Sentry Insurance

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Stable - great place for a career, but is definitely work, not play.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Programmer Analyst Senior  in  Stevens Point, WI
Current Employee - Programmer Analyst Senior in Stevens Point, WI

Pros

Very stable company; lots of different IT work taking place; good support structure in place if you use it; nice benefits

Cons

Top heavy - seemingly more managers than non-managers; hard to get things accomplished; it's insurance - can be boring; you can spend years on a boring project; some managers are better, and some worse, than others.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Eliminate micro management. Old CEO was OK; new CEO seems better.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent to start, but little long term potential in higher roles.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    401(k) match at 100% up to 6% is great.

    Golf discount is excellent.

    Company has large community profile.

    Company has a nice Christmas party, summer picnic, and is fairly generous in the community.

    Stable company.

    Cons

    Human resources should pretty much be relabeled "management resources."

    Constant management restructuring that leads to power struggles between directors.

    Retiree positions and directors often come from outside the company, leaving little room for professionals to move up.

    Non-union workforce with union mentality. Pay is never "negotiated." It is based on salary bands that you automatically start at the bottom and work your way up. Raises not guaranteed. You are expected to "pay your dues" for years.

    Older workforce will lead to an information gap eventually. Since the defined benefit pension was eliminated and there is no mandatory vesting for the 401(k), there is no incentive for long term tenure. Many of the younger people are getting disillusioned and leaving for better opportunities.

    The Life & Health area is struggling, except for pensions. After firing all of the captive agents in Consumer Products, they haven't developed a legitimate sales system. Only life products they sell are an overpriced term product and a poor whole life product.

    Health plan is terrible. You might as well not even have insurance. High employee contributions + medium deductible = bad policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you aren't going to find new ways to sell life/health/annuities/group products, just pull the plug and focus on pensions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a rewarding experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very Supportive work environment throughout company. Good benefits available at start of your time with Sentry.

    Cons

    Often times corporate environment of management seemed to not understand the difficulties of the force staff.

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