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Scottsdale Insurance Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
21 Reviews

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  1.  

    A great company overall; they're trying not to succumb to the typical Corporate mentality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administration  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Administration in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Scottsdale Insurance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people that I work with are truly the best in the business. They're knowlegeable, supportive and great at what they do. Incredible tenure among associates. Community involvement is highly stressed, and volunteer opportunities are made available constantly. Very comprehensive benefit package, time off is accrued and starts day one. Overall sense of teamwork throughout the different Divisions. Beautiful facility, recently updated and remodeled. Onsite full-service cafe and underground parking (very important in the Valley of the Sun!)

    Cons

    With the exception of lateral moves, there's not much room for growth if you're in an administrative capacity, unless you're interested in the insurance field itself (which I am not). While the vast majority of people I've dealt with are dedicated and of very high quality, there are a few who don't seem to fall into that category and I'm not sure how they got to be in any kind of authoritative position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executives, communicate closely with your managers to make sure those on the "front lines" are being treated fairly. Get the whole story, get involved, don't leave it all to your direct reports.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent company, great team

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

    I worked at Scottsdale Insurance

    Pros

    Good team and decent company to work with.

    Cons

    No great growth prospects in IT department, not sure about other departments.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sad story, company declining, hostile takeover by parent company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Leader in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Scottsdale Insurance full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company was built by people who value people. Excellent work life balance, flex work, health & wellness, values based culture, community involvement, beautiful complex on golf course, full benefits package, competitive compensation, training and opportunities to learn and grow for employees. Strong brand in excess and surplus lines.

    Cons

    Parent company oversight and mandate for consistency has crushed this jewel of a company. Matrix reporting over used to the extent that valuable functions such as IT, Finance, Claims, HR are hamstrung to do what is right for the business. Talented leaders and associates are leaving daily for opportunities to do their best work elsewhere. IT systems behind the times. This ship is going down after 30 years of success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update your resumes or accelerate your retirement plans.

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

    Dissapointing experience, would not recommend

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Claim Representative  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Claim Representative in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at Scottsdale Insurance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and knowledgeable resource personnel to provide technical assistance on complex claims in various states.

    Cons

    Unreasonable workloads, nitpicking to nth degree on file audits, maximum 2 percent raises no matter how well work is completed, chronic employee turnover problems that create extra work for those left behind and indifferent mentality of managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Lot Of Internal Politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Claim Specialist  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Claim Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at Scottsdale Insurance full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great location. Initial pay is good. Many people (not management) are very intelligent and skilled at their jobs.

    Cons

    Heavy internal politics, Management clashes with themselves and with parent company, Nationwide. Initial pay good but raises limited to 2% or less. Claim file review methodology creates as stressful environment with the sole intent to limit employee raises. They can't find replacement employees fast enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to anyone looking for employment at Scottsdale is to consider taking the job for a year or two if you are desperate enough and plan on getting out at the end of your second year. The office politics are getting in the way of productivity. I stayed one year too many.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nationwide Cube Zombies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scottsdale Insurance

    Pros

    formerly a great company
    nice building

    Cons

    micro managment
    weak upper level management that caters to the nationwide mothership
    excessive turnover
    constant change at the direction of the latest imported exec from Ohio/Nationwide
    excessive and unrealistic workloads
    excessive meetings
    understaffed
    always looking to reinvent the wheel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was a good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scottsdale Insurance

    Pros

    The learning curve is not very steep. You can learn as you go about your work.

    Cons

    The pay per hour for interns is less

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant, IT Project Management  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Consultant, IT Project Management in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Scottsdale Insurance full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong work-life balance. Collaborative. Stable industry and company

    Cons

    Similar so any company.. It is work and your manager can significantly influence how job satisfaction... I have had a really bad one and they keep promoting him.. They don't hold people very accountable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Diversity is a joke.

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

    I have been working at Scottsdale Insurance full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Reasonably good benefits, if you can understand them. No one on site to help with any issues. All of that resides in Ohio. Decent work environment, if you don't mind conducting work in a call center cube farm. Trying to underwrite high value accounts with FAC and not being able to concentrate because of the noise around you and requesting that the "white noise" be turned up to high to help is what we deal with daily. The fact that we have white noise is just funny. Baby boomers are over looked for their expertise and other value for Gen X and Y who are the entitled generation and immediately dismiss them as the "old" people who know nothing. Training is adequate. But as an FYI, you have to have a degree to get in the door...unless you know someone.

    Cons

    See the somewhat tongue in cheek comments above. For a multi-billion dollar company to play political games and posturing to appease Nationwide rather than maintain their own branding is something I can't comprehend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your associates. They are the reason you are where you are.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Finance Supervisor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scottsdale Insurance

    Pros

    Great people, flexible schedules, great advancement

    Cons

    Nationwide Insurance interference with the Scottsdale Insurance culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Scottsdale culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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