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Set up for failure

Programmer/Analyst I (Former Employee) Madison, WI

ProsGet to work with good people who are really knowledgeable about their software. Free coffee in the break room.

ConsOn my first day I was sat at my desk and told I would be taken around and introduced when more people had arrived. This never happened. So I didn't really know who anybody was or what they did. Took over a week to get me SVN access to even look at code, all this time the managers were expecting me to be actually working....somehow. It is very hard to get any sort of help because all of the developers higher than level 1 are either always in meetings, or always surrounded by people asking them questions. The managers expected me to somehow get completely familiar and fluent in their HUGE amount of code in like a week and they expected me to know things/languages that I never claimed to know. Their process of getting code reviewed, checked, tested and moved to different stages of production usually took days or over a week in some cases, and the managers got unhappy with me for taking so long on my defects even though they were out of my hands because I had sent my fix off to be tested by their QA people.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't expect the new guys you hire right out of college to know absolutely everything; they haven't dealt with most of the stuff you are going to throw at them. Give them feedback about their work and make sure they have lots of help to get them started.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, bad pay.

    Claims Adjuster (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Sentry Insurance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: Co-workers are great, 401k is matched up to 6%, good experience to get in to health… Cons: Bad pay, work load is unrealistic, local management is good, although corporate office changes rules day by day. Pay and raises are minimal.… Advice to Senior Management: Pay your employees fairly, otherwise you will continue to lose good… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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    Good Insurance Rates, Tough Underwriting Guidelines Hinder Sales Potential, Odd Field Service Requirements

    Consumer Product Specialist (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Sentry Insurance

    Pros: Company Car, Benefits, Base + Commission, Competitive Insurance Rates, Flexibility Cons: Home Office (good in some ways, bad in others). Having to go out and… Advice to Senior Management: Loosen the underwriting guidelines so sales reps can sell more policies. Have Field Service Representatives go take pictures of homes,… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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