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Updated Jul 12, 2014

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3.1 9 reviews

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Michael A. Culbertson

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    The truth about Seibels

    Developer (Current Employee)

    ProsSeibels has great medical benefits. Fast paced growing company New managers and architect are in fact open to new ideas and looking for innovative solutions. Lots of room for advancement. I have been promoted several times. Hard work is required but it is also recognized and appreciated.

    ConsSeveral people have left taking what they knew with them. This were people who blocked a lot of progress, but things were tough for a while when they left. We are just now getting stuff better under control from that. This past year they have made a few new hires that helped bring some technical expertise and is more open to progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is a problem. Don't try to keep secrets thinking that no one will find out. Announce your plans early so you can be the ones making the announcements. By the time you get around to saying anything everyone already knows all about it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Seibels experience

    Computer Programmer (Former Employee) Columbia, SC

    ProsFree coffee, parking, nice view of downtown from the break room.

    ConsToo many politics at play. IT Management haphazardly throws out unreasonable dates to customers. Too much outsourcing to India. IT employees are fearful of the tyrannical new CIO, who has run off most of the talent. Those who stay behind are just biding their time until a better opportunity comes along, or trainees who don't know any better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou cannot run a company like this. Do you really expect folks to stick around in such a hostile work environment? As to the outsourcing, you get what you pay for. Seibels now has one of the worst reputations in town now, and this is coming from recruiters. Do you not see this? If your plan was to take one of the best places to work, and run it into the ground, you have succeeded!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You can always find plenty of things to do/learn.

    Architect (Former Employee) Columbia, SC

    ProsCompany is in transition and moving towards the right direction as a software company. Benefits and pay are competitive in the area. No crazy working hours, and the new management team seems care more about the results other than the hours you put in.

    ConsDress code for development team is business casual. a lot of office politics going on. Older employees seems do not like most the changes are going on there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess outsourcing and try to bring talents in house.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nasty

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits. Free coffee. Downtown. Nearby parking. Clean restrooms. Four microwaves. Nice view from fourth floor. Nicely paneled elevators. Big break room

    ConsManagement by intimidation, suspicion. Highly politicized. Form over substance. Constant turmoil. Top management won't listen to employees. Hierarchical. Inflexible. Reviews are done carelessly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet somebody else take over.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working at Seibels was great until new IT management was brought in.

    Computer Programmer (Current Employee) Columbia, SC

    ProsGenerally a relaxed work environment.
    Usually development is using the newest Microsoft Technologies.
    Rest of the programming staff is very knowledgeable.
    Competitive salaries
    Good holidays, vacation and sick time.

    Cons- We bought a large vb .net application that is poorly written and difficult to maintain.
    - Company is moving in the direction of buying software instead of building it which will mean a need for fewer developers.
    - The new IT management doesn't really care for programmers as people. It's all about the bottom line. The work at Seibels is more important than anything else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRight now you view the company as failing and might be right. Alienating your best people is not helping the situation. Neither will firing them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Turmoil

    Analyst (Current Employee) Columbia, SC

    ProsAtmosphere is laid back. Some of the managers are friendly and competent. BAs and developers are generally competent, and some are quite good at what they do. Benefits are good. Free parking.

    ConsPay is average. It's hard to get a promotion, and you can't get a straight explananation as to why. Reviews are amateurish and generally are done based on the "impressions" of other managers. Their competence or their fecklessness comes to bear here on your career. You are rarely, if ever, asked about your career goals. You get slotted quickly, and that's where you stay. Currently the company's IT department is guided by consultants, and there has been a lot of difficulty in meshing the old and new cultures. The company is trying to recover from the purchase of a half-baked Microsoft-based insurance system. It works, but it is poorly designed and will present performance and maintenance problems down the road.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCulbertson is a straight shooter. You can't help but like him and respect his grasp of the business. He's the kind of person you want representing the company. Getting rid of the CIO recently was a very smart move, and it opened up all of IT's shortcomings and vulnerabilities. Rebuilding will take a while. In the meantime, find out what people who work for you want out of a job. They aren't just robots. Get rid of the offshoring effort.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Having ditched a dubious project, Seibels software development organization becomes a more interesting place to work.

    Senior Developer (Former Employee) Columbia, SC

    ProsSeibels decided at the end of January 2009 to stop using the Leaning Birch software toolkit, since its inability to handle complexity caused very slow and difficult development. Senior management showed a genuine humility in pulling the plug on a project that they had approved over the vehement objections of their senior development staff. (If senior management had been interested primarily in saving face, they would have attempted to keep limping along anyway.) It's full steam ahead on the new .NET policy management system.

    Seibels remains reasonably profitable despite the recent economic downturn, which means that employee morale remains good. They are able to invest in growth opportunities.

    Both the iSeries and .NET development wings now report to a single manager. This has improved the collaboration between the 2 sides of the dev organization.

    ConsThe company is still very slow-moving with regard to software development process improvements. A .NET manager brought in from Microsoft only lasted 6 weeks; his zeal encountered strong resistance. IT management is not completely inflexible, though; if you make a good case for a change, and offer a well thought out plan to experiment with it, you *might* get it approved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management has been open to technological advances over the past 25 years; it's time to be more open to process innovations that the industry has adopted over the past 25 years as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A View of Seibels Bruce from within the IT area

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Columbia, SC

    Pros1. Your co-workers will be friendly. You will meet a lot of colleagues who have been at the company for 10, 20, sometimes 25+ years, and they will treat you like a long-lost cousin.
    2. Management understands that employees are people who have a real and sometimes complicated life outside of the cubicle.
    3. The president of the company, Mike Culbertson, is a really sharp guy with good business sense. He operates with 100% integrity and treats everyone well.
    4. There has been an influx of talent in the IT ranks recently. The junior developers are really bright and advancing fast. Some business analysts are very impressive in their ability to understand how to work with customers and the rest of the IT org to get systems developed. Chris Glasser has a good handle on software architecture.
    5. Seibels IT is willing to invest in technological advancement. They have started paying for developers to attend conferences or other training events, and they have some budget and inclination to adopt new technologies in the Microsoft .NET arena.

    Cons1. There is strong resistance in the IT area against innovation in the software development process. Managers complain about quality problems and missed deadlines, but if you propose something like new QA tools or agile methodologies, those same managers will tell you that "the culture is not ready." Why is the culture accepted as a given, if it is not producing entirely satisfactory results?
    2. The development of a new policy management system is going in a bizarre direction. Instead of "First, let's kill all the lawyers" (Shakespeare), it's underlying tenet could be phrased as "First let's kill all the developers." The fundamental conceit of the Leaning Birch toolkit which is being used is that the typical business analyst should be able to develop the system, with occasional assistance from a programmer. It's an intriguing idea that unfortunately ignores the reality of how complex systems must evolve. There's no way that a toolkit developed over an 18-month period by one guy in his basement, with 4 man-years of junior developer assistance, is going to be able to provide the means to handle complexity that the Microsoft .NET toolset--the product of tens of thousands of man-years of effort--can provide. And when you're writing software, you are dealing with complexity every moment of every workday.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop wasting money on the Leaning Birch toolset. Invest instead in process improvements, particularly agile methodologies which would be well-suited to Seibels' informal style.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Underwriter midterm review with management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood co-workers and staff, good communications with insurance companies

    Consoverworked, many weekends, under paid,

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