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CNA Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
211 Reviews
2.7
211 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance, great people to work with (in 24 reviews)

  • Good work life balance and can easily work from home occasionally (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management talks about work life balance but does not follow throughr (in 14 reviews)

  • Current senior management does not understand how specialty underwriting and claims functions (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    CNA was a great experience for my first time internship that exposed me to responsibility and leadership from the start.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worldwide Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Worldwide Operations in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CNA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -encourage moving between departments of the firm
    -supportive of employees' decisions regarding career path
    -great culture that emphasizes teamwork
    -provide a career guide to let employees know what they need to move up in the organization
    From the get go I was thrown into my project for the summer. I really liked it because I enjoy learning by doing and management was really helpful whenever I didn't understand something and needed help. Overall, this company is really trying to turn a new leaf, which was evidenced at their quarterly meeting that I was lucky enough to attend in my first couple weeks there. Everyone is motivated to improve themselves and the company.

    Cons

    -antiquated technology that makes work harder than it has to be
    -lots of red tape

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micromanaging-Not open to suggestions

    Former Employee - Svcs Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Svcs Operations Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CNA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cooperation between managers and teamwork in getting tasks/project accomplished.

    Cons

    Micromanaging, you hire for a person's past experience however you want them to manage the way that you see fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Survey the different management styles on a consistent basis. Also, be more considerate being more open to changes.
    Take a look at why so many terminations under certain managers.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall great work experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNA Accounting Rotational Business Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - CNA Accounting Rotational Business Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CNA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High mobility, great people and office culture, continuous constructive feedback, development plan, financial curriculum provided, tuition reimbursement available, work-life balance

    Cons

    High mobility means you might have to work with a manager that is also new in his position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was a good place to work 5 yrs ago, not anymore

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CNA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Gym, work/life balance, location in Chicago.

    Cons

    Benefits, no work from home flexibility, management directed moves, forced performance ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The theory of moving into different jobs to gain knowledge, great! The execution in which CNA management implemented it, terrible. Don't force employees to move into positions they have no interest in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CNA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offers job development through many company classes.
    Great holiday pay
    Job advancement for some departments

    Cons

    Rolling layoffs (all year), there is always a cloud of doom. It is not if you get laid off, but when.
    Little opportunity for growth in one's department. To advance, you have to seek an opportunity in another department.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place, great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CNA full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great people to work with. There is a lot of collaboration and you feel like you are an important part of a team. I also have a lot of autonomy and my manager does not micromanage. There is real trust between employees and management to get things done. The benefit of working in Chicago is that you have access to the gym, which is a great outlet for a lunchtime break. The health and well being of employees is important to the company.

    Cons

    As with any large corporation, there is constant change, some may not be able to adapt to the change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good areas and ok areas to work for. Focus on what you want out of the job and career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Management Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Management Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CNA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Given the right situation this can be a good career stop and learning and develop professional. Overall good environment to learn big company approach and it can be a good training grounds for next job.

    Cons

    Need to look out for your own Career. If you make a mistake or take risk it could live with you for the rest of your career there. Depending on your management it could limit your career opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus and developing your people and give them opportunities to take on risk so that your company can move forward and improve your operations. There is a fear culture and do not be wrong type of environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    An incredibly challenging place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CNA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers were great. Benefits were ok, but not great.

    Cons

    There was no work/life balance at all. Some Managers were promoted based on their ability to suck up to higher ups. they had no people skills, and little to none technical ability. There was little to n available for most staff in the IT area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean the poor managers out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for, but experience varies with department and managers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CNA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many departments to transfer in and out which can help build skill sets. On-site fitness facility. Great name recognition. Excellent experience until new management came into the Select Risk group.

    Cons

    The VP was the worst I have ever worked for in my life. Egomaniac, took credit for our work, pitted us against each other, torched the program to the point where they shut down the entire transportation department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Generally favorable, though environment seems to be changing.

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

    I worked at CNA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Corporate headquarters in Chicago is a good location, good building, nice gym and cafeteria.
    People are decent and try to do their best even though things keep changing around them.
    Salary and bonuses are equitable and sometimes above average. Company has consistently paid out bonuses to most eligible employees over the past 10-12 years, which is great.

    Cons

    Constant change. Worry over company being sold.
    Some floors have gone to a quasi-open work station model (even worse than prior cubicle model) that offers not even the pretense of any privacy.
    There are not always opportunities to advance, even with hard work and good results. Like many companies, CNA has to continually search for ways to cut expenses.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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