Swiss Re Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
233 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Employment Status

Reset
3.9
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Swiss Re Group CEO Michel M. Liès
Michel M. Liès
94 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

233 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Vice President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Swiss Re

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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


  2. Vice President

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

    I have been working at Swiss Re

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good Salaries, Good leadership

    Cons

    difficult to move up due to flat organization.


  3. As is

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at Swiss Re

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

    Pros

    Very good 401k benefits. Very good vacation bonus of 1 month off every 10 years there.

    Cons

    Raises poor to non-existent. Play favorites - most political company I've ever worked for. Management thinks extremely poorly of Americans.

    Advice to Management

    You should start to think that employees are your most valuable resource.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Great Company To Work For

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

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work Environment. People seemed happy, outgoing, and generally pleased to talk to you. Great People. Management was very down to Earth. Great Campus. Great Opportunities to move up within the company.

    Cons

    Employees were not treated equally at times. Some were part of a specialized program where others seemed to be seasonal workers


  6. Underwriter associated

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Teamwork, training and supporting the brokers and the underwriters

    Cons

    Not enough flexibly. Dated system

    Advice to Management

    Open door policy. Team building outside and inside work


  7. Internship Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swiss Re

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Not too much pressure or overworking

    Cons

    Have heard that there isn't much mobility/advancement


  8. Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Flexible regarding working from home. Transparent.

    Cons

    Start off in the right department otherwise the easy growth in and around the company is nonexistent.


  9. Full time

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

    I have been working at Swiss Re

    Pros

    Flexibility on hours, opportunity to work from home, good 401k, good healthcare

    Cons

    No mobility, raises do not exist, Americans are not valued


  10. Head Logistics Armonk

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Overall great company to work for. The benefits are nice and their 401K plan is unmatched. Love the location in Armonk but not a ton of corporate jobs outside of NYC.

    Cons

    Salary increases are definitely hard to come by. Bonus pool is typically as planned. Does not pay as well as finance industry but it is the reinsurance industry afterall.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Helicopter management"

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

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SR has a good 401k and health benefits as well as opportunities for remote work.

    Cons

    Change is desperately needed in some areas, and to effect the "change" they only look to and value the opinion of those who have been there 20 years. When they say they "can't find anyone" for open positions that are really new skill sets to the group, what is really meant is "we can't find anyone who is exactly like we are now". High-level managers try to effect "how" something is done without having the proper skill set or understanding. Similar to "helicopter parenting", they give a long laundry list of what they "think" is right, but bear no responsibility when the implementation must occur. This "helicopter management" style drives away any real talent you may have. You will not learn much here that you can transfer to employment at other similar institutions.

    Advice to Management

    The first step in learning is to admit when you don't know something and to open your mind to new ways of doing things. The current "control freak" state of management has its' roots in that same management not really understanding what they are doing.



Showing 233 of 245 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.