Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
182 Reviews
2.9
182 Reviews
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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Chairman, President, and CEO J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.
J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.
74 Ratings

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  • Outdated computer systems; constantly freezing or shutting down (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great insight into the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brokerage Services Intern  in  Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Brokerage Services Intern in Itasca, IL

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    a lot of industry growth

    Cons

    Difficult to break into sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to show your dedication, but not be rewarded

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter  in  Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time

    Pros

    Lots are technology to help you do your job. Lots of older employees to learn from. Great place to learn and develop skills and experience.

    Cons

    Too demanding. Over worked and under paid. Company only wants to make as much money as possible for their shareholders. Focused on developing India-based Service Center. Pulling away from a personal relationship and trying to commoditize/standardize all processes. Has become just a jumping board for upcoming, developing talent to find jobs elsewhere in the industry. Hard to take a "Vacation" and not worry about your desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw a bone to the worker ants. Realize keeping the pedal to the metal 24/7 gets old real fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A lot of opportunity for young professionals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Underwriter
    Current Employee - Commercial Underwriter

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Only 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are many good people to work with.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome Internship

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Larkspur, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Larkspur, CA

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Ivory 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 ManagementAdvice

    For 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful company with lots of growth and positive culture.

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

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    good place to start your career

    Cons

    slow at getting things processed

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Probably above average for large US broker/consultants

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting/Compliance
    Current Employee - Consulting/Compliance

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Opportunities 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.

    Cons

    Overall, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company!

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

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    None!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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