Horace Mann Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Mostly positive work atmosphere and good benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Horace Mann

    Pros

    The culture is pretty amazing. They stand behind their mission statement of protecting the short and long term goals of educators. Starting off, you receive quite a lot of paid time off which is nice for switching jobs where you had vacation built up already

    Cons

    They tend to "restructure" departments fairly frequently, so management and key players change often. A recent (since late 2013) trend has been downsizing when these restructures happen. While the benefits are good, the pay is below what I would consider average for similar companies in similar size cities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Like our nation, sometimes change isn't for the better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Horace Mann full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. There are some good people that have been employed for numerous years. Horace Mann is still one of the larger employers in Springfield. Several options for insurance even though it is expensive.

    Cons

    In the past year, we have made plans to outsource all of our major software packages all to different vendors! People are being put in charge of areas they know nothing about. Some being promoted are a walking lawsuit for sexual harassment, Favoritism is out of control for some managers that never should have been made managers. Communication and transparency could not be any worse, even in the same department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know at this point. It seems like one bad decision after another. Everyone feels like a huge layoff is coming in multiple areas. If that is the plan, please communicate it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Solid company undergoing directional changes

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

    I have been working at Horace Mann full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn how to deal with change within your department and other departments you work with closely. Great opportunity to learn the P&C business if you are willing to walk around and talk to people.

    Decent retirement benefits and paid days off. Bonus structure is generous for lower ranks.

    CEO has a vision of how to grow an already profitable company.

    Cons

    Change - constant, frequent, disruptive, sometimes unfocused change. Management has good ideas on how to implement Senior Leadership's vision, but difficulty with smooth execution (one department has gone through 3 restructurings this year alone).

    Very title-heavy organization. I've never seen a company with so many AVP's.

    Incentives are less than industry average for my specialty; low cost of living locally, so the balance isn't too far off the mark. Documentation and training lag behind directional changes. There is little room for vertical advancement; must switch departments to grow professionally. Lack of adequate communication about directional and org changes.

    I'll mention the same thing I've read in other reviews: management is quick to say "changes are coming, hang in there", but beneficial change is slow to come. I suspect this is due to the bureaucracy of HR, or senior management, and not the choice of the lower-level managers.

    All-in-all, this is a solid company that is undergoing significant changes due to a new CEO that came on board in 2013. The new leadership seems to be banking on new systems to solve their ills without understanding a reasonable timetable to complete a systems migration project. The current system is grossly outdated and the products we offer are somewhat limited by system constraints. Because of the direction the company is headed, the systems migration project is getting seemingly unlimited $ and new personnel while our department is shrinking due to attrition from those leaving for other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train, execute, and pay/promote for performance.

    The new system is a great future solution, but don't forget the short-term needs of departments and employees.

    Keep heading us in the right direction; empower the managers below and hold them accountable to get the departments in shape and on board.

    Create promotional opportunities to grow the company from within. Allow people to grow within their departments instead of necessitating departmental switching for growth opportunities.

    Hold lackluster performers accountable for their missteps. Education, accountability, and execution are what will get the company where the CEO wants us to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Company poised for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Horace Mann full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    New CEO, improved distribution marketplace, greater focus on life cycle for target market, emphasis on teamwork model concepts, good benefits, and industry education programs

    Cons

    Challenging technology systems that undermine processes and improvements. Various layers of organizational structure that impedes delivery on Customer experience and processes. Work life balance is challenging and needs improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to instill the company's brand message, throughout the target market life cycle and life experiences. Invest in distribution force, technology, training, education, claims, operations and sales. Reevaluate the emphasis on layers of VPs in the company ranks and how each supports the company's goals and directions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good and getting better

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

    I have been working at Horace Mann full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, location, focus on educators

    Cons

    Some old school management philosophies and bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aggressively change old school tendancies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Small personal lines insurance company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Horace Mann full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good compensation

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Summer Marketing Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Marketing Intern in Springfield, IL
    Current Intern - Marketing Intern in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Horace Mann as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly staff and management, flexible work schedule, fun and challenging work, warm welcome from all staff and employees

    Cons

    Sometimes the work that was given could be considered monotonous. Some times not very clear with deadlines. Older staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Wonderful people + woeful management = bipolar company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - P&C Actuary in Springfield, IL
    Former Employee - P&C Actuary in Springfield, IL

    I worked at Horace Mann full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers aren't just people, they become your friends. Good vacation/sick/personal time even for new hires. Big company in a small town (100K population) so traffic isn't hard. Free parking, flexible hours, big donator to community and target market. Yearly bonus when targets are hit.

    Cons

    Technology is hilariously old, system run on mainframes from 1950s/60s. Insanely hard to get management to actually do anything that moves the company forward. Way too much management, red tape, and lack of interest in new ideas. Too many upper-level folks from All State, State Farm, etc. bringing their cronies in. This is HM, not AS or SF, so run it as such!

    Job descriptions change yearly, but you never actually do those things. Seating arrangements hardly make sense, so much change in personnel makes your team too fluid to really gel. Performance reviews are a perpetual joke. No matter your skill level or knowledge, they'll can you if they want to. Big brain drain recently: too many drones, not enough innovators, frustration sets in quickly among those who want to move forward instead of stagnate personally and in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut your numbers in half. Then cut your pay about 25% and distribute it where it belongs -- the employees who actually do the work. Listen to your employees -- if they tell you not to hire someone (twice!), don't! And for the love of god, bite the financial bullet and upgrade your technology to the 21st (or at least 20th) century.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Many, many many Problems!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Counselor in Springfield, IL
    Current Employee - Claims Counselor in Springfield, IL

    I have been working at Horace Mann full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A way to put gas in your car and food on your table.

    Cons

    A company stuck in a time warp. Technology is handicapping this company. Younger individuals will struggle in any role because the technology and management decisions will prevent you from doing your job. Educators and agents complain frequently. Co workers in the Springfield building are running for the doors. Any five star ratings are done by somebody in management trying to make the company look good. It's really in shambles and they know it. The sad faces that you see as you walk through the cubicles will tell the story. Run for you r lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A complete transformation is what this company needs right now. Not yesterday. Leaders lack leadership. It's time to get bought out or just leave the insurance business. It's too late to make incremental changes. Employees and investors deserve more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Medium-sized insurance company going through an exciting but calloused transition period.

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

    I have been working at Horace Mann full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation time, decent salary. Beautiful building and campus, though a bit dated inside. Great new CEO with an exciting vision for the future.

    Cons

    Jaded and aging culture. Disjointed communication between divisions makes it seem like productivity can be an uphill battle. Transition period has made everyone on edge, making the environment less than pleasurable to be a part of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase (human) interaction between divisions. Adopt less "corporate" attributes and be a bit more employee-centric. As with many companies, certain managers are clouded by their ambition and chase away talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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