Sentry Insurance Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
115 Reviews
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115 Reviews
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Sentry Insurance President & CEO Pete G. McPartland
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance - very rarely worked more than 40 hour weeks (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits available at start of your time with Sentry (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Pet projects of upper management foisted upon adjusters who have tons of work to do (in 10 reviews)

  • Employees located in offices other than the home office have very limited room for professional growth (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Relaxed, Corporate Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst

    I have been working at Sentry Insurance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work life balance is good. Work isn't too stressful. Everyone is polite.

    Cons

    Using obsolete technology. Bad career prospects after. Compensation is only ok. Very old fashioned way of doing things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Data Analyst Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst II in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Data Analyst II in Stevens Point, WI

    I worked at Sentry Insurance as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - teach you a lot
    - pay well for interns
    - Give you real world problems
    -treat you as full member of the team

    Cons

    - internship program was slow to begin with
    - to small of a town ( for me personally)
    - older coding and data systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the positivity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Programmer Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Stevens Point, WI

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

    Pros

    Great place to work a lot and see a vendor product implemented and work go off to a consulting firm (some of it was off shore).

    Cons

    Off shore work seems to beginning here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share long term plan with the development team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    More downs than ups.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Position in Stevens Point, WI
    Current Employee - IT Position in Stevens Point, WI

    I have been working at Sentry Insurance full-time

    Pros

    Large company with plenty of room for good people to move laterally or upward. Very stable company. Competitive wages. Beautiful location. Nice fitness center, pool, golf course.

    Cons

    Upper management cannot relate to workers. You are a number. Benefits have been reduced recently. Too political. There was a seemingly baseless and poorly communicated firing of a well respected director. I do not trust upper management.

    Employee quality of life is not a focus. They pay it lip service but there is no follow through. High turnover in some areas with seemingly no notice by upper management. Cannot change positions internally without your current manager being informed the instant you apply, lending to the loss of good people who fear repercussion and therefore look externally rather than internally.

    Very top heavy corporate structure but not enough good leaders. In IT it is a pressure cooker where most lower managers are "working managers" and there are no IT Lead job roles. This leads to lower quality and higher stress. IT is also very fragmented and large projects are virtually impossible to pull off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create IT Lead positions in all IT development groups. This will allow managers to actually manage while the IT Leads focus on quality and technical advancements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Claims Rep 1

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sentry Insurance (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great starting salary, experience, management is very supportive, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Work load is heavy, have to really like being a claims adjuster to succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall this job was a good experience and I learned a lot from the managers and the other adjusters I worked with.

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    Former Employee - Auto Claim Adjuster in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Auto Claim Adjuster in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Sentry Insurance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Other than workloads which are too heavy sometimes it is a good job where you learn a lot. You work hard, but the adjusters and managers all help each other and will answer questions and give you help. Good 401k match.

    Cons

    The health benefits are not the best and they should be reviewed so that they cost the employees less and offer better coverage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate some of the claims programs in auto.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Sentry Insurance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Madison Location has more flexibility than Stevens Point. LArgely depends on who you report too and the team you work with.
    Company has great projects coming up. Culture is good and people seem to focus on oe common goal.

    Cons

    Madison Location has no facilities compared to Stevens Point. Some people who have been working woth Sentry for 3 decades seem to have very trditional approach and are not as flexible.
    The cotractors they hire from 3rd party vendors are not as competent as the Consultants from Cognizant. The associates are highly skilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Madison location should have more facilities. The space is so cramped up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Worst employer I have ever worked for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sentry Insurance full-time

    Pros

    - good benefits
    - great HR

    Cons

    - management is completely incompetent and upper management is completely oblivious to this somehow
    - technology is moving backwards in time. HQ uses technologies from the 80s and brags about it
    - for some reason (even though HQ is in the middle of nowhere and they cant seem to hire anyone with any relevant experience) they are letting good people walk out the door and promoting people that add no value to the organization
    - young managers/directors with no real world experience are running the show, I wouldn't bet on the long term success of the organization (which is already on the decline with its personal lines division closing down)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fine job for student, however, no advancement or training opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Facility
    Former Employee - Facility

    I worked at Sentry Insurance part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    No night hours
    Fairly easy job
    individual work

    Cons

    Early morning
    No advancement
    Work weekends
    felt ostracized from those who were skilled workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer training programs, introduced to no one in the company besides boss

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Welcome to the machine...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst I in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Data Analyst I in Stevens Point, WI

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, Good coworkers, One of the biggest (if not the biggest) employer in Stevens Point.

    Cons

    Poor management in some departments. Employees are looked at as numbers not people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some consideration and care for employees. Forced retirements are BS in my opinion. If you make someone do the work of higher job title they should be promoted to that title.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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