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Helpful (2)

It's OK - Not great

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbury, MN
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbury, MN

I have been working at The Hartford full-time

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

I have a flexible schedule, which I appreciate a great deal. PTO is good. I work with a great group of people who work hard and care a lot about what they do.

Cons

The Mutual Fund processing areas are managed by a small group of people who have been calling the shots for years. They are very protective of their turf. They hand select people who agree with their decisions for advancement opportunities. If you voice a dissenting opinion, you go nowhere. Information is very tightly controlled. You are told what they think you need to know and that's it.

Most employees are micromanaged to death. The only thing that really matters is whether you hit your productivity numbers or not.

The constantly changing organizational structure results in layoffs that happen on a regular basis. There is no job security.

Advice to Management

You have a great group of people working for you. Treat them like adults. Treat them with respect. Value their talents. Be honest and sincere. I think you'll be surprised at the outcome if you do.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Creativity and Innovation Not Welcome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Hartford full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steady, secure job
    Pay is good and hours are generally not overwhelming
    There will always be a need for The Hartford's services as mandated by the Federal Government

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity
    Overwhelming, inflexible bureaucracy
    Still using Microsoft Office 2003 in 2013
    Childish office politics
    Focus is on the process, not the result
    Innovation is a foreign concept and actively discouraged

    Advice to Management

    Adherence to a corporate/business mindset that seems to remain relatively unchanged, at least philosophically, since the 1980’s is not a good way to attract/retain young talent.

  2. Started off well, but became much more depressing over the years! Severe lack of direction and focus.

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Windsor, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Windsor, CT

    I worked at The Hartford full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Hartford was once the envy of the insurance industry - an old institution, loyal to its employees, etc. They didn't overpay, but they also didn't lay workers off, so one traded potential for security. Brand name used to be excellent, as was its integrity.

    Cons

    In my 12 years with The Hartford, everything that used to be true changed. The economy tanked, and the company couldn't decide what its position in the market was. Huge numbers of employees were let go. Large parts of their business were sold. What used to be a proud institution was in shambles. The stock was worth nothing. And there was no clear direction. And since the recession hit, the situation has really improved very little. Nobody I know there is very happy, or secure in their role. It's really a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Without a doubt, employees aren't treated anywhere near the way they should be. Many upper level management ran departments without clear direction or support. As obvious as it sounds, as long as you remain in business, you will HAVE to recognize your people. Listen to them. Give them direction, but show empathy and support. The human side of The Hartford is severely lacking in all of the above.

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