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For good quality of life, this is the spot

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Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Hartford, CT
Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Hartford, CT

I have been working at XL Group full-time (more than 3 years)

Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

XL treats employees as professionals and has good policies for remote working, travel, and time off
XL pays well and has very good benefits (for example: 140% 401k match up to 5%, uncapped, in the US)
XL has great collaboration and communication tools.
XL is global, so you have a good range of people to work with
XL is dynamic, so getting stuck only doing 1 thing is a choice mostly
XL treats their people to events such as an annual XMas party, a Glboal Day of Giving (socially responsible), and in some locations, a summer party.

Cons

Common management theme: "How cheap can you get the work done, and I need it done yesterday"
Lacking clearly defined roles & responsibilities
Want big things on small budgets

Advice to Management

You can't buy a Mercedes on a Honda budget - be reasonable with expectations
Get better at quantifying and tracking capital investment returns. There is reasonably good rigor that goes into project definition, but when benefit assumptions do not hold true, hold managers accountable - do not whip people to work harder to make your number slook good

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  1. XL Global Services Great Company!!!

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    Former Contractor - Process Architect in Stamford, CT
    Former Contractor - Process Architect in Stamford, CT

    I worked at XL Group as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Management takes ownership of their respective functional areas. Company has a clear vision of where it would like to be in the future. Their main focus is on improving colleague experience.

    Cons

    There is a very clear negative distinction between Contractors and FTE's in the company culture. There are not enough resources to do all of the work and sometimes priorities change on a day to day basis. If working as an employee, must be flexible enough to handle constantly shifting priorities.

  2. A great place to work, if you love matrix management

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY

    I worked at XL Group full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good health/dental coverages; good 401k match. Friendly work atmosphere with knowledgeable people

    Cons

    Parent company ships all funds from US operations offshore to avoid taxes. Matrix management a pain to navigate. No one is empowered to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    It feels like you have 3000 people managing 2000 people. You need fewer captains and more soldiers.

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