Argo Group Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
27 Reviews
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Argo Group President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Argonaut Group Mark E. Watson III
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    Terrible Employer

    • 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

    International company with businesses in multiple countries; profitable with record revenues in recent years; growth primarily through acquisition

    Cons

    Core Values are not applicable. The C-Suite execs are arrogant, dismissive, and don't care about employees. Leadership has no integrity. They don't pay bonuses even though the company realizes growth and profitability. Employees are regularly asked to perform more with little recognition. The company is stuck in last century, no integration or vision for meaningful growth, thus expense rations are out of control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold yourself accountable to the same standards as you would your subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic Enivornment

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some very talented individuals in the organization.

    Cons

    The list is extensive:
    Lack of vision and direction
    Poor change management
    Expense ratios are out of control
    Executives do not walk the talk, values are just words on a piece of paper, they are not demonstrated
    Total lack of trust in the organization
    Great talent is walking out the door at an alarming rate
    Micromanagement is abundant
    Employees are not treated with respect
    "My way or the highway" environment, diverse ideas are not welcomed or considered

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

    It used to be a good place to work.....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Claims Specialist
    Former Employee - Claims Specialist

    I worked at Argo Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When I worked at Argo it was fun and exciting. While challenging, it felt like a team effort. Nice co-workers and a good boss. Tough but fair and I learned so much.

    Cons

    Wow, serious management changes made and the human element was taken out of the mix. Very questionable changes made with respect to management, in particular claims.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-do your entire claim department(s). You can do a lot better with the right people at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just really kind of sad and disappointing

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

    I worked at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues all agree, we are in this together and everyone works well together. You feel as though they are your only support at times. The Claims Supervisor is one of the best I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Claims are extremely complex and were mishandled for years. The Claims Manager is clueless, misguided in his knowledge and frankly is just a waste of space. The interview process is extensive and a waste of time. 5-7 interviews does nothing to guarantee success of any candidate once on the job and does nothing to assure you didn't let the good get away during that process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is imperative in order for Argo Group to succeed that they place truly qualified individuals in management roles and stop the silly interview process. Additionally, do not place Senior Management in roles where they have no experience just because they've been around a long time. Additionally, colleagues need support not an inexperienced claims manager and a senior officer who travels the country acting like a controlling mother hen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Extremely bad experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Claims Examiner
    Former Employee - Senior Claims Examiner

    I worked at Argo Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits and my immediate coworkers are the only good things about the company/office.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. I cannot say much more than has already been said on this site relative to the reviews labeled "very dissatisfied". In my 26-year career, this by far, is the worst company for which I have ever worked. There are two others that are a close second and third. Upon my reflection of these three companies, I realized the problem with them and it was all MICROMANAGEMENT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice that I can give is for management to LISTEN. Many of us have talked until we are blue in the face and it makes no difference as they really do not care. The only thing that management cares about, even local management, is money, whent it lines their pockets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work environment has gone downhill in past 2 years.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Claims Examiner  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Denver, CO

    I worked at Argo Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The salary and benefit package was equal to other insurance companies but not as good as it was two years ago.

    Cons

    Upper management places no value on their employees. In the past year the claims department has had countless people leave due to the work environment. Upper management has no respect for the employees opinions. Company is outsourcing jobs to India. They are part of the employment crisis in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees who actually know about the claims environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Offices closing, employees do not know it yet

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    medical, dental and vision insurance

    Cons

    Employee number, not you or who you are is what matter. Anyone over the age 50 is subject to being let go and the position is not being replaced. I saw many people lose jobs due to outsourcing. Underwriting profits are not coming in, claims are down, too many people and not enough income to cover expoenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the people now rather than wait until Christmas to say your job is being consolidated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    A sinking ship

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

    I worked at Argo Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's very difficult for me to come up wth pros other than it was a paycheck, it was very difficult to come to work every day.

    Cons

    This organization is rotton to the core, hostile enviromnent with everyone in middle management doing nothing except for covering thir own backs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell this sinking ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Working Here Sucks the Big One

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Pros

    Covered parking and comfortable desk chairs

    Cons

    Management team and Board lack ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Repent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work.

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

    I worked at Argo Group

    Pros

    Compensation and bonus was OK.

    Cons

    Leadership is horrible. Spoiled brat runs the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CEO soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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