XL Group Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
61 Reviews

3.5
61 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    A good company overall

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

    I have been working at XL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Benefits here are great!

    Cons

    There is minimal room for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    solid stuff

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

    I have been working at XL Group as an intern

    Pros

    interns can get their hands dirty

    Cons

    little cooperation between the group members little guidance from the mentor to its employee yet mentors are very willing to help

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at XL Group full-time

    Pros

    My management team: both my manager and second-level manager foster collaboration, out-of-the box approaches to problems.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being great to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company to work for

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

    I have been working at XL Group full-time

    Pros

    Small company culture, positive environment, great learning experience

    Cons

    Demanding environment, not too exiting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good experience with XL Group

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Quality Assurance II  in  Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Data Quality Assurance II in Remote, OR

    I worked at XL Group as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Very professional and competent people to work with.

    Cons

    none, nada, no problems with these guys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter  in  Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Exton, PA

    I worked at XL Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits - company is involved in the community

    Cons

    Upper management does not communicate effectively

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve employees in events that may impact department as things progress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    XL Group Response

    Nov 14, 2013Head of Global Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for sharing your pros, cons, and advice to senior management. We appreciate your input to make XL even better!

  8.  

    A great organization to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are very professional and supportive, great reputation in the insurance world, cross-selling opportunities, very team-oriented approach to products, open to innovative coverages

    Cons

    Transition from change in upper management affected relationships, culture changed to an "AIG" production oriented approach

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    For good quality of life, this is the spot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at XL Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    XL treats employees as professionals and has good policies for remote working, travel, and time off
    XL pays well and has very good benefits (for example: 140% 401k match up to 5%, uncapped, in the US)
    XL has great collaboration and communication tools.
    XL is global, so you have a good range of people to work with
    XL is dynamic, so getting stuck only doing 1 thing is a choice mostly
    XL treats their people to events such as an annual XMas party, a Glboal Day of Giving (socially responsible), and in some locations, a summer party.

    Cons

    Common management theme: "How cheap can you get the work done, and I need it done yesterday"
    Lacking clearly defined roles & responsibilities
    Want big things on small budgets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't buy a Mercedes on a Honda budget - be reasonable with expectations
    Get better at quantifying and tracking capital investment returns. There is reasonably good rigor that goes into project definition, but when benefit assumptions do not hold true, hold managers accountable - do not whip people to work harder to make your number slook good

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at XL Group

    Pros

    Very competitive environment in IT.

    Cons

    Less employees and more external consultants, strategic partners. Lack of knowledge transfer to carry over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain experts with good knowledge of systems.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Nice place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY

    I worked at XL Group

    Pros

    Good benefits. Somewhat relaxed environment. 401K plan is great!

    Cons

    I have no cons to list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for management.

    Recommends

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