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Zero growth opportunity
Consultant (Former Employee) –  Waterloo, ON11 December 2018
Good place to get some corporate exposure, don't expect to climb the ladder here. Middle management's priorities are to protect their own jobs not assist others in their career development. You will be fought at every turn if you are seeking advancement opportunities. If you're just looking for a stable job with minimal effort required this would be good for you. Money is average, nothing to brag about just enough to keep you in place. No more, no less. Corporate culture is very prevalent here, many snakes and two faces.
Pros
Good place to gain experience
Cons
Politics, Culture, Mediocre compensation, Zero growth opportunity
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a lot of prospecting...
Advisor (Former Employee) –  Niagara, ON30 November 2018
just to even be signed on you have to provide them with a list of 100 people and phone numbers, and then another 45 referable people on top of that. You also need to be able to make 5 sales before they will even sign you on, so make sure you know 5 people who need life insurance
Pros
nice people
Cons
long hours, have to know a lot of people
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5.0
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AVP Marketing & Communications
AVP Marketing & Communications - Group Benefits (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON29 November 2018
Busy and productive work day
Constantly in a work learning environment
Management is direct but fair
Work culture is collaborative
Hardest part of the job is saying no to fantastic ideas
Most enjoyable part of the job is watching employees flourish
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3.0
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good
Conseiller Financier, exécuté (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON22 November 2018
I do enjoy working her a sun life but the only problem is that you its a commission job that you cant and never have to stop working, with a family work life balance is hard
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4.0
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Similar to other financial institutions.
SENIOR REGULATORY CONSULTANT (Former Employee) –  Waterloo, ON15 November 2018
Enjoyed my position there. I was doing wealth regulation which is something I am familiar with. Same issues as other places...always wondering and worrying about when you might be down sized.
Pros
good people
Cons
job security
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Excellent opportunities, challenging culture
Channel Activation Manager (Current Employee) –  Waterloo, ON13 November 2018
A great place to develop skills, the culture is very focused on the assigned levels. It's challenging to grow as a professional - Executive Leadership supprts the hierarchy and have a difficult time breaking stereo-types and traditions built on legacy.
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Condition de travail
Conseiller en sécurité financière (Former Employee) –  Lévis, QC12 November 2018
Le métier est destiné à ceux qui préfèrent la vente.
Pros
choisis notre horaire
Cons
pas de revenu garantie
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5.0
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Great environment
Regional Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC12 November 2018
A lot of new initiatives to be developed in the next years.
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4.0
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The most enjoyable part of the job
Sr. Learning Consultant (Current Employee) –  Waterloo, ON6 November 2018
Sun Life is a great place for people who need work life balance. That is very important to Sun Life and is part of their culture. The ensure that you are not getting overworked and people always reach out to lend a hand
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Great place to visit....
Manager (Former Employee) –  Waterloo, ON2 November 2018
A typical day is between 12 and 14 hours, and an expectation to do more with less.

Tons of back stabbing and gossiping which is promoted by upper management.

As supervisor/management you are not paid overtime and expected to work tons of it. Performance reviews are inconsistently applied across business units as well as between management. With only one exceeds expectations allowed on the full team, favoritism is rampant.

Salaries are marketplace norms, but getting raises each year are minimal at best despite excellent performance reviews - continuously told there is no room in the budget for raises, continued education, supplies.

Benefit program, despite being an insurance company is quite limited
Pros
Good cafeteria at King St location, Flex time
Cons
Long hours, limited benefit plan, inconsistent management practices
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Solid place to work
Associate Product Manager (Current Employee) –  Waterloo, ON31 October 2018
Overall Sun Life is a good place to work mainly because the people are great. The working conditions are fine however very dated and need a great deal of improvements.
Pros
Tim Horton's in the building
Cons
Archaic systems and working environment
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SLF - a different industry but just as demanding
Business Systems Analyst / IT Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Waterloo, ON31 October 2018
Sun Life is a company where things tend to be a bit more organic in terms of growth, career advancement. Having said that, there are interesting areas within SLF that allow people to explore new career opportunities.
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5.0
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rewarding selling job proportional to times put in
FINANCIAL ADVISOR (Former Employee) –  Richmond, BC7 October 2018
-great incentives for hard work-seven days a week, evening and week-ends are required;
-many training opportunities for advancement as a professional;
-excellent employee benefits;
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Great
Telephony Analyst Co-op (Former Employee) –  Waterloo, ON2 October 2018
Overall great experience with the work environment and colleagues. Have a lot of team events and everyone is very friendly. work itself is every rewarding as well
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Professional
Advisor (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON27 September 2018
Very corporate. Structured and lots of training online and actual. Great company to be with. Incentives, awards and perks are always on the table for everyone.
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Good stable company to work for
Manager (Current Employee) –  Waterloo, ON23 September 2018
Culture is good generally, but it's a big company and so one department and manager can definitely lead to different impressions.

Excellent benefits and performance incentive programs.

Ability to change jobs is challenging.

Problem people managers are not dealt with fast enough.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Little opportunity for advancement
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digital mail
digital mail (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC23 September 2018
Worst company to work for , worst department to work for ! the managers are lacking intelligence! they give the better workers more work while not being able to manage their lazy workers who come in late or who dont hit their quota's! They expect you to do overtime which is fine but they do not value you as an employee. They have favoritism so when it comes down to raises & bonus they favor who they like rather then who works the hardest! I have worked for this company for over two years and let me tell you everybody is miserable at their job! Mail services and Digital Mail are the same department. cocky management and no attention to detail and cant keep the department in order!! good luck
Pros
none
Cons
everything above
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A great place to advance your career
Business Analyst/Project Lead (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON21 September 2018
Employee culture is great.
Benefits are good.
It is fairly easy to advance internally, and the company offers an assistant program for career development.
Pros
Nice office, friendly coworkers, flexible work from home schedule
Cons
compensation is lower than industry standards
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Financial Advisor (Current Employee) –  Scarborough, ON21 September 2018
Definitely the most professional and rewarding career I've ever had. The company is very stable. The Sun Life Financial Advisor career allows me to run my own Financial Planning practice with very minimal to no start up cost due to signing bonus given upon appointment. I run my own financial advisory practice but it's amazing how the support system is structured in this model. There are different channels of support that I receive from a variety of experts from head office. The income is certainly more attractive and more than average compared to the banks or brokerage firms or MGAs. The monthly residual income and the CORe components are primarily the reason why I chose to associate myself with Sun Life Financial.
Pros
Run own business, more than average income, achieve work/life balance, awesome management team, great culture, very professional, top-quality advice for clients, monthly residual (level) income and CORe
Cons
Long hours, clients sometimes would cancel appointments last minute
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busy workplace
Bilingual Disability Analyst (Current Employee) –  Waterloo, ON19 September 2018
- claims reviews from start to finish

- multitasking required

- frequent interruptions to work flow to handle customer service inquiries

- production environment with strict guidelines
Pros
flexible schedule
Cons
little work support from management
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