Argo Group Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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Argo Group President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Argonaut Group Mark E. Watson III
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  1. good job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gentry, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gentry, AR

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible and good people

    Cons

    sometimes business slows down a bit.

    Advice to Management

    this is a different argo group


  2. Helpful (1)

    Specialty E & S Insurer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Respected in industry peer group. Innovative and forward thinking

    Cons

    Loss of a cohesive culture

    Advice to Management

    Human capital is the best asset


  3. Solid small company

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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 Argo Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amaller company which makes it easy to navigate. Competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Many small divisions due to acquisitions which are branded differently.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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  5. Great experience, lots of opportunity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers Beautiful offices Good benefits with an incredible employee referral bonus Upper management gives a lot of freedom to business units to create their own atmosphere

    Cons

    Slow implementation of new practices Too little regulation of employee relations guidelines. Managers are give a lot of freedom, which can be great with great managers and detrimental with not so great managers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employee development.


  6. Keep looking

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Argo Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Small company with some potential but little management focus

    Cons

    Management talent is very spotty

    Advice to Management

    Hire better middle managers


  7. Helpful (1)

    Colony Specialty Insurance of Argo Group

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriting Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Underwriting Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional. contemporary office environments; business casual atmosphere; available managers; good quality, friendly employees; team environment.

    Cons

    Prior company mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, evolutions, etc. make the organizational history and structure difficult to follow. It takes time to learn how your division, department, team came to be and how it fits into the overall organization.

    Advice to Management

    More cross - functional training and other department product knowledge to allow each employee to be a better spokesperson for the entire organization.


  8. Great place

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

    I have been working at Argo Group

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

    Pros

    New challenges. Great opportunities. Positive changes in the recent months.

    Cons

    Middle management is a little backward.


  9. Good people, good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SFA
    Current Employee - SFA

    I have been working at Argo Group

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best people that I have ever worked with and for.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Please look at those who are knowledgable and want to advance their career from within.


  10. THE PETER PRINCIPLE STILL RINGS TRUE

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    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They are a growing company.

    Cons

    They do not promote from within. Almost every management position in the last 3 years have gone to outside personnel, transfers between departments is rarely if ever done. Micromanagement on every issue from top to bottom. Severe under staffing. Implements new procedures without input from staff that will have to utilize new programs to assist in determining if the new program will work or be of benefit. Making promises to new policyholders without determining if the department responsible can realistically complete the work promised. Better to tell the truth than make commitments that cannot later be kept due to under staffing, lack of necessary technology etc.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback and input from staff. Encourage continuing education as promoted in the company manual but usually is declined by local management. Training for new staff - none - need to be more pro-active and not reactive to possible problems and legitimate concerns in procedures. Pat on the back on occasion for employees who excel and work 60-70 hours a week for no additional pay to keep promises management has made. Instead of just the " no one asked you too" normal response from middle management.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Okay'. But they need a lot of help.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Argo Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A pretty stable place to work. Nice people. Easy to talk to and generally are willing to help you. Good 401k matching.

    Cons

    No direction for the future. Too much red tape and "culture" is pretty much non-existent. There are no incentives to do better. People just show up everyday and go through the motions.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the stale managers and learn to have fun. Get some new people in the door with fresh ideas and learn to be innovative. People spend too much of their lives at work to not enjoy it.



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