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I have been working at Sentry Insurance full-time (more than a year)Pros
In my nearly two years with Sentry, I have worked on two teams as a Business Analyst within the IT division. My current role with Digital Content Management (DCM) has provided me many opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills and continue to grow within my role. I have found management to be helpful and encouraging of all efforts, both internal and external, to expand my knowledge base. The team, consisting of both .Net and Java programmers and several BA's at various stages in their career, has been a positive example of how a team should work, and thrive together. Overall, I enjoy coming to work. Bulleted highlights for Sentry and the IT-DCM team include:
- good benefits (401k, bonuses) with onsite resources (fitness center, pool, cafeteria, credit union)
- regular messaging from CEO on the direction of the organization
- educational opportunities
- support from Application Development Manager and Director for both internal (SQL courses) and external (ToastMasters) efforts designed to improve the overall employee
- positive promotion of a team atmosphere geared toward working together to find solutions
- encouragement from AppDev Manager to pursue growth opportunitiesCons
Overall, I'm hard-pressed to find a compliant with my department. I enjoy what I do, who I work with and my management. My only "complaint" is that I would like a larger monitor for viewing Excel documents more clearly.
In consideration to Sentry as a whole, I would like to see more associate surveys to elicit feedback.
Sentry also has a policy of alerting management when you are applying for another internal position. I have not encountered that with any other company I've worked for, and while I have a comfort level with my manager that emphasizes open discussion, not all associates may have that same experience. This seems a bit archaic and may prevent associates from finding workplace fulfillment.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Continue with open-door policy and promoting an atmosphere of respect, growth and teamwork. The DCM BA AppDev Manager continuously encourages and supports the BA's and all members of the DCM department. There is a very intentional effort to promote individual growth. All issues, large or small, are handled in a manner that promotes trust and dignity for the associate. DCM, and specifically the DCM BA team, is a wonderful example of making work a positive experience. Keep doing what you are doing. The example is a positive one for all Sentry Management and all managers in general.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Sentry Insurance.Interview Details
face to face interview with 4 people. Lasted about 2 hours. Very basic behavioral questions. Mockup requiremnet gathering sessions.
In the 1st round a BA manager and a Senior BA asked mostly behavioral questions. Asked about my previous projects. Second round a Senior BA and a director of IT took a mock requirement gathering session.Interview Questions
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Ever vigilant for its policyholders, Sentry Insurance offers a variety of insurance products, including personal auto, homeowners, and other property/casualty lines, as well as life and annuities. The mutual company (owned by its policyholders) also provides specialized insurance to businesses of all sizes, including manufacturers, retailers, and truckers. The company's Sentry Equity Services offers mutual fund services through its Sentry Fund. Formerly named Hardware Mutual, Sentry Insurance was founded in 1904 to provide insurance to members of the Wisconsin Retail...