Markel Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. It was a good experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Markel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I liked the people and the assignment.

    Cons

    I was a contractor. What i thought might be a longer opportunity turned out not to be.

  2. Helpful (1)

    I had a great time working at Markel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Markel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had a great time working at Markel. The team and culture was great. Working in Information Management under Rob was great. I really believe he's taking his group far.The learning experience and the structure of work was great. I really recommend Markel as an employer.

    Cons

    Since the group, I worked under was relatively new, there are obvious growing pains with new hires that should wrinkle out over time. There are very few negatives that I have about working at Markel.

  3. Working at Markel has been an enjoyable and challenging experience.

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    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter

    I have been working at Markel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Intelligent and driven staff, with good work ethics.

    Supports continued education.

    Interdependent department's with emphasis placed on collaborations.

    Management with an open door policy.

    Cons

    Flex scheduling and remote access are limited and discouraged.

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  5. Nick Conca CCO promotion is fantastic. Britt Gleason and Nick Conca make a great team.

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    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Glen Allen, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Glen Allen, VA

    I have been working at Markel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The removal of specialized claim persons is long overdue. The addition of Alterra claim personnel has been a positive impact that has allowed for a change to continue to evolve the prior process of over thinking the simple tasks of claims handling in obtaining facts, damages and liability.

    Cons

    There are 3 to 4 persons doing the same thing. There are numerous forms and tasks that create the sense that completing forms is more important than handling the claim.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the forms, for example there is no need for a form and another form and another form for a claim that is settled for less than $100,000.

  6. Have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company

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    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter

    I have been working at Markel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance; Advancement opportunities; Coworkers are easy to get along with; Well respected company; Efforts are made to ensure happy employees

    Cons

    Nepotism / favoritism; turnover (at times); communication can be better; Not everyone agrees with differing opinions; not much other than that

  7. Strong financial company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Markel

    Pros

    Has money in the bank

    Cons

    Career development, growing too fast

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Markel

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The hours are relaxed and there's a familial nature in the work environment. There's a concerted focus by management on longevity and growth. Markel is a great place to work for insurance professionals as there are multiple opportunities for professional growth and development as well as career advancement.

    Cons

    The employee demographics do not lend favorably towards a young ambitious under-30 type. Although co-workers were overly friendly and approachable, it was difficult to develop any real chemistry.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at the corporate age-structure and continue to think in terms of long-run growth. Increase college recruiting efforts.

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