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Do you work at MetLife? How did you find the job? How did you get that first interview?

Any advice for someone trying to get in?

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Kathy

86 months ago

Why keep advertising if your not really looking. I have applied and am more than qualified and certified(PHR) for your HR Generalist postion. Yes, I have had a phone interview and recerived a no thank you letter. What are you really looking for in a person for this position, the best selection for the position or the most qualified person.

Maybe your company is one to stay away from.

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Rationalistic in Alpharetta, Georgia

86 months ago

Yes. WHY ? Why keep posting the same req. if you donot even go through emails and pick the right candidate ?

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jessica in West Warwick, Rhode Island

85 months ago

I have a better story... I worked for met in the call center and going to school at night, when I needed a change in my schedule to finish my last class of school, they wouldn't work with me and made me pick between finishing my degree or working at Met. So, I gave a three weeks notice, and I thought I left in good standing and even asked my supervisor and he said yes. Well, I was done with school in June and applied for a position, the recruiter called me and said I am on the do not hire list. I was so upset, I called my old supervisor the hr and no one would give me an answer. Luckily, I love my new job and never have to do with that company again, a bush of liars and sick individuals. I cant believe a company would do that to someone. The best part was when I applied for a met job during this same time, and I got a phone interview and then they called me and said they were going to fly me to new york for a second interview, and never called me back after that phone call.

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Nadine in Amsterdam, New York

85 months ago

Well, when I had a phone interview the recruiter called and left a message. I called her back not a minute later because for some reason my phone didnt ring. She wasnt there. Then we re-scheduled and she had forgot. Rescheduled and again and lo and behold, I get an apology email saying she once again forgot, I even called her both times and she wasnt in her office. I asked if we could resched and 2 days later I get an email saying the position was filled. What morons.

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HR, Des Moines, IA

85 months ago

As an HR Professional whenever I conduct a phone interview I alway's call the perspective employee. However, when I interviewed with MetLife, I was to make the call to Conn. Ok, when I did the recruiter wasn't there, then I call back a few minutes later and she wasn't ready, she forgot. We must've had the same recruiter! I did receive a no thanks e-mail, however the position was reposted 2 day's later.

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Former Employee in Westmoreland, New York

85 months ago

I worked for Met for about 2 years.. I started out as a temp through an agency.. After a few months, I decided to apply for a permanent position.. I was hired, but was then told it was a temp position but through Met.. Well, I stayed in that position until my hours ran out.. I then was hired as a permanent employee in a different department.. It took me about a year to get in there permanently.. 4 months after I started that position, I was laid off.. They are going crazy with lay offs in the Upstate NY region.. Outsourcing all their work to India.. I would no recommend working for this company.. They say they care about their employees, but they really dont.. Its quite sad.. They do pay decent though.

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Tampa, FL former Underwriter in Wesley Chapel, Florida

85 months ago

Robert Wilson in Saint Petersburg, Florida said: I applied for a underwriter position in Tampa, FL. I was called and had a first interview (7:30am)(who has interviews at 7:30 in the morning?)and then was called for a second interview the next day. I went to the second interview and was interviewed by two people who had just been hired as managers. They literally just start the week before. How can you have two people interview a person for a position if they themselves just started? They don't even know how the company or their own department works yet. Anyway, I was sent an e-mail before I even got home from the interview telling me Thanks but, no thanks. I had as much experience as both managers so I sent an e-mail asking for feedback so if there was something that I did I could avoid in future interviews. No response and then after some in depth investigation I realized that I am making more money than the managers at my current job. So that explains it. This was sometime in late 2006 and I am always looking for a new career but, I have noticed that these Metlife Underwriting jobs here in Tampa are posted about every three to four months so its either high turn over or they are just growing that much. I tend to believe that its just high turn over.

