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Updated 17 September 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexi time, which is very family friendly" (in 6 reviews)

  • "good location for public transport" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Increased red tape since takeover from GWLC" (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. "Operations analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and canteen is excelant

    Cons

    Over worked and mgt don't care


  2. "Civil Service"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Irish Life full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people and great company facilities

    Cons

    Terrible management style. No coaching or leadership but micromanagement

    Advice to Management

    Worry less about your employees wearing a tie and more about utilising their skills

  3. "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time

    Pros

    good work life balance
    on-site pool and gym
    staff canteen

    Cons

    salary not at market rate


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Amateur Hour"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Location for transport.

    Cons

    I work in the GWLE IT section of the business so I think it’s only fair I base my review on this.

    The GWLE org needs a culture change and it needs it fast. The current management in place are some of the worst I’ve ever worked for in any large company in Ireland or the UK. There is a nod and a wink culture that still exsists where to progress you just need to befriend the right manager. This is not a company I would recommend for an enthusiastic talented graduate from college.

    The management have been here so long that no new ideas exsist and it’s stale, I just don’t believe they are capable of management in the modern era.

    Their are so many talented people working in IT in GWLE that sadly will never progress because at some stage they disagreed with a project or had a better idea that upset a PM or a manager.

    People are starting to leave now in their droves and I expect this to get worse over the coming months. We are loosing our very best and as usual the less talented are left behind.

    It’s such a shame this company has so much going for it but is managed so badly. The management style is like
    stepping back 40 years into the civil service. The managers that head up some of the critical teams in GWLE are just not good enough.

    Advice to Management

    Management really need to take a good look at themselves and implement a culture change quickly. A radical idea would be to reward your most talented and not your friends. HR need to look into some of the hiring practices happening in GWLE at the moment.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "You have to be prepared for constant pressure and you need to be highly self driven"

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can make decent money, good employer benefits,

    Cons

    Highly stressful, not many promotion prospects, high turnover in role, moved around regularly

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to keeping experienced staff happy, most staff constantly looking to move employer due to job pressures and attitude of higher management towards frontline staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Working here"

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    Current Employee - Pension Administrator in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Pension Administrator in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun people
    Good location
    Great staff restaurant

    Cons

    Management no longer listen
    People on the ground taken for grantes


  7. "review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and Interesting projects

    Cons

    Salary isnt great compared to IT companies

  8. "Great people, great benefits, low start pay"

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    Current Employee - Welcome Call Agent in Dundalk
    Current Employee - Welcome Call Agent in Dundalk
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, good bonus structure and progression opportunities

    Cons

    Low starting pay and high targets

    Advice to Management

    Increase start pay

    Irish Life Response

    26 Jun 2018 – Recruitment Specialist

    Thank you for your recent review. We have forwarded your comments to the relevant area.


  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time

    Pros

    Good career advancement opportunities, good benefits (pension/Vhi etc)

    Cons

    Pigeon holed into one area

    Irish Life Response

    26 Jun 2018 – Recruitment Specialist

    Thank you for leaving a review and for your service with Irish Life. We appreciate your honest feedback about our company.


  10. "Trainee Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Irish Life full-time

    Pros

    Good study (ACCA) support package along with a mentor assigned to each trainee not only for the ACCA qualification but also career as an accountant in the future

    Regular one-to-one catch up with line manager mainly to review work performance but also to have an informal chat about anything else about you (this could depend on what entity you are assigned to across the group)

    One-off bonus upon passing each ACCA paper and exam progress considered for salary increment

    Rotation policy in place; you will gain experience in at least two different entities in the Irish Life Group

    Cons

    Irish Life is only part of a very big group (GWL), and it will take time to understand how everything works between all entities in the group

    Irish Life Response

    26 Jun 2018 – Recruitment Specialist

    Thank you for your honest feedback. It’s fantastic to read that you appreciate the benefits at Irish Life – we know that our people can perform at their best when they feel appreciated.


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