Swiss Re Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Swiss Re Group CEO Michel M. Liès
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Pros
  • Company with an xcellent work-life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Great benefits - pension, season ticket loan (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management focuses too much on "the numbers" that they will deliver to shareholders and not enough on what their employees are actually doing (in 10 reviews)

  • Work life balance, depends on line of business you are involved, or markets (ie (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people Really care about their employees Great training tools Management is very approachable Transparency across all levels

    Cons

    Compensation could be better Work is not very challenging Promotions are scarce.

    Advice to Management

    Have more discussions about career goals with employees.


  2. Great Company

    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst

    I have been working at Swiss Re (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People and great program.

    Cons

    I have yet to have a problem, so i do not have any cons


  3. Swiss Re

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at the company are some of the best that you will ever work with The benefits for this company are some of the best that I ever had

    Cons

    The higher levels can be somewhat ignorant of the problems facing the company

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent work


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Slightly Better than Average

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Global presence. A well respected, name brand company. The 401k match is outstanding.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities. Annual salary increases have become a thing of the past and bonus amounts continue to decrease year after year. Employee contributions for health care and other benefits have become expensive for families.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to continue to attract and retain top talent you must be willing to stay above market for total compensation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Benefits but Crushingly Corporate

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    Former Employee - Associate in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Associate in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k matching is unheard-of anywhere else. Perks like company sponsored happy hours and aperos were wonderful.

    Cons

    Monotonous, difficult to move around, raises are non-existent. Performance-review process is cumbersome, complicated, and not engaging. Management in other countries makes it very difficult to make any sort of impression. Could go a week or two without any conversation with line managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop catering so much to stockholders and paying out record profits in special dividends, and start rewarding your employees.


  7. Gooc company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Armonk, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in Armonk, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great campus location and friendly people

    Cons

    Hard to get a promotion unless you ask

    Advice to Management

    Look within the company to hire before looking out side. Retain talent.


  8. Underwriter associated

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriting Associate in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Underwriting Associate in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful company with excellent benefits

    Cons

    Nothing at this time. Wonderful company

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and team building


  9. Swiss Re

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Swiss Re takes care of their employees. Not only is the cash compensation great compared to market, but they offer other great benefits such as a company 6% 401(k) contribution. Furthermore, performance is recognized with the ability to earn 1.5x your target bonus.

    Cons

    Nepotism from the top, not necessarily the NA side.

    Advice to Management

    Look for top corporate leaders other than the Swiss.


  10. Vice President

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch company with a globally recognized name Bonus is higher than average

    Cons

    No raises for multiple years in a row Moving beyond Senior Underwriter level is extremely difficult


  11. Vice President

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good Salaries, Good leadership

    Cons

    difficult to move up due to flat organization.



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