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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    So glad I am not there anymore

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

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    If you don’t work too hard, have no ambition to make the world a better place and don’t rock the boat/stay invisible you have lifetime employment

    Cons

    Very male dominated even though most employees are women – don’t promote women often except for a few token females and when hire senior level roles externally they hire men. It’s generally a mean, passive aggressive place. Lots of smiles to your face but back stabbing is the rule right up to the executive suite. It pays to throw peers under the bus to get ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Terrible work environment, and promotion is all about who you know

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

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

    Pros

    Downtown location, transit subsidy, good coworkers at the "worker bee" level. Recent attempts to increase morale, environment, and growth opportunity (but only after being ripped in an employee engagement survey). Feels good to help people in a time of need.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment - managers are not visible, and when they do, it is simply "smile and nod" as you attempt to interact. Lots of changes over the last few years in the claims department, with little to no input by the individuals actually doing the jobs. When hit with attrition, there was zero replacing employees - they simply added onto the workload and criticized when employees struggled, transitioning into micromanagement at every level. Once Actuarial figured out the impact of the lack of replacement employees on the bottom line, however, there was a rush to hire. Problem - not enough existing employees to train the new hires due to burnout and being overwhelmed with an extremely high workload; this led to even more turnover as new employees left or were fired for poor performance coming out of the training program. Completely acknowledged that it is a 55+ hour a week job and that if you don't have that capacity, you can leave. In fact, that was the managerial tag line for awhile: "Don't like it? Then leave!". Recently changed retiree health program which led to depletion of experienced staff, without the foresight to hire ahead for those losses. Workload approximately 1.5 times what is stated in the job descriptions, with the response being "job descriptions don't mean anything". Dirty cubicles with high levels of dust, shoddy paint, old facilities, and poor morale dominate the internal work environment. Poor technical capacity, with terrible IT support due to recent outsourcing to India - systems crash frequently, leaving users without access to vital systems (even phones) for days; however, employees are then criticized for not keeping up. Pay alll but frozen since 2008 with raises pretty much going only to the top levels (executive level had over a 100% compensation increase last year per SEC filings). Merit does not factor into promotions or job opportunities - it is about who you know (there is a high degree of both spousal and familial relationships at the management level).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve your employees in change management, listen to them, and make yourselves visible to show that you actually care more about your stock incentives and bonuses. Consider meaningful salary increases to make up for the years of stagnancy, and do the little things that show you care about those who earn those bonuses for you.

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

    Burnout is a common practice

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    Learned a lot, great downtown location with nice views and adequate workspace, a few fun company wide events and annual employee giving campaign

    Cons

    Company declines to let you work OT when you need it to get your job done but fully expects you to make the company a priority and work ridiculous amounts of OT when they decide they need it. Rewards low performers and punishes high performers. Discourages creativity and innovative thinking, they just want you to do what you are told. Managers have good technical skills but no people skills. All combine to make a stressful, negative work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually try practicing the values you preach. Develop your managers' people skills. Conduct necessary training or progressive discipline for your low performers.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company but full of politics

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    Good products and good service

    Cons

    Leadership tends to be weak in field offices

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    run away from here

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    It is just a temporary paycheck

    Cons

    It is very deceptive and misleading

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try being straight with the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company with extreme growing pains

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good. Work location and accommodations are great. The company has a philosophy of accommodating employees with disabilities above and beyond what is legally required.

    Cons

    Company philosophy as well as HR philosophy are changing to accommodate the need to be a fast for-profit organization. Employees with tenure are being let go to hire new employees with"fresher" outlooks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • 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 10 years)

    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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Few chances for advancement in the benefits area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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