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Updated Jul 3, 2014

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2.4 98 reviews

30% Approve of the CEO

QBE Group CEO John Neal

John Neal

(46 ratings)

29% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible Work schedule, promotion of work life balance and reasonable benefits(in 6 reviews)

  • Meeting few great people that has come and gone(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management not very visible to the masses(in 7 reviews)

  • We lost 5 employees within a few months because of their poor management(in 5 reviews)

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    Underwriters of specialty insurance and reinsurance business

    Accountant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsNo Pros at this moments

    ConsCompany is deteriorating, doing outsource of its shared Services

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Slow agonizing death

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThey provide you 8 - 12 months notice when your job will be elimiated. Oops.. this is suppose to be the Pros field. Here is the Pros It gives you plenty of time to look for a new job........ So they don't have to pay you a severance. I tried to keep it as pros as possible. There is plenty of fresh air in the offices

    ConsThis company is laying off their finest employees who do all the grunt work and hiring execs like there is no tomorrow. QBE purchased to many companies before getting their hands around each one of them and understanding exactly what they do. They just looked at the bottom dollar and who made the most money, bought them, then crushed them.
    QBE didn’t screw up. The companies that allow the conglomerate of screwed up execs railroading them to sell did. Now the current and former 1600+ employees are paying the price.

    If I hear one more thing about a global initiative. It’s hard to be global when there will be one person sitting in their house when the dust settles representing North American because all the other NA offices have been closed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop saying we know we are going through some rough times but we are doing good. Get your heads out of the sand and stop blowing smoke.

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

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    Not a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTraining in homeowner's insurance is good

    ConsMicromanagement by managers is very common

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    NO APPRECIATE FOR THEIR WORKINGEMPLOYEES, UNGRATEFUL COMPANY, NO RESPECT and LOYALTY.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fort Worth, TX

    ProsMeeting few great people that has come and gone.

    ConsLack of Communication, Inexperience management who do not know how to talk to people, HUGE Favortism, some female management has preference for MALE employees to hire, promote, etc. Cutting down on raise when they keep saying they pay for performance, Cutting down on PTO, and offshoring all the process. Whats has this company come to, I know its going "down under mate".

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire proper people that can manage people and not what QBE has now. This is a joke. They cannot communicate, they show favortism to certain Gender, They like to HOARD information. No wonder there is no Communication. FIRE the management and hire new ones.

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

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    Horrible work loads and confusion-upper management very confused

    Senior Claims Representative (Current Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsSome of the people were very friendly and helpful

    ConsRight now this is a terrible place to work and many of the staff are miserable and collecting a paycheck only.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo one can fathom why you have destroyed so much of the business you purchased in the U.S. and I really hope you can recover for the sake of those still working for you.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I have never seen such a disaster

    Vice President (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsWish I had one. This place is just terrible. EVPs in Atlanta have run their previous businesses into the ground and now continue with QBE businesses. Does any one in Australia look at the companies purchased and how they look today? WTF

    ConsSenior management is terrible, poor communicators, systems are bad, agents hate the company, HR is a joke, too many people from General Casualty (the worst run company) in senior positions. There is NO WAY this model will work. Look for them to sell most of this off in 2014.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire. You are terrible.

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

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    a dead end job - IVD/Client support

    IVD (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsIt is a job that pays you money in order to survive. Gets you at least work experience. Its great if you like working saturdays because they brought on too much workload and not enough manpower.

    ConsThe work environment is terrible. The people who work there are not friendly and do not say hello to anyone. You walk down the hall to go to the bathroom and say hello to someone walking and they give you a weird look and walk on by. Strange. You also get looks for getting up out of your chair.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHow about not so much micromanagement.

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

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    Turbulant

    Claims Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsCoworkers are great people. They do hire a lot of remote working employees.

    ConsThe Group organization based in Australia are extremely fickle, and unforgiving. They make changes before other changes have any opportunity to take effect. They do not understand ownership of an insurance company in the United States. Constant leadership changes. I can only think of one with a Senior title who remains employed at QBE Americas that was here 10 years ago.

    They fully buy into outsourcing everything and then question why they are not profitable. The organization does not maintain any constant appetite for business, constantly writing off newly written business because of loss ratio. Underwriters are not flexible or creative. Lacking profit is always blamed on the claims department, in turn generating more and more cuts, and outsourcing which perpetually leads to less and less profit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou cant give advice to management. I would suggest to the Board of Directors to fire the whole lot of senior leaders top down from CEO's and all SVP level titles, and bring in experienced successful leaders who understand not just business in the United States but globally.

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

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    I have no words right now, maybe later.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosdecent pay, performance incentives and benefits

    Cons* a wildcard in regards type of management you work with... either a saint or a despot.

    * jobs that do not involve management do not provide true room to maneuver for growth or unless you want to be a claims adjuster, but that's not for everyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen someone consistently or even one time, point out abusive and dysfunctional behaviors in management on any level while stressing the need for improvement in interpersonal communication skills with fellow workers -- quickly swallow pride and ego and do the right thing immediately, This is for the benefit for all involved directly and indirectly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible, horrible, horrible company!

    Claims Specialist (Former Employee) Sun Prairie, WI

    ProsNone. Absolutely none. There is nothing good about this company.

    ConsAll this company does is anger people. They do not care about the people they insure or any claimants. They only care about company PROFIT, and they admit it. Employees are treated like insignificant numbers which can easily be replaced --- and yes, it's by someone outside of the USA.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit torturing your employees and go back to Australia.

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

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