XL Group Reviews

Updated June 24, 2014
Updated June 24, 2014
64 Reviews
3.5
64 Reviews
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Pros
  • Employee friendly company, good working environment, work life balance is also good (in 8 reviews)

  • I previously worked at another global company, but never got the day-to-day engagement with global colleagues like I do here at XL (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very definitely a line between what is allowed and what isn't, ESPECIALLY from senior management to their staff (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Company but division has challenges

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Dallas, TX

    I worked at XL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employees work together and collaborate well, compensation and benefits are solid, good risk control support and colleagues are bright, intelligent people that have lots of intellectual capital to share.

    Cons

    Divisional management is stale and full of personal fiefdoms. Unit management has crushed moral. No real opportunity for advancement within organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really revamp. Clean house and create a sense of vision, leadership and empowerment with your underwriting team. Loss ratios won't improve if underwriters don't take a vested interest because they do not feel empowered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a lot easier here

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    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter

    I have been working at XL Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good. 401k is extremely good. Medical ins could be better. Salaries seem competitive. Very dynamic company - pro and con. A lot of very talented people here. Global company with a lot of camaraderie with overseas colleagues. Nice working environment.

    Cons

    Practice of rewarding incompetence with promotion rather than removing that incompetence from the company. Not enough manpower, low head counts in critical functions. Not much opportunity for progression - incompetence with friends in high places will win over talent very time. Used to be a quality based company now there is a much more production driven mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward talent not incompetence. Bring back the focus on quality.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good and intelligent colleagues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at XL Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are very supportive, smart and intelligent, know the products and help if asked for.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind, really a good company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Environment...HIGH turnover

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    Current Employee - Technical Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at XL Group as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good environment, easy going management

    Cons

    Turnover seems pretty high. You could be temping for a long time before getting offered a full-time position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more temps permanent if they've been there a while

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA

    I have been working at XL Group

    Pros

    Beautiful environment, convenient location, good benifit

    Cons

    need to improve fairness, opportunity, growth and efficiency.

  7.  

    It was okay, overall dissatisfied because minimum support is provided to do the job. Push back policy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I worked at XL Group

    Pros

    Overall compensation benefits are good.

    Cons

    A lot of politics within higher management.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Old Style Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at XL Group

    Pros

    Compensation is acceptable
    401 K benefit is the best.

    Cons

    Management has been there for years and do not understand how to deal with the new generation of work force.
    Many people are there waiting for retirement and do not like change.
    CIO’s are out of touch with technology and have been in the company for years.
    Most of the IT managers also have been there for years and do not understand anything about technology.
    HR is out of touch with employees needs.
    Not very challenging work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change current CIO's and IT management structure.
    Offer retirement package to everyone over 55 years old and more than 10 years at XL.

  9.  

    I was part of ceded re datamangement team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at XL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I learnt a lot though the work was too demanding. Worked like 14 - 18 hours a day. Even not sure of getting offs on weekend. Too much of work pressure. Lot of work to do and there is learning. It's ur choice. I choose to work and learn.. :). Recent mergers in ceded re has made this operations team a very stupid set up altogether. People are switchimg to other jobs like anything. A person who doesn't know anything about database is leading a database management team.Immediate Mangers of ceded re datamangement are awesome. I was lucky to work with them and learn from them. I thoroughly enjoyed those long hours of work. Unfortunately there is shift of powers now. .. and I choose to leave..

    Cons

    Stupid higher management. Less salary. No recognition and appreciation of your hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start retaining and appreciating top talents. Stop taking mindless and non sense decisions which affects many careers. ..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I personally enjoyed and learned a lot in XL.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at XL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance, quite good pay master.

    Cons

    I did not find so much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    pretty decent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Associate  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Finance Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at XL Group as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    less workload...allowances by the company are great

    Cons

    new tech...new learnings are less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better departmental training for joiners..should be more extensive n rigorous

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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