Grange Insurance (Seattle)

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Grange Insurance (Seattle) Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
9 Reviews
2.7
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Looks good on a resume.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Grange Insurance (Seattle) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice on-site gym, personal trainers and a generous bonus program.
    Workstations are ergonomically minded.
    Free bus pass and frequent opportunities to park on site.

    Cons

    Pay is far below industry standard. A short time ago they changed the title of 'Rater' to 'Data Entry' and began hiring insurance rookies at barely above minimum wage yet still expect them to perform as raters.
    There is no opportunity for advancement unless someone retires, and training is near non-existent.
    Don't expect to be taken seriously as a woman within this company. This is a boys club little lady, get back in the kitchen and make me some coffee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop rewarding apathetic veterans and spend a little cash to recruit some quality people unless you want to keep losing talented people.
    The turn over rate was at an all time high when I left and management acted like it wasn't even happening. Be proactive and talk to your employees before they walk.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Old and conservative

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

    I have been working at Grange Insurance (Seattle) full-time

    Pros

    A stable, long-established business that is doing well. Good CEO.

    Standard, complete benefit package.

    Small community of less than 200 people.

    Friendly people in general. Charming attempts at building community and morale, like ice cream for all in the courtyard as a summer surprise

    Cons

    Pay is modest. Paid time off is modest.

    Healthcare choice is limited to Group Health.

    IT department is a nightmare of technical incompetence and man's inhumanity to man. The immediate manager can’t stand up to his direct reports, so it’s managed by the Lord of the Flies. He weasels from cube to cube gossiping about direct report A to direct report B, and vice versa in the next cube (...not quietly enough). Divisiveness is pervasive. No concept of team-building, or everyone being on the same side. The software delivered costs probably 5 times what it should, due to disorganization and low competence. An entrenched culture I don’t see changing till the manager is replaced with strong, fair, and technically knowledgeable leadership, and the group culture has time to some recover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Somewhat disappointed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Claims in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Claims in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Grange Insurance (Seattle) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most people who work there are pretty friendly and it doesn't have an intimidating, overly formal atmosphere.

    Cons

    Training for the position was very limited. Also, goals for personal performance are not clearly communicated. This last comment doesn't have much to do with the company itself, but if you don't live close to downtown the commute can be quite frustrating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best in the west!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Grange Insurance (Seattle) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Community, compensation, perks, employees, Benefits

    Cons

    There is absolutely no cons of working at Grange Insurance. I am happy with my job and I love it so much!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I worked at Grange

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

    I have been working at Grange Insurance (Seattle) full-time

    Pros

    On-Site Gym, Friendly upper management, Hands off environment, open door policy

    Cons

    After gaining a new VP the company took a turn into a big business mind-set; they fired a significant amount of long time employees and hired a brand new batch of young, hungry, and hard working people. Now since this new batch of people had little to no experience the company was able to save money by paying a significantly lower wage (which is brilliant) but they forgot to give these new candidates a place to grow. While the company it self is doing well they still focus on this "close family" environment which in turn results in never hiring more than a certain number of employees and employees who have been there for 30+ years have no intention on leaving anytime soon. Bottom line is you won’t go anywhere here. Job openings are rare and it is more often then not because someone retired and as a new person, you won’t be landing that Supervisor position which required 7+ years. The employees do get treated well but it is a fact that they pay lower than the industry medium and you will have to pick up the slack of the veterans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have new employees who are willing to work hard and have a positive attitude , give them a place to grow and advance or they will leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    They do not value quality employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Grange Insurance (Seattle) full-time

    Pros

    They sometimes offer the option to work from home, though it's for their convenience, not the employee's, and they don't provide the hardware. They do have a good on-site gym.

    Cons

    They are more focused on the short term of cutting salaries and expenses (that sometimes are really needed) than they are on running a business that will do well in the long term. If you ever disagree with someone higher up the ladder, do not expect to remain employed. What used to be a really family oriented business where employees worked til they retired (or died) has become a revolving doorway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately, the upper levels do not generally know anything about what those in the trenches actually do, so they have a very unrealistic idea of how to get it done. It's always easy in their minds to get it done faster and better, and the overall service of the company is suffering because of it. A move towards keeping valuable employees and nurturing a healthy work environment would be a good start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    There is no future at this company

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

    I have been working at Grange Insurance (Seattle) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small corporation so you can get to know your coworkers in all departments pretty easily. There is an on-site cardio room, weights, and if you want to pay extra, you can do yoga classes and other fitness classes.

    Cons

    Grange used to be a very fun and friendly place to work. Then things started to go downhill. Slowly at first. Positions are not being replaced. Staff spread thinner and thinner. Stress levels through the roof. There isn't much chance for advancement. There has been such an upheaval from the executive level on down that it has become a place where if you want to keep your job you have to keep your head down, say yes, sir, no sir, and hope for the best. Tenured employees have been forced to retire early, or outright let go with the formal termination reason being exactly the same. Word is getting around that it is not a good place to work. Unless you are unemployed and really desperate, I would not recommend applying for a position with Grange Insurance Association in Seattle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would not be listened to because anyone who dares to speak up is out. There is supposedly an open door policy with the CEO, but that is totally not true if one wants to keep their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    It's got a family feel.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Grange Insurance (Seattle)

    Pros

    Working at Grange Insurance is a pleasure. The work environment is Business Casual; however you will often find the CEO declaring casual dress weeks during the summer and around holidays. Upper management is all very friendly and they care for the well being of the employees. A good example of this is the fact the CEO knows EVERYONE (200+ employees) by name. The company cares for the health of the employees and shows it by offering Yoga, Boot Camp and other such classes during work hours along with an in-house gym.

    Cons

    The only downside I can come up with is that there is very little room for growth in some departments. If your career path involves growth then working here won't be able to sustain your goals. It's one of those build-some-experience jobs that wouldn't be able to sustain you for more than 3 years.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Cares about employees, forward looking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grange Insurance (Seattle)

    Pros

    Cares about employees with regular meetings, communication vehicles, benefits. Forward looking although at times too much annual expense view on important initiatives vs. looking at a multi-year model. Financially sound, growing, good reputation.

    Cons

    Too annual expense oriented at times vs. looking at multi-year cost/benefit model; salaries may be lower than some; staff stretched too thinl currently; limited geographic footprint compared to severa peer competitors;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to employees;

    Recommends

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