Why Fortune says Haven Life is a Great Place to Work
A survey of our employees reveals why we love working at Haven Life.
Wow. We have no words.
… Well, come to think of it, we do have some words. Quite a few of them, actually. The first two are “thank” and “you.” Because, you see, the experts at Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine just named us one of the 2020 Best Workplaces in New York. And this isn’t some arbitrary thing. It’s based on a survey of more than 45,000 employees throughout the region. And it turns out, we ranked #6 on the overall list of best small and medium workplaces, with a whopping 98 percent approval rating from our employees. (At a typical company in the survey, that figure is just 59 percent.)
So yeah, kind of a big deal.
“At Haven Life, we’ve built a culture that prioritizes honesty, respect, kindness and compassion. We see diversity and work-life balance as strategic advantages and not as corporate buzzwords,” said our co-founder and CEO Yaron Ben-Zvi. “I’m proud that we have continued to adhere to these principles that make Haven Life such a special place to work, even as we’ve grown to nearly 300 employees.”
Why do we love working here so much? Let us count the ways…
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Working at Haven Life means everyone is treated fairly regardless of their race, gender and/or sexual orientation
If you want to change an industry like life insurance, and help more people financially protect their loved ones, you have to come at it with a fresh perspective and with diverse viewpoints. This means hiring people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and skills, and encouraging that multifaceted group of people to work together as a team. “I get to bring my entire self to work,” says James Welch, from our People & Culture team. “All backgrounds are celebrated at Haven Life — quite literally too. We regularly host events, panels, and celebrations for different cultures and backgrounds.”
We are proud to be doing our part, while continually focusing on ways to be even better. That’s why 99 (!) percent of respondents said people here are treated fairly regardless of their race, regardless of their gender, and regardless of their sexual orientation.
Working at Haven Life means honesty and ethics are core values
“We have a group of leaders who genuinely care about the well being of customers, employees, and the communities where we do business,” says Welch. “Management frequently has to make decisions with competing priorities, and personally, I feel we work at a company where the dollar is not the greatest decision maker.” In other words, our number one mission is to make life insurance less hard, and the results speak for themselves. (Let’s just say it’s not just our employees who are singing our praises.)
“We have a group of leaders who genuinely care about the well being of customers, employees, and the communities where we do business."—James Welch, People & Culture
Working at Haven Life means your teammates have got your back
We like each other here. Maybe even too much. There’s so little drama that a reality show about Haven Life HQ would be canceled pretty much immediately. Instead, we’ve fostered a culture where we work together, even when we’re physically apart. “We’ve managed to put in place an incentive mechanism that maximizes or practically institutionalizes collaboration,” says Bharat Rao, product manager. “The company is twice the size now than when I joined and I’m amazed at how that culture of collaboration has survived and thrived. The team we have is amazing — the sheer diversity of life and work experiences they bring makes it a joy to go to work.”
That’s why 98 percent of respondents in our survey said “People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.” And when you see that the person in the desk next to yours — or these days, the person in the Google Hangouts window next to yours — is giving 110%, it makes it easier for you to do so as well, and to know that your efforts add value.
At Haven Life, management’s actions match its words
It’s always inspiring to read words like our CEO’s above, speaking to the importance of diversity, work-life balance and more. And as we all know, in work as in life, culture often trickles down from the top. “There is a very high level of transparency from the top down — in communicating goals, challenges and various strategic and operational decisions,” says Rao. “Top management is approachable and responsive. While they set aggressive goals and challenge us to achieve them, I’ve never seen anything but the highest ethical standards and respect for each other at play.”
“Top management is approachable and responsive. While they set aggressive goals and challenge us to achieve them, I've never seen anything but the highest ethical standards and respect for each other at play."—Bharat Rao, Product Manager
Working at Haven Life is safe
Let’s face it: Computing actuarial tables and composing prize-worthy blog articles isn’t exactly sailing the high seas (or working the front lines in healthcare) when it comes to workplace danger. Still, a little effort goes a long way. For example, our office shut down quickly after it became clear that the coronavirus was a serious threat to everyone’s health, and we’re remaining remote through the rest of the year for that very reason.
Feeling safe isn’t just about the lack of physical danger. It’s about feeling mentally and emotionally safe — like you can be yourself. We encourage that as much as possible, and the results speak for themselves. “I have felt extremely comfortable bringing ‘my whole self’ to work, wearing shorts, funky clothing, painting my nails, or having a visible tattoo + facial piercing,” says Zack Shinkar, underwriting developer. “Despite warnings from non-coworkers that these decisions about my appearance would make people take me less seriously at work or even invite aggression, I have never felt less than 100% welcome by my coworkers as I navigate through the workday.”
