Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Entry Level, don't expect much

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Services Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Services Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work with smart people. - Opportunity to learn, - Working to build up the group, - Changing for the better, - Great starter job in the investment industry,

    Cons

    - Some of the AVP have absolute no respect for the analyst, treating us like data analyst, and thinking they are much better than us, - Salary is 30-40% below industry average, they know that but that doesn't change anything, - Environment is absolutely toxic, - Weekly analyst meeting that just focus on what we aren't doing well, - Super analysts "supervisors" who don't do anything except delegate work and make spreadsheets that no one uses. No one really knows what she does, - Half the analysts are constantly looking for new jobs because how horrible it is with pay and environment,

    Advice to Management

    - Compensate employees fairly to retain talent - Ask analyst to rate consultants because not only is a consultants job to retain clients but also to retain their team,


  2. Helpful (1)

    Steady growth, great coworkers, but not poised for the future...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compared to other brokerage houses such as Willis, Lockton, USI, HUB etc, Gallagher probably has the best culture: relaxed environment, better staffed and understanding supervisors. Furthermore, Gallagher has a larger market share and thus, has greater recognition. Gallagher has dedicated resources such as Actuarial services, Underwriting department, Survey tools etc. These can be help the account management teams with their periodic deliverables. In my experience, Gallagher looks to employ new talent and then groom them for higher positions in the Account management ladder. This is relatively rare in the other competitors where the staff is often just an amalgamation of bodies to throw work at.

    Cons

    Gallagher is severely lacking in innovation: Internal benchmarking tools are few and far in-between. There is a dire need to develop internal resources that can help drive discussion with clients and prospects.

    Advice to Management

    Create internal resources like Towers Watson, Milliman and Mercer have or you will soon find yourself losing the larger clients to these competitors. Abandon SalesForce, it is just a hole in the ground that you are filling with money.


  3. Account Manager

    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture and bright future

    Cons

    Knowledge transfer for new trainees


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  5. Good Company....but due your homework!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well established organization with benefits that are comparable to other organizations; pretty much everyone was really nice; I think the company is going in the right direction....given it's a sales-focused organization. Lots of long-tenured employees....which can be a positive and negative.

    Cons

    No flexible work arrangements you are expected to be in the office from 8 - 5 Leaders play "favorites" No work at home opportunities unless it is "warranted"; unless you are a Leader/in an office...then you get to work at home whenever you want 401K vesting sucks...it's a graduated scale Didn't see them doing things for employees; i.e., casual Fridays. Very high pressure to perform at 120% all day / every day - it's never enough Eating lunch at your desk "is the norm" This culture is very "old school" - senior executives have these huge offices (which is a waste of space); not an environment to promote collaboration. Depending on what group you work with depends on how flexible your work arrangements can be - not consistent across the board; you could be sitting next to someone who gets to work at home a couple of days a week; yet you are not "allowed".

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a bit; provide your employees (where you can) with more work-life balance / flexible work arrangements. Some of your "Leaders" are paranoid that if people are working at home...they are goofing off.....not true; this boils down to Trust. Little perks - like casual Friday's, summer hours...those kinds of things go a long way..


  6. Great Company / Not So Great Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Itasca, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    AJG is a great company, just about everyone I encountered was very friendly and helpful...once you got to know them. They are putting a lot of resources and money into developing their sales platform...this is a great thing; but what about your infrastructure....you need infrastructure to support the sales growth you are trying to achieve.

    Cons

    No flexible work arrangements you are expected to be in the office from 8 - 5 Leaders play "favorites"; No work at home opportunities unless it is "warranted"; unless you are a Leader/in an office...then you get to work at home whenever you want 401K vesting sucks...it's a graduated scale Didn't see them doing things for employees; i.e., casual Fridays. Very high pressure to perform at 120% all day / every day - it's never enough Eating lunch at your desk "is the norm" - feeling of being "watched" all the time This culture is very "old school" - senior executives have these huge offices (which is a waste of space); not an environment to promote collaboration. Depending on what group you work with depends on how flexible your work arrangements can be - not consistent across the board; you could be sitting next to someone who gets to work at home a couple of days a week; yet you are not "allowed" Technology is very antiquated - unless it benefits the operations side of the house....you can't get the tools and resources you need/want to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a bit and change your ways....or you are not going to attract and retain top talent to be successful in your industry - people want to know they can work at home, have flexible work arrangements without having to "beg". Be consistent in providing flexible work arrangements / good work life balance. Provide a "better/brighter" work environment. Depending on what group and/or floor you worked on depended on how nice your work environment was.....working in a beige, drab environment is no appealing.


  7. Great company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, family plans are high.


  8. Entry Level

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing training and learning opportunities. Strong company to work for when entering the industry. Very open to education objectives.

    Cons

    Not always the fastest upward movement. Can be hard to gain new experiences. There is a lot of nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize talent early on and avoid favoritism. Although, overall the company is one of the best places to work. For the most part, they do recognize talent.


  9. Claims Trainee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    Great company. Great learning opportunity, hands on experience

    Cons

    Depends on what client you are assigned to. Huge work load. Little pay


  10. Great Internship.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had an internship with the St. Louis branch of Gallagher. I love the job and everyone in the office, it's demanding but at the same time incredibly rewarding. You are treated as a well equipped asset, not a coffee serving machine.

    Cons

    Depending on what office you get hired at the internship varies greatly. Some offices have an incredibly well structured program and others have basically nothing.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Gallagher Bassett Finance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Itasca, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There were a lot of great employees. A majority of the people that I worked with were pleasant and enjoyable to talk to. You could always strike a conversation and spend time getting to know new people. Nobody seems to track your browsing history, so if you look like you're working, you can just screw around all day reading articles and watching cat videos. as long as no-one can see your screen, you're good.

    Cons

    Just about everything else... Technology is way outdated. Upper management could care less about finance personnel. The general mentality is "Make it work for our client, regardless of how manual the process." No fixed yearly raise, you have to fight for it. No internal career growth. I spent more than a year there, and saw 5 manager positions get filled from external hiring. No bonus for finance people, which makes it that much harder to process all the bonuses for the sales team.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. There is much talent on the working floor. Stop hiring from CNA. Don't be stingy with pay. You can't tell the team that finance was under budget by a mil and then not increase pay....



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