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Place where you can lay down roots

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Current Employee - Software Developer
Current Employee - Software Developer

I have been working at Markel

Pros

- Family Atmosphere
- People are honest and try to do right for the company
- Financially Conservative company (Mergers/Acquisitions occur frequently) and you know it won't be in the news for a bad trade or catastrophe
- Flexible work conditions
- Pay is fair and bonuses have been consistent
- Rewards employees for loyalty to the company through stock option/vacation programs

Cons

- Career Advancement opportunities are limited, especially outside of home office for both business and supporting staff
- Technology is old and not going to change anytime soon
- Little organic growth on business side
- Health Insurance is not that great

Advice to ManagementAdvice

This is a very good company and a great place to work. The company has a lot of hard working and dedicated IT people that want the company to succeed and we need to allow for them to make a difference otherwise we will lose them.
- Technical people have little input into IT decisions at both tactical and strategic level. That needs to change.
- Little opportunity for staff to grow technical skillsets do to type of projects and technology. Essentially skills learned in training are gone shortly after since they are not applied to work.
- Culture does not allow for innovation to take hold and entrepreneurial spirit making it difficult to recruit and retain top/good IT talent
- We do not have strong technologists leading groups and it impacts deliverables in both quality and speed to market. This needs to change in order to deliver what the company needs for success.

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    Nick Conca CCO promotion is fantastic. Britt Gleason and Nick Conca make a great team.

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    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Glen Allen, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Glen Allen, VA

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

    Pros

    The removal of specialized claim persons is long overdue. The addition of Alterra claim personnel has been a positive impact that has allowed for a change to continue to evolve the prior process of over thinking the simple tasks of claims handling in obtaining facts, damages and liability.

    Cons

    There are 3 to 4 persons doing the same thing. There are numerous forms and tasks that create the sense that completing forms is more important than handling the claim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the forms, for example there is no need for a form and another form and another form for a claim that is settled for less than $100,000.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Stellar Employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Markel full-time

    Pros

    Job security is better than average, business is growing incredibly fast but is also stable. Employees are willing to teach the new people and they build a very positive atmosphere. Many great people to work for. Great benefits, stock and borrowing options, 401K.

    Cons

    IT/systems are extremely dated, but that is planned to be fixed within a year. Lack of communication between departments ("information silos") is quite visible. Office politics are there, but manifested much less than many other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career development could be fostered much more with a formal program, underwriting guidelines and best practices could be expressed to underwriting support more plainly in order to accelerate the issuance process

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    Positive Outlook
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