HSB Group Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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  1. Senior Vice President of Treaty Division

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at HSB Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience with teams country wide and customer interaction on specialty and innovative products

    Cons

    Bought out by Munich Re. changing culture to all metrics and little or no relationship consideration

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the customers on needs


  2. Amazing Company!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When you hear about those "old school" companies that know how to be loyal to their employees and treat them right, you often hear that it's a shame they don't exist anymore. Well - they do. HSB is one such company.

    Cons

    The downside of a company that is loyal to its employees is, of course, that many of the upper-level positions will be held for a long time. Advancement is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly - keep being an amazing employer that cares about your employees and makes them want to work there for their entire career. The world needs more companies like HSB!


  3. Decent Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great hours, friendly coworkers, too much travel

    Cons

    Low pay, no room for growth


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  5. Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work from home, schedule is manageable and flexible. Good pay, minimum stress, advancement oppurtunities if relocation is an option.

    Cons

    If you do not want to relocate you are stuck in the position. Field work is fun but the paperwork work can be cumbersome.

    Advice to Management

    Allow oppurtunities to help with change to the systems from an inspectors perspective.


  6. Underwriting Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HSB Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance Work from Home Option Team Camaraderie

    Cons

    Micro Management Have to Temp for 6 months Not enough Staff to distribute Work High Turnover Rush training to get employees out on the work floor

    Advice to Management

    Increase department head count Increase Pay Implement a more sound training module so that employees can work confidently


  7. just another job

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at HSB Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company advances and demotes an individual quickly. Partly because they are quick to make decisions without looking at the whole picture.

    Cons

    company culture is not the best. Very click-ish and more about who you know rather than what you know. A lot of people are overlooked because of this.

    Advice to Management

    invest more in your employees and then sit back and watch them soar. They are some amazing people there who would/could do some amazing things. It really comes down to who you know. Not the way a couple should be run.


  8. Average work place, company micro-manages employees.

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    Current Employee - Inspector in Scio, OR
    Current Employee - Inspector in Scio, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well established copmany, world wide corporate presents.

    Cons

    Micro managent of employees through corporate developed software programs.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as people, not field operations robots that have to deal with very difficult operating systems.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good Insurance/Engineering Co

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    HSB Group was a good place to work. It was a bit disorganized at times, but it was mainly due to trying new techniques. They had some great people who worked there.

    Cons

    There was little room for promotion and there were people who came to work everyday where no one knew what exactly they did. The company needs to be more forward looking. Although they do not cater to personal consumers, an up dated website would do wonders regardless...

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunities to learn the business and solicit suggestions from employees who may be more engaged in upcoming technologies.


  10. Low point in my working life

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Underwriter in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Underwriter in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HSB Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am struggling to think of any good things about working at the company. One thing I can say is that there is no pressure on people to perform whatsoever and the hours are purely 9-5 with no overtime or extra effort required. This may be a pro for people, e.g.: working parents or those who don't want to progress. For me, it was not good as it meant the general attitude in the office was one of a company in terminal decline with employees who did not care.

    Cons

    1. Lack of any paths of progression within the company HSB was full of employees who had been there for years without moving forward. The Senior Management did not provide training or opportunities to widen their skillset, or encourage people to take exams and there was no structured progression 2. Pay / Benefits Out of kilter with the rest of the London insurance market 3. Staff Many staff who did not care about their job / the company and gave across a bad impression of the company when they met people from other companies in the industry 4. Bad relationships with London market brokers HSB talks a good talk but does not back it up with substance / action. As such, many brokers feel they lie and do not like to work with them.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in yoru staff and trus them to do their jobs - offer them training and support. A number of the current staff should be moved to the Manchester office as they are not London market standard.


  11. Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Underwriter
    Current Employee - Production Underwriter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HSB Group full-time

    Pros

    Does a good job of keeping employees informed.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. Lots of work expected, but pay does not match the effort.



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