Oswald Companies

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Oswald Companies Reviews

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic environment

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

    I worked at Oswald Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Oswald is focused on providing client based solutions around employee health and wellbeing as well as healthcare benefits and management for employers in the mid to large marketplace. Information driven and committed to excellence.

    Cons

    Expect little work /life balance opportunities. Male dominated management team and career advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on Diversity programs and advancements based on competencies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very Dysfunctional Company and it Starts at the Top

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Service in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Client Service in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Oswald Companies full-time

    Pros

    The new office is nice.many of the staff are very nice people and they work hard.

    Cons

    Salaries are below normal, promotions are too few. Company values are just statements not really a way to do business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to stop getting promotions to poor performing staff especially when they are friends to senior management and then blocking hard-working personnel promotions. Youcan't just state core values, you actually need to live them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Main Street agency who wants to be big, but small minded.

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

    I worked at Oswald Companies as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management doesn't know what's going on so there is a lot of freedom. A savvy person could work there for years without doing much.

    Cons

    Support personnel are weak with little industry knowledge. Management dies not interact with the rank and file and are out of touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire an outsider to be CEO. The whole management team is home grown so very little experience outside their 4 walls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everything is good if you are part of the clique

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

    I have been working at Oswald Companies

    Pros

    If you want to get in the insurance business, you can get some experience. You will learn the brokering business and a few people their know it well.

    Cons

    Staff is over worked and very little accountability in the company. Management says the right things, but there is very little follow up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Three things: treat all employees as equals, invest in training and communicate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great if you're a 40+ White Male

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

    I worked at Oswald Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, hard workers, good products and services, about market on salary.

    Cons

    No room for career growth if you're not a white middle aged male. Certain departments were also a revolving door (probably due to low work-life balance as other reviewers have pointed out).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify upper management and get rid of the "boys club" mentality which is accepted/embraced among a lot of the producers/management there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great to be a customer of Oswald but not an employee

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

    I worked at Oswald Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Oswald does an amazing job with clients of all sizes. Highly level of knowledge and service. There is a tremendous amount of smart, talented and experienced people that really care about their clients and the firm.

    Cons

    Not a professionally managed organization. Still acts like a small firm with little to no organizational structure, professional development, performance mgt or process. A clear delineation between "haves" and "have nots". Women are not treated fairly and there is no opportunity for advancement unless one fits the mold of the white, male, 50+ yr old. Neither the Execs nor HR leadership see diversity and inclusion as a priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board and Sr Management needs to openly and honestly deal with what is not working. Why they lose clients, why they lose staff and what is wrong rather than just spending and selling into it. Put the egos aside

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small Company with Big Aspirations, Personalities, and Opportunities for Personal Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Oswald Companies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -HR Department and IT Department provide meaningful support for employees
    -Camaraderie
    -Relatively diverse group of employees
    -Location
    -Flexible
    -Goal-oriented
    -Friendly and casual workplace culture

    Cons

    -Few Opportunities for Career Advancement
    -Unequal treatment of some employees
    -Work-life balance for some can be unsatisfactory
    -Takes time to adjust to workplace culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Growth Experience

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

    I worked at Oswald Companies

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable and hard-working people.

    Cons

    Very old school in some of their thinking. Work-life balance needs addressed in certain groups. Not all people are treated equally in the environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Satiisfied

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

    I have been working at Oswald Companies

    Pros

    Young group diversity atrong work ethic

    Cons

    Long hours littleo support inexperience mgrs w little opportunity for growth traaining for managers not developed for role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better oversight of mnagement respnsibilities tools for development and probig feedback from staff to executive team

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