The Standard Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
J. Greg Ness
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Pros
  • Allows flexible work hours, good work location in downtown Portland, Customer Service and Retirement Plans are better areas in the company to work in (in 14 reviews)

  • This company has pretty good benefits (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is not trustworthy (in 8 reviews)

  • Big outsourcing to India continues (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Underwriter in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Associate Underwriter in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibillity, great people and good values

    Cons

    lower pay and outdated programs


  2. Helpful (1)

    stable company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Standard

    Pros

    People are really nice to work with.

    Cons

    Can be a little old school sometimes, especially with technology.


  3. Great forward moving IT organization

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Momentum is building for some great IT transformations. If you perform well you get rewarded. New leadership in the business is really helping drive positive change. The IT team works well together. Much more collaboration between applications teams and infrastructure teams than at most companies. Very good work/life flexibility in both hours and location.

    Cons

    Some parts of outsourcing still need some work. That limits what some IT folks can focus on.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in IT and transformation. Keep the smart people in IT motivated to innovate.


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  5. IT Department of Standard Insurance

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

    I worked at The Standard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perfect IT department to work in - zero backbiting. As someone else once said, a place of zero politics and where you can just do your job well without the need to watch your back.

    Cons

    Outsourcing is hurting the entire company.

    Advice to Management

    Teach other companies how to foster the same IT atmosphere, and you will have done the nation a service.
    Stop outsourcing.


  6. Balanced & Rewarding

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Immense opportunities for growth, an affordable and solid benefits package inclusive of health and dental insurance and transit subsidies, time and opportunities to volunteer within the community, pay scale is well within the market range, many extra perks such as classes, resource groups, and activities for professional growth, support and networking. When I was looking for a new job, and got hired on at The Standard I can solidly say from my research and experience that The Standards pay and benefits are very much in line with, and even a bit better than the majority of what is out there.

    Cons

    Nothing from the company itself is negative in my book. There are the challenges you can encounter in any workplace that relate more to the dynamics of team work, cohesion, professional communications, etc. that come down to individual behavior and approach rather than company policy and procedure.

    Advice to Management

    I appreciate managements approachability and communication.


  7. Loved working here. Great management. Treated Everybody with respect.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Processor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Processor in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flex time. Interested and respectful management. Everyone nice because they liked their jobs.

    Cons

    Hard moving up.

    Advice to Management

    Most management was awesome. Of course my advice to every manager everywhere is NOT to micromanage.


  8. As good as you can get working for a disability insurance (financial) company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Disability Claims Processor in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Disability Claims Processor in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at The Standard full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's a fun, relaxed environment with cool people. Good pay and flexible hours, and there are some job sharing opportunities also.

    Cons

    It is an office job, with cubicles so....

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Solid company with a strong grasp on employee appreciation

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is appreciative of their workforce

    Cons

    Can take awhile to advance out of positions within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the benefits packages and employee appreciation incentives, and the workforce will reciprocate with high quality products.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Its been very good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at The Standard

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Learning Environment
    Good ability to move through the company
    Management is very open in sharing its plans for the future

    Cons

    Working responsibilities can be changed frequently
    Has several departments which can sometimes cause completion of a task to be slow

    Advice to Management

    The company is headed in the right direction but still has some work to do. My advice would be to keep doing what they are doing given we keep making great improvements each year.


  11. Fighting the good fight

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employment Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Employment Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Standard

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Always challenging my limits here.

    Cons

    Deadlines are sometimes too tight

    Advice to Management

    As in most lines of work involving journalism, more flexibility to unexpected deadline inhibitors would boost the general morale here.



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