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Travelers Companies Reviews in Hartford, CT

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.5 132 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Travelers Companies Chairman & CEO Jay S. Fishman

Jay S. Fishman

(101 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most (though not all) managers are supportive of the HR line on work/life balance(in 40 reviews)

  • Great Benefits / Salary is at upper end for most all adjusting jobs(in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work life balance, although they continually stress that it exists(in 27 reviews)

  • Micromanage, no work life balance, ridiculous work load(in 10 reviews)

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    Lacks true leadership - "Lucky to have a job in this economy" constant message

    Information Engineer (Current Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsCompensation decent, pension, 401k Match, Stock Grants, Bonus

    ConsI personally observed numerous occasions where "friends" are pulled into the company and placed into positions they are not qualified to hold.
    There is a difference between manager and leader - too many "leaders" focused on insignificant details.
    Lack of big picture leadership.
    Leaders in IT who have never been involved in IT before, unable to understand the technology stack, unable to move the technology stack forward. Ancient technology in many areas of the company.
    TOO much process. They add more and more process - It takes 3 weeks to get one line of code into a system for testing. If you enjoy programming, do not come here. There is a reason they pay multi-million dollar contracts to software vendors. We can't get the work done, leads to apathy and boredom.
    Small to mid size projects last YEARS.
    "You are lucky to have a job" message is constant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider streamlining IT and bringing more onshore. You have created a monster with the offshore work, how can this possibly be more efficient and cost effective?
    A few competent programmers, with less process, could easily do the work of 30 offshore programmers. You wouldn't know this though, would you? Since you have never wrote one line of code.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid company with strong integrity.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsGreat C level management
    Grounded in analytics
    Large company - lots of benefits to choose from.

    ConsSlow to adapt change
    Employee reviews are complicated
    Very large campus

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging, various opportunities for growth

    Director (Current Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsHuge company with various opportunities for growth. Each department is like its own organization. People are nice, flexible culture, accepting towards family life balance.

    ConsVery little focus on training and education of employees, raises are minimal, political organization - sometimes you need to be able to learn how to navigate politically to succeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more risks with high performing employees - let them think out of the box.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good but not a lot of bureaucracy and politics

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsLarge company with a lot of opportunities to network and learn; great employee benefits beyond just insurance and 401k -- diversity networks; speakers; activities; extremely impressive executive leadership

    ConsIn some areas, Travelers still has an "old boys" culture which makes it very difficult for new people to come in and make a difference -- very clickish.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to do skip level meetings to understand what is really going on. What I am beginning to realize is that if they do, that means they have to acknowledge it and actually do something about it!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a bad place to spend your career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsCo-workers make it enjoyable
    They pay market average
    Flexible schedules

    ConsBusiness leadership fails to understand the marketplace. we're slow to use data available to improve our company positioning due to politics and territorial issues within our LOBs

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to those who are the boots on the ground

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sound company with a healthy work environment

    Director (Current Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsLarge organization with good P&C insurance products and sound business practices. Good work environment with employees motivated and working towards a common goal. Employee friendly policies. Strong community relations

    ConsSlow to adopt new platforms and technologies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamlining management structure can save costs for the organization while empowering employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsGreat people and growth potential.

    ConsThe biggest con to working here is that you feel like "just a number".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Old school insurance company

    Director (Current Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsRelatively stable if you are in the right group, easy job. Some group have good work-life balance but this is going away when I left.

    ConsCheap on compensation/benefit in the industry. Your career path does not depend on your performance at all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Probably one of the best insurance companies to work for

    Underwriter (Former Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsYou get more perks if you work in home office.
    Salaries are fair.

    ConsLife-work balance depends on the business unit you work for. Claims and underwriting can forget about it.
    Educational benefits are limited.

    Advice to Senior Managementget rid of the personal auto insurance

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    the wrong company for a lifetime career

    Claims Adjuster (Former Employee) Hartford, CT

    Prossalary above average

    Consyou work for everything you get, and second place is not an option.

    Advice to Senior Managementacknowledge the hard working employees, instead of making excuses for the non performers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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