CNA Surety Reviews

Updated March 13, 2014
Updated March 13, 2014
10 Reviews

3.2
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great company, but lacking on advancement for certain positions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriting Service Associate  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Underwriting Service Associate in Sioux Falls, SD

    I worked at CNA Surety

    Pros

    Good people, good company and good benefits to a certain degree.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for growth for certain positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of some of the people that you may have. Some people may have talents where their position prevents them from being noticed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Risk Control Consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Risk Control Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Risk Control Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at CNA Surety full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large company with many resources

    Cons

    The pressure placed on the Underwriters in the San Francisco office to writing and retaining business placed them and Risk Control in conflict with company underwriting standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Have Underwriting set the standards at a national level and stick to them long term.

    2. Clearly communicated the standards to Risk Control, line Underwriters, and Underwriting management.

    3. Do not put Risk Control in the position of having to enforce the company standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Strong Management, great foundational knowledge

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Underwriter in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CNA Surety full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers and senior management.
    Work/Life balance
    Access to continuing skills and education

    Cons

    Compensation not altered for cost of living increases
    Low career growth potential

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hierarchical rigid military type structure

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

    I have been working at CNA Surety full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good work life balance
    good physical office location
    friendly coworkers

    Cons

    extermely low moral
    no management support
    toxic work environment
    inability to trust management
    military style culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove and replace management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent pay, poor family flexibility

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriting Specialist  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Underwriting Specialist in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at CNA Surety

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits, especially retirement, cheap health insurance, fun coworkers.

    Cons

    Very stressful and poor flexibility. Occurrence policy is unrealistic for those with families. No job share or part time schedule options. Business core hours fairly fixed = inflexible. A lot of favoritism and projects given to the chosen few, leaving promotion difficult to attain among the rest. Each manger is allocated a pool of funds for merit increases to use at their discretion so it's not uniform among the department, varies based on manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce the dress policy as intended across the building. Some departments have higher expectations than others, depending on your manager. Stop allocating busy work to the same people, at least spread it out among the team. Offer fair compensation based on measurable attributes and not at the whim of the managers.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A nice place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at CNA Surety

    Pros

    The leaders of the company are approachable and down to earth, while also very knowledgeable. The opportunities for carrer advancement are plentiful and the workplace environment is great.

    Cons

    There are times when you might fell "tied to your desk". Continuity between the seperate branch offices is sometimes lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with CNA Surety's conservative approach during these tougher economic times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great surety company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director and Branch Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director and Branch Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at CNA Surety

    Pros

    well run and senior mangement.

    Cons

    The chain of command. culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shorten the chain of command. allow branch people to run their respective branch's

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work, especially when starting a new career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter

    I have been working at CNA Surety

    Pros

    Their training program is structured in such a way that you are given time to learn the basics of the business before you are swamped with tremendous responsibility. All of the senior management I worked with were very knowledgeable people who were interested in working with you. Each of my mentors routinely went out of their way to help me on certain issues on more than one occasion. Salaries and benefits were competitive as well.

    Cons

    External factors related to the industry are some difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the forward looking trend that has been exhibited over the last two years or so. Expanding in to international business prospects while strengthening the internal systems is a very wise direction.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    computers

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

    I worked at CNA Surety

    Pros

    - co workers were friendly

    Cons

    - management is ok, but not receptive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - be choosy in who who hire as branch managers

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    CNA

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNA Surety

    Pros

    offered good compensation & benefits; provided pretty good training program. the people in the upper rank were generally helpful and friendly (at least those that i've encountered)

    Cons

    work can be quite stressful at times since the competition was quite severe even though help were available most of the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to offer great compensation and benefits to employees because it's mostly what keep people there and develop loyalty to the company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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