Argo Group Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Eh

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

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Rapid growth through many acquisitions.

    Cons

    Needs to scale for growth. Too decentralized.


  2. Great experience, lots of opportunity.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Focus more on employee development.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Terrible Employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Location, facilities, nice people, lots of overtime

    Cons

    Too meant executive privileges, hence the high expense ratio

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent, lead, communicate, and keep your A players


  6. Helpful (2)

    Had such amazing potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argo Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers and immediate boss who worked tirelessly to build each other up, provide top of the line service and had the courage to do the right thing; good benefit compensation.

    Cons

    Poor top leadership (appointing the incorrect people to key, decision-making positions; misuse of corporate resources, funds and employees; unprofessional behavior of C-level management); company values are only posters on the walls; cronyism is rampant, outsourcing of key customer-facing positions that made this specialty commercial insurance company great was extremely detrimental; all of these things led to a sad corporate culture and was so unnecessary.

    Advice to Management

    Board of Directors and C-level management should be changed where appropriate; exit interviews should be taken seriously; input from non-management employees should be valued instead of snubbed.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Toxic Enivornment

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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (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


  8. Good employer as a smaller company but I enjoyed it less as it grew in size.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Could be fun to work there at times. If you are a slacker, you can probably blend in without getting fired due to the mediocrity that surrounds you. Salaries were ok. Lots of office locations if one wished to move around.

    Cons

    Poor bonuses. The president of the group can be quite arrogant and is not a real people-person. High expense ratios. Under-performers were not exited out of the company at all. Mr. Watson seems to discourage alternative views and seeks out those who will not disagree with him.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the focus on becoming the biggest insurance company and reduce the expense ratio.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Colony Specialty Insurance of Argo Group

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriting Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Underwriting Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Solid small company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    n/a


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Claims Specialist
    Former Employee - Claims Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (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 Management

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



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