The Hartford Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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  1. Solid company but very set in their ways.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Simsbury, CT
    Former Employee - Director in Simsbury, CT

    I worked at The Hartford full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid position in the market, good products, good people that work for HIG.

    Cons

    Leadership lacking big time. Way too many layers (generals) who protect themselves simply for their own bonuses. Leaders manage the message to senior levels to protect their own jobs and do not reward the folks adequately that drive the actual results. You cannot challenge leadership or you will be perceived negative forever and get stuck in the ranks persay. Buddy buddy system is who gets promoted and therefore unless you kiss butt and self promote your work, it will be very difficult to advance into leader roles. Ironically, people that know how to lead vs manage probably reside in the middle layers but they are leaving so they get career advancement. HIG needs to invest in the development of the good people that are driving outcomes and stop pretending to have the answers at leader level. Some folks were promoted to leader levels that really lack "leadership" skills to change the culture of thinking. Senior levels need to start holding AVP and vp levels accountable for results and look in mirror of what they are getting from those high paid roles vs the middle management level. Then again, if the message is controlled but those Vp's the message never gets to the senior folks. Really needs to be solved as that is key to employee engagement and retention of key folks, start to create a culture of trust instead of the direct opposite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in mirror and hold your vp levels accountable for results before they get paid plush bonuses. be aware of the lack of coaching and true development going on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Commercial lines

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    Former Employee - Commercial Lines Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Commercial Lines Underwriter in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Hartford

    Pros

    Very Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Very good company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Typical Insurance company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at The Hartford full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is decent and you are rewarded if you are a high performer

    Cons

    Benefits have gotten worse lately in regard to medical plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always in too many meetings. Need to make themselves available to the employees they are managing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Premium Auditor in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Premium Auditor in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at The Hartford

    Pros

    Management cares about the employees. The best part of the job is the work life balance. 40 hours a week, and work stays at work.

    Cons

    Upward promotion is difficult since upper management is entrenched. The company is a little top heavy so it can be frusterating waiting to get promoted. There aren't enough spots.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Strong stable company,

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Intake Nurse in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Intake Nurse in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I have been working at The Hartford full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong support for learning, always looking for employee input on how to improve processes increase efficiencies, very customer focused. Side by side ongonig training & evaluations to improve skills on a continum. Excellent opportunity for employee engagement and career growth, the company encourages career advancement. Great PTO program can purchase xtra 40 hrs a year, EAP, 401K match above industry standard. Health benefits decent'; work life balance good, ongoing training is excellent & learning from errors is more important than the error here. Fair reviews and yearly bonus is company wide based on performance. As a nurse receive a great variety of medical situations to assess keeping your skills sharp. Great to interact with people throughout country from all walks of life & assist them thru a difficult time. Realy nice people work here.

    Cons

    Dont offer Kaiser, too much scripting required in calls...company is addressing this Learning job roles overwelming for most w/fast paced steep, learning curve. Not really a con but there is v heavy focus on numbers, stats, maintaining efficiency in specific time frame; need to take breaks lunches at v specific sched times: This is to benefit the customer so makes sense but not a flexible job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job; proud to work at the Hartford; keep listening to your staff; ie Harvest.
    Add Kaiser to your healthcare benefits.
    Compensation: Annual increase % 's when have excellent performance review seem to be lacking ie 1-2%

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Ok but not a great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Hartford

    Pros

    Nice office, good atmosphere, good team.

    Cons

    Working on weekends, too many workaholics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Company not to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Mary, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Mary, FL

    I have been working at The Hartford

    Pros

    Some good employees,
    Pay starts ok

    Cons

    Poor lower level management, discriminates, questionable ethical issues!, no retirement future no retirement program, discrimates against older employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should pay closer attention to middle management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company....Bad Management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at The Hartford full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company as a whole is growing. They are creating opportunities for their current as well as new employees to be ale to work from home and live in different parts of the country. They are building relationships with new companies to bring them aboard successful brand with over 200 years of great customer service and products.

    Cons

    They need to make sure that the managers they hire are about business and know the business. Too many people get a way with murder in this company and others are targets. It's sometimes like dealing with high school instead of a professional environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check the people you have in charge in certain areas. They will force good employees out the window and set them up for failure. Also, allow your employees to learn about different sides of the business. It can be beneficial to the company one day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. The Hartford was a great place to learn about insurance and insurance finance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - FLDP Intern
    Former Employee - FLDP Intern

    I worked at The Hartford

    Pros

    great atmosphere to work and learn- very supportive and welcoming culture. Glad I was able to have the experience

    Cons

    out of date office space in the home office, however, they are currently renovating the entire space so this won't be an issue very long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. New Hire

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Hartford

    Pros

    The Hartford has a great work environment and promotes work-life balance

    Cons

    Not all positions have locations nationwide

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