Selective Insurance Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
34 Reviews

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Selective Insurance Chairman, President, and CEO Gregory E. Murphy
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  1.  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Selective Insurance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    very few...terrible place to work

    Cons

    The office is cliquey, and training is a joke. There is a lot to learn with three days of training, that was sped through, and everyone seemed to be confused as to why you didn't know anything when you asked questions. It's a cut throat office. The manager has no idea what his employees are up to. It was unorganized. It was the worst job I ever stepped into. I would not work here. It was a waste of time. Very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep an eye on horsham pa office

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Senior Application Developer

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer

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

    Pros

    Pay and bonus is good, free parking, and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Work load is to large for small staff, causing priorities to be change daily and long hours. Application development done offshore is not reviewed by Selective IT employees. QA is also done offshore, so only acceptance testing is done by Selective employees which often is too late to be fixed before code goes into production. Top heavy with management that are out of touch with application developers. Newly hired managers are unqualified and don't bring much needed outside perspective. There is very little job growth, and training is rarely approved. IT application development staff has decreased even though number of managers has increased.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring managers and start hiring developers. Change offshore resources from managed services to staff augmentation, so IT can have more control over the quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Hard to get places

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    Current Employee - Service Center  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Service Center in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy the people I work with every day. I feel the overall benefits are decent and management does try to make it fun

    Cons

    There really are not any opportunities for advancement at this location. Pay not commensurate with experience. Company is slow to change and accomplish things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work to utilize the strengths of their employees

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IT help desk

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    Former Employee - IT Help Desk  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Help Desk in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Selective Insurance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good benefits, good working hours

    Cons

    poor management, lots of red tape to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    chaotic

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Glastonbury, CT

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

    Pros

    the team members work really hard, some really smart and delightful folks to work with

    Cons

    management had no real appreciation for what it took to deliver projects, there is no respect for peoples lives or family-time. Developers working 70+ hours a week under constant threat of outsourcing-"be lucky-you-have-a-job-we-can-get-2-of-you-in-india" was the view management has of employees. Customers losing ground

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    poor management skills

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  Glastonbury, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Glastonbury, CT

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

    Pros

    too much work, poor organization, poor management skills, too much stress, sometime you will need to work in the weekend.

    Cons

    flexible hours, free parking, bonus,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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 for 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
  10.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Selective Insurance full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, really fun environment. Hard work typically recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    Working off Johnston Rd. and I-485, that place was a nightmare.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall work given was manageable and was not too out of scope for any intern. Tasks were helpful in scope of learning.

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Glastonbury, CT

    I worked at Selective Insurance as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Provided necessary assistance.
    gave proper time to execute work given.
    Pay was good.
    The projects were helpful in enhancing any knowledge previously held .
    There was always a mentor given who was very helpful and precise in their work.
    Interns were allowed to partake in meetings( which regarded their project) with the head of the department, to get the full experience

    Cons

    Sometimes work was unavailable leaving idle time (considering time was almost 8 hours a day)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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