American General Life

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American General Life Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated April 4, 2014
Updated April 4, 2014
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    If you're the creative type, this job is not for you

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Houston, TX

    I worked at American General Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits. Great health insurance. Huge business campus.

    Cons

    Not challenging enough. Very un-creative job for a Graphic Designer. Only saw my manager a cpl times a week. Manager had no knowledge of Graphic Design. Hope you don't have medical issues, bc they will not work with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Genuinely care more about your employees and their well- being. Engage with your employees more often. Keep them in the loop more often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great People

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at American General Life full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people you work with are exceptional. Makes coming to work easy.

    Cons

    Job opportunities become less and less the older you get. Posting to new positions within becomes challenging if not impossible. Corporate is striving for a younger work base with "new ideas." This type of discrimination gets tiring for those of us that look to continuously improve ourselves and strive for ways to contribute in a greater capacity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just say you support internal posting... hire and promote within!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Think twice before accepting a job @ American General Life

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX

    I have been working at American General Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You have the option of working remote, only on certain teams.

    Cons

    Lack of process. People are afraid of making decisions, as such they make decision by committee and the decision makers are clueless. Executive staff is for the most part incompetent, and don't see that changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your executives, and their cronies, get people in there that are not afraid to say "no - that is a bad idea". Free thinkers are not the enemy; they are your salvation. If you continue at this pace you will be out of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Its ok

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    Current Employee - Client Service Representative  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Client Service Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at American General Life full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Initially there was no workforce management and the environment was a real laid back. Pay is good for this type of position.

    Cons

    Workforce management has since been implemented and morale is down and employees are being micro-managed. There are impending layoffs scheduled

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast becoming a self-serving company filled with senior management that has no clue how to treat employees

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications in Houston, TX

    I have been working at American General Life

    Pros

    Excellent location. Located just outside of downtown makes it great to work on the campus. The added bonus of Whole Foods is another perk of working on this campus.

    Cons

    Over the last two years the company has adopted a global job grading system and a global performance rating system that rewards those that exceed at stroking management's ego and the rest are overlooked, under paid and no longer acknowledged for their performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the round table approach where executives hand pick their favorites to be recognized and the rest of the employees suffer. To give a processor or administrative person no annual increase, but a bonus that is taxed more and degrading because they are not compensated at a level where a bonus is a significant amount is ludicrous. Reality check needed inside the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not the best, but not the worst.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at American General Life

    Pros

    The pay is good relative to my peer group across the industry. We receive a decent amount of vacation time and benefits.

    Cons

    It reminds me of working for a larger start-up. The systems are poorly managed. Salaried employees are treated like clock punchers (hourly).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is out of touch with basic management principles that could have been learned in undergrad. The Marketing and Sales Department have absolutely no effective communication.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Have been with organization for over 10 years. It was a great company before the AIG merger.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at American General Life

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice location, onsite convenience store, athletic club and cafeteria. Parking is less expensive than most downtown or medical center locations.

    Cons

    Constantly downsizing and out sourcing. Very political environment. Promotions are not based on performance, but who you know. New performance program is set up so that good employs still get rated low and bad employs are no longer singled out. There is no longer a reason to go above and beyond you normal job duties because it no longer makes a difference in your rating or pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mary Jane Fortin needs to get off the 40th floor and see how mid management truly treats the employs then she might understand why the normal is so low. Most of senior management is never seen and is not even located in the same building as the employs.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good pace to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at American General Life

    Pros

    The company offers a paycheck and insurance.

    Cons

    Mainly directors have a "I'm God" complex. Micromanagement is the standard. Mid-management does not encourage an open door policy even when the CEO is pushing the matter. Morale is at an all time low. Management is not open to new ways of doing things. Any questioning of management leads to backlash and threats of HR. I would not recommend anyone apply for a job at American General LIfe Companies. Sr. management wonders why morale is so low... Here's a hint, Mid-management act like prison guards and treat employees like 5 year olds. There is no respect at all and employees are looked down as lower class. If we can also address the reacial jokes from mid-management, that would be wonderful as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid-management should listen to Sr. management and treat your employees like people, repect your employees and check your ego at the door when you walk into the office. Mary Jane Fortin is unfortunatly, getting her inforamtion from surveys and upper level executives. She really needs to leave them out of the discussion and listen to the non-management employees and what we have to say. Our voices are not getting heard and mid-management is only telling her what she wants to hear so they cover their own butts. AG employees are not happy, morale is at an all time low... there is a reason. Employees are scared to speak up becasue of retaliation from directors. That should be a big indicator that something is wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at American General Life

    Pros

    There are a lot of job opportunities nationwide since American General merged with AIG. AIG American General has great benefits and they offer different types of annuities, whole life, and life policies for its employees.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides of working at AIG American General is that management seems to want to hold a person back for whatever reason. When you apply for a job, your direct manager is not suppose to know but they find out anyways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some advice or feedback to the leadship at American General is learn to let your employers go further and encourage them to want to futher their career with the company and not to hold them back.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waist of Time!

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at American General Life

    Pros

    Very nice clients to support.

    Cons

    Worst management group in Industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselfs.

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