Your posting brought back memories. Team Mgmt staff did not change during the 2 years I was at Met, but heard that the managers were just handed the jobs with no prior mgmt experience....and it definitely showed. They don't communicate well, they do nothing to promote UW's career, had their "pets" that could do no wrong. My 1st day on the job was told by another underwriter "welcome to the sweatshop"...sure wish I was told that before I started as I never would have accepted the job. I know it's tough to find a good job these days, but be "thankful" you were not offered one @ Met. They expect 10+ hrs p/day but want to pay peanuts. I feel I took 4 steps back in my career working for MetLife

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Fustrated in Piscataway, New Jersey

85 months ago

I've applied a few times in the past and nothing. After 3 years I decided to try again, in which I recently applied to a position that matched both my level of experiance and background. I know I was probably competing with hundreds of candidates and I thought I'd least get a phone interview but instead I got an email saying, "thanks but, no thanks". I even got a metlife employee to refer me, but that doesn't work either. Even temping there would be a challenge. I wonder if it's worth the hassle to even try anymore.

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OCC in Succasunna, New Jersey

84 months ago

I have never sen such crybabies in all my life!!!!

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Somebody in Naperville, Illinois

84 months ago

OCC in Succasunna, New Jersey said: I have never sen such crybabies in all my life!!!!

Hmm...looks like what MetLife would hire.

They aren't hiring anyone with education and background at the Aurora office either. Their jobs have been posted and reposted for months. They must be impossible to please in this area as well.

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HR Professional

84 months ago

I was just e-mailed for a face to face interview and test. My question is, what type of test do they perform for HR?

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Looking Too

84 months ago

Good question....I don't know

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john m in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

84 months ago

Host said: Do you work at MetLife? How did you find the job? How did you get that first interview?

Any advice for someone trying to get in?

You have a better chance of seeing God come through the door...good luck. If a guy with my background cant find work then the industry is a joke, I wasted 23 years...my profile and culture doesnt fit...sad

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me in Bloomington, Illinois

84 months ago

I had a phone interview, then was invited to fly up to NJ for a face-to-face interview 5 weeks ago. I haven't received an answer yet. I've called the recruiter and the interviewing manager several times and they say they're still making their decisions.....How long do they normally take?? Anyone know?

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KS in Boston, Massachusetts

84 months ago

I just recieved an email from Metlife, they saw my resume on Monster and want to interview me for a Financial Service Representative position....any advice??? Not very good review here. I want to do some research before replying to them. Also i am in HR why did they even email me...

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me in Bloomington, Illinois

84 months ago

KS in Boston, Massachusetts said: I just recieved an email from Metlife, they saw my resume on Monster and want to interview me for a Financial Service Representative position....any advice??? Not very good review here. I want to do some research before replying to them. Also i am in HR why did they even email me...

What's the position like? Is it a phone interview?

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KS in Boston, Massachusetts

84 months ago

me in Bloomington, Illinois said: What's the position like? Is it a phone interview?

I have no idea what the position is like-i know it's in Finance and I have HR splashed all over my resume...i read something on this position in the MetLife Forum and it wasn't very positive...seems like a sales type position which is not my field of work.

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me in Bloomington, Illinois

84 months ago

I do know they've had several postings for sales positions lately. They may be just calling it the Financial Services Dept because you'll be selling Life Insurance and such. I'm not into sales either. Still waiting to hear back from my Underwriting interview 5 weeks ago....

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john in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

i have an interview with metlife Fin.services rep. tomorrow?
Any tips for the interview?
They say 1 hour interview?
how is the salary for first year?
please reply. Thank you

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KS in Boston, Massachusetts

84 months ago

john in Chicago, Illinois said: i have an interview with metlife Fin.services rep. tomorrow?
Any tips for the interview?
They say 1 hour interview?
how is the salary for first year?
please reply. Thank you

One of the other treads on MetLife answers interview questions. Let me know how your interview goes tomorrow and what the position is about before i go replyign to their email.

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john in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

i heard you have to work 12 hours a day and some weekends?
that is not going to help if iam planning for MBA?
what about their tuition reimbursement, anybody knows?

