I thoroughly enjoyed working at National life and the Environment this work place created and fostered. Employees were highly respected and compensated for the work they performed and were consistently encouraged to pursue higher degrees of education, work placements, or training when applicable. Only left for a change in my career otherwise I would still be there after 3 years.
Coordinator (Former Employee) – Montpelier, VT – January 19, 2018
Dysfunctional environment . Very competitive and lots of micromanaging. Do not care about individuals. Pretty bizarre blend of old timers (Vermonters) and god-only-knows-who-these people are, their treatment of the average worker. Heartless.
The culture of NLG is diverse and employees all appear to be very happy within their respective positions. Team work is very important and I felt that management was very willing and eager to support me. I would highly recommend anyone seeking a valuable and meaningful career to work at National Life.
Volunteer Work (Former Employee) – New York, NY – December 6, 2017
I like working in this place because the people around me was friendly and they willing to help each other when you don’t understand the insurance. You are easily going to be bond with other people in your company. Overall is the friendly and awesome work place.
This place is all about making money for upper management
IT Professional (Former Employee) – Montpelier, VT – October 16, 2017
Large portion of IT personnel was replaced by programmers from India in 2004. Remaining IT personnel had to train Indian programmers while still responsible for their own work. Indian programmers were difficult to train: lied about skills they had, wouldn't share info, extremely competitive with one another. All this caused unbelievable stress for home office personnel.
National Life was originally founded in Vermont because the work force here was/still is known for its integrity and faithfulness. This first step of replacing Vermonters with an offshore workforce was the incident that caused the downhill slide of work environment and steady increase of gap between lower and upper level incomes that continues to this day.
The 'Main Street' motto on their website makes me wonder whether to laugh or cry.
CEO is great, and has very strong values that he drives us to live by and NLG.
Business Development (Current Employee) – Vermont – September 11, 2017
Some managers need to work on their managerial skills, and learn how to properly manage a team. There are some that have gotten handed a position within management, that know so little about the processes and how some job functions actually work.
Accounting Technician II (Current Employee) – Montpelier, VT – May 4, 2017
very supportive culture and great place to learn and build skills. Professional environment and this company looks out for their employees. Management finds the best ways to help their employees improve and move up within the company.
Managing Director (Former Employee) – Camp Hill, PA – April 24, 2017
Don't go to work there. It's all about the numbers all the time and they say they care about you as an employee, but they really don't. The numbers that they want you to achieve are not achievable at all.
Life Insurance Agent (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 20, 2017
They want you to be the best you can be and will push you to do jus that. They are pretty hands on and willing to hire young ambitious people. They teach you everything you need to know to be successfull
fast pace busy company with about 1,000 employees with nationwide offices
Pension Plan Trust Analyst (Former Employee) – Montpelier, VT – September 19, 2016
Everyday involved working with clients, IRS forms/regulations and pressure of deadlines
Management for the most part was supportive, always received good reviews annually. Department I worked in consisted of about 50 people doing various jobs to cover the whole experience of retirement planning and ongoing qualification of employer sponsored pension plans.
The everyday pressure at specific times of the years was difficult to deal with but extra work hours were put in as needed to get the job done to meet IRS deadlines.
Dealing directly with IRS agents was always a challenge but found that they do make mistakes just like all of us.
Company was large and boasted a broad range of extra after business activities - company picnics, holiday parties and perks.
The people at National Life Group are wonderful! The line managers are, for the most part phenomenal! Most upper management are as well. Executive management team, for the most part are as well. The issues are typically centered around the technology direction that the company has taken. It began some years ago with the outsourcing of technology personnel. The decline became far worse when the outsourced positions began moving offshore. And then came a new chief information officer. He is driving the company into the ground. National Life has gone from a premier company that the average person in Vermont hungered to work for. With many families having 3 or 4 generations working there at the same time. To a company that has forgotten the value of loyalty. There seems to also be a focus on weeding out older, more experienced staff. No longer do they care about the people. It seems to have become all about the cash. In the end, this company is dooming itself with it's current direction. I think a serious shakeup at the top is needed. So much talent is being lost. So many people that have given their entire lives to helping National Life become what they once were have been cast aside. And now you can't even get someone who speaks english to help you. And what english they do speak, is almost unintelligible. So if you want "a job" rather than a career, it's for you. If you're looking for a company to spend more than a couple of years, best look elsewhere.
Worked for them less than 2 years. Thought it was going to be my place to work for the next 20 years. Unfortunately, they did a total reformation of their work, divided my job in to two jobs, which would have meant a demotion for me. They did give me a good severance, and their benefits are great. Just not the culture for me.
Mortgage Life Insurance Broker (Former Employee) – Stevensville, MD – November 15, 2015
Flexible schedule and opportunity for advancement. Must be a self starter and be able to handle a 100% commission job. Must understand the products thoroughly to sell well, continuing to know the competition is a must for success.