Athene Annuity Reviews

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    69 Lydecker Street
    Nyack, NY 10960
    (845) 358-2300
    (845) 353-0273 (Fax)
    http://athene.com


    Last Updated: 2019-04-26

    Company Reviews (28)

  • 14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.

    Awful communication/service, January, 2019

    Had an annuity policy for over 10 years. Tried to request a 10 yr annuity pay out. Web site, email, phone- none worked to get what we needed. They kept insisting they'd mailed the info; we never received it. They wouldn't even communicate with our local agent. Truly awful service. They act as though they don't want to give us OUR money. Will never deal with them again in any way.

    • Other Insurance
    • Raleigh, NC
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful.

    Athene FUCKED UP BIG TIME, January, 2019

    Athene purchased life insurance accounts form another company, but all they wanted were the Annuity accounts. They wern't set up to process Life Insurance Accounts, so they just ignored the life insurance accounts and didn't do automatic bank withdrawals each month when they should have. Now they want us to pay all the withdrawals they didn't make in one big lump sum. If you have the same problem and would like to sue them along with me . . . email me at richard@hdgabq.com

    • Life Insurance
    • Albuquerque, NM
    • 76 Year Old Male
    • Customer for 1 - 2 Years
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  • 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.

    A nightmare to deal with, February, 2019

    They send letter after letter requesting more and more info that is not on the change of ownership form. We send them the info they ask for and then they keep asking for something else. This has been going on for 4 months. They are nightmare to deal with Please stay away and do not buy annuities from them.. They will also lie to you and tell it is all taken care of when it is not.

    • Other Insurance
    • Mahwah, NJ
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.

    poor comunication, December, 2018

    I have requested a form to begin regular payments the response has been awful. The rep says they have sent the form four times, but I have never received it.

    • Life Insurance
    • Sandy, UT
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.

    policy cancelled, poor customer service, January, 2019

    this company cancelled (2 of my 4) my policies during the conversion process... I need to re-instate my 2 policies and have gotten no communication.

    • Life Insurance
    • Stone Mountain, GA
    • 61 Year Old Male
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.

    Death benefit on mortgage paid off, January, 2019

    Date of death 11/2018 It took 50+ days waiting for a check. All docs were sent including original death certificate & W9 within 10 days of notice..Avoiding paying me for almost 2 months. Apparently 5+ calls later they sent a check. A lot less after continuing to decrease the amount after the death?? --$2000.00?? It was set up in auto pay monthly. They never missed taking it out!! Not happy with the way they conduct their business.. I won't have anything else with them now. About as close as you can be to be deceptive..

    • Life Insurance
    • White Hall, AR
    • Female
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 41 of 43 people found the following review helpful.

    Awful. Poor customer service., May, 2017

    This company is playing games with customers. They will tell you they are going through a "conversion". The conversion have been going on for over two years. They have forgotten who the customer is and that they have customer $$. Their customer support is terrible...the worst. I have not received a statement in over two years. My annuity account is a mess and I cannot get any help from them. Who runs this company?

    • Other Insurance
    • Bend, OR
    • 57 Year Old Female
    • Customer for 2 - 3 Years
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  • 36 of 38 people found the following review helpful.

    Run for the hills, August, 2017

    Athene purchased the company that underwrote my life insurance policy. They have major issues (they blame on the conversion) and they really don't seem to care to fix them. I received a statement showing i had a loan balance against my policy. When I called to ask why.....the customer service rep had "no idea". Two weeks later I got a letter stating i had not paid my policy and therefore a loan was taken against my policy to prevent it from being cancelled (that is the option i had chosen on the policy). I called them....gave them the check number, date it cleared my bank account......they said i needed to send them proof by submitting a copy of the cancelled check. I did that the very same day......2 months later nothing has been done. I called them 2 weeks ago and the rep said they had all the information they needed....she had no idea why it was not resolved but she would put a "rush on it". Called yesterday.....still no resolution....no idea why the "rush" was not completed. Spoke to a "team lead".....she will put a "rush on it". I laughed telling her they already tried that trick and 2 weeks later it still is not resolved. He answer basically was......we will work on it and eventually get it fixed. I suggested they need to credit my account now and suspense the amount on their books until they figure it out. I am now waiting for a "manager" to return my call. I am not holding my breath. I spoke to someone else who happens to have a life policy with them......they told me they got the same letter saying they did not pay their policy. The amount was small enough that instead of validating.....they just sent another check. Sounds like the "conversion" from Aviva is a mess and a lot of customers are being taken advantage of with no urgency to resolve. STAY AWAY from this insurer if you are smart!!!

    • Life Insurance
    • Irving, TX
    • Customer for 6 Months - 1 Year
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  • 28 of 30 people found the following review helpful.

    I would give NO stars if I could, February, 2018

    Went to file a death claim for my father.

    My father had the policy from 1972 until his death in 2017.

    The prompt that you will receive for calling them does not even align with their company name and you will think it is a different company.

