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Vault’s Verdict


Professional corporate culture

One source calls it a “very professional corporate culture†where “employees are treated respectfully.† Others call it a “nose-to-the-grindstone†type of place, and a former insider goes so far as to call it “disorganized†and “hostile.† Even so, that contact does say, “I genuinely liked two managers, who were always willing to work with you.† Another contact says that “managers are not too strict or demanding and are very welcoming of new employees and interns,†adding that “managers are not too stingy with expense accounts and often treat their teams to lunches and include them at conferences.† Another insider says that “dialogue is encouraged†between managers and staff.

The deal on diversity

Diversity is an issue insiders seem to agree on.  “Women and men of all backgrounds, countries and ethnicities were present at every level,†says an insider.  “It was heartening to see so many different people interact in a positive way.  It was just a given, everybody, no matter who they were, had a shot to do something good at Prudential,†adds the same source.  Another contact says the company employs many women and some minorities and that Prudential “actively recruits minorities through select programs for impressive minority job candidates.â€

Reasonable working hours, pretty good business outlook

“The hours vary according to the department and the job function,†reports an insider, “but for the most part are reasonable.  I worked 9 to 5, Monday through Friday.† Another source adds, “The hours are flexible as long as our work is complete.† Another respondent says that flextime is enjoyed and is used by some managers and employees with young children mostly benefit from this type of working hours.

“The company is in the process of downsizing,†says one contact regarding Prudential’s business outlook.  The same contact adds that “most of the talented individuals are scarfed up by other organizations and, as a result, there is a dearth of meaningful talent.† However, another respondent sees a brighter future for the company and adds that Prudential’s transition from “private to public†is a step towards the “right direction.† The same insider adds that employee morale is very high and that “there are not many downsides.† Another source seems to agree and believes that the company will continue to do well.  The respondent adds that Prudential “competes strongly with its competitors--the other large insurance and financial companies†and even advises applicants to work in the company.

Prudential Financial

751 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102-3777
Phone: (973) 802-6000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: PRU
Stock Exchange: NYSE
CEO: Charles F. Lowrey

Major Office Locations

Appleton, WI
Arlington, VA
Atlanta, GA
Bethesda, MD
Birmingham, AL
Boston, MA
Newark, NJ
New York, NY