Starr Companies Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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  1. Underwriting Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Its not a fair company. They seem like they don't listen to there employers complaint. Nothing is ever done to fix the problems. It's just kind of thrown under the rug.

    Cons

    They pay there employers well. You learn a lot if your willing to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employer complaints. Also don't make the little people feel like there work don't matter.


  2. Helpful (1)

    What a nightmare!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you need a job, that's the only pro. Some good people.

    Cons

    Leadership is the absolute pits, however, they all walk around giving each other high fives because they think they are the greatest. Old school mentality, no woman in leader roles, no real room to move up unless your related to a Sr leader. Good people don't last long bc they get fed up with the insanity. Managers are rude, obnoxious and unprofessional. They don't practice what they preach. There is no accountability for their actions. HR is a mess. There are no real practices in place. Technology is non existent, you might as well have a chisel and hammer. You have at leaders in custom suits getting free lunch everyday and assistants barely able to afford commuting to NYC. Definitely no perks for employees. You can't work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Get new managers


  3. Helpful (1)

    High paced environment that forces you to learn quickly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High paced environment that forces you to learn quickly

    Cons

    tough work life balance due to demanding environment and executive management


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  5. Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Starr Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Located in upper midtown Manhattan which is commutable by train or bus. Very good salary and health/ dental insurance benefits.

    Cons

    Hank Greenberg is the CEO and looking to sue the US Government for $50 Billion. Greenberg and his co-defendant, former AIG Chief Financial Officer Howard Smith, currently face a decade-old lawsuit which they are accused of orchestrating sham transactions at AIG. These lawsuits do not promote the company's credibility.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new CEO and restructure the small private company so that business can continue without the negative publicity and provide better company budget to succeed.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Unless desperate....do not take a job here.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Starr Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The talent pool is lacking, if you have a point 4 IQ you will be ahead of the curve. There really are no Pros.

    Cons

    Where to begin....Management is absolutely horrible. Starr seems to only hire incompetent people. No one is held accountable for anything. HR is a complete disaster. The talented people do not stay long. A lot of old men walking around doing nothing except talking about how great they are and waiting for the dining hall to open. No succession plan. No flex working hours. Completely old fashion, they do not want to grow with the times. No investment in training. Forced to share office space which created a bed bug issue. Not a nice place, everyone is miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and get with the times. Hire a consulting firm to come in and clean house.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal in New York, NY

    I worked at Starr Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Location, Had a nice perk. People were halfway decent

    Cons

    Very Old Fashioned. Upper Management will not change with the times

    Advice to Management

    Change with the times offer flexibility.


  8. Great Place to Start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    invested in training younger people, wealth of knowledge from ex-AIG employees. Fabulous benefits.

    Cons

    Very disorganized, must be able to deal with this and adapt.

    Advice to Management

    As we grow, don't let the company become silo-ed as it was at AIG.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Could become a great company, but senior management needs to move into the current century

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation and health benefits

    Cons

    Very political environment with an AIG mentality. This will inhibit the company from becoming a sought-after place to work for. Management not flexible at all with work arrangements, telecommuting, etc. In this day and age, every company needs to be supportive of telecommunication and flexibile schedules.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to improve flexibility. You will not attract or keep good talented workers if management is not willing to move into the current century.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Taking 'At Will Employment' to a new low

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good medical and dental benefits. Good opportunities to learn about the insurance industry.

    Cons

    Where shall I begin? This company is a mess, and to say that it's toxic is being kind.

    As many have mentioned, Starr has serious issues with its managent and its HR department. There is a severe lack of communication, and no protocol in place. It's gut wrenching seeing many who work hard and do what they need to do to save money out of respect for their employer, to be threatened and even terminated without cause. Many underwriters, adjusters, and staff receive little to no bonus, however many in management travel like rock stars and abuse expenses. There is absolutely no support for mid management and support staff either. Very little opportunity for development and growth, and no recognition for hard work.

    Starr did start off on the right foot, but this company is now a shell of what it used to be. There is also far too much loyalty to ex-longtime AIG employees, despite that some of these employees lack the skill set needed for this century. HR especially needs to take note about labor law abuses in some of the departments. Some staff work through lunch daily, and are denied vacation requests. I know some staff can't even take off when they are sick. HR needs to step up and ensure the laws are followed, and stop catering to unreasonable people's demands (who are unfortunately in management!)

    Advice to Management

    Not sure how this company can be fixed--executive management is a big part of the problem.


  11. An overall great place to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Data Governance Framework in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Data Governance Framework in New York, NY

    I worked at Starr Companies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A growing company, a great place to excel, and a great starting spot. It's a company where you go when you want your career to grow and develop.

    Cons

    I was only an intern there so I didn't get too much indepth exposure to the innerworkings of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going



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