    Please be aware:

    * They send the bills MONTHS AFTER they are due. * When you call you will ALWAYS have issues. I have been calling them for 3 years and each and every time I have had a hassle.

    * They will bill you even after you FILE A DEATH CLAIM on the file for the deceased.

    * They will try to cheat you. Always know the face value of the policy and look over every single deduction they send on the pay out.

    * Always keep notes of the days you call on. If they pretend they do not know what you are talking about you can have them reference the audio tapes from those calls. IF THEY SAY THEY CANNOT... ask to speak to a supervisor. They can listen to an audio recording of every call made to them.

    • Life Insurance
    • Rice Lake, WI
    • 42 Year Old Female
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 24 of 27 people found the following review helpful.

    a rip off company, September, 2017

    DO NOT use this company for annuity's RIP OFF

    Sell you on program with a bonus then change to another wording of selection when receive contract (One word change) so you do not get bonus. No way to find out until 1 year later then its too late for refund RIP OFF

    Only way to find out what you have or your big 1 1/2 % interest is when they send your letter at 1 year , no calling them they will not give any info over phone

    • Life Insurance
    • Delta, OH
    • Customer for 2 - 3 Years
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  • 16 of 18 people found the following review helpful.

    Stay away from this company!!!, May, 2018

    This company is such a joke. I’ve been an insurance agent for 20 years and I have never seen a company operate like this one has. My husband and I are in the same group that got scammed by this conversion nonsense. They stopped pulling out our monthly payments and are now telling us that we owe them over $1000 to be paid in a lump sum. Unbelievable!! I have never seen a life insurance company operate this shoddily. Stay away, stay far away from Athene.

    • Life Insurance
    • Nooksack, WA
    • Customer for 1 - 2 Years
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  • 14 of 16 people found the following review helpful.

    Still trying to get 2018 1099R for taxes, May, 2018

    A long held life insurance policy was acquired by Athene several years ago and we've had nothing but trouble. First they didn't bill us saying it was a systems issue. Our agent said he can't get them to pay him. Finally cashed it out last fall. After weeks of calling finally got a 1099R the end of March which was definitely inaccurate. Asked for a corrected one or explanation of their numbers, and after a month received a copy of the same inaccurate 1099R we got in March. Now the end of May, still trying to get a corrected 1099R. They won't let you talk to "tax department" on the phone.

    • Life Insurance
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Customer for 2 - 3 Years
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  • 14 of 16 people found the following review helpful.

    Stay away as far as you can, May, 2018

    This company is a joke. They are out to scam ppls, stay away. For those that already signed up wit this company I feel bad for all ya. They don’t care about their customers, don’t listen to you all they want is your money. If you have ANY problems with them good luck trying to resolve.

    • Life Insurance
    • Sacramento, CA
    • 43 Year Old Male
    • Customer for 3 - 5 Years
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  • 14 of 16 people found the following review helpful.

    TOLD ME MY DAD IS DEAD! HE'S NOT!, April, 2018

    My father had a policy with them. He and my stepmom received a letter in the mail offering condolences about his death.?!?! He had a policy with them. My dad called them the same day to correct them. Despite this and an apology from "Mike B.", a couple weeks later, my sister and I got a FB message from one of their agents asking if we knew him because he was deceased! My dad lives thousands of miles away. I had the worst panic attack of my life. What kind of company makes these kinds of mistakes?!?!

    • Life Insurance
    • Lakewood, WA
    • Customer for Less than 6 Months
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  • 7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.

    really miss CGU!, October, 2018

    Horrible, they acquire my annuity I've had for many years. @14 years I have never had an issue receiving my payment. First time they,52 days between checks!Now you can't get info, just attitudes. All they say is it's processed the 26th.I have never received it on the 26th.My bank was confused too, said once they process, they would see it?!If 26 is a weekend/ holiday, who knows when you will get it Today is Sat. 27th @3:04pm, no payment yet tomorrow is Sunday.Lovely trying to paying bills now! In previous months if 26th was Friday,I had it Saturday.Well usually...

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    • Deerfield, NH
    • 37 Year Old Female
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.

    Death Benefit Annuity, September, 2018

    Athene wouldn't let me take out any money. I needed surgery this March and I needed 20K, at the time there was over 70K in the Annuity.

    They stated I checked a box March 2017 that I checked a box on the death claim form to receive it quarterly. I was trying to get monies together and pool whatever resources to pay off my Mom's debt and try to pay her Mortgage. My Mom died of Leukemia in Feb. 2017.

    There is no way I would've checked that box. My question is this: How come when I checked with a company that could get my Athene Annuity and charge me a percentage, why can't I do that???

    I can make decisions as to whom gets this Annuity if I die before it runs as to who the Primary and Contingent are. I find this to be unethical.

    Sherrie Kelly

    470-304-5370

    • Other Insurance
    • Braselton, GA
    • 58 Year Old Female
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 13 of 15 people found the following review helpful.

