Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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2.8 171 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Chairman, President, and CEO J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.

J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.

(69 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Environment, Best Work Life Balance(in 6 reviews)

  • Some people can work from home, but you have to be a management favorite(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Some areas of the company do not have a good work/life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • Outdated computer systems; constantly freezing or shutting down(in 7 reviews)

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    A lot of opportunity for young professionals

    Commercial Underwriter (Current Employee)

    ProsI have worked at the company for more than 5 years now and there is a lot of opportunity for advancement and career growth. Young talent are fastracked through the EDGE program with your peers. Benefits are decent compared to other competitors. My direct management is encouraging and gets the whole work-life balance deal. If you work hard and do what's right, you'll be given opportunities to move up within the company.

    ConsOnly 10 vacation days and 3 floating days to start. Needs to be 15 +3 but that's something you could negotiate if you really wanted.

    Office culture is a little stale at times and it's a full time desk job for me. Pay was a little on the low side with competitors.

    One big turn off is the company pumps itself up all the time and it's a bunch of hullabaloo if you ask me. Yes, it's a growing and diverse company but they make a big deal about yearly growth and it's really externally through acquisitions and not organic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake it a fun place to work. Offices that don't see. Liens every day should be casual. Celebrate birthdays and events as a group. Provide small rewards for extra work...create a fun incentive program for your people ($50 gift card for top producers each month, etc.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too much change for the sake of centralization and cost-cutting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are many good people to work with.

    ConsThe last 7 years has been nothing but change, much of it good, but some very painful for much of the company. The work-live balance is non-existant as working on a majority of weekends is unavoidable and there is little opportunity to take vacation time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome Internship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood guidance throughout internship. Not much pressure. Gained a lot of experience.

    ConsSometimes there can be a lot of work, but that is to be expected.

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    Career opportunities, but some dumb people in power, and they don't love the employee

    (Former Employee) Larkspur, CA

    ProsThere are definitely good opportunities for growth depending on which area of the organization you work in. I worked in a small field office with a great boss for Gallagher Benefit Services and mostly had a good experience. You get an opportunity to work with a lot of different people and that's very helpful for career and personal growth. Benefits were ok - not great - with the exception of the 401(k) plan because they have an awesome match.

    ConsIvory tower headquarters sometimes would dictate incredibly unworkable and stupid plans to the field offices.

    There are good people in the organization and there are also some incredibly lame ones. Never fun when the lame ones are in a position of authority and make really stupid decisions that impact everyone!!

    One thing that bothered me was how willing Gallagher was to screw the employees if it meant pleasing the shareholders. (I imagine it's the same for all the large corporations?) When the economy tanked a few years back they stopped giving raises and they froze all holiday parties. The economy started recovering, stock prices started rising and then they still wouldn't give raises or let you have holiday parties. I can't tell you the # of lame "explanations" I heard from corporate leadership. They pushed as hard as they could without wanting to give back.

    With all that said, I don't regret the 10 years I spent there. But I'm very glad to be at a smaller company now that values employees much more than Gallagher did.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor GBS, so much of your business is with the field offices...get their input before you let some practice leader sell you on an idea that you need the field offices to buy into in order for it to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wonderful company with lots of growth and positive culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company is a very positive place to work with lots of activity, growth through organic sales and acquisition, and generally a great place to work. The CEO is a wonderful guy with a very engaging style and is able to talk to any group and make them feel welcome and appreciated. The company is built on a core set of values that really drive their culture. I would like to work here again in the future.

    ConsSome areas of the company do not have a good work/life balance. Depends on your manager (like a lot of places).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood place to start your career

    Consslow at getting things processed

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    Probably above average for large US broker/consultants

    Consulting/Compliance (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunities exist for self-starters. Don't wait for management or anyone else show your career path. If you go to work there, take time to learn how the company operates, really before starting out on your own career path. The extent to which you succeed will be largely based on your ability to see a need and fill it, while doing what is expected of you. The company is large, geographically dispersed and it's regions are led by very different people. In many ways, your success will depend on your location and the division. Definitely not a place to be nurtured.

    ConsOverall, the cons of this organization really depend on your division and your location. Being the right gender doesn't hurt either. The biggest con is the lack of management accountability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of your bubble and start finding out what's really going on in some areas of the company, significant areas. Every once in a while acknowledge the flaws and what the company is doing to address them. No companies perfect, and trying to pretend that you are only makes the employees skeptical about what they're being told.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Itasca, IL

    ProsGreat company to work for, everyone is helpful and encourages each other to grow.

    ConsThere truly are no cons for this company. If you fit in with the culture and you work hard, the opportunities at Gallagher are limitless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Internship Experience at AJG

    Brokerage Services Intern (Former Employee) Itasca, IL

    ProsGreat exposure as an intern. You get a feel for all of the divisions AJG operates which helps to decide which one you would prefer to work in if given an offer. Excellent support system and mentorship program as well.

    ConsYou don't get many assignments to complete on your own. You are more or less just shadowing the daily lives of employees. The one assignment you get is the Sales Challenge which is pretty exciting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive interns more opportunity to prove themselves and get experience on the job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A lot of work for little pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Jacksonville, FL

    ProsThe hours are good. The work is structured, yet- its in the hands of the person that does the work.

    ConsThere's a lot of work and the company as a whole doesn't pay its employees very well. It doesn't matter how much you are in charge of, what you do, how long you stay, you will not be paid what you are worth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is more than one way of doing things. Be open to ideas. Pay your employees for the hard work that they do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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