USI Affinity Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Expendable

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Matawan, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Matawan, NJ

    I worked at USI Affinity (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Huge conglomerate of Insurance companies

    Cons

    No place to go. Random large lay offs. Unstable software.

    Advice to Management

    Could be huge, follow through on your promises


  2. Client Services LPL

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Rahway, NJ

    I have been working at USI Affinity (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The initial pro was that you are able to potentially learn about a new product offering.

    Cons

    The culture of the organization is not forward thinking, but rather reactive. If you are a person who seeks mundain, mind-numbing work with no room for growth or advancement this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Value your talented employees and don't treat people as though they are replaceable.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Business Solutions Representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Insurance Producer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Insurance Producer in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at USI Affinity (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good Experience to put on resume

    Cons

    lots of mergers, acquisitions, & Layoffs

    Advice to Management

    focus on the fundamentals


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  5. Severely lacking follow through

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at USI Affinity full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work/life balance on par for being an insurance broker. There are some great staff who made working at USI Affinity tolerable.

    Cons

    Layoffs are a common budget-trimming strategy. Management lacks the continuity to train and keep staff. They do everything they can to save a dollar while wasting thousands. Growth through acquisition of new business is not a sustainable model. Each office location runs very differently from the next. Depending on your location, you will be often overlooked for raises/promotions (which rarely occur) or you'll be treated as if you can do no wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Shed the bad business you keep buying and focus on the profitable relationships. You preach organic growth but do you actually know how to cultivate that? Stop with the one-off band-aid solutions and hold everyone to the same standard.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA

    I worked at USI Affinity (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Major holidays off. Free coffee.

    Cons

    Poor management. Employees are overworked & underpaid. Layoffs consistently happen right before the holidays when management is trimming their budget. No company culture or values. Profits at any costs are encouraged. Constant acquisitions bring alot of confusion with employee onboarding, software, business continuity & computer systems.


  7. Helpful (1)

    No Focus

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

    I have been working at USI Affinity full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Long standing Association relationships and hard working staff.

    Cons

    Senior management is not focussed and have attention issues. It seems like they hire like minded attention lacking individuals that say one thing and do another.

    Advice to Management

    Get grounded. Complete projects and stay focussed. Quit chasing your tails!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not good

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

    I have been working at USI Affinity full-time

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

    Pros

    Work life balance pretty good for most positions.

    Cons

    Declining revenue. Poor and ineffective management and communication. Frequent layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Manage a budget without using layoffs every couple years as major strategy. Take responsibility for budget and growth issues, and realize layoffs cause more work and problems for remaining employees. Work to improve poor morale.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Decent job.

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

    I have been working at USI Affinity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great people. co-workers are great and office is laid back.

    Cons

    limited growth potential. company's not growing so there's no tailwind that feeds the company and allows for raises/promotions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Comfortable but slow paced

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

    I worked at USI Affinity full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance with a comfortable work load. Provides decent benefits, similar to most companies of the same size.

    Cons

    Slow to embrace technology and buildup of internet presence. Upward mobility is lacking, same goes for pay raises. The company has many different branches doing different things so there's no sense of unity except for sharing the same corporate name.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Who Has the Script This Month

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at USI Affinity full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Affinity has an enviable "A" list of association clients located primarily in the Northeast. There is strong focus on benefits selling in the PA market . With effective marketing management there is a vast untapped opportunity for growth among the affinity clients.

    Cons

    Leadership is a relvoving door with a new marketing manager every year so there is no brand consistency. Over half of the c-suite leadership has departed in the last two years. Brokerage model while an effective defense in benefits marketplace has played havoc with affinity groups who need exclusive programs. There are no effeciencies with each acquistion as the existing systems are maintained. Some clients are billed separately from multiple systems depending upon their lines of coverage.

    Advice to Management

    A long term strategy is desparately needed. The focus for the past decade has been on getting the next deal to sell the company. Promote at least one employee to c-suite instead of the hiring externally.



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