Argo Group

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic Enivornment

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    • 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 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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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 (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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good People, Bad Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Auditor in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Pay was ok. People were good, made many friends.

    Cons

    The workload, expectations and especially the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better, like you actually value them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 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 (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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work environment has gone downhill in past 2 years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Specialty E & S Insurer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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