Starr Companies

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Starr Companies Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Taking 'At Will Employment' to a new low

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good medical and dental benefits. Good opportunities to learn about the insurance industry.

    Cons

    Where shall I begin? This company is a mess, and to say that it's toxic is being kind.

    As many have mentioned, Starr has serious issues with its managent and its HR department. There is a severe lack of communication, and no protocol in place. It's gut wrenching seeing many who work hard and do what they need to do to save money out of respect for their employer, to be threatened and even terminated without cause. Many underwriters, adjusters, and staff receive little to no bonus, however many in management travel like rock stars and abuse expenses. There is absolutely no support for mid management and support staff either. Very little opportunity for development and growth, and no recognition for hard work.

    Starr did start off on the right foot, but this company is now a shell of what it used to be. There is also far too much loyalty to ex-longtime AIG employees, despite that some of these employees lack the skill set needed for this century. HR especially needs to take note about labor law abuses in some of the departments. Some staff work through lunch daily, and are denied vacation requests. I know some staff can't even take off when they are sick. HR needs to step up and ensure the laws are followed, and stop catering to unreasonable people's demands (who are unfortunately in management!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure how this company can be fixed--executive management is a big part of the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Bad, Bad, Bad

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

    I have been working at Starr Companies

    Pros

    Promises were good. Until they went back on them.

    Cons

    Management is so bad it's embarrassing. No training, no support, no core values. HR is a joke. No help, willing to open themselves up to lawsuits, of which there are many in the works. Poor treatment of employees, brokers. One manager referred to brokers as "stupid".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exceptionally bad experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Compensation was ok. 7 hour work day. Lots of holidays.

    Cons

    The culture is antiquated and fear based. Nothing is ever put in writing. Sr managers are arrogant and hostile. Unprofessional behavior is tolerated and sometimes encouraged. It is simply an intolerable environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Most employees want to leave... SAY NO and never look back!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starr Companies

    Pros

    Ok salary
    It ends there
    This place is not company just a business. A majority of underwriters in most divisions are unhappy.

    Cons

    Senior managemenT
    HR is a walking d&o waiting to happen
    Unprofessional
    Bonuses are embarrassing
    No incentives
    Not paperless
    Hank Greenberg is CEO
    Anti-women

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really sure how you can save this company

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad Career Move

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Downtown Chicago and great co-workers

    Cons

    Worst career move I ever made. They don't care about the health and well being of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't swear at your employees and listen to their ideas...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership and management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Company has a lot of capabilities and hunger to write business

    Cons

    "Leadership" is poor with inexperienced managers in both region and home office; not able to service clients; writes business due to price alone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring and promoting AIG previous employees whose only value is to play in the sandbox with poor senior management; start over with hiring people that actually know how to lead

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Regret accepting employment

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

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Other than compensation based on a 7 hr workday - None

    Cons

    Incompetent management
    Lack of vision and direction
    Competition across management yields a fractured organization
    Fear-based actions result in poor solution decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage the resources and staff at hand
    Think outside of the box
    Accepting risk is a strategy
    Man up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Very unhappy place, be warned...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Starr Companies

    Pros

    Basic salary is ok but overall remuneration (incl bonus, other perks etc) is 4th quartile, London offices are well located.

    Cons

    Exceptionally high turnover of staff in London, set up new lines of business only to close them down soon after, focus is entirely on enormous and unsustainable growth in the most competitive stage of the cycle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's little you can do if everything is driven from the US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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