FM Global Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
137 Reviews
4.0
137 Reviews
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FM Global Chairman and CEO Shivan S. Subramaniam
Shivan S. Subramaniam
112 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance and fun place to work It does depend on your manager (in 17 reviews)

  • Good compensation when considering the overall benefits package (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance skews the wrong way when you are good but that isn;t always rewarded or recognized (in 6 reviews)

  • Middle management not given the power nessecary to make needed decisions, which slows down progress (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    An ethical place to work staffed with quality people.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at FM Global full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits. FM Global is proactive in trying to keep emplyees happy.

    Cons

    This is a service related industry and it is not always easy to keep the customers happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to stay true to the core values that has allowed FM Global to be over 175 years old.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Learning Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FM Global as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This is a very prestigious company. I love interning for them. There is a lot of opportunities here and I am learning something new every day.

    Cons

    There are no cons. It took me time to understand the corporate environment but that was just being new.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Processing Associate II  in  Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Client Processing Associate II in Norwood, MA

    I have been working at FM Global full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You aren't micro managed and able to make your position your own!

    Cons

    Growth available within company but limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Johnston, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, RI

    I worked at FM Global full-time

    Pros

    Stability, stability...stability. Because people tend to spend the majority of their careers here, there is a tremendous amount of resident knowledge specific to commercial property insurance that has and continues to serve the company and its policyholders very well. Also, the company is a mutual insurer, so senior management ultimately runs the company (not Wall Street).

    Cons

    If you are looking for career advancement over a reasonable timeframe, be prepared to watch ice bergs melt. Because people tend to spend the majority of their careers here, professional advancement tends to be stifled in favor of job stability. This means political positioning is a significant factor in determining who gets what when opportunities open up. Also, there is very much of a "if it isn't broken, don't fix it" mentality on the part of management. Since the company has been in business for over 175 years and its business model is all about avoiding risk (for itself and policyholders), there is usually a tremendous amount of resistance towards new ideas, even when these make sense. This is particularly true for newer hires that come in with a head of steam wanting to make a positive difference - the "old-timers" tend to look down on these folks as naive renegades. Accordingly, there are few middle managers that have the courage to stick their necks out for employees that may draw attention to themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before I left, I sensed upper management was intent on cultivating a more progressive and nimble culture to appeal to younger hires and to throw off its "wallpaper" image: "we are here, we will always be here, but few people notice us." I also sensed there was a new emphasis on creating more transparency to identify those who are consistently contributing vs. those who are just "hanging on" until retirement. I'm not sure how successful the company has been along these lines. But I strongly believe the adoption of 360 degree performance evaluations (from top to bottom) would go a long way towards improving the culture, removing political obstacles and making middle management more accountable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    FM Global is a great place for a career

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    Current Employee - Underwriter  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at FM Global full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The total compensation is great. Benefits include a pension, company car and 401k match. The workplace atmosphere is also relaxed.

    Cons

    Promotions within a department require you to carry the responsibility before receiving the pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company even better people.

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    Former Employee - File/Mail Clerk  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - File/Mail Clerk in Plano, TX

    I worked at FM Global full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The yearly bonus at the end of the year was a great thing to strive for.

    Cons

    The office culture was a little to much gossipy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some upper management was not the best to work with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place, Great People, Great Benefits

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    Current Employee - Field Engineering Assistant  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Field Engineering Assistant in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at FM Global full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great renovated work environment, people are humble, and very friendly.

    Cons

    Some do not like change and are not open to others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company, would recommend

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Johnston, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, RI

    I have been working at FM Global full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with; great benefits (which is the reason given for lower salaries); once you're in, you're in for life unless you really screw up. Great senior management, Shivan is an admirable and extremely smart man.

    Cons

    Lower salaries (despite great benefits); not much upward mobility; slow project lifecycle; the IT (IS) department and engineers are clearly considered the most important above all other employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance needs to improve. There needs to be more opportunities for part time work and flexible arrangements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Bye Bye Big Brother Politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FM Global full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office was close to home, some very nice, sincere individuals I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with in my tenure, compensation and benefits were very good.

    Cons

    Any organization that doesn't see an issue with a 15 year technology project that is still not being delivered might benefit revisiting/ restaffing their technology leadership teams. On the contrary, this organization continues to promote bad politics, back stabbing and gossiping as their undercurrent. I should have taken a course with a syllabus noting a requirement to watch successive seasons of Big Brother to truly anticipate the lying, manipulation and, what is reminiscent of high-school cafeteria "chatter", to be fully prepared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not willing to invest time providing insights to a team that promotes such an environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company for technical, engineering types

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    Current Employee - Research
    Current Employee - Research

    I have been working at FM Global full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and benefits
    Collegial work environment
    Excellent employee retention
    Interesting and engaging technical work
    Internally funded projects; great resources

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on seniority
    Miscommunication and petty "feuds" between some units
    No prospects for meningful career advancement via a technical ladder
    Company needs to market itself better to attract new talent (i had never heard of this company before joining)

    To be fair, all of the issues above are currently being addressed and improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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