    AWFUL CUSTOMER SERVICE, September, 2018

    Called main office in Des Moines, IA for re-allocation. ARROGANT, RUDE, SNARKY rep --Carolyn. Asked for the manager in charge and was offered a supervisor. Eeked out the name of VP --Kevin Christianson. Was told "You cannot talk to him." Called in a 2nd time.

    Got Yolanda. Same dance! Would NEVER do business with these assholes again!

    • Other Insurance
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Male
    • Customer for 1 - 2 Years
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  • 2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

    The Best annuity, January, 2019

    I am glad that one of my friend show me the one of the best annuity plan so that I can roll over my 401K. I got 5% bonus when I have roll over my money.

    • Other Insurance
    • Marshall, VA
    • 53 Year Old Female
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

    Great annuity Plan, January, 2019

    my dad wanted to invest some of his saving for retirement so I contact one of the Financial Service provider and he suggested me Performance Elite annuity 9 yrs ago. His money is almost double now.

    • Other Insurance
    • Island Lake, IL
    • 46 Year Old Male
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

    One of the Best Annuity, January, 2019

    I own Performance Elite since last 3 yrs and I have very good experience. My Cousin has advised me to roll over my IRA money and I am so glad I did. Losing money is not an option with Index annuity.

    • Other Insurance
    • Crystal Lake, IL
    • 53 Year Old Male
    • Customer for 2 - 3 Years
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  • 2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

    Best annuity, January, 2019

    I own Performance Elite 15 since last 5 yrs and I have very good experience. I do not have any complains.I got very good return in last 5 years and the is 0% floor which is no loss guarantee.

    • Life Insurance
    • Des Plaines, IL
    • 28 Year Old Male
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

    best service and best policy , January, 2019

    I have annuity contract since last 3 year. When I have roll over my 401K , I got 8% bonus and it have zero floor. First years retun was almost 8 %.

    • Life Insurance
    • Knoxville, TN
    • 50 Year Old Male
    • Customer for 2 - 3 Years
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  • 2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

    best service and best policy, January, 2019

    I have found that Athene has best policy with competitive premium and service is great. I am very satisfied after having this policy contract.

    • Other Insurance
    • Knoxville, TN
    • 50 Year Old Male
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.

    Awful Customer Service, April, 2019

    Athene's launched a new internal system and it has not been working properly for 4 weeks now. I could not view my account online for 2 weeks of that time. I can view is now, but documents are out of order. Hold times to call the company are 30 plus minutes. When you do finally get a representative they give you answers like I don't know or put you on hold and the call disconnects. I will not be renewing my policy at Athene! Do not invest your money with them.

    • Other Insurance
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • 29 Year Old Female
    • Customer for 3 - 5 Years
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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

    Athene does 1 thing, Fixed Indexed Annuities., March, 2019

    What to see the #1, #2 and #3 performing fixed indexed annuities in the nation. Athene. Want to see an index that has been up 4 of the past 6 years, and returned double digits to all policy holders. Athene. Want the best income in retirement. Athene. Want to trust a company that that always has your best interest first? Call Athene.

    • Other Insurance
    • Plano, TX
    • 65 Year Old Male
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

    Terrible Customer Service, March, 2019

    Never received 1099 for tax purposes. When I called they said it would take 7 business days. That was two weeks ago and I still haven't received it.

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    • Sacramento, CA
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

    Do. Not. Use. This. Company. , March, 2019

    My ex husband purchased life insurance for myself and our three children. He had the Athene policy for me and used Symetra for our kids. After he passed away Symerta paid the policy in three days. They automatically deposited it into their bank accounts. As for Athene they waited 90 days to send a letter saying they had decided not to give me the money because we weren’t still married. After consulting a lawyer we all agreed to let them pay my kids instead and they could just reimburse me as opposed to fighting them. We faxed the paperwork from the kids within a week. They waited an additional 90 days (the time they have to pay the policy) to tell us they were missing a page of the paperwork. Mind you the page they were missing was an informational page that had zero to do with us or our policy. We then resent the fax and sent the same information in the mail. It then took them 30 more days to pay the policy (only after threatening to turn them in for insurance fraud). So to recap SYMETRA paid out three times as much money in THREE DAYS while PUKETHENE, oops I mean ATHENE paid one policy in SEVEN MONTHS. I wish I could take out an ad to warn people how horrid they are. They don’t listen, take notes, remember anything previously discussed, answer the phone in a timely manner or send your money without much effort on your part when you’re already so sad. I cannot discourage you enough. Don’t use this company unless you like being frustrated and angry.

    • Life Insurance
    • Newberg, OR
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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  • 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.

    Do not Do Business With Them, April, 2019

    Cashed out two policies with them a year apart. Each time the 1099R I received was inaccurate. They amended one of them but cannot get them to review the other even though the policies were the same and the same mistake was made on each. They overstated taxable income on both, causing headaches when filing taxes and now having to amend both returns through the IRS.

    • Life Insurance
    • Largo, FL
    • 48 Year Old Female
    • Customer for 5+ Years
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