Applied Underwriters

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5 people found this helpful  

Good place for new grads

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

I worked at Applied Underwriters

Pros

reasonable pay, can learn many things

Cons

poor benefits package, tough boss

Advice to ManagementAdvice

employee needs more pto days

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    RUN AWAY

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Payroll Processing in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Payroll Processing in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Applied Underwriters

    Pros

    You make $11 an hour. You can be rude and no one cares. Vending machines are cheap. White noise will allow you to slowly slip into a coma everyday.

    Cons

    You are treated very poorly. Constant rotating shifts ( no you dont get a say). Turn over for the entire company is fairly high. They get into your personal life and wont stay out (try to make you ride bikes, go golfing, and walk around the buildings during you lunch). No advancement from payroll but they say there is. Everything is extremely redundant. Accuracy has to be at a 98% shortly after starting on the floor. Many of the directors treat you like an animal. You can have a degree and they will put you where they want you. If you are one minute late expect a write-up. If you have over time expect the same. Do not talk to your coworkers, other staff or another living creature while on the work floor. They will hire outside the company before promoting you. Even if that employee only stays a couple of months. And you have been there 1.5 years. Everything is hidden behind a corporate curtain. The main director runs the company like the Mafia. You challenge just a simple rule and your gone. After they pay you they try to take back their money ( you have to "donate" money to wear jeans on Fridays ( so Applied can claim it on their taxes).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your employees do NOT start a union or you will be in BIG trouble. May the power of communism be with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    You'll learn a lot, but the pay is really lackluster, and there is minimal room for advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Payroll Clerk in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Payroll Clerk in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Applied Underwriters

    Pros

    Applied Underwriters starts off as a promising place of work, and is decent if you really need money and can't find something better. There are multiple positions where you can apply. And it also has a pretty good benefits package, including health insurance that is practically free. They also have an in-office pharmacy, which can come in handy if you need a prescription filled and your shift ends late. Most of the people there are relatively nice and understanding, and the job security is fairly high. You'll also learn a lot about payroll procedures and workers compensation.

    Cons

    Even though they claim there is constant growth in the company, there really isn't. It's really easy to get your foot in the door and be placed in the payroll department, but if you want to get to a higher position beyond payroll, it will be incredibly difficult. The payroll department is an entry level, bottom of the barrel position, and you'll be constantly reminded so. Management is ridiculously anal retentive about how things are done. If you write an email that isn't in the exact format they want it in, you'll hear about it. If you're 60 seconds late, you'll hear about it, regardless of how much overtime you give. You won't get any pay raises beyond a minimal annual one that's solely based off of something completely unrelated to the job - how high the cost of living percentage went up last year. Overall, it feels like the company will do whatever it takes to cut corners around their employees by not paying them properly, and the way they strictly enforce a lot of the insignificant policies will make you feel like you're in high school again. There is a high turnover rate in payroll for a reason and the company knows this. The job is really only good for having some money coming in while you look for something else with better pay and better opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees decent wage raises, such as performance raises every 6 months or so. Also, don't be so ridiculously picky about insignificant policies and enforcing them so strictly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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