Cincinnati Financial Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. Micromanagent - Old School

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice building and easy location

    Cons

    Family retired and now everyone is just a number. Managers treat associates different depending how they like you. HR backs the managers by making the manager manual vague to the point where one manager can allow their team flexibility while another can not. Female managers go by the book and are not flexible. Managers in general are more concerned about you being at your desk 8:00-4:45 vs. your value add to the client. Pay is low, stay a couple years to get underwriting experience then leave and get a minimal 30% raise.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize your management styles because associates talk terrible about you. Be more flexible to allow better life/work balance. Focus on value add vs. worrying if someone is sitting at their desk.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Senior Claims Rep

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 30 Years An Adjuster in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - 30 Years An Adjuster in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company Car was a nice benefit

    Cons

    Technology is old and outdated

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  3. Helpful (4)

    Great company to work for until you are about to reach 20 years and the age of 62

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

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As long as the founders had the power & control, this was an ideal career. As a Field Auditor, the fact the Home Office was 450 miles away was irrelevant. This was due to the fabulous Home Office Support. The communication between, our department reviewers, the I.T. Dept., Underwriters, etc. made it possible to be successful in the field.

    Cons

    2011 The last family member retired and the company hired a CEO, from outside of the company. I have been living with change, every day of my 19 years with Cincinnati but, after the new leadership took the power & control away from individual departments and put Human Resources in charge of generating reviews and other decisions, I became only a clock number. It is no longer the company I was proud to represent.

    Advice to Management

    They don't want advice, nor would they listen. They are in charge. Period. The remaining Associates, former colleagues have had to conform and find a way to proceed with this new regime and if their close to retirement will probably feel the pressure of being phased out.


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  5. Contracting at Cincinnati Financial Corporation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Fairfield, OH

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice building and cafeteria. Plenty of free parking.

    Cons

    Not much training in using their requirements applications for testing their Commercial Insurance applications to test their monthly releases. My 6 month contract was not renewed a second time - they were offshoring my position.

    Advice to Management

    Heard that offshoring the testing of their commercial insurance was later canceled and the testing was brought back to Fairfield Ohio.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Nice place to work for the culture, bad place to work for new technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Developer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the number of people there allow you to meet at least one person you will get along with, and the environment is quite lax. It is a stable place to work, and layoffs in IT have never happened, or at least that's what I hear. They take care of their employees with events, discounts, and an effort to get you involved with the community. They give additional access to fitness programs, jewelry sales, used car sales, and other items for sale at a discount. They are flexible with your work-life balance. The pay and benefits are better than expected.

    Cons

    This is a tough place for a younger mind to be in software development. The project we work on is a giant beast whose coding is grounded in some very old practices (Think GOTO statements), and there is little chance to improve anything. "Training" is offered when you start, but it is hardly enough to get you understanding how the code works; rather, it is a brief walkthrough of the website's UI. Documentation is next to nothing, there is no knowledge base, and asking for help is often like a pinball game, where you're bounced from cubicle to cubicle to ask someone else to get an answer. The project is Being an insurance company, there is red tape in every direction, which greatly slows down development. There are some hard headed developers who are adamant about policing other developers, and other developers who are adamant and vocal that their way is right and everything else is wrong. In the end, it can be a very discouraging place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Let IT be technology centered, not insurance centered. By having development rely on your industry knowledge of insurance, you are losing a lot of bright minds. Be watchful of how involved your team leads are in the team, as some do not actually lead. Promote based on potential you see, not based on time on the job, and reward accordingly. Tear down the cubicles at least halfway and let us have a view. It encourages communication, and improves morale. Create a team solely dedicated to utilities, so those looking for a creative outlet in an otherwise bland project can have encouragement to work hard. Lastly, do not let the HR system boil all of your hard work down to a whole number (1 ~ 5). This encourages only five different levels of employee (Legally able to fire, almost legally able to fire, has a job, works harder than is paid for, has a best friend in HR).


  7. Helpful (4)

    Looking good on papers overrides commitment, rectitude and hard work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, OH

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Direct managers appreciate hard work and integrity. They communicate what steps are needed to succeed and guide employees towards those goals.

    Cons

    Tenure, hard work, integrity do not matter with some upper management. Looking good on paper is what counts not the reality of how hard one works nor how dedicated someone is to their work and the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and promotional practices need to be reevaluated. Stop discounting hard and dedicated workers just because they do not fit in a perfect little box. You are loosing some good people.


  8. Helpful (4)

    This company is all about making money now, and that is all.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Claims Representative
    Former Employee - Field Claims Representative

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    After five years of employment, you gain three weeks of vacation.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance for a field employee. They lose people without re-hiring, so many, (if not all), in the field are often overworked. Every adjuster I worked with complained of the workload on a daily basis. Promotions are non-existent if you don't have the right connections. If sexual harassment is claimed, they make the person who made the claim feel like they asked to be harassed. Sexism is also an issue which is never addressed as it is a "good ol' boys" philosophy. If you are a Caucasian male with a family member who worked for CIC at home office you will be set. If you don't fit that criteria, good luck.

    Advice to Management

    Remember how and why the company started. Remember that it is not always all about the money. CIC used to value building QUALITY business relationships and I question whether that is what the main priority is at this point. It is sad that this is becoming just another mediocre (at best) insurance company...


  9. Helpful (8)

    Office Space - the reality show

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial

    Pros

    Job security, good people, free parking, cafeteria ... Can't think of much more than that

    Cons

    Cube farm hell. Dress code too conservative. Culture is straight out of 1965. Insurance is about as exciting as root canal. IT employees stuck with old technology. Where IT careers go to die.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up... It is 2014 after all


  10. Helpful (6)

    Not the same company it used to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Overworked, underpaid, stressful. No room for growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    When I first started with the company many years ago, I was so proud to working at CFC. Everyone was nice, happy, helpful. You put in 45 hours a week and you were good to go. Now, you have to work at least 50 hours to keep your head above water. There is an unspoken expectation that you need to work from home after you put in 8 or more hours at the office. I believe Mr. Shiff is probably rolling over in his grave right now. The company he started, is not the company that stands today. He started the company with family values and wanted to put family first. He waned his employees happy, he knew them by name. Mr. Johnston has lost sight of the foundation the company was built upon. Even Mr. Shiff Jr. was more about employee happiness not just making money. Don't get me wrong, money keeps the lights on and salaries paid but at what cost? I know more people on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medicaitions now because of the stress there. The majority of staff are unhappy. The CEO needs to starts over and put the employees first.


  11. From A Temp's Point of View.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Assistant in Fairfield, OH
    Current Contractor - Assistant in Fairfield, OH

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Easy work for the most part.

    Cons

    Insincere co-workers who treat temps like a commodity.

    Advice to Management

    Update your painfully outdated software. Have regular employees treat temps as people without sounding fake and insincere. They might try to act friendly towards you, but they are transparent as can be. This place holds their precious underwriters in such high regard but in reality...they're just some people that took a few weeks of training and a lot still don't seem to know what to do. Basically this place needs a lesson in class and humility. If they spent half as much time trying to become a better company and less time talking about Baseball & Football they might accomplish Mr. Johnston's "vision".



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