Starr Companies Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. High paced environment that forces you to learn quickly

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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 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

  2. Poorly managed company, look elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starr Companies

    Pros

    Midtown Manhattan location and good medical benefits.

    Cons

    The CEO of this company is currently suing the US Government for $40 billion over how AIG was handled after the 2009 US economic recovery efforts. The president of HR most recently left the company after 1 year to take on another opportunity . The company/ technology/ mindset is stuck in the 80's which is poorly managed with low budgets and a young non team-oriented company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to completely plan and overhaul company and budget the departments more effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Starr Companies

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Help needed

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    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    This company offers a very competitive in salary. When you first start at the opportunity for growth and that your work experience is company you feel like you have a

    Cons

    Most of the managers ether have not managed before or don't value their underwriting team causing low moral. There need to more training on motivating people and managing process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enhance your management skills by taking courses in motivating the team.There need to more training on motivating people and managing process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Horrible

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

    I worked at Starr Companies

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Change with the times offer flexibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Horrible company to work for

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    Former Employee - Underwriter
    Former Employee - Underwriter

    I worked at Starr Companies

    Pros

    Coworkers were great, good location

    Cons

    Poor management, unethical behavior, no upward mobility. I would never recommend working for Starr. I read others reviews but dismissed them. I shouldn't have done that because they were spot on. Back stabbing. Very political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take management, leadership courses as well as California law as it pertains to employment law. You're lack of this knowledge leaves you vulnerable to wrongful termination, civil rights, and harrassment claims.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. Just Say No

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    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Pros? You're frickin kidding me, right? Apparently Cancer doesn't get you extra days off to spend with family.

    Cons

    Micro management. Trainees are yelled at, literally, and humiliated by assistants and backed by management. Seriously? They make promises which they never intend to keep, and don't. If you took the time, and asked the right people and questions. You would understand why Starr is the dumping ground for the AIG cast offs who no one else would ever hire. This is from a management prospective of course. Assistants get parking paid for. 30 year veterans and former managers are brought in at half salaries, two week vacation and no parking. Before accepting a job here ask yourself, "how desperate am I"?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Very unhappy place, be warned...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Starr Companies

    Pros

    Basic salary is ok but overall remuneration (incl bonus, other perks etc) is 4th quartile, London offices are well located.

    Cons

    Exceptionally high turnover of staff in London, set up new lines of business only to close them down soon after, focus is entirely on enormous and unsustainable growth in the most competitive stage of the cycle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's little you can do if everything is driven from the US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Taking 'At Will Employment' to a new low

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Great Place to Start

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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