All told, it’s clear that working at Haven Life is a pleasure. And while accolades like this are nice, what truly motivates us is making sure our customers get the best possible service, and the best possible care, while getting the right amount of life insurance for their loved ones and their peace of mind. It’s a privilege that we get to have so much fun, and feel so good about, working hard for our customers.
About Frannie Melegrito
Frannie Melegrito is the head of recruiting at Haven Life, a customer-centric life insurance agency backed and wholly owned by MassMutual. She joined the startup in May 2020 and leads the recruiting strategy development and execution. Frannie has been in the talent acquisition space in technology for over six years hiring for all types of roles ranging from engineering to sales. In that time she has also advocated for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.Read more by Frannie Melegrito
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Haven Life is a customer centric life insurance agency that’s backed and wholly owned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). We believe navigating decisions about life insurance, your personal finances and overall wellness can be refreshingly simple.
Our content is created for educational purposes only. Haven Life does not endorse the companies, products, services or strategies discussed here, but we hope they can make your life a little less hard if they are a fit for your situation.
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Haven Term is a Term Life Insurance Policy (DTC and ICC17DTC in certain states, including NC) issued by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), Springfield, MA 01111-0001 and offered exclusively through Haven Life Insurance Agency, LLC. In NY, Haven Term is DTC-NY 1017. In CA, Haven Term is DTC-CA 042017. Haven Term Simplified is a Simplified Issue Term Life Insurance Policy (ICC19PCM-SI 0819 in certain states, including NC) issued by the C.M. Life Insurance Company, Enfield, CT 06082. Policy and rider form numbers and features may vary by state and may not be available in all states. Our Agency license number in California is OK71922 and in Arkansas 100139527.
MassMutual is rated by A.M. Best Company as A++ (Superior; Top category of 15). The rating is as of Aril 1, 2020 and is subject to change. MassMutual has received different ratings from other rating agencies.
Haven Life Plus (Plus) is the marketing name for the Plus rider, which is included as part of the Haven Term policy and offers access to additional services and benefits at no cost or at a discount. The rider is not available in every state and is subject to change at any time. Neither Haven Life nor MassMutual are responsible for the provision of the benefits and services made accessible under the Plus Rider, which are provided by third party vendors (partners). For more information about Haven Life Plus, please visit: https://havenlife.com/plus.html
What our customers are saying
Apr 8, 2021
The rates are wonderful
The rates are wonderful. The whole process took a lot longer than I expected. There is no lab close by so I had to wait over a month to get an appointment for the medical exam.
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Feb 28, 2021
Fantastic Option For Life Insurance
The overall process of getting term life insurance with Haven Life was really simple. Everything was upfront and you didn’t have to jump to any hoops to get insured. Also, Haven Life did a great job explaining all of the things that are included in the policy. It wasn’t overly complex which was great. If you have a family and want to protect your loved ones, I will recommend that you strongly give Haven Life a chance. If you’re single without children and a significant other, I still suggest you give Haven Life a chance. The rates of Haven Life are affordable, which makes Haven Life such a great option if you’re searching for life insurance. Haven Life was simple to get and it’s affordable!
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Feb 25, 2021
She was wonderful and answered all my…
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Feb 24, 2021
For us older folks
This is for us older folks. I decided to finally get some term life insurance or should I say with a twist of the arm from my wife. I am 64 years old. Just to clarify, I am in very good health, lean and very active. Only had a lumbar fusion surgery. Anyway, I compared two companies based on my research that included this company and my current insurance company that will remain nameless other than they attract former military. So, I read other reviews about this company requiring a health examination,etc, etc. same holds true with that other company. Of course a company will perform their due diligence and base their decision on your overall health especially at my age compared to a thirty year old! I can not fault them. I already had a medical exam with that other company as I waited for their obtaining my medical records from my local VA Medical Center. I informed Haven Life of this and they were able to obtain a copy of the medical exam (no need to have performed twice) and received my VA records. This process takes time and it is not the fault of the company. I estimate the process took approximately 5 to 6 weeks. Unlike the first company, I strongly feel Haven Life (special recognition to Catherine) provided service excellence by keeping me informed along the way and listening to my concerns. Haven Life offered me a much better rate than the for mentioned. I expected to pay a much higher rate at my age but it is what it is. Bottom line here for us older folks (I believe you must obtain this insurance under age 65) is if you are prepared to pay higher premiums compared to a younger person, obtain a fair competitive priced premium, experience excellent customer service, and willing to be a little patient during the process, then you came to the right place.
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Feb 17, 2021
So far so good I just started my policy…
So far so good I just started my policy a couple days ago. The process thus far as been great!
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