The Standard Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
94 Reviews
2.5
94 Reviews
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Not a horrible place to work

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Adequate advancement & educational opportunities

    Cons

    Management leaves something to be desired

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Review

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

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

    Pros

    work-life balance
    values
    career advancement opportunities if you seek them out and you are a hard worker
    good coworkers

    Cons

    Not a very innovative culture
    Pay isn't the greatest
    Been through some tough times recently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for!

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

    I worked at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Its been a while since I've worked there, but, my co-workers were great and have become great friends as well. Great benefits & good place for building your career path - they have a tuition reimbursement plan for school too.

    Cons

    Working downtown Portland can be difficult to get to & from depending on traffic and where you're coming from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training and having a career path is always great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    conservative company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Standard

    Pros

    it feels stable and secure

    Cons

    but the work can be boring

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Company

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

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

    Pros

    It's a great company with good compensation, some of the best benefits you'll find in Portland, and a lot of room for job growth. The company has recently attracted a lot of talent and I see great things in the future for it.

    Cons

    I'd like it if the dress code was a little more relaxed. I don't interact with customers so why can't I wear jeans on a monday? Though, this is a very minor issue. The company has been great in many aspects and has generous vacation polices and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to recruit younger talent, take a look at the kind of culture that many tech-startups have. Open workspaces (minimal or no cubicles), and a more casual dress code can greatly increase morale and employee performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Experience at The Standard was great

    Former Employee - Lead Message Broker Developer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Message Broker Developer in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Self motivating and challenging work experience

    Cons

    Not seen so far while working

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company but full of politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Standard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, Sharp, consistent and friendly

    Cons

    Lots of politics (an old company),

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your hiring practices, work to eliminate the 30 politics that are common through out the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disability Benefits Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Largest employer in downtown Portland. Pays good wages to their employees. Strong and Conservative Insurance company here in the Portland metro area.

    Cons

    They choose to lay off over 100 people in 2012 & 2013.
    The atmosphere at work has changed, they used to be a fun and nice place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at team, department and Division moral of your employees.
    Try to find ways to ease the level of stress on some teams and in the EB Claims area.
    Have better and more training in the area of Coping with Work Stress and Change Management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Things are looking up - lots of opportunity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Company demonstrating clarity of vision and opportunities. Technology adoption and deployment is increasing and getting more frequent. Flexible work opportunities and a great downtown location.

    Cons

    Economy is still concerning. Management needs to continue to clarify the vision and drive change adoption. Performance management is key.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive and reward good performance. Recognize that you need to move out lower performers to really drive change and seize opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Service Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Service Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Standard truly shows support for corporate values throughout the organization. It's not just talking the talk, every department walks the walk.

    Cons

    Lots of balls in the air in terms of process and standards, thus a recent reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the talent you currently have in staff, you might be surprised by the hidden gems you can discover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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