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The Standard Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
The Standard – US – “Standard Plaza”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.8 86 reviews

41% Approve of the CEO

The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness

J. Greg Ness

(44 ratings)

41% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great location in downtown Portland(in 13 reviews)

  • Good people, good benefits, fair location(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Of course, upper management received healthy salary increases while non-management salaries stagnated(in 8 reviews)

  • The news that layoffs were coming in favor of outsourcing to India was announced by the IT VP a few months ago(in 4 reviews)

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    Became an employee as part of a merger

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsReasonable hours, efficient systems, good location, some up word mobility, flexible schedule, undemanding tasks, pretty good benefits, some good managers

    ConsI became an employee when my company was bought out. It seemed like it would be a good place to work as an original employee but as part of a merger we were treated as second class citizens so I never really had a true "Standard" employee experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid with Issues

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsLocation in Downtown Portland. Depending on the area you work in, the hours and stress level can be reasonable for a corporate environment, but can't say that is consistent across all areas of the company. The company also has a very strong record for charitable giving/community involvement, though the genuineness of these efforts has lessened over the years, and it seems to be losing prominence in that regard to some other local companies. Not sure if they do it still, but they used to provide "summer hours," which meant the week ended early afternoon during the summer.

    ConsThe Company has slowly evolved into just another mid-tier publicly traded financial services company managed according to the whims of Wall Street Analysts. Management seems to overreact to short-term quarterly results. Lots of outsourced functions and staff reductions in the last couple of years. Of course, upper management received healthy salary increases while non-management salaries stagnated. The company seems to make little effort to distinguish itself as an employer of choice in the Portland market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Don't pretend that employees don't notice and resent the disparities in comp between upper management and typical employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A job before a better job.

    Absence Coordinator (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsGreat coworkers! Benefits are pretty good, free Trimet passes etc. Downtown work location!

    ConsAdvancement is based on favoritism not achivement. TERRIBLE training, even worse IT. Turnover is pretty high as people move on to better paying positions elsewhere in the insurance industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverwork and underpay leads to a brain drain.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great spirit, but almost ready to give up.

    Disability Benefits Analyst (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsGreat community involvement.
    Good coworkers
    Trying to listen

    Conspaper based system
    too focused on upper management pay
    Upper management is not trustworthy

    Advice to Senior Managementif you can't give good raises to employees, don't take huge raises yourself
    If you want employees to be engaged, then ask and really care.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood products and good service

    ConsLeadership tends to be weak in field offices

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    Was a good employer, things have been going downhill the last few years.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsAllows flexible work hours, good work location in downtown Portland, Customer Service and Retirement Plans are better areas in the company to work in.

    ConsA lot of complaining/poor morale in the claims area. You have to pay for parking or a bus pass if you work downtown.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFew chances for advancement in the benefits area.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Mutual company that transformed into an "Okay" public company

    Actuarial Associate (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsDeep roots in the community
    Conservative

    ConsShrinking currently
    Benfit erosion since becoming a public company

    Advice to Senior ManagementReturn to being a mutual company--people seemed to really love this place back then.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely poor management. It's all about who you're friends with in order to advance in your career

    RFP Specialist (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsGreat location in downtown Portland.

    ConsAs I said before, poor management practices (at all levels).

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some management classes at a nearby college or university.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This is a congenial, easygoing company environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsThe people are generally cheerful and helpful. The downtown Portland location is excellent for commuting by public transport. Operating a conservative strategy has sustained the company well during the recent shocks to the financial industry.

    ConsSteady turnover of the best and brightest continues to impair our practical effectiveness. Improvements to operations seem to bypass the actual roots of the challenges and instead treat aspects that are secondary or even superficial.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management can help by being more aggressive in developing refinements to our existing practices first, and pursuing new endeavors second.

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    It's OK if you are satisfied with the status quo

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsGood benefits. Lots of opportunity for advancement. Great internal training opportunities. A lot of exposure to more advanced enterprise technologies. Honest seeming to care for employees.

    ConsVery stuck in what is - change adverse. Says they want change then fight against it. Passive aggressive culture leads to a ton of back room dealing and decisions in a vacuum. Extreme difficulty making decisions - everyone must agree (consensus). Aging technology backbone. Outsourcing significant portions of IT with little confidence of success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire people for expertise then tell them not to voice opinions. Must change passive aggressive culture in order to succeed long term.

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