The Standard Reviews

Updated June 13, 2014
Updated June 13, 2014
104 Reviews

2.6
104 Reviews
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great location in downtown Portland (in 13 reviews)

  • Good people, good benefits, fair location (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Of course, upper management received healthy salary increases while non-management salaries stagnated (in 8 reviews)

  • The news that layoffs were coming in favor of outsourcing to India was announced by the IT VP a few months ago (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Became an employee as part of a merger

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reasonable hours, efficient systems, good location, some up word mobility, flexible schedule, undemanding tasks, pretty good benefits, some good managers

    Cons

    I became an employee when my company was bought out. It seemed like it would be a good place to work as an original employee but as part of a merger we were treated as second class citizens so I never really had a true "Standard" employee experience.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Solid with Issues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Location in Downtown Portland. Depending on the area you work in, the hours and stress level can be reasonable for a corporate environment, but can't say that is consistent across all areas of the company. The company also has a very strong record for charitable giving/community involvement, though the genuineness of these efforts has lessened over the years, and it seems to be losing prominence in that regard to some other local companies. Not sure if they do it still, but they used to provide "summer hours," which meant the week ended early afternoon during the summer.

    Cons

    The Company has slowly evolved into just another mid-tier publicly traded financial services company managed according to the whims of Wall Street Analysts. Management seems to overreact to short-term quarterly results. Lots of outsourced functions and staff reductions in the last couple of years. Of course, upper management received healthy salary increases while non-management salaries stagnated. The company seems to make little effort to distinguish itself as an employer of choice in the Portland market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Don't pretend that employees don't notice and resent the disparities in comp between upper management and typical employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A job before a better job.

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    Current Employee - Absence Coordinator  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Absence Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers! Benefits are pretty good, free Trimet passes etc. Downtown work location!

    Cons

    Advancement is based on favoritism not achivement. TERRIBLE training, even worse IT. Turnover is pretty high as people move on to better paying positions elsewhere in the insurance industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overwork and underpay leads to a brain drain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great spirit, but almost ready to give up.

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    Current Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great community involvement.
    Good coworkers
    Trying to listen

    Cons

    paper based system
    too focused on upper management pay
    Upper management is not trustworthy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you can't give good raises to employees, don't take huge raises yourself
    If you want employees to be engaged, then ask and really care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    Good products and good service

    Cons

    Leadership tends to be weak in field offices

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a good employer, things have been going downhill the last few years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than 10 years

    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.

    Cons

    A lot of complaining/poor morale in the claims area. You have to pay for parking or a bus pass if you work downtown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Few chances for advancement in the benefits area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Mutual company that transformed into an "Okay" public company

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    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Deep roots in the community
    Conservative

    Cons

    Shrinking currently
    Benfit erosion since becoming a public company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to being a mutual company--people seemed to really love this place back then.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely poor management. It's all about who you're friends with in order to advance in your career

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    Former Employee - RFP Specialist  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - RFP Specialist in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great location in downtown Portland.

    Cons

    As I said before, poor management practices (at all levels).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some management classes at a nearby college or university.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is a congenial, easygoing company environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard

    Pros

    The people are generally cheerful and helpful. The downtown Portland location is excellent for commuting by public transport. Operating a conservative strategy has sustained the company well during the recent shocks to the financial industry.

    Cons

    Steady turnover of the best and brightest continues to impair our practical effectiveness. Improvements to operations seem to bypass the actual roots of the challenges and instead treat aspects that are secondary or even superficial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management can help by being more aggressive in developing refinements to our existing practices first, and pursuing new endeavors second.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's OK if you are satisfied with the status quo

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    Good benefits. Lots of opportunity for advancement. Great internal training opportunities. A lot of exposure to more advanced enterprise technologies. Honest seeming to care for employees.

    Cons

    Very stuck in what is - change adverse. Says they want change then fight against it. Passive aggressive culture leads to a ton of back room dealing and decisions in a vacuum. Extreme difficulty making decisions - everyone must agree (consensus). Aging technology backbone. Outsourcing significant portions of IT with little confidence of success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire people for expertise then tell them not to voice opinions. Must change passive aggressive culture in order to succeed long term.

    No opinion of CEO

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