Sun Life Financial

Best place to work especially for a first time co-op student!!

5.0
Position title
Business Analyst
Work term type
Co-op
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
1,000 to 1,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Work industry
Administrative
Faculty
Business

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Orientation was informative and had a casual vibe so students (including me who was a first time co-op student) felt comfortable
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
my supervisor was so helpful and explained tasks in detail and always checked up on me to ensure I had no issues
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
some days were slow, some were very fast-paced - this depends on which dept. you're in. Either way, work was manageable
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
helped me improve my project management, time management, communications management skills.
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

I helped with keeping project on track and helped monitor them until completion. I worked closely with other departments and it was overwhelming at first but I was able to get a grasp as my manager slowly handed off tasks for me to do on my own. My manager was very caring and helpful and stressed the importance of work-life balance. She also stressed the importance of family over work ALWAYS and her boss also supported this. My coworkers were friendly and inviting and I had no hesitation to ask them for help whenever I needed it. The environment was so friendly and I never felt uncomfortable working there. I had no idea what to expect as this was my first co-op at the post-secondary level and Sun Life definitely exceeded my expectations. I would love to work here again and would recommend my peers to apply here any day.Life's brighter under the sun!

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

Every day didn't have consistent work that kept me busy and occupied throughout the whole day. Of course I had my daily responsibilities but they were light and easy enough for me to complete in the morning. A lot of my coworkers worked remotely so the in person engagement wasn't always there but they were always available over instant message.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
All the time
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

My manager was always willing to help me and gave me my space to do my own work independently. She didn't breathe down my neck or micromanage me and I appreciated that she trusted me enough to handle certain tasks on my own. She always gave immediate feedback with suggestions on how to improve. She is very encouraging in helping me improve my own skills. Communication was something I lacked as I feared presenting in front of large groups and both my manager and her boss always encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and this has vastly improved my participation and collaboration in the classroom.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
All the time
Describe the office environment/culture.

very friendly and welcoming. If I ever need assistance, the customer support was always there to help as well as other coworkers working near me. Even people I didn't know on a first-name basis said good morning to me every day and it made me feel comfortable always coming to work. Commuting to and from work was great too as security was always outside monitoring to ensure our safety

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Company gym Employee discounts/rewards Flex time Free coffee Free prepared meals/snacks Internal company sports teams-events Social activities Subsided gym membership Subsidized cafeteria Work from home

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Work types Cultural fit Location