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Selective Insurance Reviews in Branchville, NJ

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  1.  

    Good place to work salary is good but hours are long

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    Former Employee - Claims in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Claims in Branchville, NJ

    I worked at Selective Insurance full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary is very good, people are great, resources are abundant and the company is very employee involved. Management in very involved but this does not cause to much micro management.

    Cons

    Long hours expected, not enough training supplied it is available for you to do on tour own but there are so many hours in the day. They tell you to keep a balance between work and family but this is very hard to accomplish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More initial training upon being hiring, mentor or shadowing for new hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be Cautious..

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Branchville, NJ
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Branchville, NJ

    I have been working at Selective Insurance (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is scared to be trail blazers.

    Cons

    Everyone is scared in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more encouragning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A nice place to work but the company is a bit short sighted and slow to move

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ

    I have been working at Selective Insurance full-time

    Pros

    There is generally a feeling of flexibility regarding work hours and working from home. The office location is also ideal for anyone that lives in Sussex or Morris County NJ.

    Cons

    Long hours, work load is too much for the size of the staff, Cost cutting initiatives resulted in outsourcing (offshore) and a reduction of long term staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire an adequate amount of on-shore resources and focus on changes that increase a strong book of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    I Get It!

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Branchville, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Branchville, NJ

    I have been working at Selective Insurance full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working with good people.
    Benefits are great compared to other similar companies

    Cons

    Too much work for too few people
    Business is driven too much by IT not the business (i.e. IT V.P.'s routinely tell business units what to do)
    No growth potential.
    Very top heavy on security which makes it almost impossible to do anything.
    Senior Management doesn't listen, instead they cut you off and say "I Get It".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, we do know what we are doing.
    Stop letting IT drive, instead tell IT what you must have and not accept a solution that doesn't meet your needs.

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

    supportive environment for learning with competent management

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Assistant in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Actuarial Assistant in Branchville, NJ

    I worked at Selective Insurance

    Pros

    fair compensation
    competent management
    able to balance work and life

    Cons

    location
    favoritism
    poor recognition structure
    small to none bonus

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    A strange mix of stuff going on here...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ

    I worked at Selective Insurance

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, time off, bonuses and pay. A large, yet strangely designed building with a cafeteria, gym (at least when I was there), massage therapy and more. For people living in Northern New Jersey, a "reverse" commute. A large treasure chest of money behind the company. Financially sound. The company has enjoyed slow but steady growth for over 80 years. Very conservative in its investments, which has kept it financially well for so long.

    The company also has a strong, dedicated agent network that keeps it well fed. They treat their agents well -- and will do almost anything for them.

    Cons

    In the middle of nowhere. You're inside, all day, no escape. The culture is odd -- it's a real "wannabe" big company, but very hickish in its thinking. Plus, I was part of a team that treated vendors very, very poorly. They promised vendors lots of work, but in reality, Selective is stingy with budgets. So, they get vendors to do considerable amounts of work for free or little money, with no intention of giving them any more, and thereby misleading them. To me, it was unethical.

    The place is also extremely inefficient. LOADS of meetings -- sometimes for days at a time -- but very little achieved. Yet, they want to meet certain goals. Weird. A lot of wasted time that becomes quite frustrating.

    The atmosphere is also politically very charged. You have to watch who you're friends with.

    Outside of their agents and Sussex County, the company is vitually unknown... which will probably mean trouble for it in the future. They're up against household name companies like Alstate, Progressive, and others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please... hire an efficiency expert! You have thousands of hours yearly going out the window on meetings, and meetings about meetings. Also, do a search and hire some people OUTSIDE the insurance industry -- the fresh blood with bring fresh perspectives. Also, spend some money on advertising. When I worked there, I had to constantly explain who I worked for to everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Promotions given to people who are unqualified. The no "Respect" Company.

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    Former Employee - Claims in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Claims in Branchville, NJ

    I worked at Selective Insurance

    Pros

    Benefits, 401k and bonus. Local.

    Cons

    Top heavy management sitting in offices with nothing to do but write reports and no communication with the "little people". Lack of communication between supervisor and employee. Promotions are given to unqualified, no education and inexperience people. Temporary employees are treated better than employees and also hired with better position than employees who have been there for many years. Human resources will disclose information given confidentiality and their behavior unethical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on top heavy management, remember the backbone of the company "claims". Before employees are promotion, have mangement review their qualifications. Hire an outside firm to review Human Resources department because some HR managers are unethical. Lastly, too many friends of friends enter into decisions for the company in hiring. "DRESS CODE" too many dress unprofessional. Two reviews a year for supervisors, as they need to remember they should be accountable also.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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