AmTrust Financial Reviews

Updated June 28, 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. Not sure about the negative reviews

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

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Advancement Opportunities. Decent network system. Employees are very nice and friendly except for a couple I do not associate with.

    Cons

    I don't like the medical benefits as much. Co-pays are getting higher and higher every year.

    Advice to Management

    Would be nice for better healthcare benefits.


  2. review of AmTrust

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AmTrust Financial

    Pros

    very diverse work environment
    fun atmosphere

    Cons

    downtown Cleveland traffic could be a pain


  3. Helpful (4)

    Great starting point for a current student or recent graduate.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Cleveland, OH

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Consistently expanding software development department full of young professionals. The environment is definitely low stress and offers plenty of support to someone starting there career.

    The workstations are very cutting edge. All developers get a high performance computer, current generation processor with 16 gigs of ram and three monitors of workspace.

    The Amtrust building is on the corner of East 9th and superior, giving it a great downtown location. It is quite encouraged to be involved in the city, with photo hunt challenges to explore the city and a corporate sports challenge.

    If brought on via contract, pay is $20/hour. Work is 8:30 to 5:00 with an hour for lunch. Once your contract has ended, you will be brought on for salary. This comes with full benifits: health, dental, vision, 401k, 10 days of vacation, 5 sick days and 3 personal days.

    Cons

    Probably not a place to stay long term. Not a ton of room for advancement. This company hires newer developers who are still learning how to work on a full sized project. The turn over rate is quite high. If you are looking for a place to further your career, Amtrust is not the best place.

    The code is 10 years old, written in vb, and has been changed by well over 200 people throughout its lifetime. Because of this, documentation and comments are generally lacking at best.

    The position is billed as a software engineer, however it is more like glorified help desk. You cannot open a ticket on your own, and need permission to make almost any changes to code. Most of the time you will simply add a variable or change script slightly. New functionality is rare in this slowing system.


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  5. Great place to start

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

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people
    Not too stressful
    Flexible
    Helpful and caring team

    Cons

    Turn over rate is high
    High pressure to get work done on time
    The requirements of projects change constantly
    Small teams, big projects

    Advice to Management

    Don't over complicate things.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Test Analyst in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very laid back environment, great work life balance and lots of opportunity to advance. Offers decent health insurance.

    Cons

    Vacation time is not that great but also not the worst. Company strict about working from home. Would like a more virtual work environment. No educational assistance.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. Underwriting assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Concord, CA

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I have only been with Amtrust for 6 months but so far so good. The company is large so there is a lot of room for growth

    Cons

    Benefits aren't the best, need more time off.


  8. You get what you put into it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cleveland, OH

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    There's plenty of opportunities in some groups to succeed if you are willing to work for it.

    Cons

    Company growth seems to keep the staff and the managers from getting a good footing and building good structure around their areas. There seems to be a large disparity between some groups happiness over others.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to slow down the day to day rush to get things done and establish some long term goals.


  9. Good Stuff and Bad Stuff

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

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I like my job. The work is interesting. Mostly laid back atmosphere on a day-to-day basis.

    Cons

    The company is growing, but the management style is highly outdated. No structures with respect to salaries, titles, etc. Managers are not a cohesive unit.

    Advice to Management

    Take a very long hard look. If you want to be a player, you need to hire the right people to structure the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good so far

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

    I have been working at AmTrust Financial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Involved management, good work/life balance, growth opportunities, relatively laid-back environment, decent pay and benefits, friendly co-workers (for the most part)

    Cons

    Lower managers/supervisors generally seem to be promoted based on seniority rather than competency, a few extremely bad apples who act like children and leave the bathrooms a mess

    Advice to Management

    Anyone in a supervisory position should be placed there based on merit.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Testing Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Testing Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Testing Analyst in Cleveland, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Favoritism runs rampant here and the most qualified aren't usually the ones selected for the job.

    Cons

    Poor pay, time off and benefits are hugely expensive. Management plays favorites in a big way. No clear cut mission statement. Departmental in-fighting.

    Advice to Management

    Pick the right person for the job and not your friend!!!



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