CNA Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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CNA Chairman and CEO Tom Motamed
Tom Motamed
126 Ratings

Pros
  • Work life balance - everyone leaves by 5 (in 24 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work-life balance is not a valued trait in the culture (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Dynamic, engaging environment that has helped me grow professionally.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuary in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Actuary in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CNA (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Management cares about and invests in people here. I have people that look out for me and help be successful. I feel like I am part of building something here. There is a real opportunity to make a difference. I find that energizing.

    Cons

    This is a big company and that has inherent challenges. We are investing significantly in improving our technology but I think we are still behind a bit.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the younger generation that is excited to be a part of building a great company here.


  2. Progressive Company Growing To Greatness

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CNA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CNA is a company comprised of diversely talented, forward-thinking, positive people. A new CEO from Chubb, Tom Motamed, has increased CNA's growth model to attempt to become the number one commercial carrier in the industry. CNA offers a wonderful benefits package and awards annual bonuses to all employees based on the company's annual monetary performance. CNA is headquartered in downtown Chicago and is close to wonderful restaurants and entertainment when one has to travel into Home Office. Technology is constantly being upgraded with internal employee input, and internal employee communication between departments has been greatly improved after considering employee feedback. I have been promoted several times in a relatively short period of time and find that it is easier to climb the ladder here than at other companies. It is a pay-for-performance mentality, as work should be. Slackers are not tolerated.

    Cons

    The environment can be stressful, in that it is such a highly charged pay-for-performance culture. There is a lot of red tape to make claims decisions. There are a lot of policies and procedures in place to orchestrate business...so much so it can be difficult to get an adjusting job done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Since being at CNA I have seen wonderful improvement in all aspects of the company. I am proud to work at CNA.


  3. Great place to work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CNA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tele-commuting, work-life balance, great opportunities to grow and stretch skills, plenty of interaction with other teams and management

    Cons

    Currently, CNA is in the last stages of outsourcing to IBM Global Services.

    Advice to Management

    Think 10 years down the road instead of only 3


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  5. Helpful (2)

    It all depends on the team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriting Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Underwriting Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CNA

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay - Good 401K and bonus structure along with merit pay increases Opportunity for the aggressive Excellent education and training support

    Cons

    Your boss may be behind the times. Some are clock watchers. If you don't have a college degree don't expect to get anywhere but they still hire people without degrees.

    Advice to Management

    With Tom Motamed at the helm I like the changes I see so far. That being said I hope the changes continue to be original and make sense. I would hate to see CNA become another Chubb clone destined for failure.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A wonderful place to work and grow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Applications Programmer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Research Applications Programmer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at CNA

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Meaningful work, intelligent colleagues, integrity and reputation of company's work product

    Cons

    Location - Northern VA traffic!

    Advice to Management

    Support telecommuting!


  7. Good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Commitment to growth in short term

    Cons

    Leadership in seeming frequent flux

    Advice to Management

    Need to give employees the feeling that leadership is stable


  8. Great Company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    CNA is great for work life balance. They are also extremely supportive of movement throughout the company and has a very welcoming and supportive work environment.

    Cons

    CNA does not have many downsides other than their international presence is not significant if someone is interested in getting involved globally.


  9. Very much enjoyed working here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Claims
    Former Employee - Claims

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teamwork; supportive senior management. Excellent pay and benefits. Many opportunities for all employees to be heard.

    Cons

    Position eliminated. Job security is more of an issue than in years past


  10. Great company with focus

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter Specialist in Maitland, FL
    Current Employee - Underwriter Specialist in Maitland, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth in International company

    Cons

    It's not the largest insurance company but they do have a good and solid growth plan for the long term


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good mostly

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNA

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

    Pros

    Team. Excellent managers. Training. Ok salary

    Cons

    No work life balance. Upper level management took no measures to curb high attrition.

    Advice to Management

    Work on attrition. Set realistic high expectations.



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