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Crum & Forster Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
21 Reviews

2.6
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company...family oriented

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    Former Employee - Accountant
    Former Employee - Accountant

    Pros

    Proven company. Family oriented. Excellent support from parent company.

    Cons

    Recent organizational structure leaves not much room for growth. Pays on the lower end of pay ranges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly strive to be competitive with regards to acquiring and retaining talent. You can do better.

  2.  

    very challenging environment

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Morristown, NJ

    Pros

    very good people to work with.

    Cons

    going through some phases every few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good company to work for 5 to 10 years.

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

    Get in and Get Out

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Adjuster  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Claims Adjuster in Morristown, NJ

    Pros

    I really don't have anything positive to say. They pay you and have flexible hours, but there is little else I positive about the company. It's not the worst company to work for. No one is beating you, although there are a few managers how scream and yell and treat you in a very unprofessional manner. People there like to talk about how the company is owned by Prem Watsa, the "Warren Buffett" of Canada. Big deal, that doesn't make you or your decisions any better.

    Cons

    The company as a whole is simply blah. It's drab. The colors, people and challenges are just drab. It's not the worst place to work for, but the computer systems are outdated, the work level a little too high, managers across the board speak and demand that you follow concepts they read out of some insurance journal, which don't work in the real world and there is just one excuse after another why things won't change. If you are getting out of college or need a job just for a salary, the place is fine, but don't expect to grow as an individual, learn any new concepts, meet any people or advance in any manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    too many chiefs and not enough indians

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    Current Employee - WC Claim Representative  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - WC Claim Representative in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    flexibility, great co-worker atmosphere, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    high inventory of dog files that can't be resolved

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Horrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Morristown, NJ

    Pros

    Benefits
    Starting place for a career elsewhere
    Layoffs
    Unless in the top layer older workers are devalued.

    Cons

    No empowerment
    Management is cheap and ineffective
    Changes in sr mañagement is always a change in strategy
    A shrinking company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should leave and bring in all new.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant change, nice people, too fractured with new acquisitions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ

    Pros

    Casual environment, flex time, good PTO, most of the people are nice and just want to go in, get the work done and leave at a a reasonable hour. Under the right manager, you could have a good job, but in order to have a great career, you really have to go to another company.

    Cons

    Fractious. Too many different companies vying to do things their way. Apathy. Many managers feared for their survival and would sabotage underlings in order to not be overshadowed and made obsolete. Year after year of layoffs was trying on those who remained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in quality middle management, training and promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ludicrous

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flex time and very good knowledgeable people in the trenches.

    Cons

    This nearly 200 year old company still is trying to figure out what it is going to be when it grows up. Constant shifts in position. "Dynamic" would be a euphemism here. Constant change is counterproductive. Senior management almost seems to want to kill the company. Employees are not valued. Nothing positive ever happens here, if you don't count bonus time for senior management. Bonuses for everyone else miniscule to non-existent. Layoffs and downsizing are routine. The most negative environment and quirkiest senior management I have seen at any of the many companies I have been with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move on. Fairfax can do better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Review of Crum and Forster Insurance

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Morristown, NJ

    Pros

    Great leadership, excellent environment and leading edge technologies. The people are friendly and there is great potential to learn.

    Cons

    They don't like old people. They rely too much on off-shore workers. Continuous lay-offs. The company is shrinking it's business as they change their product offerings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to place more emphasis on experience and results. Listen to the employees. Don't only rely on the "educated" senior managers with little experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting experience with some positives and many places for improvement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Intern  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Development Intern in Morristown, NJ

    Pros

    Many opportunities to meet and work with clients. Opportunities for upward mobility. Large resources, and large workforce. There are several opportunities here to take initiative and make a difference.

    Cons

    Rather unenthusiastic work force. Not many benefits or perks for employees. Pay is average, the people seem to be just trying to get through the day. Most upper-level management seem to be just using this job to jump ship and join a better firm. Company overall needs total makeover in both attitude and finances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved with your lower level employees, and be more transparent about the company's direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average Corporate Experience

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    Current Employee - Operations Assistant  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Operations Assistant in Morristown, NJ

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria, option to work from home during bad weather - depends on manager, flex schedule, free gym

    Cons

    Really depends on your manager but - not really optional schedule b/c it requires manager approval, micro managing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees more freedom as long as they accomplish goals, don't over-analyze people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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