Selective Insurance

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Selective Insurance Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
37 Reviews
2.6
37 Reviews
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Selective Insurance Chairman, President, and CEO Gregory E. Murphy
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  1.  

    Overall very good company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Selective Insurance full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities. Flexibility, especially for ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Too many middle mgmt layers.
    Over expectation for growth in the current market place.
    Lack of strong/effective training for new field staff employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time talking to front line underwriters-inside and field staff.
    Try to keep your finger on the pulse of the foundation of what makes Selective, Selective. Great people make a great company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The past three years have been on a steady decline of unhappiness

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

    I have been working at Selective Insurance

    Pros

    Local and some what flexible but not consistent throughout the organization. It is a nice place to work but it depends on department and management.

    Cons

    Too many "old timers" working in management that don't know what it's like to work elsewhere. They don't force people that have been there since day one to evolve with times. They put too much pressure on overachievers and nothing on average workers. Workload is 3x more than it should be because they aren't up on technology. HR has leaks in it. Promotions aren't given as they should. It's a typical "it's not what you know" company. Stress and tension is very high.
    Flexibility should be everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of you are there an shouldn't be. Take classes and educate yourselves..you really aren't that great. Appreciate your staff after all without them you would think be there.
    Don't take your stress out on your employees.. You get paid to deal with it.. They don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Clearly disgruntled employees are leaving all the reviews

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

    I have been working at Selective Insurance (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've been here nearly 10 years. I've held a number of positions during that time. I'm making pretty good money. I've always been able to find people willing to invest in me, especially in the regional offices. Co-workers have been great (with some exceptions which you will have anywhere). Great work flexibility which I really appreciate now that I have a family. As long as the work gets done, they don't seem to care if you work 6:30-2:30 or 10-6. That's not an exaggeration as I know people who work those hours at our corporate office. Regional offices won't be as flexible .

    Cons

    Production roles are demanding, but you can get up to a 40% bonus if celestial bodies align. I do agree that it seems harder to hit your goal every year. Management likes the BHAGs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems like every year or two there's a significant change driven by senior management (regional staffing, underwriting strategy, etc). There's no socialization before it comes down. Eventually reality comes in and the change is moderated or reversed. With regard to the underwriting side of the house, I think Sr Management would benefit from getting more feedback before instituting the change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent potential to be a top tier company if expectations from sr. management were more reasonable.

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

    I have been working at Selective Insurance full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has excellent products combined with knowledgeable staff in home office that provide true support in writing business profitably. Company offers a flexible working environment that encourages growth and development. Teamwork is valued and company has a very professional workplace. Company has a business model and structure that is respected by customers.

    Cons

    Extremely high workloads. Any attempt to address this concern is seen as negative. Company has a great incentive compensation program, but every year makes it harder to benefit from the program, Long term employees see deterioration in work-life balance and a negative shift in sr. management attitude towards employees. Communication can be very poor at times and feedback on addressing problems is swept under the rug.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, especially the long-term ones who are proven performers as they seek to restore work-life balance. Do not shoot the messenger or assume that everyone wants to work 60 hours a week in the pursuit of a higher position. Focus more on what can be lost when a good person leaves than how much more can be gained by adding a resource. Key positions are going to be harder to fill in the future if management continues to ignore this issue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointing

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

    I worked at Selective Insurance full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair salary, usually good annual bonuses, decent vacation time, fair health insurance benefits

    Cons

    Antiquated clique setting, bad work/life balance, no loyalty to employees, poor technology. The company does employee surveys but doesn't address the most important issues identified in the surveys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before making any changes that affect an employee's daily business handling, do that change yourself to see if it's reasonable. Or, sit with an employee of that department to see if it's a reasonable addition to their workflow. Bring computer systems to current technology. Respect your employees more and listen to them, don't just pretend to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a good place to work in terms of learning new things, but slow to change and managing people like it's 1985.

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

    I worked at Selective Insurance

    Pros

    You were given real assignments and exposure to management. You felt like your job was pretty safe and no one was nipping at your heals to take it away from you. They were willing to pay for some of my graduate school work which i was grateful for. Health Benefits/401K were definitely top of the line.

    Cons

    Salary was not even at market average, there was not much regard to the work/life balance. Was never given the opportunity to work from home, didn't even have a laptop which in 2013 is pretty unheard of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sit in more on the day to day operations, do not perceive/assume financial success as the company is running on all cylinders. Update the culture for today's millennial working generation, they are not going to sit and wait for things to happen, they will leave.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be Cautious..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Selective Insurance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Selective Insurance

    Pros

    Size, reputation, coverages and employee experience

    Cons

    Too many weekend hours and lack of available promotions

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    slow to move and poor narrow minded leadership

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

    I worked at Selective Insurance full-time

    Pros

    can't think of a single one. the list of cons is so long wouldn't matter anyway.

    Cons

    Culture is schizophrenic. Leadership is horrible. No value in people except perhaps very few who never worked anywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think again, I'm looking!

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

    I have been working at Selective Insurance full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salaries and benefits are decent. Mass hiring (due to mass employment changes).

    Cons

    Work/life balance is serious issue. There is no employee loyalty, do not expect to be able to have a long career here with the current management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inconsistent and weak leadership. Rethink recent management changes as the negative impact is imminent. There is value in people and treating employees well. Expecting employees to work every weekend and every evening is not how loyalty is built. If you cannot put these hours in, you are in fear of your position. Be realistic with expectations given the tools at hand, sometimes it simply boils down to having good leadership and management skills. Leadership should create unity not internal conflict and fear. Customers realize impact of turnover and you are simply forgetting the human capital. Mass personnel changes will force good employees out, and new employees to notice the lack of loyalty. Respect careers that have been built and the impact that certain leaders are having on image of the company with current, incoming, and potential employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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