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Updated March 25, 2015
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
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Pros
  • Great location in downtown Portland (in 14 reviews)

  • Good people, good benefits, fair location (in 9 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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  1. Toxic - don't go there unless your other option is the bread line!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Standard

    Pros

    There are some great people there....one just has to spend time looking for them!

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Complete disrespect for the employees, focus on the bottom-line drives all decisions, and an antagonistic work environment.

  2. 5 people found this helpful

    Thank God I escaped

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Disability Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Disability Analyst in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The people you work with, and those whose lives you help, are generally very nice. It can be rewarding to know you helped.

    Cons

    Management, which is isolated, arrogant, unethical, and nonchalant about its deficits. Being for-profit, as they stopped doing the right thing, in favor of doing the profitable thing. The workloads - WAY too high, and it simply isn't possible to produce quality and ethical work with integrity). Lack of raises, salary below par, and zero empathy or understanding from management about the impact that has on your life. The stress level is palpable on the work floors, and there have been many employees who've gone out on stress leave, or leave for chronic conditions made worse by the work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RETIRE. You need to remember why this company exists in the first place, and focus on what you can do to restore it as a leader of the industry, and a healthy and positive place to work. In the Benefits department, you need to gut all the way down to the Director level - they are just making things worse, and admittedly have no idea as to make things right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Boring

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disability Benefits Examiner in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Disability Benefits Examiner in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Pays me a little money.

    Cons

    No room for smart people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. You're making money for management and the shareholders. Mission accomplished.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Stay away... Look elsewhere... This place is poison...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Policy Administrative in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Policy Administrative in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The sense of team and family with your imediate co-workers. Cause at the end of the day you are all in the same sinking boat.

    Cons

    The Following:

    Poor raises regardless of performance
    The class war between the salaried and the hourly employees
    Too much work, not enough people to keep up
    Useless and oblivious upper management that is only concerned with the bottom line
    Poor technology (I.E. Paper files, and 1970's billing systems)
    Poorly written contracts that are hard to administrate
    HR is less concerned with the employee's needs and only out to protect the company
    No advancement oppurtunities, not real ones anyway
    Supervisors picking favorites for open positions, and interviewing people for show
    Completely outdated dress code
    Witch hunts on employees and teams by upper management to attempt to make themselves look better, and or, busy to protect the fact that they are not effective at their own positions.
    Fake bonuses that never meet the standards that they are supposed to
    Extreme cronyism amongst upper managment, HR, and Team Supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management should all quit, and let new people come in. The average raise for the employee's last year was about 1-2%, barely cost of living. The officers of course, all brought home record high salaries and bonuses. They are all posted in Forbes for your review.

    The companies values are to always "do the right thing"... After 5 years of employment here, I have yet to see that played out for either the employees, claimants, or customers. It should be do the right thing, as long as it makes the shareholders happy/richer. But I guess that might be too long to fit on a cheap business card.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Went from 5 to 1 in a year.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant II in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant II in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The location is great! Lots of food choices, and after hours fun. Overall, people are engaging, helpful and easy to work with. For an insurance company, they pay better than most.

    Cons

    My manager is scattered, and does not really know how to manage well. An example to this situation: When we are short staffed, due to vacation or illness, the manager thinks it's the right time to cross train people during this time. This behavior is consistent and many examples abound. Going to their boss is not an option as there is a 'club' among them.

    The company also revised its benefit plan for the 2015 year, but rolled out this information a couple of days after their company giving campaign ended; leaving many people feeling betrayed. Since the affected benefits are vacation related, many people were making their 2014 vacation plans on the old policy, only to be surprised with this information a couple of weeks before enrollment of the 2015 year. Lots of unhappy employees because of this change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is its own club. They are 'untouchable' in that I don't feel like I can go to them. Going to HR is also out of the question as the employee looks disgruntled. I truly feel like I could do a better job at organizing and making big-picture decisions than my boss. If there is someone causing a high turn-over, their practices should be examined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Look elsewhere is you expect hard work, great job reviews and expertise to pay off.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are very nice people.

    Cons

    Hard work is not valued if you don't know the right people. Doesn't promote from within or reward exceptional work, unless you are in the "right circles". Upper management is overpaid and underworked, and middle management is underpaid and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the nepotism and back door promotions; hard working individuals get paid much less than people higher up who virtually do nothing. It is no secret that many wonder what some very well compensated people even do at all. Upper management is fraught with cronyism. Surveys are only given lip service. Work overtime and deliver exceptional results? Don't expect to advance more than a paltry 2% per year with a measly bonus even when you get an exceptional review. HR is fine with this. Your employees sacrifice their family time and quality of life to deliver the requirements of their jobs. If people excel they should be compensated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Do Not Recommend this employer

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Paid Time Off
    Team Members are fun to work with

    Cons

    No chance for promotion, no recognition for a job well done, leadership in the organization is lacking, most importantly the leadership has no idea how long it takes to accomplish a task. The expectations for delivery of work is unreasonable. There are so few employees to actually do the work that the stress of delivering any project on time is unmanageable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider firing all the front line management. They are with few exceptions completely unable to lead teams, inspire employees and are completely ineffective in doing their job. Stop asking employees for feedback via surveys when the results are completely ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful

    Not recommended for anyone. Ever.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Analyst
    Current Employee - Claims Analyst

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    downtown location, interesting coworkers, employee perks like access to cultural activities at a discount or free (OMSI, etc)

    Cons

    Pretty much everything. Management from the top all the way down to the team supervisor is diseased. Many, if not most, do not think for themselves. There is a lot of nepotism, everyone is related to someone else in the company.
    Training is seriously lacking. Many areas, especially claims, are severely understaffed and employees are made to feel it is their fault they are not working enough. The claims analysts are told to work until their work is done, which translates to you're expected to work 55+ hours in the office, work weekends, and even take work home. If you value your time outside of work, this is NOT the place for you.
    Teams have forced social interaction, which often include the next level of management, so you better be on your best behavior and act like everything is A-OK.
    Core values like "Care About People" clearly do not apply to the employees of the company but rather the customers only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace yourselves with people who can actually do the job!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 13 people found this helpful

    Awful place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Downtown location.
    Community involvement. Flex time.
    There are a few good people left that work there, most have left though.

    Cons

    This company does not care about employees. The Standard's motto is " Do The Right Thing" - and sells it as a promise to customers, however, they treat the employees (who are supposed to fulfill that promise) poorly. The stress and workload are terrible. Burnout is common.

    The Standard gives the board members and executives large pay increases, while eliminating 100 positions and closing offices around the country.

    The Standard has consistently been cutting employee benefits and incentives over the last decade. They do not value employees and have lost experienced and valuable employees in the last few years.

    The Standard is a completely paper environment and are behind in IT and systems (a decade or so?) compared to other carries. There are constant IT issues that interrupt daily work.

    You only get promoted if you know the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees!!! Provide incentives! Try and stand out as a reputable place to work instead of telling your employees that you are cutting another benefit to "align yourself with competitors." Get your employees engaged in their work.

    Middle management needs to retire and this company desperately needs fresh perspectives in leading this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    Terrible place to work for IT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Programmer-Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Lead Programmer-Analyst in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Just like most places, there are usually good people to be found. If you're fortunate you will have the chance to work with others you enjoy and can learn from.

    Cons

    Outsourcing to India has been a miserable failure. Not an open door policy -- if you speak your mind, you will be punished for it. Those who smile and do nothing innovative are the ones who thrive. The nail that sticks up will get hammered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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