Markel Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Underwriter

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great company culture with understanding management.

    Cons

    Like all insurance companies, it is a flat organization.


  2. Policy technician

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

    I have been working at Markel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Close to home No weekends

    Cons

    Sit all day Repetitive every day


  3. Customer service representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Markel

    Pros

    The bonus at the end of the year is a plus.

    Cons

    There is not very much oportunity to move up.


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  5. Great company with an awesome culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Markel Style is real.

    Cons

    Still many silos and not enough collaboration between units. Improving here though.


  6. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. It was a good experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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    I had a great time working at Markel

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. 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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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