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Irish Life Reviews

Updated 12 December 2017
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Pros
  • Flexi time, which is very family friendly (in 4 reviews)

  • Good location, benefits, staff good to work with (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes very boring work and repetitive, occasional long hours, tends to become very IT based work (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management talk a lot with no implimentation (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work looks after the people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Looks after staff and cares about health and wellbeing
    Central location
    Trying to introduce innovation as the norm

    Cons

    Systems are old, needs updating.


  2. "Actuarial Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Irish Life full-time

    Pros

    Great facilities like gym and canteen

    Cons

    Can be boring at times


  3. "Executive admin"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexi Time
    Sick leave
    Pension benefits above industry standard
    Some managers are sound
    generally harmonious work environment with colleagues

    Cons

    Everything is a tick the box exercise
    Rewards ticking the box and not people who actually want to make a difference
    Discouraging at times for ambitious people


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  5. "ok"

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    Current Employee - IT Dektop Administrative in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - IT Dektop Administrative in Dublin, Co. Dublin

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time

    Pros

    flexi, canteen location people results

    Cons

    very busy disorganised too busy


  6. "Good, but not good enough."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people and salary. Work can be challenging and varied. Big push from management to advance yourself. More open communication from management.

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    Some managers of questionable ability, especially with people skills and approach to conflict. Numerous incidents of borderline bullying and humiliation in front of whole team.

    While they promote advancement and provide the tools to do so, there is not enough time to do it. The constant pressure to meet objectives and targets coupled with system flaws and lack of IT resources to correct them make the job much harder.

    Objectives are getting more and more difficult to meet which will impact your year end rating, this in turn dictates your salary increase and bonus. The impression it gives is that they want people to fail to meet all objectives so they can justify not paying increases and decent bonuses.

    Legacy issues with seasoned staff who are resistant to change and as they are already on capped salary don’t pull their weight, leaving younger staff to carry the work.

    Too much red tape and still not enough done to cut down on it.

    Restrictions on building up flex hours are a pain. Some people are willing to put in the hours to get the work done but if you build up more than 8 hours you loose it at the end of the month. Not fair and does not encourage people to go the extra mile.

    The interior is dated and dark, needs fresh coat of paint, new desks as current ones are old and clunky. If the interior was improved it would make people happier.

    Advice to Management

    More understanding of the work each team does and better management at team level. Review of objectives and reality of meeting them.


  7. "Change is coming"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NAR in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - NAR in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good Salary for the sector
    Social committee making improvements

    Cons

    Directionless strategy
    Senior management talk a lot with no implimentation

    Advice to Management

    support your staff

    Irish Life Response

    26 Oct 2017 – Recruitment Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback. You will shortly have an opportunity to take part in our staff survey 2017. This will allow you to give your honest feedback on our business. Your views matter - all... More


  8. "Financial advisor team leader"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time

    Pros

    Staff looked after very well and always room to develop career

    Cons

    no cons for this company

    Advice to Management

    None

    Irish Life Response

    8 Sep 2017 – Recruitment Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this review.
    We are pleased to hear your positive comments.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, established brand, but needs dynamism,real change, an aligned culture to make it a great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, aims to be progressive, it is friendly and approachable for the most part and easy to connect with people at all levels.
    Positive learning environment
    Great facilities (canteen, gym and pool) and a good focus on well being
    Flexi time, which is very family friendly
    Good payer and also good benefits

    Cons

    Bit insular and somewhat entitled in some parts, which is typical for an organisation with a lot of long service history within. However, while paying lip service to change, there are large pockets within, where it is really resisted
     Also, cultural alignment needs to improve. It is like a warren of sub entities with own brand and ways of doing things. Whilst the action plan around inclusiveness has been positive by way of its LGBT initiatives, it needs to look at inclusiveness across and begin to recognise alignment to the values based on individual contribution and behaviours and not whether you are a manager or from a revenue generating function. There can be a bit of a "them and us"feeling across the businesses as a result as seen by the elaborate divisional summer parties held onsite during the summer just past

    Advice to Management

    Some new external blood in some areas at senior level to generate movement.
    There is a bit of them and us mentality between Irish Life (and the group of companies within) and Canada Life companies, when there should be more joined up thinking.
    The company put a significant investment into the values, which is ineffective if a divisional business approach to creating a culture exists. More unified and shared vision to be instilled across the company would be beneficial in the long run

    Irish Life Response

    1 Sep 2017 – Recruitment Specialist

    We aim to hire great people and support them throughout their careers. We focus on developing and keeping our employees engaged through a vibrant corporate culture that encourages speaking up and... More


  10. "Needs injection of New Management in certain key areas"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Current Employee
    Current Employee - Current Employee

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good location, benefits, staff good to work with.

    Cons

    Very limited training, limited development for staff. Some loss of direction and productivity of IT Department since merger with Great West Life

    Advice to Management

    Poor decision making in IT area since merger and loss of key personnel, need to improve on staff engagement and development big time. Management making key decisions(juggling budgets) and moving staff around some do not have a clue what's going on in certain departments or the work involved which all leads to loss of productivity and ends up costing more money in the end.

    Irish Life Response

    26 Oct 2017 – Recruitment Specialist

    Thank you for your review. We read all reviews on this page, both positive and constructive. You will shortly have an opportunity to take part in our staff survey 2017. By having an independent... More


  11. "Former Employee"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Irish Life full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great facilities and good career prospects

    Cons

    Long hours at certain times of year

    Irish Life Response

    18 Aug 2017 – Recruitment Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. It is the nature of our business that at certain times of the year emloyees may be required to work some extra hours. We are glad that you were... More


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