OneBeacon Reviews

Updated May 16, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    There are better places out there.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at OneBeacon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flextime available and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Middle management is almost all non-degreed. Their knowledge is limited to what they have learned on the job and there seems to be contempt for those with higher learning or professional designations in their field. Upper management seems to have the intellect needed however they seem to be unable to exert order. Middle and upper management seem to be at odds with each other. Opportunities for advancement are based on tenure not on merit.

    Advice to Management

    I don’t know where to start with this one. Middle management is a big part of the problem.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not fulfilling

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Canton, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Canton, MA

    I have been working at OneBeacon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work remotly. Benefits are good

    Cons

    The cloud of Lay offs is always hanging above your head

    Advice to Management

    Treat your emplyees with respec


  3. Lack of direction and focus

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

    I have been working at OneBeacon full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good, however that is how employees are lured in

    Cons

    Management and leadership is constantly turning over so the direction and vision are always changing. It feels like non-leaders are put in leadership positions so that executive management is not challenged. The front line staff is overall bitter and disengaged. There are constant layoffs that deeply affect morale. Employees are lured in with amazing promises which are immediately broken once a contract is signed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not Good Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OneBeacon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice People. That's really all i have to say about it. Oh, probably one of the nicer cafeteria's i've seen.

    Cons

    Salary blew, no room for advancement, layoffs, etc. Most prominent was the complete lack of leadership. My bosses would habitually "work from home", ie. taking a day off without having to use one of your vacation tdays.


  6. Forced to work one 40 hours a work week or lose your job!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Will Not Disclose
    Current Employee - Will Not Disclose

    I have been working at OneBeacon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Vacation, pay, and that is about it

    Cons

    If you're a hard worker then you get rewarded with more work then told over and over that it is not a 40 hour a week job and you are given hints that if you don't work over 40 hours then you may keep your job. They overload you with the work of two people but expect you to continue to provide superior customer service which is impossible with the work load. A home life balance is some kind of foreign word to this company. Simply they just don't care.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the work load reasonable, the job is stressful enough without telling us over and over this is not a 40 hour a week job and make us feel that if we don't work over 40 hours we will be on warning and potentially lose our job, there are labor laws ------one of these days it will take one brave person to put a stop to this behavior.


  7. Lacking our direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Farmington, CT

    I worked at OneBeacon full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company that can change direction quickly, some good specialty people. Several units are doing well.

    Cons

    Lots of politics for a small company. Management is sheltered from the front lines and any criticism. Random firings and hirings are a hit to morale.

    Advice to Management

    You are a small company, fire middle management and open up direct lines of communication. Use your small size to your advantage.


  8. Being let go after 20+ years of devoted service

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Allows some telecommuting depending upon location

    Cons

    Was a good company until they changed direction and decided to outsource a lot of IT functionality to the Phillipines. They are letting go a lot of experienced people that they could spend a few dollars to retrain. Not good for America.

    Advice to Management

    You don't have to follow the pack. Do what's right for American workers.


  9. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Claims Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Claims Representative in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at OneBeacon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good hours flexible hours no micro managing

    Cons

    Poor pay and compensation no opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    think of the little person


  10. Helpful (1)

    Loved it for many years, but the last 3 were miserable

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OneBeacon

    Pros

    During the last 3 years, the benefits to working at OneBeacon was a fair salary and an easy commute.

    Cons

    There were a number of layoffs during the recession, which I understood, but I feel that the layoffs went too far. Several people who had unique skill sets & knowledge that was still needed were let go, which left many people doing work that was above their job level, experience & qualifications. The people that were retained had to take on not just more work, but more difficult work, resulting in poor performance. People weren't allowed to work overtime to catch up, so a lot of things just simply didn't get done.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are people, not machines. Treat them as such.


  11. Worst experience of my life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OneBeacon full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    There are some good, knowledgeable people here.

    Cons

    Horrible HR practices. I was accused of something I didn't do. Proper investigation would have proven that. I was advised that it was too costly and time consuming to do so. I was not terminated but they "put a note in my file" and somehow this confidential matter leaked out of HR, became common knowledge and I became a pariah.

    Advice to Management

    Send your HR folks to classes on compliance, confidentiality, and proper investigation.



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