Argo Group

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Argo Group Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
30 Reviews
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Argo Group President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Argonaut Group Mark E. Watson III
Mark E. Watson III
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  1.  

    Okay Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, they throw parties and go all out. Liquor, cigars, food, the works decent time off policy. decent lower management.

    Cons

    Compensation, Nepotism, Politics, selfish culture, hardly any procedures in place. Upper management is very difficult to please. the lower managers mostly are good, but they cant do much because of the higher management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more than a 3% max raise, give opportunities for real growth, become more interested in your employees than the liquor in the executive kitchen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Eh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Rapid growth through many acquisitions.

    Cons

    Needs to scale for growth. Too decentralized.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience, lots of opportunity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Beautiful offices
    Good benefits with an incredible employee referral bonus
    Upper management gives a lot of freedom to business units to create their own atmosphere

    Cons

    Slow implementation of new practices
    Too little regulation of employee relations guidelines. Managers are give a lot of freedom, which can be great with great managers and detrimental with not so great managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    International company with businesses in multiple countries; profitable with record revenues in recent years; growth primarily through acquisition

    Cons

    Core Values are not applicable. The C-Suite execs are arrogant, dismissive, and don't care about employees. Leadership has no integrity. They don't pay bonuses even though the company realizes growth and profitability. Employees are regularly asked to perform more with little recognition. The company is stuck in last century, no integration or vision for meaningful growth, thus expense rations are out of control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold yourself accountable to the same standards as you would your subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Location, facilities, nice people, lots of overtime

    Cons

    Too meant executive privileges, hence the high expense ratio

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent, lead, communicate, and keep your A players

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic Enivornment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some very talented individuals in the organization.

    Cons

    The list is extensive:
    Lack of vision and direction
    Poor change management
    Expense ratios are out of control
    Executives do not walk the talk, values are just words on a piece of paper, they are not demonstrated
    Total lack of trust in the organization
    Great talent is walking out the door at an alarming rate
    Micromanagement is abundant
    Employees are not treated with respect
    "My way or the highway" environment, diverse ideas are not welcomed or considered

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid small company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amaller company which makes it easy to navigate. Competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Many small divisions due to acquisitions which are branded differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Offices closing, employees do not know it yet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    medical, dental and vision insurance

    Cons

    Employee number, not you or who you are is what matter. Anyone over the age 50 is subject to being let go and the position is not being replaced. I saw many people lose jobs due to outsourcing. Underwriting profits are not coming in, claims are down, too many people and not enough income to cover expoenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the people now rather than wait until Christmas to say your job is being consolidated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Working Here Sucks the Big One

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Pros

    Covered parking and comfortable desk chairs

    Cons

    Management team and Board lack ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Repent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gentry, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gentry, AR

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Pros

    Very flexible and good people

    Cons

    sometimes business slows down a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this is a different argo group

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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