Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as other markets. It offers a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services for individuals, small businesses, mid-sized and large companies as well as multinational corporations. Zurich employs about 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries. The Group, formerly known as Zurich Financial Services Group, is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt program which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX.
In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors. Life insurance offered in the United States is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company. 2012 marked Zurich's 100 year anniversary of insuring America and the success of its customers, shareholders and employees.
As a high-performing organization, we believe that people are our most important resource. What does that mean for you? It means that we respect one another and value the contributions of every employee. This fosters a collaborative work environment in which we support each other's success and are committed to the success of Zurich in North America.
If you're looking for a challenging career that will enable you to achieve your full potential - and earn competitive incentives and compensation - check out the opportunities that await you at Zurich. And if you are a recent college graduate looking to contribute to a high-performance organization that is a leader in its field, check out our training programs.
It is the policy of Zurich in North America, as an equal opportunity employer, to attract and retain the best qualified individuals available, without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, genetic information, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status.
At Zurich in North America, we are committed to promoting a respectful work environment where we can help every employee maximize performance and enhance the company‘s ability to attract, develop and retain the very best people.
For us, diversity means understanding, respecting, valuing and accommodating our human and cultural differences.
We are building a culture that fully taps into the potential of all individuals without giving an advantage or disadvantage to any person or group. Our diversity initiatives are designed to enhance our success by promoting an environment that celebrates and appreciates the diversity of all employees. Zurich and its employees embrace our diversity in many ways.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
At Zurich we believe, diversity and inclusion is a business imperative and ethical and social responsibility included in our Zurich Basics company values. In our continuing effort to attain an inclusive organization we embrace, respect and leverage the diversity of our workforce, our customers, and the communities in
which we live, work and serve.
Zurich is committed to creating a culture of inclusion consistent with Zurich Basics; one that attracts top talent and that promotes the development and full contribution of all employees to business goals. We achieve mutually beneficial relationships with diverse business partners, customers, and individuals in the marketplace and community.
Accomplishing the “Diversity Vision” will involve:
Attract, develop and retain the best talent to obtain a competitive advantage, create and maintain an engaged workforce, and cultivate employees.
Create a work environment that respects, acknowledges and values everyone, one that encourages and enables each individual to perform at the highest level.
Govern external relationships with the same value for diversity and inclusion in the expansion of markets, choice of business partners, customer relationships and community support.
The Zurich Basics, our company values, help to form the foundation for the emphasis on diversity:
- We treat others with respect
- We are caring and respect the dignity of those we work with and serve
- We believe in equal opportunity, fair evaluations, and rewards based on performance and merit
- We value our gender, cultural, race, ethnicity, disability and other diversity
- We communicate professionally, even when we disagree
Zurich is committed to supporting diverse growth in the communities we serve. Every year Zurich works to establish partnerships and alliances with qualified diverse business’ that may be able to provide us the services and products that meet our high standards of quality, competitive pricing and service.
Total Rewards – Benefits
When you begin a career with Zurich in North America, you become an integral part of a global
organization and receive top-quality benefits as part of your total compensation package. These
benefit programs are designed to be flexible to maximize advantages and convenience for our
employees. Below is just a partial listing of the benefits Zurich offers:
- Several medical plan options, including prescription drug coverage
- Dental care
- Vision care
- Life insurance
- Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance
- Short- and Long-term disability
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Credit union
- Employee assistance program
- Paid Time Off and vacation buy/sell opportunities
- Summer Office Schedule
- Early Holiday Start Program
- Business travel accident plan
- Tuition reimbursement
- Flexible work arrangements
- Adoption assistance
- Child care discounts
- Group legal plan
- Commuting expense program
- Elder care
- Plus, Zurich employees in North America enjoy a "business casual" environment every day
Zurich projects recognized for problem solving (Daily Herald Business Ledger)
1/13/2014 10:33:00 AM
SCHAUMBURG – Zurich North America has been recognized as one of 12 companies whose unique, creative approaches to problem solving is featured in the January, 2014 edition of Best’s Review Magazine.
Two Zurich innovations, the “Zurich Risk Room” and “My Zurich Portal,” were recognized by judges for their innovative approaches to problem solving. The Zurich Risk Room is a proprietary risk assessment tool that provides an analysis of more than 70 multivariate risks covering more than 150 countries. “My Zurich Portal” is a Web-based tool giving corporate customers access to important data about their insurance programs through a single, easy-to-use platform available anytime and anywhere around the globe.
“We are pleased to receive this recognition for these two, innovative Zurich programs,” said Zurich Global Corporate in North America Chief Executive Officer Dan Riordan. “Both were developed to empower corporate customers to become more engaged in optimizing their global risk management programs. The goal was to empower them with data that can help them make better strategic decisions to protect against risk.”
In reviewing “My Zurich,” Gates Ouimette, founder and principal of ITconnector, said it is “absolutely innovative in terms of concept.” In evaluating the “Zurich Risk Room,” expert William H. Panning, principal and founder of ERMetrics LLC, said it is “a distinct innovation worthy of recognition.”
The Zurich Risk Room enables customers to develop hypothetical risk scenarios that can aid in making more informed strategic decisions about business and risk management strategies abroad. It tracks more than 70 key risk factors as defined in the annual World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report. The tool explores interrelated impacts of a variety of macroeconomic, environmental, health, geo-political, technological and business risks on 150 individual countries.
The Web-based My Zurich Portal gives customers an overview of vital informa¬tion concerning their international insurance programs as well as a wide range of insights about individual risk assessments. The tool provides easy access to program information and electronic versions of important risk management program documents on a 24/7 basis. The tool allows customers to monitor at their discretion the status of their international programs, see overviews of claims histories and proactively manage risk improvements online.
According to Best’s Review, its Innovation Showcase is not an award. Rather, it is an annual forum for recognizing forward thinking among insurance organizations. A panel of insurance industry experts assessed the relative merits of all 41 submissions in the 2013 event. Companies from North America, Germany, China and India participated.
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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
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I have been working at Zurich North America full-time (more than an year)Pros
Co-workers are wonderful, there is little to no corporate politics going on
Lots of on-the-job training
Networking and volunteer opportunities are available in abundance
Some of the management team doesn't seem to respond well to employees advancing their careers by moving to other departments.
Salary - underpaid compared to some other insurance companiesAdvice to ManagementAdvice
You may find that some departments are more open to career growth than others. Great job in keeping all employees aware of big-picture policies and goals!RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Zurich North America.Interview Details
I was initially contacted by a recruiter who asked very few, simple questions. Two weeks later, the recruiter called and set up an onsite interview. I met with two hiring managers simultaneously that asked me a series of seven behavioral/situational questions. After that they asked additional questions that they had come up during the original questions and, more specifically, about my work history. At the end, they asked if I had any questions. After a week, the recruiter contacted me again and had me meet with the Underwriting Supervisor and a Director. These onsite interviews were more specific to me as a candidate. I met with these two individuals separately. Each took about 45 minutes. Again, time was allotted at the end for me to ask questions. Two weeks later I received an offer.
The interview questions were very standard. They wanted answers to paint a picture of the situation, how you handled it, and the outcome.
Having good questions specific to the position and the company culture were very important. Also, ask questions about things that come up in conversation to show you are listening and digesting the information they provide.Interview Questions
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As our company continues to evolve and grow, our company values remain constant. Zurich in North America maintains a culture of precision, stability and reliability that instills confidence and trust in our commitment to deliver when it matters – now and in the future. Zurich in North America is committed to promoting a respectful work environment where we can help every employee maximize performance and enhance the company‘s ability to attract, develop and retain the very best people.