SAIF Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Best in Salem

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SAIF full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary, benefits, wellness program

    Cons

    Some issues with work-life balance and stress


  2. investigator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Central Point, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Central Point, OR

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay

    Cons

    Poor management and no growth opportunities for employees in outlying offices


  3. Former employee, 10 years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAIF full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Great hours. Great co workers. Good work life balance. Constant training.

    Cons

    The upper management does what they want, despite facts. Their internal investigations process needs to be reworked. New ideas are not welcome. A lot of workers are afraid to think outside the box because management doesn't like that kind of thinking. As long as you do what you are told and do not question anything, you'll do fine. I wouldn't go back, but it wasn't all bad. I'm just not good at being cattle driven.

    Advice to Management

    Accept input. Hire an outside source for internal investigations. Follow the script on your wall...treat Oregonians fairly and with respect, especially if they work for you. Stop giving lip service and start utilizing your employees and their strengths. Eliminate management by fear.


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  5. "In the trenches" employees are top-notch. Top management? Not so much.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting and flexible schedules are available. Competitive salary and benefits. Office located close to town in a beautiful setting with good places to walk. The people that are in the trenches doing the work do an amazing job and truly care about the injured workers and the policyholders.

    Cons

    Most of the senior management only cares about their hold on power and ability to control this beneath them. The CEO, whose leadership style was to rule by fear and intimidation for nine years, may have thankfully left, but the many of the vice presidents who remain appear to have adopted this style for themselves. Recent ousting of the new CEO was a coup and leaves upper management and our morale in shambles.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease the number of vice presidents, some should retire and others should leave to allow new ideas and a new culture to try and take hold. Top-level managers who rule by fear and intimation are masking insecurities and inadequacies. Quality managers don't need to rule by fear and intimidation, they command respect by their well-deserved reputation, by their ego-less leadership model, and by their agenda-less knowledge, wisdom and experience.


  6. Great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Assistant in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIF part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company with a thoughtful employee approach.

    Cons

    A lot of opinionated people with advice on how others can do their jobs better.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, make sure you are walking the talk.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Corrupt Management

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    Current Employee - Claims Adjuster in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Claims Adjuster in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay/benefits and great co-workers in claims

    Cons

    Several VP's are left over cronies from Rocklin. They manage by fear, are disliked by majority of employees and yet they seem to call the shots for the company. They even got our well liked new CEO fired. The new CEO is very whimpy and will not make any changes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Rocklin out of business, Fire VP's of PR & HR


  8. Helpful (2)

    Over 10 years at SAIF and the disfunction continues.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting and flexible schedules are available. Competitive salary and benefits. Office located close to town in a beautiful setting with good places to walk. The people that are in the trenches doing the work care about the injured workers and the policyholders.

    Cons

    Most of the senior management only cares about their hold on power and ability to control this beneath them. The CEO who's leadership style was to rule by fear and intimidation may have left, but the many of the VPs who remain appear to have adopted this style for themselves. Recent ousting of the new CEO was a coup and leaves the moral in shambles.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease the number of VPs, some should retire and others should leave to allow new ideas and a new culture to try and take hold.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Claims

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Claims Adjuster
    Current Employee - Claims Adjuster
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIF full-time

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Most people are easy to get along with. It is easy for anyone to carve a niche out for themselves there.

    Cons

    Not everyone works hard, although most do. Some managers can be difficult because they easily feel threatened by new ideas. They tend to promote only one type of person to management, someone who will do exactly what they are told or what the established procedures are no matter what the results. They get trapped into ineffective processes but tend to be in denial about it. They set up innovation initiatives that go nowhere. Middle management sometimes alienates high performers. I once went a year barely seeing my supervisor and never seeing my supervisor's boss smile, although it has improved.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat new ideas as a threat. Don't demoralize high performers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    old school company propped up by the state

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    i dont work there any more

    Cons

    nothing good about working there

    Advice to Management

    fire yourself and hire people who have a clue


  11. Helpful (2)

    Progressive ideals being implemented in a traditional workplace; but a great environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIF full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    + Excellent pay and benefits + Receptive supervisors and management + Commendable progressive work/life initiatives (Teleworking, flex schedules, etc.)

    Cons

    - Tradionalism is still strong, you can't always telecommute as some are still apprehensive - HR can be difficult to work with - Ceilings abound; this is not a move-up place, it's a camp in your position place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward with initatives to garner and keep the new workforce and find ways to placate the "old guard" as it were.



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