Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States)

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Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States) Reviews

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  1.  

    Boat U.S. is a professional atmosphere where customer service, including among its employees, is top priority.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to move up and into different apartments.

    Cons

    Smaller departments have their own management systems that may differ from the other departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience. Nice people, older crowd, relaxed atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Claims Representative in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Claims Representative in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay isn't bad.
    Supervisors are nice.
    Work is very manageable.

    Cons

    Work can be very repetitive (Although in claims its apart of the job).
    Under-worked. Great for students who have homework to do, but for people who want to build skills, it can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job, maybe give those who want to work harder more work to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great atmosphere, great place to work, especially if you're a boater.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I think that some of the things that make BoatUS so great have to do mostly with the people you get to work with. For the most part, everyone really likes their job and that can make all the difference in the world.

    Cons

    The culture of departmental competition is in the process of changing but it has been a long time coming. It hinders inter-departmental cooperation and sets up unnecessary road blocks to progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should do whatever it takes to eliminate the history of departmental competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work, fun environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States) part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People care about the knowledge of boats

    Cons

    limited hours, randomness of scheduling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A decent place to work if you can get past some of the office politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Many long-time employees. Feeling of belonging and commraderie among employees. Used to be an employee-owned company, so most people still have a strong work ethic to make the company better (profit-share helps this too). It is convenient to the major roads (95/395/495). Benefits and bonus opportunities are pretty good.

    Cons

    Lower than average salaries (but the work environment is an OK trade off for most). Longer, more frequent and less productive than average meetings. Employees aren't always rewarded or recognized for their contributions. Because of the way the company is organized, it is sometimes it is difficult to work with other departments (e.g. you can end up in a de-facto stand off because neither wants to compromise). Some departments won't listen to the advice of other departments doing specialized work (e.g. the towing dept won't always listen to the Web department when it comes to their web site, but will rather force their own ideas).
    Many people/departments are very set in their ways. Decentralized marketing makes everyone's lives difficult (e.g. Insurance manages their own marketing, towing does theirs, etc). There are some 'floaters', i.e. people who don't do any work, but management does not recognize this. Few areas for advancement because of the age of most of the management staff, and the fact that the company has started hiring execs from outside to replace the few retiring ones. This also has an off-putting effect on the current employees, which has morale low in some departments.
    Slightly behind the times technology-wise (Windows XP, Classic ASP, Windows Server 2003, Oracle 9...).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better attention to the achievements of employees and recognize accordingly with promotions, etc. Fewer, more productive meetings; employees spend hours in meetings where nothing is decided except for the date of the next meeting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States)

    Pros

    you have to work hard

    Cons

    traffic to get to work and no professional development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very active management team.

  8.  

    Not a bad place to work. Has it's pros and cons!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States)

    Pros

    Location!! I like the ability to run errands at lunch. And there are plently of places to eat!! Plus they have a Deli in the building, the food is just OK. My enviroment is very relax and I am not micro managed. Some people come here and never leave.

    Cons

    Some people come here and never leave! They are very resistantant to change!!!! I feel this is a cast system (just my observation).

  9.  

    It was ok.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States)

    Pros

    relaxed place to work, and nice people there

    Cons

    traffic in alexandria is crazy at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  10.  

    The Boat

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States)

    Pros

    Nice people, laid back atmosphere. If you're looking for "just a job" where you aren't expected to do much, this is a great place. If you are a boat owner, you get some nice benefits like discounts at their stores.

    Cons

    This place moves like molasses. Unproductive meeting upon unproductive meeting. And the pay is not so good. If you are looking to grow your career, this is not the place to do it. If you are looking to make good money, also probably not the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More passion, more action, more progress - foster an atmosphere that embodies and encourages these qualities and you will attract and keep much better talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    not a place for an insurance career

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    Current Employee - Insurance Underwriter
    Current Employee - Insurance Underwriter

    I have been working at Boat US (Boat Owners Association of The United States)

    Pros

    good benefits package and profit sharing

    Cons

    promotion based more on tenure than talent. payscale is low compared to what you could find elsewhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay and promote based on merit not time in the job.

    Recommends

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