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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Loved it for many years, but the last 3 were miserable

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OneBeacon

    Pros

    During the last 3 years, the benefits to working at OneBeacon was a fair salary and an easy commute.

    Cons

    There were a number of layoffs during the recession, which I understood, but I feel that the layoffs went too far. Several people who had unique skill sets & knowledge that was still needed were let go, which left many people doing work that was above their job level, experience & qualifications. The people that were retained had to take on not just more work, but more difficult work, resulting in poor performance. People weren't allowed to work overtime to catch up, so a lot of things just simply didn't get done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are people, not machines. Treat them as such.

  2. Worst experience of my life

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

    I worked at OneBeacon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some good, knowledgeable people here.

    Cons

    Horrible HR practices. I was accused of something I didn't do. Proper investigation would have proven that. I was advised that it was too costly and time consuming to do so. I was not terminated but they "put a note in my file" and somehow this confidential matter leaked out of HR, became common knowledge and I became a pariah.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send your HR folks to classes on compliance, confidentiality, and proper investigation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Review

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    Former Employee - Claims Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Claims Representative in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at OneBeacon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good hours flexible hours no micro managing

    Cons

    Poor pay and compensation no opportunity for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think of the little person

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Being let go after 20+ years of devoted service

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Allows some telecommuting depending upon location

    Cons

    Was a good company until they changed direction and decided to outsource a lot of IT functionality to the Phillipines. They are letting go a lot of experienced people that they could spend a few dollars to retrain. Not good for America.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't have to follow the pack. Do what's right for American workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Lacking our direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Farmington, CT

    I worked at OneBeacon full-time

    Pros

    Small company that can change direction quickly, some good specialty people. Several units are doing well.

    Cons

    Lots of politics for a small company. Management is sheltered from the front lines and any criticism. Random firings and hirings are a hit to morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are a small company, fire middle management and open up direct lines of communication. Use your small size to your advantage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Annual Bonus? Sure, it's called Christmas Time Layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OneBeacon

    Pros

    Generous PTO Time, Nice group of co-workers.

    Cons

    OneBeacon has had layoffs for 4 or 5 years running now typically around December of each year. No one feels as if the company has a future including management. CEO is about as bad as they get at inspiring confidence and has little credibility. Highly likely the company will continue to shed jobs in the coming years. Look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on honesty and integrity. Example: When you increase the average work week and don't pay employees any additional money, you get zero extra productivity and zero loyalty. (Reap what you sow.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Not the worst place to work, but could do a lot better

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

    I have been working at OneBeacon

    Pros

    It's not the same company year to year. The one thing constant is change in direction, change in management, etc. The company is very much like New England, if you don't like it wait a quarter and things will change.

    Cons

    Lot's of office politics. If you are in, you're in like flynn, but there are some egos who sometimes refuse to acknowledge those who are several levels below them as important contributors. Benefits have gotten worse and cheaper, not better and less expensive over the years. Kind of an insult to those of us who have been with the company a long time and made it what it is today. Salaries are also very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the people who work for you. It doesn't take much, but means a lot to a lot of people and you'll learn much more about the way the company is really running.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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