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MassMutual Insurance Review 2018

Jan. 24, 2018
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at a glance

  • NerdWallet ranking: No. 4 life insurance company.
  • Offers immediate term life insurance online.
  • Provides a full range of financial products and services.


Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. is one of the largest U.S. life insurers. As a mutual company, MassMutual is owned by its policyholders. Customers who buy certain products, such as whole life insurance, are eligible to receive dividend payments when the company does well. The company estimates it will pay out a dividend of $1.6 billion to eligible members in 2018.

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Find out more about each element that goes into our MassMutual insurance review by clicking below.

NerdWallet rank: No. 4

MassMutual ranked No. 4 out of 23 large companies scored by NerdWallet. The ranking is a composite based on its A.M. Best financial strength rating, J.D. Power customer satisfaction score and the number of complaints to state regulators against the company, adjusted for market share.

A.M. Best financial strength rating: A++ (Superior)

MassMutual’s financial strength is “superior,” according to ratings agency A.M. Best.

Financial strength is important because it indicates how well an insurer can pay claims. It’s especially important when choosing a life insurance company because claims might not be made until many decades after a policy is purchased.

Consumer complaints: Better than the median

MassMutual drew significantly fewer than the median number of complaints to state regulators in 2017 for a company of its size, according to the latest data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

The association assigns a complaint ratio score to insurance companies, based on the number of complaints to state insurance commissioners, adjusted for market share. The median score is 1, and a score less than 1 means fewer complaints. The weighted average score for MassMutual and its subsidiary life insurance companies in 2017 was 0.06.

J.D. Power ratings: ABOUT AVERAGE

MassMutual scored “about average” in all five categories of the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Life Insurance Study for customer satisfaction. Among the 24 life insurance companies included in the study, MassMutual was ranked No. 10.

Customer satisfaction category MassMutual's score
Overall satisfaction"About average"
Billing and payment"About average"
Price"About average"
Policy offerings"About average"
Interaction"About average"

More about MassMutual

Types of life insurance soldOther products & services
  • Term life.
  • Whole life.
  • Universal life.
  • Variable universal life.
  • Annuities.
  • Disability insurance.
  • Long-term care insurance.
  • Workplace benefits.
  • Investment, wealth management and trust services.

    Immediate term life insurance: MassMutual’s Direct Term is available online, and coverage takes effect immediately if the application is approved. Applicants must take medical exams within 90 days. After the exam results are in, the coverage price is adjusted if necessary. You can cancel the policy and get a refund, or change the coverage amount if the price goes up. MassMutual also offers term life insurance online through a subsidiary, Haven Life. Haven Life uses medical information to set rates, but most younger and healthy applicants don’t need to take a medical exam. In addition, MassMutual sells term life offline through its advisors.

    Permanent life insurance: MassMutual offers whole, universal and variable universal life through its advisors. Whole life policy owners are eligible to earn dividends. The company also offers guaranteed-acceptance insurance online to people age 50 to 75 to cover final expenses. No medical exam is required.

    Special-needs planning: MassMutual runs the American College MassMutual Center for Special Needs in partnership with The American College of Financial Services in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The center educates financial professionals on how to help parents and caregivers financially plan for loved ones with disabilities and other special needs.