AmTrust Financial Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • A GREAT place to freshen up old programming skills and build completely new ones (in 3 reviews)

  • Very laid back environment, fairly stress free and comfortable (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The beginning learning curve is steep, and the company does not have a formal training process (in 3 reviews)

  • for get best practices, no practices is the way it goes here (in 2 reviews)

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  1. IT Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Developers and Supervisors are very helpful. Business partners are easy to work with.

    Cons

    I have not found many cons. We do have to be online late at night occasionally but we know when it is coming to plan appropriately.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice to management. The company is well managed and the issues within a team depend completely on the department and supervisors/managers. My department is run efficiently and run well.


  2. Worth it

    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very open teams and dynamic atmosphere. Liked it a lot will want to work again

    Cons

    The downtown traffic is the only problem. Is there room for advancement?


  3. Helpful (1)

    Developer

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    Current Employee - Developer in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Developer in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you need to pay your bills and aren't really concerned growing professionally, this will be a great company. Code is primarily VB. Casual dress. You can put on your headphones and not talk to anyone all day. Growing Company: True enough. They always have new jobs

    Cons

    I haven't read a negative review on here that I don't agree with. Work and on boarding: No guidance, no mentorship. The code is very outdated. I realized shortly after starting that I had been largely lied to in the interview. They said mentorship was important but I would spend whole days having no idea what to do and unable to find someone to answer my questions. They also said they were transitioning from VB.NET to C#, this was not true. Apparently they told a friend of mine they were moving from VB.NET to Java, also not true. If you want to learn new, applicable and modern languages, this isn't the place. It's all VB. My biggest concern personally is that I took this job hoping to grow but feel like my only coding growth is what I work on at home. Also, there was definitely no on boarding process. Most of my first two weeks was spent trying to on-board myself, then the management seemed surprised that I was so adrift and confused. Others didn't even have a desk or a computer. Some were encouraged to "observe and learn" from other coders. This consisted of sitting next to another developer while they ignored the new person and did their work with no explanations. Environment: Super bright. I leave work with a migraine every day. Very cliquey and segmented workforce. They people who seem to fit in are the cranky, sarcastic or whiny people. After a few months of wondering what everyone else was working on, since I seemed to always be waiting for something to be available, I realized that most people have a small window on their screen with reddit, youtube videos, facebook or the like that they are useing, while the rest of their screens are filed with what looks like work. Mandatory overtime once you're salaried: That was a surprise. Personally, I don't consider it not working just because I'm at home. They touted a work life balance but that seems to be inaccurate.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention. Don't be surprised when your employees are lost and confused after a month if you take no time to train them. Implement a standard training/onboarding process for new hires. Check in occasionally with employees to see how they're doing. Look out for the redundancies and wasted time.


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  5. Meh

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    Former Employee - Claims Examiner
    Former Employee - Claims Examiner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AmTrust Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and great colleagues. People always willing to help.

    Cons

    Management seems out of touch with the daily processes.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the loyal, hard working employees more frequently.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Claims

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are no pros.

    Cons

    Management plays employees against each other setting a very uncomfortable atmosphere.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Underwriter

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I guess if you like working for a huge corporation this is the place.

    Cons

    No communication. Too many people handling one account.

    Advice to Management

    Proper training. Communication skills


  8. Business Data Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture and people are very helpful and laid back, the pay is decent for an entry level position.

    Cons

    The dress code is way too casual for a professional company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good job to have today

    Cons

    shorter work week something like 4/10


  10. Helpful (1)

    If you're not here via nepotism, you're gonna have a bad time

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get away with doing nothing all day because management is too busy doing the same.

    Cons

    Testers get paid more than developers do - it makes no sense at all. No upward mobility unless you know someone (Most of the management are either related to, screwing or friends with the CIO/COO). Pay is severely unbalanced based on who you know. Promotions take almost a year to go through with no back pay. Toxic management discuss personnel issues out in the open. Unfair treatment based on race by some management. Over-hiring people when there isn't as much work to go around.

    Advice to Management

    Relatives aren't going to make you look good - promote the hard workers.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very little positives for low and mid level employees.

    Cons

    Management unresponsive and hostile to employees. Claim reserving practices in violation of most insurance department regulations. Employees instructed to stay silent on reserving practices. Mgt.



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