure they are viewed as a top employee. In most cases meeting goals can mean no raise. And to meet goals you work well over 40 hours a week. Every cent for development has been taken away for Managers and below. I buy my own paper to ensure I have some. A lot of talent is being lost due to new managers coming in and listening to others opinions. So the key is to stay below the radar and keep your comments about improvements to yourself or your immediate family.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople managements needs to be just as high as a priority in Operations as results are. People need to feel valued and they'll go that extra mile. Militant Leadership will not get us to exceed our goals. It's really scary on the ground, I wish you could really see that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    For Ten Years Politics has been 75% of the Job.

    Systems Consultant (Current Employee) Portland, ME (US)

    ProsUnum has a great benefits package. You receive double the amount of vacation days an employee will typically get from a company, outside of the insurance industry. Bonus incentive program for all employees. Work from home option. Onsite company gyms. Family friendly event ticket giveaways to minor league sporting events. Great training opportunities. Great programs for employees who are very involved in community service activities, outside of United Way donations, you as an individual can leverage Unum’s charitable giving, for a cause you are passionate about. Great management/HR support for internal job opportunities posted, leadership programs, and mentorships. Great CEO and CFO leadership, the company is in good hands. Job security.

    ConsWorking for a large insurance company is as soul crushing and joyless as it sounds. Managers are a bunch of talking heads, that provide little insight, and will drag you into an endless series of meetings, only to state generic, and painfully obvious statements, like “technology is important to the company’s growth.” The perception of your importance is the only thing that matters, and is solely based on your manager’s opinion of you, which can often be an emotional rollercoaster. As a result of this, you can never be honest, even on an “anonymous” work environment survey. The recognition/award system leaves a lot to be desired. The awards and recognitions are cheesy, and seen as a way of snubbing other employees/managers/teams/departments, and often go to the biggest toadies. Management not only encourages an extremely competitive environment, but drills it into your work culture with “everyone must be a leader” commitments, which has everyone competing for funny money, and 1% yearly cost-of-living increases. Work morale is low, as employees feel overworked, overtired, and unappreciated. Half the managers are megalomaniacs, who fly on the corporate jet a couple of times a year, to attend meetings catered by a low-grade foodservice. Which as an employee, you will receive emails, about the available food scraps you may have, after managers are done picking through them. You will go to one “corporate outing” a year, which is more of a mandatory attendance/forced event rather than an event employees look forward to, this overshadows the spirit and effort of it all. All of this is considered the “Unum culture”, and will be shoved down your throat, with the attitude of “you are lucky to get even that” and “look for a new job.” All of this may impact your long-term career development goals depending on your ambitions and needs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you have a quarterly meeting with over seven hundred employees, and no one has a single question, that should tell you something. The employee review process encourages over competitive behavior/politics, which sometimes borderlines a hostile work environment, and is more tiring than the actual job description itself. Unum would be much better served to find a way to channel the energy wasted on internal infighting, into better products, and services, versus encouraging counterproductive behavior, which forces the company to bleed money, and will continue to hold back Unum’s true potential, to be a solvent powerhouse in the insurance industry. If politics was truly 75% of my job, Unum paid a price tag for ten years worth of work, but only received two years and some change of actual productivity. This not just hurts Unum and its shareholders, but it hurts everyone in the company, including externalities, that reach the state, national, and global level. Unum has committed, and communicated to all, its responsibility to be more successful company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company offers good benefits

    ConsToo much work and upper management, need more non-management employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Meh

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA (US)

    ProsLimited flex schedule, nice work environment

    ConsLimited room for advancement, limited opportunity for projects

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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