Life Sales Specialist (Former Employee) – Bellevue, WA – July 20, 2018
I would have never left had they allowed me to work remote as they let many employees do. Its a good company and the pay was ok. I didnt not feel my accomplishments were recognized - but that had alot to do with a certain VP who is no longer apart of the company.
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) – Enfield, CT – July 1, 2018
They always tell you and others that its a great company with amazing stepping stones, yet there is no room for growth. your requests to shadow other departments are ignored. When you apply within to other dept. your managers have to sign off on it.. they don't and there you are waiting for an interview that will never happen. Management does not even know the procedures, they refuse to help when there are escalated issues resulting in clients being upset.
Premium Remittance Specialist - Benefits (Current Employee) – Bellevue, WA – April 23, 2018
All levels of management are transparent and take the time to get to know you. Team members and management take the time to train you and are always available to help. Great work/life balance. Good paid time off and 401k match. Friendly workplace culture.
Claims Specialist (Current Employee) – Bellevue, WA – March 25, 2018
It just doesn’t seem like Symetra has the fire it needs to be successful. The company is slow moving and behind the times with technology and ways of thinking. Managers often appear to be untrained, unsure of their decisions or just plain don’t care. I hear of many complaints about the way we payout claims and how difficult/slow/confusing the process is but yet nothing ever gets done to fix the problems which is really unfortunate because the one making the claim is usually going through a tough time in their life with us only making it harder.
IT Analyst (Current Employee) – Bellevue, WA – March 15, 2018
The way this company runs boggles my mind. I've worked in a few different departments for a bunch of different managers at Symetra and rarely has there been process or order. It makes it unbelievably hard to keep work on track.
Some other good and bad: -As other reviewers have stated, managers here do cater to their favorites. You usually have to be a yes man to get ahead. -Challenging others seems to be frowned upon and complacency develops as a result. -There is a lot of gossip that goes around. -There are some good people here. -Benefits are decent. -Close to the bus transfer station. -A good central Bellevue location.
A lot changed as of 2018 - health benefits got worse (more expensive for the member), they changed the sick day policy, and the delegation of workload completely crumbled. You've got Case Managers working 40 claims, and another Case Manager only working 10 - for example.
They also started letting people who had been with the company for years (some of which never got to move up within the company due to politics) One person was let go after being with the company for 3 years, and the only explanation they gave was "It was due to your productivity." No meetings, no write-ups, no assistance to see where they could make improvements about that person's workload.
There are Case Mangers there who work weekends/work late a night in order to get things done.
The reason? This company cannot balance the amount of work. They need to hire more people and even when they do, those people (often temps) do not stick around.
There's also no advancement within the company. Not unless you're someone's favorite.
The call center, for example, intakes over 400 calls a day and only has a team of about 15 people (give or take, they may have hired more). And then when the service level isn't met, they begin putting the pressure on the agents, requiring OT (which isn't even real OT, since the work week is only 37 hours due to the lunch breaks).
The training is very weak. They don't have a "training system", so the only way for you to learn any of the programs is when you're thrown into it.
Great for Work/Life Balance, Restricted for Career Advancement
Senior IT Project Manager (Former Employee) – Bellevue, WA – February 26, 2018
Great place to work from a cultural and work/life balance perspective. They do like to promote internally where possible however the opportunities in some areas can be somewhat limited due to the small size of the organization and that many people stay in their roles for a long time.
Great people, collaborative environment
Salary is not competitive enough for Tech Sector roles
Bilingual Short Term Disability Claims Analyst (Former Employee) – Enfield, CT – February 21, 2018
I started working at Symetra with the hopes of being there for years to come and possibly retiring there, but the process of the training and lack of training and what the expectations they required of us employees was sometimes overwhelming. I feel that the any company the most important thing is the best interest of the client and I know that many clients were not very happy.
Lack of Management, lack of support and lack of consistency
Project Manager (Current Employee) – Bellevue, WA – February 15, 2018
My experience at Symetra has not been a good one. I work smart, I work hard and I do what I was hired to do. But there is a large amount of favoritism played by managers. The employees that never question anything and and just go the way of the herd day in and day out are the employees that a lot of managers at Symetra play favorites to. I very much believe that this is a big reason Symetra has a hard time of keeping talented employees and the company has issues keeping up with the competition.
Associate Customer Operations Representative (Current Employee) – WA – January 7, 2018
The benefits are nice but training and job advancement is not. Managers tend to micro-manage heavily. It is clear Symetra is expanding but has difficulty planning and structuring operational tasks with that development.
Relationship Case Manager for Life New Business (Former Employee) – Waltham, MA – December 20, 2017
I feel Symetra has the opportunity to be a fantastic company, if it could get out of it's own way. The Company has amazing staff, but it has a turnover ratio of +30 percent. The company churns through Employees.
Short Term Disability Claims Manager (Former Employee) – Enfield, CT – December 14, 2017
This company was great to work for at first, but new management brought in from the outside tried to change the culture and workloads increased, rules changed and the company became more than stressful to work for.
Accountant (Former Employee) – Bellevue, WA – October 13, 2017
My experience at Symetra was not as great. The management team was not professional enough, give team members a lot of stress. During none peak time, the work is rather slow pace and not challenge enough.