Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Chairman, President, and CEO J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.
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Pros
  • Some areas offer remote work from home opportunities (in 6 reviews)

  • Good Environment, Best Work Life Balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Some areas of the company do not have a good work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • No personal growth, very low pay increases unless your one of the chosen few (the pets they are called there) (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    2 people found this helpful

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best employer I've had thus far. I can listen to music at my desk. They paid for my licensing expenses.

    Cons

    Getting a raise is hard. Yearly self-performance review you have to write. Provided Health Insurance isn't the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more often, give higher raises and bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Former Admin

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Itasca, IL

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers, managers, salary, varied work and exposure to multiple departments

    Cons

    Amt of work expected to be accomplished could not be done without overtime hours/pay, which was to be pre-approved which could be difficult to predict.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. It was ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    Nice People
    Ability to move in the company

    Cons

    Not very good with internal communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you have different departments involved in a project. Communication is key, I found a lot was duplicated because the information was not being shared.

    Recommends
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  5. Not the best experience

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    - Intern conference in Chicago was a good experience
    - Good way to look at the insurance industry from the brokerage perspective
    - I got to meet Pat Gallagher (CEO) at the intern conference. He is a very interesting person who had great advice and who I believe truly wants the best for his employees.

    Cons

    I think my cons have to do more with the insurance industry/culture itself than Gallagher specifically. The industry seems to foster a certain culture of that I can't really put my finger on.. the only thing I can think to say is that there seems to be a lot of snootiness and unhappiness.

    There were a few times coworkers would take me out to lunch and openly trash the company/management etc in front of me - and I was an intern! It was just a weird environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Caveat Emptor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice office. Good location. Friendly and committed staff.

    Cons

    Only thing that counts is new business, not profitability or client satisfaction. No raise is 6 years despite above average performance reviews. Terrible and impersonal online performance review system. Employee morale low priority as witness by millions spent on "Power of Gallagher" obscene extravaganza. Salesmen get all the perks and support staff that makes things happen get little of nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware: the economy is changing and you will (finally) have to pay attention to your employees, compensate them equitably and treat them with respect rather than cogs in the wheel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Very family oriented company

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    Great management style, family like atmosphere, teamwork inspired

    Cons

    Many family members work here, favoritism can be a problem

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Learned Valuable Lessons

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    Former Employee - Website Marketing Specialist in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Website Marketing Specialist in Itasca, IL

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company is profitable and is getting larger every day.
    Pretty good medical, dental etc benefits and generous PTO and holidays
    Compensation is equal to the national average
    Develop and manage multiple projects from inception through completion
    Work side-by-side with some very intelligent people who will make you do your best
    Family-style atmosphere, which means everyone is upfront and honest, sometimes brutally honest
    Directors of marketing have vast experience of marketing and technology and are willing to help you if you ask for direction.

    Cons

    You will be harassed your first few months.
    Political: lots of family members or friends of the family who get jobs here
    High-stressed managers talk down to you and even yell at you in meetings.
    There is not a fully developed training curriculum, you will need to develop it yourself
    Overworked employees and managers who are very forgetful
    Be prepared to work 12-hour days and have no one recognize your devotion to the company and passion to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to interrogate employees in their first week of employment.
    Take it easy on the micro-management as a lot of the employees do not like it and stress about it daily.
    You talk about having employees who are pro-active, but you forget that you too should be pro-actively looking to help your employees succeed, instead of breaking down their character and making them feel small.
    Build up each employees confidence and it will show through their work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Gossip/Nepotism

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    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster in Miramar, FL
    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster in Miramar, FL

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    Generally friendly people in the office. Okay health benefits. Nice area. Stable environment.

    Cons

    Low salary, gossip, nepotism, and two face co-workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain branch managers are quite informal and moody.

  10. Network Operations center analyst

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    Current Employee - Network Operations Analyst in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - Network Operations Analyst in Itasca, IL

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    Extremely flexible with the hours. There is a lot of knowledge there people are easy to talk to. They really care about your professional growth. Overall there really isn't much to say.

    Cons

    Right hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. People will micromanage you even if you know what you are talking about. They will stand over your shoulder whether you like it or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall management is okay. Try everything you can to keep the people that you have. just continue to be engaged the way you have been.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Area Vice President

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    Former Employee - Area Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Area Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    Similar to other brokers with structure and proced ures. Some of the capabilities of a large broker, but not the depth.

    Cons

    Acquisition of too many smaller brokers and agencies. Integration of acquisitions hit or miss. Most of the management are related making advancement tough to impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to integrate the acquisitions into a single company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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