Markel Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Nick Conca CCO promotion is fantastic. Britt Gleason and Nick Conca make a great team.

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    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Glen Allen, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Claims Examiner in Glen Allen, VA

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

    Pros

    The removal of specialized claim persons is long overdue. The addition of Alterra claim personnel has been a positive impact that has allowed for a change to continue to evolve the prior process of over thinking the simple tasks of claims handling in obtaining facts, damages and liability.

    Cons

    There are 3 to 4 persons doing the same thing. There are numerous forms and tasks that create the sense that completing forms is more important than handling the claim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the forms, for example there is no need for a form and another form and another form for a claim that is settled for less than $100,000.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stellar Employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Markel full-time

    Pros

    Job security is better than average, business is growing incredibly fast but is also stable. Employees are willing to teach the new people and they build a very positive atmosphere. Many great people to work for. Great benefits, stock and borrowing options, 401K.

    Cons

    IT/systems are extremely dated, but that is planned to be fixed within a year. Lack of communication between departments ("information silos") is quite visible. Office politics are there, but manifested much less than many other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career development could be fostered much more with a formal program, underwriting guidelines and best practices could be expressed to underwriting support more plainly in order to accelerate the issuance process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company

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    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter

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

    Pros

    Work life balance; Advancement opportunities; Coworkers are easy to get along with; Well respected company; Efforts are made to ensure happy employees

    Cons

    Nepotism / favoritism; turnover (at times); communication can be better; Not everyone agrees with differing opinions; not much other than that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    So proud to be a part of this company

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Woodland Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Well established company. Doing things right to make good money & keep the company strong. Leaders are down to earth & good people persons. Associates are smart & happy.
    Salaries are above average & offers bonuses to all employees, which you don't ever see anywhere else.
    Wonderful work atmosphere, and very nice offices. Work hard & you get rewarded & recognized. Does not micro-manage their EE's, and gives them free reign to work the Markel Style. Good easy atmosphere to work in, making the days go by & lends to a happy staff.
    Does things with ethics & good standards. Part of the success of Markel.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. A lot of happy co-workers here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good company, bad managers

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Windsor, CT
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Windsor, CT

    I worked at Markel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Technology is up-to-date
    Great outsource talents

    Cons

    Managers have no idea about team development.
    A couple of them have real unprofessional issues with many employees.
    They just look after their performance abusing employees to work overtime and weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around and see why are you loosing great talents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big changes continue

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I cannot honestly provide any favorable comments. Staff and strategy changes make Company so different from the profit-maker of the past.

    Cons

    For the past decade the Company has chased away good people. More importantly, people that were responsible for Markel's financial success. Replacements do not have good experience and have a history much different than Markel, particularly regarding profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure why you expect to make money with current leadership?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Strong financial company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Markel

    Pros

    Has money in the bank

    Cons

    Career development, growing too fast

  9.  

    Great company. Plenty of room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Markel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Growing company that provides great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Hire from within - difficult to get your foot in the door.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, good people but it's the typical corporate world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Markel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, lots of training, nice atmosphere, updated building, ok salaries

    Cons

    Large company where you have a lot of competition. You have to be on time. Supervisors watch you like a hawk.

  11.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Markel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People, Salary, Benefits, Technologies, Projects

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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