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john in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

KS in Boston, Massachusetts said: One of the other treads on MetLife answers interview questions. Let me know how your interview goes tomorrow and what the position is about before i go replyign to their email.

SURE, i let you know...

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KS in Boston, Massachusetts

84 months ago

john in Chicago, Illinois said: i heard you have to work 12 hours a day and some weekends?
that is not going to help if iam planning for MBA?
what about their tuition reimbursement, anybody knows?

That definately will not work with my current schedule since i am a MSc student and i don't work weekends.

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KS in Boston, Massachusetts

84 months ago

www.bls.gov/oco/ocos122.htm just found that link it explains what a FSR does

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john in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

well, you r gonna have to meet with clients... during their free time...

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john in Chicago, Illinois

84 months ago

thanks for the website...
WEll, if i am hired and cant establish a clientele base will i be fired?

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Anonymous

84 months ago

Interesting comments. I attempted to apply for a position in Schaumburg, Illinois for a job that posted within hours on indeed.com. The position was for a Human Resource Specialist. When trying to submit a cover letter and resume I get a response that says no job match. Generally when applying for positions there is no problem. Not sure if the website has issues I know I don't. As far as feedback. I didn't even get an email acknowledging that the resume was recieved. Thats is poor followup.

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KS in Boston, Massachusetts

84 months ago

Anonymous said: Interesting comments. I attempted to apply for a position in Schaumburg, Illinois for a job that posted within hours on indeed.com. The position was for a Human Resource Specialist. When trying to submit a cover letter and resume I get a response that says no job match. Generally when applying for positions there is no problem. Not sure if the website has issues I know I don't. As far as feedback. I didn't even get an email acknowledging that the resume was recieved. Thats is poor followup.

The email sent to me said either call a certain person or click here...when i clicked HERE it led to a webpage that no longer exist. Well i will wait to hear how John's interview goes before i reply to them today explaining that if they have no HR positions i am not interested.

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me in Bloomington, Illinois

84 months ago

Have you tried going to the MetLife homepage and searching for the job? That's what I did, applied directly though them. 5 weeks and counting since my interview....still waiting on a definitive answer.

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Anon in Boston, Massachusetts

84 months ago

Just got the email below from them:

128 Alliance Financial, an Office of MetLife, is actively seeking new
associates for our Hingham, Norwood, and Waltham locations. There has
never been a better time for you to consider joining MetLife as a
Financial Services Representative.

If you are confident and entrepreneurial with a high standard for
personal integrity and a willingness to help others, we can help you build a
flexible and rewarding career - and you can build it with one of the
strongest and most enduring financial services institutions in the
industry.

As a Financial Services Representative at MetLife, we can provide you
with all of the resources you need to maximize your own potential,
including:

A generous compensation package
Comprehensive Benefits
Industry-leading technology
Company funding of office, clerical and marketing support
Proven prospecting programs and support
On-going training and development

MetLife is a great company with which to build your career.

With a reputations for security and stability, MetLife is a leader in
the financial services industry. Offering clients diverse and
innovative products and services, it is our vision to build financial freedom
for everyone. As a Financial Services Representative, that begins with
you.

If you would like to meet to review your personal goals for your career
and your future, and discuss the opportunities that MetLife can
provide to help you reach them, please email us at ............... to set
up an interview.

We look forward to working together to explore the options we can offer
you.

MetLife is an Equal Opportunity Employer
L0608FKL2(exp0108)MLIC-LD

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john in Chicago, Illinois

83 months ago

Hey KS Boston, They reschedule my interview to next week... good for me i can think twice before i even go.
i heard that they give you around 30000/year in your first 5 months after that it is a little bit more commission. Honestly, i have mortgage and bills to pay... we'll see what is going to happen during the interview.

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KS in Boston, Massachusetts

83 months ago

john in Chicago, Illinois said: Hey KS Boston, They reschedule my interview to next week... good for me i can think twice before i even go.
i heard that they give you around 30000/year in your first 5 months after that it is a little bit more commission. Honestly, i have mortgage and bills to pay... we'll see what is going to happen during the interview.

