Catlin Group Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Catlin as a first company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Catlin Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Catlin has fantastic values. Employees are treated great. The benefits are amazing; I've regularly heard others share how Catlin US has the best benefits of any company they've ever worked at (list any major insurance company). Communication is free flowing throughout the company, and I have never felt pressured to withhold ideas or opinions at any level. Catlin supports it's employees in maintaining life outside work, and encourages Charity work.

    Cons

    The US development program is still maturing. Massive resources are provided to teaching, improving, and educating graduates, and ambitious learners can succeed. However, the structure of the program is still developing and may be for some time. Graduates have the world at their fingertips, but determining the best way to access and digest the knowledge can be confusing. Graduate salaries are competitive to start (especially considering the resources and time put into your development), but can stagnate (this may apply to any starting position).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This may have already occurred, but assign a permanent and devoted CDP HR employee. It would be nice for the candidates themselves to have this stability, as well as providing a person for other employees to contact with questions (which abound).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Working at Catlin

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriting
    Current Employee - Underwriting

    I have been working at Catlin Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are FIRST RATE. Lots of learning opportunity here!

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough indians. Supervisors are hired without proper background experience and will chase business away because they don't know what they're doing. VERY hard to follow a leader who you are not able to respect because they lack proper knowledge and management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation here is amazing - cannot be beat! Office culture is difficult to manage and cultivate when supervisors are living "off location" from their staff. This doesn't give a manager the opportunity to see the day to day grind of their staff or observe work ethic of their subordinates. Subordinates should be able to anonymously review their supervisors as often as supervisors review subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good people, great benefits, amazing opportunity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Catlin Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Well compensated and fantastic benefits. Lots natural growth is leading to increased opportunities. Good time to begin with Catlin because the potential for growth is enormous. Employees tend to be nice individuals and hard workers. Catlin has a set of values that it appears to actual follow and makes a point of informing its employees about what it is doing.

    Cons

    Current employees and management are very entrenched and are lacking of new/young blood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in younger employees who can be brought up within the company, don't just hire older established employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great Company, great people

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

    I have been working at Catlin Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Feel of small entrepreneurial Company despite being a market leader
    Work flexibility
    Amazing global franchise

    Cons

    Senior Managers hold themselves in very high regard and sometimes seek ways to elevate themselves even further creating an insider mentality, particular with information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your leadership role as a reason to become complacent about your skills and experiences. The managers we have are not all equipped to lead the size Company we are becoming. But they are good smart professionals who will excel if they focus on their own development needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great Spot for Executives

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

    I have been working at Catlin Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company attracts talented people and the results reflect that. If you are already at a high level position, it is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Senior management lives within its own little bubble. Those with friends in high places fail their way up. For those with less experience, opportunities for growth are very limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in some different points of view to the US management team. Working at XL should not be a prerequisite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Catlin Group as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent location! Great culture, excellent benefits, very smartpeople, very diverse, great experience.

    People are friendly and helpful (they really believe in teamwork).

    Employees are generally happy and actually care for the company's well being.

    There are a lot of older employees here who have already established their careers. You can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    The company is still growing so at times you might feel over-worked and a little stressed. They need to hire more people to spread out the workload.

    Recommends
  8. Company with nice corporate culture but very little opportunity for career growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Catlin Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Nice corporate culture
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Very small salary increases that do not keep up with the market. Not a good place to work if you are looking to grow and advance your career. As others have mentioned this is a better place for highly experienced professionals who are looking to settle down. Salary increases don't keep up with the market, 2-3% salary increases are the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in technology, make salary increases competitive with the market to prevent an exodus of talent. Consider cost of living increases plus merit increases to retain the best and brightest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company with solid benefits, great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - SAP Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Catlin Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    company culture and values, benefits, career opportunities

    Cons

    promotion increases not effective until start of a year, raises don't take market into account

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider market with raises, make promotion increases effective with effective date of promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Database Architect in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Catlin Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Atlanta office is fantastic. The views of the city from the high-rise building with no walls on the outside are great. The people at the company are all friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management is not quite used to IT and they have some odd constraints on software developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, great job. Let the IT department have more influence over the company's Information Technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. N/A

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - NONE in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - NONE in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Catlin Group

    Pros

    a good company
    grow well and fast
    and really nice place for people who already have lots of experience and credentials

    Cons

    not really such a nice place for people to start off there career there
    but as described above good place for experienced hire

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a good company
    grow well and fast
    and really nice place for people who already have lots of experience and credentials

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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