The Standard Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
J. Greg Ness
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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)

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32 Employee Reviews

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  1. Long term employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Customer service focus. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Instability in later years. Less focus on customer service.


  2. Project Coordinator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at The Standard as an intern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work with. Very friendly staff. I was given a very interesting project to work on.

    Cons

    The company should work on their intern training program. Provide more structured training


  3. Helpful (2)

    Business Analyst

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at The Standard as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, project requirements are vague at times, can't attest to benefits or anything of that nature

    Cons

    cubicles, old technology, very plain work environment


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Lots of change, lots of work, good benefits, morale is constantly up and down, very ethical company culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very ethical company...they go out of their way to practice what they preach in terms of being accurate, timely, and correct. Historically, The Standard used to provide the best customer service in the industry.

    Cons

    This company is not doing enough to build its large customer base. Much of the focus is on small business. Pricing inhibits the sales force from effectively competing. Service levels have fallen following lay-offs and failed or minimal updates to systems.

    Advice to Management

    Roll up your sleeves and job shadow your front-line employees to really learn what's going on, spend the money to update the systems (this has been an issue for many years and very little has been done), don't balance the books on the backs of the employees


  6. Good supportive company trying to do its best.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at The Standard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities to move up and into other positions.

    Cons

    If you work in a production level job, time deadlines and productivity goals are demanding. Professional level positions are quite flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in IT and infrastructure commensurate with competitors.


  7. Worked with the retirement plan product.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    The grad school reimbursement was the best I ever heard of and there were no strings attached to the benefit like many firms have in place.

    Cons

    I enjoyed working there and left on good terms but felt the commitment to that business line was always lacking. Their bread and butter is insurance and you knew it.


  8. Love the people!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, OR

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love the work environment and the people are the best! Location is in downtown Portland close to a lot of activities and restaurants. Benefits are good and compensation is in line with industry for the most part. A lot of people work here for decades.

    Cons

    The company is a smaller company trying to act big. Not a lot of turnover in management and executive levels so it does not create opportunity for upward growth for a majority of employees. Poor communication from management - unclear corporate strategy.

    Advice to Management

    I would love to see a more equitable rewards and compensation program across the divisions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    got the best dedicated employees, team leaders are very supportive

    Cons

    difficult to grow because of a younger mgmt team. competitive co-workers

    Advice to Management

    promote from within


  10. Not a horrible place to work

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Adequate advancement & educational opportunities

    Cons

    Management leaves something to be desired


  11. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Accounts Customer Support in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - National Accounts Customer Support in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance values career advancement opportunities if you seek them out and you are a hard worker good coworkers

    Cons

    Not a very innovative culture Pay isn't the greatest Been through some tough times recently



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