I emailed to let them know i am only interested in HR positions. If you do go to meet with them next week best of luck....

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Rita in Rolling Meadows, Illinois

83 months ago

I have applied for underwriter position, and got a call from a recruiter. She is desparate to schedule my interview a.s.a.p. She said "they can't find the right candidate". Why is such a rush? No telephone interview first, no pre-screen...

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Tee123 in Rancocas, New Jersey

82 months ago

I applied to a job posting on Monster or Careerbuilder just yesterday, and by the end of the day I was called in for an interview which will take place this evening. I don't have any sales experience. I have 20 years of work experience ranging from executive assistant to finance/accounting to marketing, and I know lots of different software programs. I've been kicking around the idea of being a financial planner for a few months now, and I don't like the idea of being nothing more than an insurance salesperson. But you have to go where the money is. However, I don't have the resources to go without a decent pay for a year or two, and I'm not going to bust my butt working 60-80 hour weeks no matter what. I don't want this THAT badly. I'll see how my interview goes.

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Smiling in Edison, New Jersey

81 months ago

Fustrated in Piscataway, New Jersey said: I've applied a few times in the past and nothing. After 3 years I decided to try again, in which I recently applied to a position that matched both my level of experiance and background. I know I was probably competing with hundreds of candidates and I thought I'd least get a phone interview but instead I got an email saying, "thanks but, no thanks". I even got a metlife employee to refer me, but that doesn't work either. Even temping there would be a challenge. I wonder if it's worth the hassle to even try anymore.

There is a new hiring process, with more delays. Even before it started I can guarantee your lack of a response was the beauracry.

They are on a big diversity thing. If you are not a "diverse" candidate don't waste your time.

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PERPLEXED in Syracuse, New York

80 months ago

Smiling in Edison, New Jersey said: There is a new hiring process, with more delays. Even before it started I can guarantee your lack of a response was the beauracry.

They are on a big diversity thing. If you are not a "diverse" candidate don't waste your time.

AND THESE DAYS WHAT DOES DIVERSE MEAN?

FOREIGN SPEAKING? FOREIGN BORN? IN THE 60"S AND 70"S IT WAS, EEOE, NATIVE AMERICAN'S, THE HANDICAPPED ETC, ETC. AND AT THE TIME THERE WAS A BIG PUSH AT MET TO HIRE ANY "PERCIEVED MINORITY". TODAY IT SEEMS IF WE CAN'T FARM THE JOBS OUT OVERSEAS WE NEED TO HIRE FROM THE LATEST INCOMING GROUPS OF IMMIGRANTS. LOU DOBBS HELP PLEASE SAVE US FROM CORP. GREED. NO DOUBT THE FED IS PAYING SOME FABULOUS BONUS TO CORPS THAT HIRE THE FOREIGN BORN (YET AGAIN) AND NUTS TO THE REST OF US NATIVE BORN SOULS.

I FOUND IT PARTICULARLY INTERESTING THAT THEY WERE LOOKING ONE WEEK FOR A UNIT "LEAD" IN ORISKANY NY AND 2 WEEKS LATER THEY WERE LOOKING FOR 4 UNIT LEADS...SOMETHING IS PU (AS IN STINKY) AT THE ORISKANY NY OFFICE IT WOULD APPEAR.

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Smiling in Edison, New Jersey

78 months ago

For Met it means a woman or any minority, as long as you are not a white male.

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Bonnerclydesdale in Kansas City, Missouri

73 months ago

Very weak leadership, Kansas City office in particular. Avoid Small Market Implementations like the plague. Just left Met. I was there for the 3 worst months of my life. Nothing like being a leader that doesn't have the opportunity to work as such. Titles is all that is care about in the leadership team throughout, not real skills.

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paula castro in New York, New York

72 months ago

i applied for a financial service rep. and when u get in the door before you interview with anyone, a personality test is given to you to see if u are compatable

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DeeGee in Aurora, Illinois

71 months ago

After reading this page..I dont think I will apply with the Aurora, IL office. I used to work at the Hartford Insurance..I dont need more of the same thing.

