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The Standard Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
100 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 14 reviews)

  • Good people, good benefits, fair location (in 9 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stick your head in the sand

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Good location. Volunteer culture. Company has a good story to tell. Even the people who love backstabbing office politics are at least polite to your face.

    Cons

    Top execs have no idea what it's like to work for them. They don't communicate strategy and priorities to the rest of the company. Company has a good story to tell but woe to she who tries to tell it. Marketing rewards mediocrity. Corp Comm and Public Affairs like to pretend that the rest of the company doesn't exist. Sales hates marketing. Marketing doesn't know what sales does. The people in the trenches (particularly claims examiners) are hideously understaffed and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's more to life than keeping your head down and squeezing another drop of blood from your employees. Develop empathy. Stand up and tell the world the Standard exists, or at least tell Portland, because when I used to say I worked for the Standard, most people thought I meant the toilet manufacturer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great if you keep your mouth shut

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are good people here, some growth potential if you start off low, supportive leadership for the most part.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, schedule inflexibility if working in the contact center, there can be very low morale at times, 1 praise for 10 criticisms, way too much gossip and back-stabbing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible. We don't live to work; we work to live.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Became an employee as part of a merger

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than an 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
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Solid with Issues

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

    I worked at The Standard full-time (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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A job before a better job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Absence Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Absence Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than an 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great spirit, but almost ready to give up.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  8.  

    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

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RFP Specialist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - RFP Specialist in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard full-time (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

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