Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
204 Reviews
2.8
204 Reviews
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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Chairman, President, and CEO J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company continually grows, but seems to care less about Support Staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Itasca, IL

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, vacation, and health insurance discounts

    Cons

    Promotion from within is there, but they will not pay you what you deserve. It is frustrating to watch someone from outside the company get hired and do the same job, and get paid more. They seem to only care about the bottom line, and don't put their neck on the line to keep the good employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice to see more promotion from within, and pay to match. CSR's would stop jumping ship, if AJG could price match other agencies who are willing to pay for what they get.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Great Concept, A Poor Execution

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

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with talented, hardworking, loyal colleagues dedicated to fulfill Client needs with or without help from Gallagher.

    Cons

    Stagnant growth. The need for an advanced degree or knowing the right middle to upper manager for advancement above low level jobs is obvious. Lack of appreciation for hard work employees render by upper management who require mid-level and low-level management to provide incentives to employees at personal expense. Record growth in profitability yields no reward to dedicated employees who sacrificed during lean years. Blatant nepotism, poor almost dangerously low morale and frequent unsuccessful implementation of software and procedures cripple the ability to place business properly and breed resentment amongst employees towards upper management. Mandatory use of Gallagher approved intermediaries improves Gallagher's bottom line at the expense of it's customers. Career Launch and Interns are often Silver Spoon Individuals who are fast tracked into Career Positions often without basic insurance knowledge or needed people skills. Usage of India Service Center to replace American Workers leaves many in constant fear of lay-off. Also, instruction to avoid making the India Service Center known makes this division all the more worrisome for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Gallagher Way and implement it again. You are advertising that Gallagher lives by it but they do not. The dollar is obviously the most important. Shareholders are your true customer now. You are running good, hard working people out en masse. Why??????

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A lot of opportunity for young professionals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Underwriter
    Current Employee - Commercial Underwriter

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at the company for more than 5 years now and there is a lot of opportunity for advancement and career growth. Young talent are fastracked through the EDGE program with your peers. Benefits are decent compared to other competitors. My direct management is encouraging and gets the whole work-life balance deal. If you work hard and do what's right, you'll be given opportunities to move up within the company.

    Cons

    Only 10 vacation days and 3 floating days to start. Needs to be 15 +3 but that's something you could negotiate if you really wanted.

    Office culture is a little stale at times and it's a full time desk job for me. Pay was a little on the low side with competitors.

    One big turn off is the company pumps itself up all the time and it's a bunch of hullabaloo if you ask me. Yes, it's a growing and diverse company but they make a big deal about yearly growth and it's really externally through acquisitions and not organic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a fun place to work. Offices that don't see. Liens every day should be casual. Celebrate birthdays and events as a group. Provide small rewards for extra work...create a fun incentive program for your people ($50 gift card for top producers each month, etc.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Internship Experience

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

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    As an intern, you are able to experience the daily routines of the Producers and learn the basics of the commercial insurance industry. The employees at the office you intern take care of you as much as possible and the pay is very competitive in terms of Internships. Meet other interns from around the country.

    Cons

    Most of the Producers do not have enough time to spend with the Interns on a daily basis, so you are stuck with "busy work". People outside your immediate office are not the greatest. It is a difficult business to be successful in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company undermined by inept local branch management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brand, market leverage, name recognition and resources

    Cons

    Old boys club. If you are a middle aged white man you will never, ever be fired. Doesn't matter how poorly he's performed. Insufficient accountability of poor performers. Generally their work load is reduced but pay remains the same. Revenue generated by top performers underwrites low performers existence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your workforce should be as diverse as your client base. A predominantly middle aged white male leadership team sends the wrong message. Visit the local offices, listen to the top performers and affect change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Internship

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

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everything was fantastic and great

    Cons

    Nothing was bad about this company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Too much change for the sake of centralization and cost-cutting

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

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are many good people to work with.

    Cons

    The last 7 years has been nothing but change, much of it good, but some very painful for much of the company. The work-live balance is non-existant as working on a majority of weekends is unavoidable and there is little opportunity to take vacation time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome Internship

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    Good guidance throughout internship. Not much pressure. Gained a lot of experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be a lot of work, but that is to be expected.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a Good Place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, coworkers are great

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Training is horrible. I have never been to a company where over half of the staff (including the manager) is looking to get out. This company is a revolving door. There is a reason why the same positions are open year after year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should pay attention to the high turnover in the accounting/finance department and make some changes to their middle management. The reputation as an employer is very bad, and spreading like wildfire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mixed bag

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

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

    Pros

    Some branches have shorter hours or better perks, but it is strictly on branch by branch basis. A large company with potential to move to another branch if you are moving your family.

    Cons

    There are too many managers, especially at the regional level and up, who are not as competent as they should be, and they tend to hold the company back. Computer systems are extremely poor, slow, and antiquated. They keep a computer software working long past useful life. There seems to be no accountability; and people who do not work are not made to do so. Especially if they are in a protected class. This causes much additional work for the rest. They made a lot of effort this year to say they would attempt to properly compensate their top performers, but top performers weren't getting raises either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is too much emphasis on acquiring revenue; rather than growing revenue from within or by managing current business effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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