Markel Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Markel

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

    Pros

    Management, Work life balance is great

    Cons

    Limited number of recent college graduates are hired

    Advice to Management

    Develop more talent from within

  2. It was a good experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Markel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I liked the people and the assignment.

    Cons

    I was a contractor. What i thought might be a longer opportunity turned out not to be.

  3. Helpful (1)

    I had a great time working at Markel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Markel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I had a great time working at Markel. The team and culture was great. Working in Information Management under Rob was great. I really believe he's taking his group far.The learning experience and the structure of work was great. I really recommend Markel as an employer.

    Cons

    Since the group, I worked under was relatively new, there are obvious growing pains with new hires that should wrinkle out over time. There are very few negatives that I have about working at Markel.

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  5. Great company only if they will benefit from you!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Markel

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Work life balance
    Espp
    401 k
    Business value

    Cons

    Micro Management
    Ego centric management
    Salary
    Travel
    Health insurance

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that your shared services team are doing the Market Style.

  6. Culture matters

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Markel

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

    Pros

    Markel cares about the long term accomplishments of the people and the company. The message is consistent through good times and bad.

    Cons

    Sometimes decisions take too long to get made. People might not be held accountable in ways that would cause them to take affirmative actions and make decisions. It's too easy to just keep going and not rock the boat.

    Advice to Management

    Keep emphasizing the positive. Recognize creeping bureaucracy and keep it to a minimum

  7. Working at Markel has been an enjoyable and challenging experience.

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    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter

    I have been working at Markel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Intelligent and driven staff, with good work ethics.

    Supports continued education.

    Interdependent department's with emphasis placed on collaborations.

    Management with an open door policy.

    Cons

    Flex scheduling and remote access are limited and discouraged.

  8. A world leader in their field with a great corporate culture!

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    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst

    I worked at Markel

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

    Pros

    great job security, great departmental managers, very stable company...great management overall, beautiful campus and facilities, all top-notch.

    Cons

    The pay could be slightly better but aside from that, none. The company has few peers in the world market it is a global leader.

    Advice to Management

    Do not change the corporate values founded by the Markel family. The civic-minded heart of the company is rare in today's world.

  9. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Stellar Employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Markel full-time

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

    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 Management

    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

  11. Have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter

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

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

    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

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