IT Position (Former Employee), Ontario – August 20, 2014
Pros: you can retire there. salary is average and benefits good
Cons: political environment
Typical Day at Work - Everything needs to be approved and reviewed 10 times - Expectation is that you document everything - Aside conversations sometimes makes you feel as you are not valuable for the organization. What you learned - Very little. If you are a young professional, you have a lot to learn from the experimented people. If you are an experienced – more... person working with big companies, don't expect a lot of innovation. Management - Very knowledgeable - Very political and slow to make decisions Co-Workers - Nice environment - High Turnover Hardest part of the job - Write a lot of documents and also work - Participate on multiple meetings that are not productive The most enjoyable part of the job - Waterloo office has a Tim Hortons :-) – less
System Analyst UNIX (Former Employee), Waterloo, Ontario – February 4, 2014
Pros: good company, excellent team to work with
Cons: long commuting and too many afterhours and week end activities
Typical day at work: Taking care of day to day client requests, preparation and arranging for on hand projects which included patching OS, P2V and looking after hard ware and software maintenance cases.
What I learned: I gained a great amount of knowledge about Different Solaris hardware and software products. All models of Oracle and AIX devices.
Management; Needed – more... more time to get used to the new management style
My co-workers: Got along really well with all members of my team, had no issues working with any of them.
Hardest part of the job: Commuting to Waterloo every day from Mississauga
Most enjoyable part: Dealing with my co-workers and handling new challenges every day – less
Good Company. Great Risk & Reward. So Do Your Homework!
Financial Advisor (Former Employee), Canada – January 31, 2014
Pros: flexibility, great office environment
Cons: straight commission, build your own block (no leads)
Initially you'll be asked for a list of 100 names you can prospect and sell to. Make sure you have a game plan after your warm market runs dry besides cold calling or going door to door. For most people that's when you'll promptly exit the business.
For those seeking Sun Life Financial as their first financial planning gig here's my advice:
Don't – more... do it. Start with 4-5 years in a bank where you will get leads and appointments booked for you while earning a CFP designation. If you want to go independent or 'captive' at an insurance company for $$$ and autonomy only make the switch when you have a reliable network of 500 people you know will do business with you. Don't take the career if you just want to help people, become an exceptional Financial Planner and own your own business. Take the job only if you can sacrifice your evenings and weekends for the next 5 years and you enjoy sales and prospecting 24/7 'cause that's all you'll be doing!
Bottom line: Being an advisor at Sun Life Financial is a great opportunity for the right person. It's a disaster for anyone else. – less
Challenging but Exciteful Projects with Knowledgeable Managers
Financial Analyst Intern (Former Employee), Toronto, ON – December 3, 2013
Pros: responsible and well-behaved colleagues, highly developed culture, knowledgable managers
Cons: long hours
In Sun Life Financial every day there are exposures to new and challenging problems which demands brand-new ideas and state of the art models to implement them. This provides opportunity to develop new approaches to resolve the problem, while having access to knowledgeable managers which leads to maturing those ideas.
With the comprehensive knowledge – more... in mathematical finance and financial markets we gained in the Financial Mathematics program in McMaster University, having exposure to the real life applications and the associated challenges due to lack of enough useful data, non normalized data, etc. learning how to overcome these challenges was exciting and instructive.
Responsible and well-behaved colleagues provide a progressive atmosphere which leads to meeting goals based on the pre-determined schedule.
Probably for me as an intern, who needed to accomplish both jobs assigned by Sun Life Financial and Mitacs Accelerated Program, satisfying both duties simultaneously based on the tight time schedule was the hardest part of the job. – less
Fast-paced environment with constant learning and a high performance culture.
Customer Care Representative (Current Employee), Waterloo Ontario – November 1, 2013
A typical day involves taking calls, resolving customer inquiries and providing a high degree of customer satisfaction. I use several databases each day and on each call. I review claims provide coverage details, maintain files, and promote products and services. I review my call statistics throughout the day and strive for efficiency. I have learned – more... a great deal about medical benefits and the structure of group contracts. I have also learned valuable and transferable computer skills. Management is supportive and always finding ways to collaborate in order to improve workplace satisfaction and business needs. My coworkers are a lot of fun and always willing to discuss the knowledge and material that we all deal with on a daily basis. The hardest part of the job is that the customer is on the line while you complete all of the work, this can be challenging but the pressure helps get the job done and it keeps the day interesting. The most enjoyable part of the job is when customers are truly appreciative of and happy with the service. – less