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"If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at The Standard full-time

Pros

*Company has been very humane during recent layoffs, providing decent severance packages and outplacement services.
*Generous PTO policy.
*HQ is in a nice downtown location.
*Most employees are well educated and sincerely want to make the company successful.
*Claims department does a great job despite being understaffed and inundated.
*Claims are paid in a timely manner and using ethical standards.

Cons

*As many have said, company culture is passive-aggressive.
*People are labeled as having "poor attitudes" when they express a contrary opinion. Once branded, there is no salvaging your career.
*Conflict ("negativity") is discouraged, which means creativity and risk taking die. Workers keep their heads down to protect their jobs.
*H.R. is there to protect the company, not to help employees, and some H.R. staff appear annoyed when they have to deal with employee issues.
*Some leaders use fear as a management strategy. Without a safe environment for discussion and honest communication, morale and productivity plummet.
*There are constant reorgs in some departments, leading to lost productivity and lack of vision.
*Many leaders are not seen as trustworthy by their direct reports, and this is warranted.
*Company is slow to react to economic realities and changes in the business environment, and hasn't invested in needed technology infrastructure to support growth and change.
*Company invests in stupid ventures without doing their homework, while not investing in core business to stay competitive.
*Cronyism runs rampant - the best way to be promoted is to befriend someone in power.
*"Talent Management" is a joke. There is plenty of talent, but people are not encouraged to move around the company to learn new things. Smart people languish while managers hire and promote their buddies.
*Employees work long hours while some VPs arrive at 9 and leave at 4.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get out of the ivory tower and actually walk around so you can meet/talk to employees on the front lines. This will only work if you make it safe for them to tell you what's really going on in the company without retaliation; otherwise they'll just tell you that everything is "fine." Hint: it's not. Quit hiring and promoting narcissistic bullies who don't "care about people" and only know how to manage up. Settle on a company strategy and have the balls to communicate your vision and invest wisely toward the goals you've set.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for The Standard

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company with a strong grasp on employee appreciation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management is appreciative of their workforce

    Cons

    Can take awhile to advance out of positions within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the benefits packages and employee appreciation incentives, and the workforce will reciprocate with high quality products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Short, but nice.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sourcer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sourcer in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team. Downtown. Comfortable space. Was there only nine days so, not there long enough to cover all the pros. But was looking forward to becoming part of the team there.

    Cons

    Contract to hire ended too soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing at this time. My immediate manager was great!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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