The Standard Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Old Fashioned Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Stable but don't expect much

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    market salary, PTO, life work balance is possible

    Cons

    few opportunities to advance, executive management seems lost


  3. Helpful (1)

    I have had an overall good experience with The Standard.

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

    Pros

    -Great co-workers
    -Good training and class offerings
    -Decent Benefits

    Cons

    -Feel undervalued
    -Management is not up to par
    -Not easy to make movements within the company


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Appreciation of tenured employees has gone out the window

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

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

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

    Pros

    Mostly great people to work with.

    Cons

    Not so great to work for anymore

    Advice to Management

    None that would taken seriously


  6. Has potential but currently limited

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

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Fast paced
    Comraderie
    Bonus for high performers
    Tuition reimbursement
    Convenient locations

    Cons

    Transition from privately to publicly owned company creates tension between those who want change and those who want to keep things as they were
    Departments can operate in silos, almost like they don't want to share resources
    Rapid change in leadership and turnover create significant inconsisties
    Cronyism
    Technology

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders with experience in management


  7. Helpful (9)

    Stick your head in the sand

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

    Excellent benefits. Good location. Volunteer culture. Company has a good story to tell. Even the people who love backstabbing office politics are at least polite to your face.

    Cons

    Top execs have no idea what it's like to work for them. They don't communicate strategy and priorities to the rest of the company. Company has a good story to tell but woe to she who tries to tell it. Marketing rewards mediocrity. Corp Comm and Public Affairs like to pretend that the rest of the company doesn't exist. Sales hates marketing. Marketing doesn't know what sales does. The people in the trenches (particularly claims examiners) are hideously understaffed and overworked.

    Advice to Management

    There's more to life than keeping your head down and squeezing another drop of blood from your employees. Develop empathy. Stand up and tell the world the Standard exists, or at least tell Portland, because when I used to say I worked for the Standard, most people thought I meant the toilet manufacturer.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great if you keep your mouth shut

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are good people here, some growth potential if you start off low, supportive leadership for the most part.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, schedule inflexibility if working in the contact center, there can be very low morale at times, 1 praise for 10 criticisms, way too much gossip and back-stabbing.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible. We don't live to work; we work to live.


  9. Became an employee as part of a merger

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

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable hours, efficient systems, good location, some up word mobility, flexible schedule, undemanding tasks, pretty good benefits, some good managers

    Cons

    I became an employee when my company was bought out. It seemed like it would be a good place to work as an original employee but as part of a merger we were treated as second class citizens so I never really had a true "Standard" employee experience.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Solid with Issues

    • 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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Location in Downtown Portland. Depending on the area you work in, the hours and stress level can be reasonable for a corporate environment, but can't say that is consistent across all areas of the company. The company also has a very strong record for charitable giving/community involvement, though the genuineness of these efforts has lessened over the years, and it seems to be losing prominence in that regard to some other local companies. Not sure if they do it still, but they used to provide "summer hours," which meant the week ended early afternoon during the summer.

    Cons

    The Company has slowly evolved into just another mid-tier publicly traded financial services company managed according to the whims of Wall Street Analysts. Management seems to overreact to short-term quarterly results. Lots of outsourced functions and staff reductions in the last couple of years. Of course, upper management received healthy salary increases while non-management salaries stagnated. The company seems to make little effort to distinguish itself as an employer of choice in the Portland market.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Don't pretend that employees don't notice and resent the disparities in comp between upper management and typical employees.


  11. Helpful (2)

    A job before a better job.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers! Benefits are pretty good, free Trimet passes etc. Downtown work location!

    Cons

    Advancement is based on favoritism not achivement. TERRIBLE training, even worse IT. Turnover is pretty high as people move on to better paying positions elsewhere in the insurance industry.

    Advice to Management

    Overwork and underpay leads to a brain drain.



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