Sentry Insurance

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Sentry Insurance Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
125 Reviews
2.9
125 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.  

    Absolutely awesome company in a great community

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Specialist in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Business Specialist in Stevens Point, WI

    I worked at Sentry Insurance

    Pros

    -great sense of community
    -small company but huge heart, big goals

    Cons

    -small company
    -disconnection between part-time and full-time employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a focus on departmental purpose, make sure all associates are connected to this purpose.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Representative II in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Claims Representative II in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Sentry Insurance

    Pros

    No micro management depending on your manager. Quiet environment. Flexible hours

    Cons

    Work load, everything is a high priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training would be helpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Pay - Bad Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Stevens Point, WI

    I worked at Sentry Insurance

    Pros

    Sentry Insurance provides good compensation to employees. They're one of the largest employers in Stevens Point. The company is profitable and does a good job managing unremarkable insurance products. If you're working to pay bills, not for professional satisfaction, this company could be a good choice.

    Cons

    The culture at Sentry is broken. It's difficult to trust the company. High performers are routinely let go without notice. The employees that are successful long term, seem to be those that keep their head low, avoid risks, and exploit mistakes made by others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salary was good, consistently making sure you were up do date on new products and the training was excellent

    Cons

    requirements that had to be met, no room for any considerations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to care about the employee's as you have done in the past. No bad advise about management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    A Good Place to Start

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

    I worked at Sentry Insurance full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Good CEO who listens, has innovative ideas and, I believe, cares about the employees and where the company is going.
    - Benefits- 401(k). Outstanding 401(k). Best that I’ve seen – especially in this area.
    - Large company. You have the opportunity to advance if you work hard enough and get to know the right people.
    - Bonuses. Annual salary increase and bonus.
    - Great vacation package.
    - Job security.
    - On-site cafeteria with pro-rated meals (at home office).

    Cons

    - Employee trust. Employees are called “associates”, but we aren’t treated as such. There is little employee trust. Everything is very regulated, there is usually a need to acquire at least one manager approval before any decision can be made. Even going to the on-site gym on your lunch break needed a manger sign-off at one point.
    - Attitude. There isn’t a willingness/openness for change from tenured employees. Attitudes can be very negative and condescending. Unwillingness for cooperation. Too many cooks in the kitchen.
    - Benefits – Medical. Abysmal. They made slight improvements in the last few years, but for a company this size, you would expect much, much better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    High deductible health plan

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

    I worked at Sentry Insurance

    Pros

    6% 401(k) match is the best benefit they have

    Cons

    High deductible health plan coverage but employee rate on premium is on par with a much nicer plan. Poor value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, but.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The people/associates are excellent. Hard working and committed to the community.

    Cons

    Politics, senior management, downsizing and extreme lack of diversity. Benefits are very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very Political. Old boy network.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Beware of the opportunity it may be a revolving door

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

    I worked at Sentry Insurance full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company does great things for the community. There are a high percentage of good people working for the company. Good working conditions especially the Stevens Point home office. If you are looking for a career in politics you will have ample opportunity.

    Cons

    Some IT areas, like the digital content management area, replace leadership and coaching with politics and dictatorship. If you are a business analyst or project manager you are at the mercy of the developers. The environment is highly political, everyone is CTA. IT is financed through internal payment from the business nitches, this payment method is counterproductive. This method is ancient; it has been proven over the many years to cause internal separation instead of a collaborative environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The digital content management area needs new management. No one wants to address the issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    Nice Golf Course, work from home wasn't bad

    Cons

    Spend more time worrying about what you do with your cellphone than putting a competitive product on the street. I can't find one part of the country where they have a major presence including Wisconsin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your heads out of your rears and listen to the experienced people you have not the bootlickers you have now or you'll be standing in unemployment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Customer service - auto insurance. Great benefits, uninspiring work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Stevens Point, WI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Stevens Point, WI

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

    Pros

    benefits are great. 18 days paid time off your first full year, 6% match on 401K. Able to change positions within the company somewhat easily. decent pay for the work.

    Cons

    cubicle land. performance is reviewed based on quantitative measures that are not very relevant. Very conservative company that does not listen to suggestions from its employees. Morale tends to be fairly low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a better way to review employee performance

    No opinion of CEO

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