Argo Group Reviews

Updated August 10, 2015
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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. Underwriter

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter
    Former Employee - Underwriter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers and nice management. Continuing education supported.

    Cons

    Systems need some work for consistent functionality.

    Advice to Management

    Support better systems.


  2. Senior Underwriter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Local people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than market; no raises in several years

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees. They have a value.


  3. Manger

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wide range of positions to get training

    Cons

    Too much politics, favoritism, and male dominating at the senior level.

    Advice to Management

    Potential leaders are throughout the org. Not just the young. Too focus on just the young, need to focus also on your long term, dedicated employees.


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  5. Okay Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good people in the trenches, bad environment

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Eh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Rapid growth through many acquisitions.

    Cons

    Needs to scale for growth. Too decentralized.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Had such amazing potential

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good People, Bad Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Treat your employees better, like you actually value them.



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