Liberty International Underwriters

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Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Business Systems Analyst II

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH

    I worked at Liberty International Underwriters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Everyone is willing to share their skills, help team members learn/grow, and improve the process of things. The team I was on also allowed for a flexible work environment and regular opportunities for travel in the course of projects.

    Cons

    The office did not have a particularly lively environment/culture and had limited "community" feel. Job functions were relatively silo'd.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, especially when it comes to middle management / senior management positions.

  2. Good sized company that's growing and gives you flexibility!

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Liberty International Underwriters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They promote within so there is a lot of opportunity for growth. It isn't a huge company where you get lost in the shuffle. The bonus structure is based not only on how well the company performs but how you perform as well.

    Cons

    The benefits aren't great. They have some pretty outdated systems.

    Advice to Management

    Spend the time and money on better systems.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work and great co-workers

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    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Liberty International Underwriters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very positive work environment, small office that had a team mentality. Management encouraged employees to pursue certification classes such as ARM and CPCU, company will pay for them.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth opportunities in the field offices.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize cross selling methods with other departments.

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  5. Used to be great now just ok

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

    I have been working at Liberty International Underwriters full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    decent compensation
    friendly co workers
    great benefits
    excellent 401k and matching

    Cons

    Part of larger corporation Liberty Mutual and improvements or approvals are slow
    Size does allow for the average amount mismanagement and deadweight
    its still an insurance company at heart
    Loosing its entrepreneurial spirit

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all ideas from the product / field experts because success is best gauged by effectiveness and longevity of results. It is always better to be effective than right.

  6. Enjoyed an extended contract, my second extended contract with them. Great group to work with. Hope to return.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Portsmouth, NH

    I worked at Liberty International Underwriters part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Honest and up-front dealings.

    Cons

    All Consultant contracts for Genius security support and other support functions were eliminated by HR/Planning effective 1/1/14 as part of 2014 planning.

    Advice to Management

    Consider permanent part time employees. I worked mornings doing basic Genius User ID set-up, critical to getting underwriting done and policies out the door, which allowed higher skilled/paid IT developers to stay focused on projects and more critical tasks. It was a perfect match, a win/win.

  7. Helpful (1)

    I am happy working here at the moment. If I had a different manager, I might not be so happy.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst (Consultant)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst (Consultant)

    I have been working at Liberty International Underwriters

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best of both worlds - support of Liberty Mutual Holdings but not a direct part of Liberty Mutual. Growing industry with lots of opportunity. Global operations. Still has a small employees base.

    Cons

    Lack of direction & established processes. LIU grew fast and is spread out - each region does things their own way. But that also provides opportunity. Oppressive IT policies. Some managers are good, some not so good. Many new employees come in via headhunters as contractors which may be good or bad; many FT also transfer in from Liberty.

    Advice to Management

    The company is heading in the right direction. Give employees the freedom and tools to get things done. Create your own HR system! You are restricting the ability of long term contractors by not giving them access to employee resources (no N-number, etc.). Your employees & contractors want to do a good job - let them!

  8. Good experience, Corporate environment

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Liberty International Underwriters full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is generally good. You get well compensated and have the opportunity to grow if you can perform well. Excellent location for the office.

    Cons

    There can be politics involved with who you know and who likes you. This factors into your promotions as well. Senior management is slow to respond sometimes as there is a lot of red tape.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good Company, allows underwriters to make decisions, excellent work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Underwriter, Specialty Casualty
    Current Employee - Underwriter, Specialty Casualty

    I have been working at Liberty International Underwriters full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent management, very supportive of employee goals, respects employee opinions and allows underwriters to take on risk and do proper dilligence (declining if it's fit to do so). Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Employees paid less than at other companies, authority process can be tedious, company slow to respond to market conditions - whcih means UW's (whose targets are based on writing new business, and keeping renewals) may have their hands tied and therefore it's tough to meet goals.

    Advice to Management

    Respond faster to market conditions, pay employees fairly, and if you want thorough underwriting to be completed you have to understand that you can't make the new business targets sky-high.

  10. Good learning experience in a company with sound management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Liberty International Underwriters

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People oriented organisation, good senior management which provides direction, focused business approach.

    Cons

    Slow to respond to market needs, decision making takes long, not a nimble organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Be more responsive to market requirements. Focus more on external environment than internal process.

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