Starr Companies Reviews

Updated June 13, 2015
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  1. Interesting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starr Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    What a nightmare!!

    • Work/Life Balance
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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. Company Culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time

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

    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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  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. Underwriting Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    High paced environment that forces you to learn quickly

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • 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


  8. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
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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

    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.


  9. Help needed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Horrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Horrible company to work for

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

    I worked at Starr Companies

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

    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 Management

    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.



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