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Allstate Northern Ireland Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Would highly recommend Allstate if you like a relaxed and flexible work place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allstate Northern Ireland

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, remote working. Yearly bonus up to 6% based on company performance. Laid back working environment. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Career progression is slow. Yearly reviews are not fact based but managers opinion. A lot of managers have no IT experience in the areas they manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after loyal employees and reward them. Don't bring in ppl from outside on bigger Salary. Work on training and promoting within more.

  2.  

    No much to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allstate Northern Ireland

    Pros

    Good benefits, Flexi hours, work life balance.

    Cons

    Java developer need to work on AS400.

  3.  

    In equality in pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Allstate Northern Ireland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment.
    Easy going life style.

    Cons

    Retirement company.
    very few technical experts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In equality in pay. Experienced New joiners get almost twice that of long serving employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not bad but not great either

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Allstate Northern Ireland

    Pros

    Flexible working, working from home, once you show you can be trusted most managers are happy to let you get on with it with minimal interference

    Cons

    Really poor performance management processes, pure fantasy concocted to fit into a pattern directed by HR. In some teams you dont have a hope in hell of a good score no matter what you do as a lot of teams have 'untouchables' who get the top scores every year and this means there is no chance of anyone else getting a decent score. Your score means everything from pay rises to promotion opportunities. An ok company if you're a graduate or are sick of the ratrace and want to retire in an fairly stress free environment, but if you are talented and ambitious this place will make you tear your hair out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of a better way to find out where the talent is within your company. Most of your managers wouldnt recognise it if it smacked them to the ground and danced on their face. Stop pretending that performance management is criteria based.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not really a 'Best 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 Allstate Northern Ireland full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of time at your disposal because it is unlikely that you will be doing anything productive.

    Cons

    Incompetent and unqualified managers, majority of them would have no IT background or people management skills..

    Once you join the company, your resume is probably thrown in the bin and you will be allocated randomly to some area and then mostly forgotten unless you are good at asking rubbish questions at meetings/workshops etc which are plenty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ASPL is here..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good employer for work-life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allstate Northern Ireland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working from home & flexible hours

    Cons

    No clear career path for employees.

  8.  

    A learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Derry, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Derry, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I have been working at Allstate Northern Ireland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very Flexible and friendly company

    Cons

    Maybe not the best for salary but the flexibility makes up for that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allstate Northern Ireland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays the bills until you find a job with proper career progression. Work life balance is not to bad. Used to like it but its on the decline.

    Cons

    Pay is way below market rate, some team members do nothing while others work hard and they get away with it. Favouritism in the teams. Time to leave. Place is going downhill fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for the ambitious

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

    I have been working at Allstate Northern Ireland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays the bills
    Work with some nice people, sport and social club is good.
    Flexi time and remote working available if you are lucky
    If you have a US managers they are much better than local management
    If you get on the right team you can do virtually nothing (if you want that).
    Good for non IT graduates if you want to break into IT (or at least it was)
    Some people have been there a very long time so somebody must like it

    Cons

    If you're on the wrong team you can expect long hours due to being consistently under resourced, frequently asked to work evenings and weekends even when its pointless, work life balance is on paper only except for management.

    Some of this is caused by the terrible communication and the excessive bureaucracy in the organization caused by empire building by management in admin type teams trying to justify their existence.

    No promotion or rotation opportunities:
    - you will be put on any team where there is a billable position irrespective of what your skills are and once you are put on a team you are stuck there for years unless the team downsizes.
    - No training will be given for that position leading to teams where virtually nobody knows how their system works when the people who are any good leave out of frustration making it even less likely you can move on.
    - Senior management can and will block all job applications advertised internally
    - Jobs are frequently advertised externally that aren't available to existing employees even when the skills exist to do them internally.
    - People recruited from outside come in on higher salaries and frequently perform worse than existing staff, partly due to no knowledge of the business and systems which they are working with because no induction or training is provided.
    - If by some miracle you do get a promotion don't expect a pay rise, but do expect a lot more responsibility. If your role is later reassessed to a lower grade you will get a pay cut.

    All the new work is going to ASPL as they have better training and skills and are cheaper, managements obsession with billable hours and nothing else has lead to teams that can't deliver and work being lost. Unless there is a culture change the company is on its way down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company isn't the cheap option anymore for Allstate, ASPL has better skills and is cheaper per billable hour, (and is getting all the work) need to invest in training for existing employees to be able to compete on skills not just by trying to be cheaper than the US. Properly reward hard work and results so that good employees don't get frustrated and leave. Properly resource teams so some people aren't working long hours while others are sitting doing nothing. Provide training to new starts to at least give some grounding in the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunities are there

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Project Analyst in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

    I worked at Allstate Northern Ireland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of career paths, upward mobility is there with promotional opportunities but be prepared to take on a lot of projects. Office wise it is easy going but busy overall.

    Cons

    Training could be better, turnover is heavy and there is a lot of stress due to so many people coming and going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in training your own people rather than people from outside the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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