CNA Surety

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CNA Surety Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
12 Reviews
3.2
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Overall, it's a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at CNA Surety

    Pros

    Not a lot to complain about, good hours, I'm happy with my salary and enjoy my co-workers. The strategic goals of the company are outstanding. I can say I'm proud to be employed here and take pride in my work and know my role thanks to my manager.

    Cons

    Tends to be some micro managing although it's getting better, have to dress business professional throughout the office even though myself nor 99.5% of my coworkers will never see a customer. There is very little room for growth outside of underwriting, not intentionally but simply due to the efficient structure of the company. Not much of a "ladder" if you will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing, we know what needs to be improved and they are doing great in executing that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No respect and low morale

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

    I worked at CNA Surety full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great peers
    On-site gym
    Convenient downtown location

    Cons

    No support from management; unqualified middle management
    Relevant experience is not appreciated
    Lack of meaningful work
    Poor benefits compared to companies of similar size
    Military style structure and culture
    Favorites become golden children and others are lost in the rigid hierarchy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider implementing a culture that values employee input and really listens to process improvement ideas. Improve employee onboarding training program, both at the corporate and department level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6. 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 (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
  7. 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
  8.  

    Decent pay, poor family flexibility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9. 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
  10.  

    great surety company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  11.  

    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

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