Argo Group

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Argo Group Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
30 Reviews
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30 Reviews
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Argo Group President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Argonaut Group Mark E. Watson III
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  1.  

    Great experience, lots of opportunity.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid small company

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Many small divisions due to acquisitions which are branded differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Specialty E & S Insurer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Respected in industry peer group. Innovative and forward thinking

    Cons

    Loss of a cohesive culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Human capital is the best asset

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    good job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gentry, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gentry, AR

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Pros

    Very flexible and good people

    Cons

    sometimes business slows down a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this is a different argo group

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Colony Specialty Insurance of Argo Group

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good people, good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SFA
    Current Employee - SFA

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Keep looking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Argo Group

    Pros

    Small company with some potential but little management focus

    Cons

    Management talent is very spotty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better middle managers

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Okay Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, they throw parties and go all out. Liquor, cigars, food, the works decent time off policy. decent lower management.

    Cons

    Compensation, Nepotism, Politics, selfish culture, hardly any procedures in place. Upper management is very difficult to please. the lower managers mostly are good, but they cant do much because of the higher management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more than a 3% max raise, give opportunities for real growth, become more interested in your employees than the liquor in the executive kitchen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good people in the trenches, bad environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant

    I worked at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Learned from peers, actually liked the improvements of the paperless system (although it took a lot of adjustment and was not perfect.

    Cons

    Grim environment with work going overseas when I was there. It was understood that most of the underwriting assistants and some management would be let go but no dates were given. Just shows how conscientious the UWs were because they continued to do their best not even knowing when they would be laid off, but sure that they would be. Management shuffled and reorganized, older workers not getting enough help with the new technology. The overseas workers being trained were hard-working, intelligent people but they did not have perfect American English so much time was wasted trying to fix errors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know the present situation, but hope that this company learned that outsourcing is not a quick shortcut to profits. Have more respect for your experienced workers with accuracy and experience under their belts. Work on company culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Eh

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

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Rapid growth through many acquisitions.

    Cons

    Needs to scale for growth. Too decentralized.

    Disapproves of CEO

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