The Standard Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
32 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
2.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
J. Greg Ness
21 Ratings

Pros
  • Allows flexible work hours, good work location in downtown Portland, Customer Service and Retirement Plans are better areas in the company to work in (in 14 reviews)

  • This company has pretty good benefits (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is not trustworthy (in 8 reviews)

  • Big outsourcing to India continues (in 4 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

32 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (3)

    Not What I Thought

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When I first joined the Standard I really thought I would enjoy it. It seemed like a good company to work for. After starting I quickly realized that place wasn't for me. It was boring, unexciting and there was very little opportunity for advancement. Some of the people there are really great and my manager was awesome.

    Cons

    Salary, work load, lack of job opportunity. Very interesting work environment, if you like it super quiet and stuck in a cubicle.


  2. Helpful (9)

    Currently a company in flux

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nurse Case Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Nurse Case Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a Nurse Case Manager, I work with many wonderful co-workers who are dedicated to doing the right thing by our claimants to ensure the proper claim decision is made in a timely manner. Obtaining time off is usually not an issue, even if it is requested at the last minute. Managers are usually very understanding of family or other situations which may require a few hours to an entire day absence from work.

    Cons

    There seems to be far less value placed on employees than in the past. Many employees have left due to growing frustrations with unmanagable work loads & no annual raises despite good performance ratings. The company line has consistently been over the past several years that unless you perform far above & beyond your job requirements, you will not receive a raise, setting the bar at a pretty unattainable level for most employees. However, upper management is rewarded each year with very large compensation packages. We continue to lose employee perks, including money for continuing education. When we went to PTO which lumped our vacation & sick time together, our combined hours were reduced. Our IT system is antiquated, slow, difficult to use with many problems.

    Advice to Management

    Of the employees who remain, you have a good, stable staff who is dedicated to doing the right thing by claimants- ensuring that appropriate claims are paid in a very timely manner. You need to start to value your greatest assest-your employees-& stop cutting their benefits & their salaries in order to give your upper management ridiculous compensation packages. You also need to invest in a descent IT system to streamline the claim process from start to finish. .


  3. Disappointed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strength of company, community engagement

    Cons

    Does not value long term employees, low engagement and Senior Management out of touch


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (6)

    Play the game well and you'll be fine

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    We have been told the benefits are on par with other publicly traded companies. CEO and upper management is well compensated. They encourage employee feedback.

    Cons

    Employee feedback, though encouraged, can be used against you. It is not safe to truly express your feelings unless you have other employment lined up. Beware of feedback solicitation by management. It will likely come back to haunt you.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider how your words and actions will be perceived by those lower level managers and individual contributors who keep the business moving.


  6. Helpful (11)

    Used to be a place you could believe in

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    reasonable benefits, downtown location and if you can manage to find a decent manager, not too horrible

    Cons

    While Care About People & Do the Right Thing were two of the core values of the company, it certainly seems like those have been thrown out the window in favor of lining the wallets of senior management. The "lifers" have started leaving as they no longer believe in the organization...always a bad sign...

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of your behinds and get back to the core values that made the company a great one to work for that inspired the enduring loyalty of your employees


  7. Helpful (12)

    Lost the heart since going public

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It still does have very good health benefits when compared to market averages. Vision, dental, Trimet subsidized, employee gatherings.

    Cons

    You can tell too many hands are in the cookie jar. Profit has become the only concern. The CEO has made reference to people complaining about pay increase freezes and "restructuring" performance reviews to "nobody that works here is eating top ramen." Showing a sensitivity few have shown, especially while making over 9 million a year. Very old buildings downtown with cubicles from the 60's, maybe before. Technology on the "way" back burner.

    Advice to Management

    Profits may be moving in the right direction but employee morale is not. This used to be a company people believed in. Now the only concern is the almighty dollar. It comes at a price as everyone I know is looking else where for employment.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Not horrible but not great either

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, nice co-workers, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Clueless management, outdated technology, inability to make decisions

    Advice to Management

    Sell to someone bigger. The business will be driven more and more by technology in the future and at the rate you move, you won't be able to keep up.


  9. Helpful (7)

    Policy Administration Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and corporate location.

    Cons

    Low Salaries and yearly increases are far and few in between, due to the employee performance review grading system. Company is primarily production oriented and I question some of the management's qualifications and decision making abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Revert back to a customer oriented environment, since your business relies upon satisfied insurance employers and employees.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Frustration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get to live in Oregon Generally good people to work with day to day Living in the NW is great.

    Cons

    Sourced IT to IBM India where they we do not do business and weeks to get simple things done is now the norm. Unable to understand priorities set by management. Management has completely failed at expanding business. CEO is rude to employees, does not consider them valuable.

    Advice to Management

    Consider treating the staff with more respect and take into account the knowledge they have in order to make the company more efficient and profitable.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Various positions in several business units

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Have worked with a lot of great people over the years. Currently on a high functioning, fun and productive team.

    Cons

    Leadership, excluding lower level managers, are out of touch with employees and do not foster confidence. C-level leaders frequently go back on their word, receive enourmous bonuses while employees wages are frozen do to economy.

    Advice to Management

    Ptut your money where your mouth is. Actually support and reward the people who keep you in business. Hint: It's not you.



Showing 32 of 157 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.