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rangerfan in Hawthorne, New Jersey

70 months ago

did you finally find work? i am in a similar situation and would be interested to share stories.
steve

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Job lost in Farmersville, Ohio

66 months ago

I worked for MetLife for over 13 years and now unemployed. I wouldn't recommend MetLife to anyone now. Years ago People counted but not anymore. They out source to India and Costa Rica. They will Performance Manage the rest out the door.

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JT JT in Panama City, Florida

63 months ago

Host said: Do you work at MetLife? How did you find the job? How did you get that first interview?

Any advice for someone trying to get in?[/QUOTE

My advice, is that this job isn't for everyone. You need to know a lot of people in your area to begin with...but not just 'people', the right people, people who you may be able to help. In addition, you have to be able to market yourself and go out and get your own clients by meeting folks everywhere from local clubs/organizations to when you are pumping gas into your car. I find it challenging and fun...others can't do it. Don't expect business to just fall into your lap from the company...you will get leads occasionally but not enough to survive on. Also, if the recruiting manager tells you that you don't fit, you probably don't. They are successful in the business and know what kind of personality to look for...the process is long to get started and they are doing you a favor by saving you the trouble. Personally, I love it, but it also fits me. Hope that helps anyone considering this position.

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Jim123 in Ft Worth, Texas

62 months ago

Job lost in Farmersville, Ohio said: I worked for MetLife for over 13 years and now unemployed. I wouldn't recommend MetLife to anyone now. Years ago People counted but not anymore. They out source to India and Costa Rica. They will Performance Manage the rest out the door.

I agree! I worked for the company for 11 years and they laid me off so they could have someone else do my job who had been there for only one year and made half as much as me.

Now I'm sorry I accepted the severance package. I sold out my principles and agreed to train a new person how to do my job in exchange for a check. I should have told my boss "if you want this work done on the cheap, do it yourself, because I quit".

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Rosanne in Germantown, Ohio

62 months ago

Jim123 in Ft Worth, Texas said: I agree! I worked for the company for 11 years and they laid me off so they could have someone else do my job who had been there for only one year and made half as much as me.

Now I'm sorry I accepted the severance package. I sold out my principles and agreed to train a new person how to do my job in exchange for a check. I should have told my boss "if you want this work done on the cheap, do it yourself, because I quit".

Were you apart of "Operational Excellence?" I was laid off in Dec. I was the resource supervisor. What did you do?

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Jim123 in Ft Worth, Texas

62 months ago

Rosanne in Germantown, Ohio said: Were you apart of "Operational Excellence?" I was laid off in Dec. I was the resource supervisor. What did you do?

that is correct

I did annuity valuation and financial reporting.

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gotgame in New York

62 months ago

Can someone help. I have been reading all the previous posts, and it sounds like alot of people are not satisfied with metlife. I have a second interview with them next week for the call center position. I realize this is an entry level position. I currently hold the series 7, 66, life and health insurance liscense. I do have experience in financial sales(close to 2 years). Currently I am desperatly trying to get out of sales because lack of steady income.

My question is do many people move out of this position and move into areas that they desire. Or are they just going to stonewall me in this job for years, not allowing me to ever advance my career. I figured i would try to get my foot in the door and then try to move around with in the company.

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Jim123 in Ft Worth, Texas

58 months ago

gotgame, I know your post is four months old, but in case you're reading this (or anyone else for that matter), recently I spoke with one of my previous co-workers, and it's just awful. They are worked to the bone. Next thing you know, they will be given diapers so they don't have to waste time going to the bathroom.

I know the economy sucks, but there are other places to work.

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MrsBoss111 in Wood River Jct, Rhode Island

58 months ago

We are not worked to the bone. We work just as hard as any considerations employee at any company. I really resent all the comments that I read here about how terrible MetLife is. It's a great company to work for and anyone who doesn't agree is too lazy to do their work no matter what company employs them.

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