Cincinnati Financial Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Great company to work for until you are about to reach 20 years and the age of 62

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As long as the founders had the power & control, this was an ideal career. As a Field Auditor, the fact the Home Office was 450 miles away was irrelevant. This was due to the fabulous Home Office Support. The communication between, our department reviewers, the I.T. Dept., Underwriters, etc. made it possible to be successful in the field.

    Cons

    2011 The last family member retired and the company hired a CEO, from outside of the company. I have been living with change, every day of my 19 years with Cincinnati but, after the new leadership took the power & control away from individual departments and put Human Resources in charge of generating reviews and other decisions, I became only a clock number. It is no longer the company I was proud to represent.

    Advice to Management

    They don't want advice, nor would they listen. They are in charge. Period. The remaining Associates, former colleagues have had to conform and find a way to proceed with this new regime and if their close to retirement will probably feel the pressure of being phased out.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Commercial Lines Underwriter

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

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back company, flexible hours, everyone is easy to work with

    Cons

    Lack of technology, understaffed, not organized


  3. Contracting at Cincinnati Financial Corporation

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Fairfield, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice building and cafeteria. Plenty of free parking.

    Cons

    Not much training in using their requirements applications for testing their Commercial Insurance applications to test their monthly releases. My 6 month contract was not renewed a second time - they were offshoring my position.

    Advice to Management

    Heard that offshoring the testing of their commercial insurance was later canceled and the testing was brought back to Fairfield Ohio.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    it pays the bills

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    you have job security and steady working hours. people are nice to work with. a lot of educational opportunity regarding the insurance industry.

    Cons

    The company does not pay well. The job can be really boring. There is little to no opportunity for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    there should be less mundane and redundant checklists. There should be more promotion opportunities. Compensation should be better.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great training program

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Training program was structural and very informed. You are provided with all the tools to succeed at the company

    Cons

    Poor compensation for type of work performed, underwriting is a very stressful job and management does that realize that

    Advice to Management

    Pay what people are worth. No reason that underwriters should be making less than 40000 per year


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice People, great company to work for, 10 years behind on technology, they really need to update their systems. Good all around company

    Cons

    It is in Ohio and it isn't very easy to move up in the company

    Advice to Management

    Update your technology


  8. Helpful (2)

    Mixed at best

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Several IT Positions in Fairfield, OH
    Current Employee - Several IT Positions in Fairfield, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, old school atmosphere. Good benefits, personal growth opportunities fair. Facility good, effort is being made to be more progressive.

    Cons

    Large, traditional organization, you can get lost in the numbers and politics. Skill and experience doesn't always translate to better positions. it's who you know, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being political.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Can be a good environment to work in, but low pay and losing good people hurts.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Former Commercial Lines Underwriter in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Former Commercial Lines Underwriter in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had an excellent group of team members and a great boss. The benefits package is good and the 401K match is better than other companies that I know of. Company will pay for designations and gives you money for completing them. Job stability seems to be top notch. Comprehensive training program (makes this a good place to start off).

    Cons

    Office culture and level of technology are both an odd mix of being outdated and slowly improving. Workload can be overbearing depending on your territory. Pay is far below the industry standard (its the main reason I left). Hiring is being ramped up, but years of not having new underwriting classes coming in has caused a shortage. This is compounded by new and seasoned associates finding jobs elsewhere. Morale just isn't very good. Enjoyable co-workers help, but everyone still talks about people leaving, etc. Most people that stay have established families with kids and they most likely grew up in Cincinnati as well.

    Advice to Management

    Executives and managers talk about the "Cincinnati Advantage" and being a "claims-first" company. The agency relationships and policyholder relationships are important, but the payscale needs a critical overhaul. Companies that are within the same region pay their underwriters much more and therefore they get the better talent in the long run. It will be hard to bring in new underwriters and get them to stay when other companies can offer similar benefits and pay significantly more to their employees. This in turn makes retention of more seasoned employees more difficult because they are burdened with increased workloads and are still not paid as well as competitors either.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Nice place to work for the culture, bad place to work for new technology

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Developer in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the number of people there allow you to meet at least one person you will get along with, and the environment is quite lax. It is a stable place to work, and layoffs in IT have never happened, or at least that's what I hear. They take care of their employees with events, discounts, and an effort to get you involved with the community. They give additional access to fitness programs, jewelry sales, used car sales, and other items for sale at a discount. They are flexible with your work-life balance. The pay and benefits are better than expected.

    Cons

    This is a tough place for a younger mind to be in software development. The project we work on is a giant beast whose coding is grounded in some very old practices (Think GOTO statements), and there is little chance to improve anything. "Training" is offered when you start, but it is hardly enough to get you understanding how the code works; rather, it is a brief walkthrough of the website's UI. Documentation is next to nothing, there is no knowledge base, and asking for help is often like a pinball game, where you're bounced from cubicle to cubicle to ask someone else to get an answer. The project is Being an insurance company, there is red tape in every direction, which greatly slows down development. There are some hard headed developers who are adamant about policing other developers, and other developers who are adamant and vocal that their way is right and everything else is wrong. In the end, it can be a very discouraging place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Let IT be technology centered, not insurance centered. By having development rely on your industry knowledge of insurance, you are losing a lot of bright minds. Be watchful of how involved your team leads are in the team, as some do not actually lead. Promote based on potential you see, not based on time on the job, and reward accordingly. Tear down the cubicles at least halfway and let us have a view. It encourages communication, and improves morale. Create a team solely dedicated to utilities, so those looking for a creative outlet in an otherwise bland project can have encouragement to work hard. Lastly, do not let the HR system boil all of your hard work down to a whole number (1 ~ 5). This encourages only five different levels of employee (Legally able to fire, almost legally able to fire, has a job, works harder than is paid for, has a best friend in HR).


  11. Helpful (2)

    Solid company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Fairfield, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company has great support for continuing education allowing individuals to continuing developing and growing. The time away is great and the benefits are decent.

    Cons

    It is difficult to bring new ideas forward and move into new roles. With many in management having worked in the organization so long, there is a strong "that's the way we've always done it mentality"

    Advice to Management

    Share details of bonus calculations



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