AmTrust Financial Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
31 Reviews

2.7
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly culture, fast paced, a lot of learning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial full-time

    Pros

    Small groups of coworkers which work on similar, specific issues which contribute to a larger purpose for the team. It's a fast paced environment with a fun culture that forces oneself to learn quickly. Management is friendly and laid back with coworkers which keeps the stress level low. There is not a lot of micromanagement.

    There are a lot of different employee tropes; charismatic project leaders, knowledgeable technical gurus, passionate analysts, and persistent testers. There is a place for everyone, and the day to day runs smoothly. It's very easy to find the correct people to learn from.

    Cons

    Communication can be on the slow side. Scheduled reviews are rare. The beginning learning curve is steep, and the company does not have a formal training process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More information on expected personal financial growth potential. Look into a more formalized training regimen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible career move.

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at AmTrust Financial full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you're looking for a just where you can just slack off and do nothing, this is the place. Most of the people do next to nothing, and all the work is carried on the backs of a few select people. The processes are broken or non-existent, but instead of fixing them, they just keep throwing more people at it. So they hire lots of people who get no training and it's easy to collect a paycheck without doing anything. Some people play video games, some people watch movies on their phones, and some just read e-books all day. Management is too clueless to notice, and when they do, they don't have the backbone to do anything about it.

    Cons

    Nothing you learn here will be of any use. They don't follow any processes that would be considered standard for the industry. So no matter how long you spend here, your experience is worthless anywhere else, and you'll need to start over. No one in management has relevant experience in the field either, so they have nothing to teach you. Their primary goal is to create a believable act for when SOX audit time comes that they adequate change management procedures, even if they don't follow those policies most of the time, and doctor the data later.

    Pay is also sub par. You can make 30-50% more working almost anywhere else in a comparable position. If you care about your career at all, you won't tank it by working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more training, on both sides of the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The only pros for me is the pay increase I received compared to my old job and the proximity of job.

    Cons

    The employees suck. Their are very few 'normal' software developers here. The majority of developers are recruited. I feel like if people want to work at a company, they do not need to recruit workers. The software developers have absolutely no formal training or guidance. You basically get assigned to a project and then figure it out on your own. The projects are not very interesting at all. I would only recommend working here if you have nothing else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time documenting the processes and structure of your systems so that new employees can learn faster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Run fast, run far!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmTrust Financial full-time

    Pros

    The majority of "leaders" are uneducated in the conventional sense, i.e. they don't even possess high school or college degrees. They rely solely on their rank and file employees to drip feed them even the most elemental information that they, in turn, endeavor to transmit to their superiors (VPs and above) in a quasi-intellectual fashion. It's akin to watching someone drive a car with no brakes - a perfect equilibrium of amusement and fright!

    Cons

    Simple case of the blind leading the blind.

    Benefits, which are abhorrent, are the primary reason people work here. Furthermore, they don't even begin to eclipse the abysmal hourly rates that the majority are required to stomach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your managers aren't hoodwinking prospective employees by misrepresenting the actual competencies required for certain position. Otherwise, it proves to be an impressive waste of everyone's time, money and energy; particularly the employee's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Work life

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    Current Employee - Underwriting Service Technician  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Underwriting Service Technician in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of Overtime if desired.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a bit difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good experience

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at AmTrust Financial as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    good people to work with.

    Cons

    boring work. projects are limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good benefits poor management

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    Current Employee - Testing Analyst  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Testing Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company has good benefits. Nice having the bank holidays.

    Cons

    Desks arrangements are very close together with limited space, so you have no privacy at all. Management does not clearly communicate what they want from you and then you get blamed for there miscommunications.
    They are going through some growing pains but management really needs to communicate better with the employees. In a year no one has ever sat down with me and clearly defined my responsibilities. It a fly by the set of your pants environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to your employees, set career paths and expectations.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employees...but some senior executives are verbally abusive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at AmTrust Financial full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fellow employees are great to work with. Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    some senior executives can be verbally abusive. environment is very high strung

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Entry level job ok-not a place to build a career

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    Former Employee - Commercial Undewriter  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Commercial Undewriter in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at AmTrust Financial full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    No micromanagement; You can learn entry level skill sets here..

    Cons

    Management is not honest with employees regarding career paths. Nepotism and favoritism rule. Employees are systematically eliminated when they start to earn serious salaries. I worked there for over 5 years and left with virtually the same skill set and compensation I had when hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in career development and long-term training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial

    Pros

    Employees, Benefits, Attire, Lifestyle.......................... Good place to start.

    Cons

    Pay, Management Really need more training for specific positions

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