The Standard Reviews

Updated June 29, 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)

    Play the game well and you'll be fine

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

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

    Pros

    We have been told the benefits are on par with other publicly traded companies. CEO and upper management is well compensated. They encourage employee feedback.

    Cons

    Employee feedback, though encouraged, can be used against you. It is not safe to truly express your feelings unless you have other employment lined up. Beware of feedback solicitation by management. It will likely come back to haunt you.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider how your words and actions will be perceived by those lower level managers and individual contributors who keep the business moving.


  2. Helpful (1)

    RN, case manager

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    • 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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, like the flex hours

    Cons

    $ is sub par, work volume is too much. Lot of chiefs not enough Indians...


  3. Helpful (4)

    The little company that lost its way

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    • 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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's located in Portland, Oregon. That's it. If you own company stock it's doing well right now.

    Cons

    Senior management is awful. Salaries are below average. Raises are few and far in between. Managers play favorites - you will notice a few "yes men" and "yes women" getting promoted. You will also notice good co-workers moving on. They're smart: this company has no future.

    Advice to Management

    Please retire so the next CEO can start clearing out your team of hacks you put into senior management and then start cleaning up your mess.


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  5. Long term employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Contract Analyst in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Customer service focus. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Instability in later years. Less focus on customer service.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Rotting from the inside to put up a good face

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    • 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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Their best asset is the people that work there, but that is in rapid decline. Work/life balance isn't bad. Base salary isn't awful, but negotiate aggressively because it's not going to go up.

    Cons

    When starting, I was amazed by the length of time everyone had been at the company. Standard was a spectacular employer, until they went public. It's been a slow, steady decline since. They have a great group of people working there, but it's because they've all been there since it was worth being there. They're committed to their jobs because they remember what it used to be.

    Standard is now like any other company. They will razzle dazzle you during your first few weeks on job, but the complete lack of quality training you'll receive is going to be indicative of what the rest of your experience will be. Systems are outdated, employees are all completely demoralized, and management has themselves convinced they're on a good path because the stock price is going up. The only employees sticking around are people who have been around long enough to be in the pension plan, or just haven't found a job elsewhere yet.

    They're going to pitch you a line about how good it is to work there, and how they care about their employees. It will not pan out. They pitch the same line every year, and every year you'll be lucky to get a raise even near inflation, while the executive compensation continues to climb.

    Advice to Management

    Their goal is to please stockholders, not the employees. They're doing a bang up job.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Stay Away

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

    I worked at The Standard full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good co-workers who try to make for a positive environment. The have an ok community perks package with occasional drawing for free tickets to theater performances, OMSI passes, etc.

    Cons

    Disjointed leadership, constantly changing directions of the company, outdated technology, workload is unreasonable, there is no equity in the expectations from employee to employee, no unified vision for management

    Advice to Management

    You can't just put a fresh coat of paint over the problems with your employee engagement. Significant core changes need to be made to the work environment, management style and technology if you want to remain competitive in the market.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Used to be a place you could believe in

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Portland, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    reasonable benefits, downtown location and if you can manage to find a decent manager, not too horrible

    Cons

    While Care About People & Do the Right Thing were two of the core values of the company, it certainly seems like those have been thrown out the window in favor of lining the wallets of senior management. The "lifers" have started leaving as they no longer believe in the organization...always a bad sign...

    Advice to Management

    Pull your head out of your behinds and get back to the core values that made the company a great one to work for that inspired the enduring loyalty of your employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    Old Fashioned Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Specialist in Portland, OR

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits and a few different options
    Since they are an actual 401k administrator, they offer excellent benefits by way of this
    Employee perks such as discount cards
    Exceptional pay
    Executives are personable and you can actually have friendly conversations with them

    Cons

    Stiff culture (examples include stiff workplace environment, unreasonable dress code)
    Lean operations so there are tight budgets
    Lots of necrotism and shoulder tapping for positions

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the suggestions your employees have as opposed to doing things simply by numbers.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Not horrible but not great either

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

    I have been working at The Standard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, nice co-workers, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Clueless management, outdated technology, inability to make decisions

    Advice to Management

    Sell to someone bigger. The business will be driven more and more by technology in the future and at the rate you move, you won't be able to keep up.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Manager

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a good company. The people who know how to run the business are not in management or have retired

    Cons

    I am a moral capitalist. The CEO has zero business acumen, only Greed. His VPs are sycophants. If you don't suck up you don't get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CEO & sycophants and this company could be a good place to work again.



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