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Receptionist

TitleVest Agency, Inc. New York, NY

Receptionist Position at Leading Title Insurance Agency TitleVest, one of New York's leading providers of title insurance and 1031 tax-deferred… Monster


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    Former Employee - "Specialist"/"Coordinator"/"Assistant"  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - "Specialist"/"Coordinator"/"Assistant" in New York, NY

    I worked at TitleVest full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They tend to hire overqualified people, who sometimes have trouble getting work elsewhere. They're a successful title insurance company, so if you observe enough you can see a lot about how companies work. They don't have a strict dress code, and they're flexible about scheduling and social behavior. A lot of the people there are interesting. There are a few minor perks like free food on occasion. Outside, the Financial District has better food options than you might think once you get to know it (ask your colleagues for recommendations).

    Cons

    Pay is very low: they start most people at an hourly rate paced out to 30k a year, and they try as much as possible to avoid giving raises. Because they're so far below the market rate of a real job, they rarely even try to compete.

    Most work is very boring and repetitive, and there's little chance for real decision making or learning transferable skills. Training is minimal, and most tasks are essentially mindless, but are part of a system that may seem convoluted at first. There's not much opportunity for personal growth, or career growth. It's basically a low-intensity white collar sweatshop with a college vibe and a Wall Street sheen.

    There's no sense of mission at all. The CEO lives halfway across the country; the COO, who runs the company day-to-day, mainly interacts with people in order to BS* them; the former DOO (third in command), who did most of the day to day, recently quit.

    Management has a condescending view toward employees, and lies to them constantly, then makes token gestures toward reform when morale gets too low. There is an expectation of short memory, or simply futility; this might be justified by the fact that turnover is abnormally high, and people who don't leave are generally stuck.

    Employees are generally unhappy, and are much happier when they leave.

    My advice: work here if you need a day job and can't get another, but be looking elsewhere. It's not a place to build a career. While you're there, learn what you can, and make some fun out of your environment to get through the day. Push back when management is unreasonable; they will take what they can, but will adjust to reality when people refuse to put up with more indignity.

    *I don't believe in euphemism, and I think the term abbreviated by "BS" is a non-vulgar and useful descriptor of a certain form of communication, but I am forced to "remove the bad language" by Glassdoor.

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    Your system seems to work well; you can keep the company churning at low cost, and make use of some

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