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

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    • 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 an 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.  

    Good people in the trenches, bad environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant

    I worked at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Learned from peers, actually liked the improvements of the paperless system (although it took a lot of adjustment and was not perfect.

    Cons

    Grim environment with work going overseas when I was there. It was understood that most of the underwriting assistants and some management would be let go but no dates were given. Just shows how conscientious the UWs were because they continued to do their best not even knowing when they would be laid off, but sure that they would be. Management shuffled and reorganized, older workers not getting enough help with the new technology. The overseas workers being trained were hard-working, intelligent people but they did not have perfect American English so much time was wasted trying to fix errors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know the present situation, but hope that this company learned that outsourcing is not a quick shortcut to profits. Have more respect for your experienced workers with accuracy and experience under their belts. Work on company culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Eh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Had such amazing potential

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Argo Group (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers and immediate boss who worked tirelessly to build each other up, provide top of the line service and had the courage to do the right thing; good benefit compensation.

    Cons

    Poor top leadership (appointing the incorrect people to key, decision-making positions; misuse of corporate resources, funds and employees; unprofessional behavior of C-level management); company values are only posters on the walls; cronyism is rampant, outsourcing of key customer-facing positions that made this specialty commercial insurance company great was extremely detrimental; all of these things led to a sad corporate culture and was so unnecessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board of Directors and C-level management should be changed where appropriate; exit interviews should be taken seriously; input from non-management employees should be valued instead of snubbed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good employer as a smaller company but I enjoyed it less as it grew in size.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Could be fun to work there at times. If you are a slacker, you can probably blend in without getting fired due to the mediocrity that surrounds you. Salaries were ok. Lots of office locations if one wished to move around.

    Cons

    Poor bonuses. The president of the group can be quite arrogant and is not a real people-person. High expense ratios. Under-performers were not exited out of the company at all. Mr. Watson seems to discourage alternative views and seeks out those who will not disagree with him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the focus on becoming the biggest insurance company and reduce the expense ratio.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good People, Bad Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay was ok. People were good, made many friends.

    Cons

    The workload, expectations and especially the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better, like you actually value them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    "Okay'. But they need a lot of help.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Argo Group

    Pros

    A pretty stable place to work. Nice people. Easy to talk to and generally are willing to help you. Good 401k matching.

    Cons

    No direction for the future. Too much red tape and "culture" is pretty much non-existent. There are no incentives to do better. People just show up everyday and go through the motions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the stale managers and learn to have fun. Get some new people in the door with fresh ideas and learn to be innovative. People spend too much of their lives at work to not enjoy it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    THE PETER PRINCIPLE STILL RINGS TRUE

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Pros

    They are a growing company.

    Cons

    They do not promote from within. Almost every management position in the last 3 years have gone to outside personnel, transfers between departments is rarely if ever done. Micromanagement on every issue from top to bottom. Severe under staffing. Implements new procedures without input from staff that will have to utilize new programs to assist in determining if the new program will work or be of benefit. Making promises to new policyholders without determining if the department responsible can realistically complete the work promised. Better to tell the truth than make commitments that cannot later be kept due to under staffing, lack of necessary technology etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get feedback and input from staff. Encourage continuing education as promoted in the company manual but usually is declined by local management. Training for new staff - none - need to be more pro-active and not reactive to possible problems and legitimate concerns in procedures. Pat on the back on occasion for employees who excel and work 60-70 hours a week for no additional pay to keep promises management has made. Instead of just the " no one asked you too" normal response from middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Clueless CEO

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Talented, hard working staff and middle management

    Cons

    Worked way too many weekends to meet high expectations, but other departments left a 5:00 every day and were never held to account for consistently dropping the ball. CEO is aloof - between the private jets and the housing allowances, he seems to enjoy spending the shareholders' money on his personal luxury.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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