Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not Employee Friendly

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    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster in DFW, TX
    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster in DFW, TX

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The majority of the peons that I worked with were good people. They were hard workers that put in more than 40 hours a week for meagre pay. The majority of these however were older folks that just wanted to survive until retirement. The benefits were adequate. The actual job was interesting.

    Cons

    Management was not people friendly. They would gladly throw an employee under the bus to protect themselves and the pay and raises were pathetic. The company was more interested in protecting itself than caring for its capital: the employee. A friend was going to work for them. I advised this person of what to expect and this person lasted all of 6 weeks before leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Start considering employees as an asset instead of a disposable item. The knowledge that you throw away can not be replaced easily. If you treat people well you may actually get some loyalty in return.

  2. Helpful (1)

    It's a Little Different

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Itasca, IL

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growing like the dickens.
    Peers were great to work with.

    Cons

    I'm sure it depends on the department one works in.
    Salary is way less than industry average for position\time in position.
    Trying to get by on the cheap in IT salary-wise, for keeping an old system afloat.

    Advice to Management

    Except for a few good guys, 70's style management. No-one sees the boss or the boss's boss etc....
    How about relying less on email and going back to "Management By Walking Around" ?
    Being a self-starter with minimum supervision is not the same as no direction.
    CIO is semi-clueless. Tone deaf with a tin ear.
    Don't fall too much In love with Indian off-shore resources.
    Start looking to the Philippines to save even more money.

  3. workers compensation adjuster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time

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

    Pros

    health insurance from day 1

    Cons

    lots of overtime hours . no work life balance. no raises. high case load

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  5. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  6. It was ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice People
    Ability to move in the company

    Cons

    Not very good with internal communication.

    Advice to Management

    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.

  7. 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.

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

    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.

  8. 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great management style, family like atmosphere, teamwork inspired

    Cons

    Many family members work here, favoritism can be a problem

  9. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Gossip/Nepotism

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 Management

    Certain branch managers are quite informal and moody.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Promote more often, give higher raises and bonuses.

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