Starr Companies Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Vice President

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    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable well funded company. Fair pay and benefits packages

    Cons

    Back end shared services cannot support the business growth. Do not go there expecting that IT, HR, Legal, Finance, Credit, Audit, and Claims departments have proper funding and expertise to support the underwriting side of the house. Document and follow up in writing on EVERYTHING!! Politics and drama rule this place.

    Advice to Management

    Build shared services support groups that have accountability to the underwriting managers and you'll see higher employee satisfaction and retention rates along with higher productivity and growth.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Business

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to network with other large companies

    Cons

    Top management does not hire to retain employees

    Advice to Management

    Work to retain and keep employees. Train them, not hire and set them up for failure with mediocre to bad management.


  3. Underwriter assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and given a lot of responsibility. Had to learn a lot quickly to succeed but also given good hands on experience.

    Cons

    Wish I would have been given a bit more direction or training. Kind of felt like I was alone to figure it out on my own.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training in new employees. But good work environment and helpful attitudes all around. I enjoyed my time there.


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  5. Underwriting Assistant

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    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Starr Companies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. 35 hour work week. I enjoyed the project work and working with the Environmental group. I was sorry to see the assignment end.

    Cons

    Would liked to have been trained for a permanent position.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Rigid, conservative environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salaries can be generous I guess and I had office!

    Cons

    Terrible benefits (and their an insurance company!). Cliche bureaucratic environment with tons of arbitrary red tape and a dress code that belongs in the 50's. Barely hidden sexism and homophobia.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worshipping hank greenberg and come into the 21st century


  7. Helpful (3)

    Work somewhere else!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are nice, others are completely toxic and ruin the work environment. The only other good thing are the half days prior to holidays.

    Cons

    - Toxic workplace and becomes unbearable for most people affected. - Very fast paced, but don't expect training, and if you don't catch on quickly enough, you will be spoken to about your work performance. - The managers and supervisors are completely inexperienced and not the sharpest crayons in the box; how some people are in positions to manage others is mind-blowing. Then, the same fools managing and supervising are on serious ego highs and think they deserve what they've obtained. - The company does not value their employees - they rather have quality people leave, hire new talent and spend a good 6+ months training, instead of making their current employees happy. - Managers and supervisors will put you down and throw you under the bus any opportunity they get just to make themselves look good. - If they don't like you, they will build a case against you to get you out of there. That's the kind of company it is. - No flexible work hours or work from home. - HR is useless!!

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your departments and learn to treat people with respect if you expect it in return.


  8. Legal Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Not bad hours. People are alright.

    Cons

    Cut throat. Not high paying.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Interesting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good pay and people to work with

    Cons

    internal legacy relationships hinder growth and opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Relatives and friends may not be investing as much in the company as the company invests in them.


  10. Helpful (4)

    What a nightmare!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  11. Helpful (3)

    Company Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Rapidly growing company that operates aggressively in markets that many other established modern day insurers currently avoid.

    Cons

    Way too corporate and politically correct given the movement in today's workplace culture. Suit and tie everyday etc.. Standard phony corporate workplace enviorment hence artificial employee to employee relations. Never quite know how anyone really feels on a given issue. Hypocritical ethical viewpoints especially for an insurance company whose model depends on collecting premiums and screwing people over when they are forced to pay for the service they provide.



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