I've left and come back to Prudential (4) four times. Back then (80s and 90s), I thought Other companies offered similar experiences.
Prudential used to "care"... that's the business they were in then. Employees were Talent... all employees, not just Management. PRU took pride, interest and invested in Employees and actually invited diverse Talent. Now, the slogan is "Bring your challenges" (says a lot).
Employees are nothing more than billable resources used to energize Prudential's archaic, robotic practices and bureaucratic environment.
Unrealistic deadlines and demands for metrics are pushed down from Leadership and you are not allowed to question or ask questions. Middle Management takes credit for a job well done by subordinates, but never the blame. And any "redos" better be faster and cheaper.
So, Creators, Innovators, Visionaries and Modern Thinkers need not apply, well... unless you need really good benefits.
Pru is not only one of those elite “Companies Too Big To Fail“, it's also too big to care or remember the mission and motivation Prudential was founded upon.
R.I.P. John F. Dryden.....R.I.P. "The Rock"
Support from management
You have management's full support if you can trick them into thinking something was their idea and they will be recognized for your credit and hard work.
Independent Contributors work very well as a team and collaborates across departments.
Freedom to work independently
This is no problem if you're the only one who can validate a task, activity or project on either a status report or yearly objectives, you will be working independently!
Communication lines are buerocratic and on a need to know basis.
Considering they have public forums for women of Prudential to voice their opinion on gender inequality, (with a make Officer that b opens up the floor, I would say they "still have a long way to go,baby! “
Attitude towards older colleagues
Yes, Leadership is respected.
Further education and training was the BEST!
In recent years the Trillion dollar company has cut back on that budget. If you do get approved to certify in something or are forced to, know that the company won't pay your yearly certification fees, you will.
Overall compensation for your work
Pru pays well. You have to ask and stand firm for what you believe you're worth.
Office / Work Environment
Some buildings and departments even floors are very nice, and some look as if they haven't been updated since the 70s. Improvements seem to be based on where leadership "heads" are located.
If you are not a Manager you're sitting right on front of someone, right in back of summertime, on the left... Well, you get the idea.
"Pru polite" ... always. If you forget, you're reminded by the posters posted in the buildings.
This used to exist. It's now a running joke.
You can but it's an managers discretion not policy. No manager wants to be seen as too accomodating, so ask but the answer will most likely be "No" or "Let me check"... That means "No" too.
Reorgs are cyclic every Quarter. If you get called to the kitchen or conference room and told to take a seat with a random group of people... "There's your sign ".
There are many that slip under the radar and remain there for 40-50 years... The secret.... Keep posting for jobs every 2-3 years.
You will be challenged.
Inclusive / Diverse
Pru outsources, outsources, outsources. There's plenty of consultants to include in diversity reports.
What I like about the company
The way it used to operate.
What I dislike about the company
Inadequate Middle Management
Its important who you know and who's leadership umbrella you are under to succeed.