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2 people found this helpful

Was a good employer, things have been going downhill the last few years.

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  • 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 (more than 10 years)

Pros

Allows flexible work hours, good work location in downtown Portland, Customer Service and Retirement Plans are better areas in the company to work in.

Cons

A lot of complaining/poor morale in the claims area. You have to pay for parking or a bus pass if you work downtown.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Few chances for advancement in the benefits area.

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Neutral Outlook
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Things are looking up - lots of opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company demonstrating clarity of vision and opportunities. Technology adoption and deployment is increasing and getting more frequent. Flexible work opportunities and a great downtown location.

    Cons

    Economy is still concerning. Management needs to continue to clarify the vision and drive change adoption. Performance management is key.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive and reward good performance. Recognize that you need to move out lower performers to really drive change and seize opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful

    The outlook for The Standard is not positive

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Great downtown location
    - On all of the transit lines
    - Some of the people left are great

    Cons

    - Management at the supervisory, middle and upper levels is, on the whole, incompetent and disconnected from the operations of the company.
    - Promotion above the individual contributor level is far more weighted on who you know and not that you are particularly competent or accomplished in your field.
    - The company is so management heavy that decisions can rarely be made in a reasonable amount of time
    - The company has gone through a few rounds of layoffs and has had a high rate of employee attrition the last few years. Thanks to a few years of a weak economy and weak financial results, the company has been loath to replace individual contributor positions. This has left many employees with workloads that are completely unreasonable. The burnout is palpable.
    - The technology at The Standard is years behind the times. The number of manual workarounds for functions as basic as simple reporting demonstrate how far behind the company is with basic technology.
    - The culture of The Standard is incredibly passive aggressive and you can easily sink your career by making any suggestion or critical comment that runs contrary to a decision that was likely made by managers without a reasonable grasp of the systems or material in question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - You need to have the fortitude to gut the many under-qualified managers and supervisors inhabiting your company, promote those with the competence and professionalism to restore some integrity to management and, in some cases, shell out the money to hire legitimate, proven professionals that can actually right the ship.
    - Foster a culture where critical thought and substantive feedback earn employees the appreciation of management instead the current culture where competence can, in many cases, be considered a professional liability.
    - Instead of the massive compensation increases like those given to upper management in 2012, give out some reasonable raises to your rank and file employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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