United Fire & Casualty
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www.unitedfiregroup.com Cedar Rapids, IA 500 to 999 Employees

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United Fire & Casualty President and CEO Randy A. Ramlo

Randy A. Ramlo

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Learning and growth experience

    Commercial Lines Underwriter (Current Employee)
    Galveston, TX

    ProsGreat place to get your foot in the insurance industry

    ConsStructure is not taken as serious

    Advice to Senior ManagementStructure

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just a so-so place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany of the employees are genuinely good people and make it enjoyable to come to work each day. Best benefit is the defined benefit pension plan.

    ConsLimited career opportunities in many departments other than claims & underwriting. Inconsistency in how supervisor handle performance reviews, so high achievers are not always recognized in their dept where in other depts low performers are receiving good scores. HR has too much say in raises, should be determined by supervisor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are replaceable, so I have been told, however, is the knowledge and dedication you lose along with the cost of turnover, not worth paying a competitive wage to keep good employees??

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    prior comment from Sr Adjuster most have been from a supervisor?

    Adjuster (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsOK pay & raise if they like you that year
    Good for people w no insurance background (call it molding)

    ConsPrior comment about turnover was incorrect, In the past 2-3 years most of the claims adjusters were giving the opportunity to quit or be terminated - most of these were long term employees. When prior owner was still alive the company was family oriented. No longer the case. Micro-Managing is rampant, would still recommend someone since no other company options in Cedar Rapids

    Advice to Senior ManagementLighten up and see what is happening in several departments. Let the employees try to do their job without being second guessed constantly = very demoralizing

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

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    Please do not work for this company

    Can't Say (Former Employee)
    Westminster, CO

    ProsMaking friends was probably the best - please know that the length of time worked listed below is inaccurate to protect who we are

    ConsWe wish the information could be more positive, it took us hours to put this together to try to be as factual and to the point as possible. We hope you all take the information seriously.

    -micro managed
    -sad environment
    -email being monitored constantly by local management for no real reason
    -email wording criticized
    -Everyone takes lunch at 12pm to make it easy to monitor anyone taking a longer lunch
    -Many procedures are not in writing and therefore must be asked to others, getting different answers by different employees. It made it easy to use as a negative tool if an employee messed up on something.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcknowledge and take measures to not allow this type of behavior to go on and on. Do what is right and ethical. In the end, how do you want your company to be viewed by others?

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

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    Good solid place to work

    Senior Claims Representative (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsLongevity of other employees here makes for stable work force. Supportive and family-like feel between employees. President of the company is easily approachable.

    ConsHome office is downtown and parking is an issue. Pay is about 10% less than other insurance companies for the same job. This is the only insurance company in town for miles, so if you are an insurance professional, you're kind of stuck with what they offer you.

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

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    Can be good if you have the right supervisor

    Commercial Lines Underwriter (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsSupportive co-workers.
    Emphasis on continuing education.
    Workload is not too bad. I get to leave my work at work.

    ConsSeems the micromanaging is becoming worse and worse.
    Pay is not that great.
    Promotions are rare.
    Products are behind compared to what competitors do.
    Huge differences among branches, doesn't seem like the same company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are losing young talent due to micromanaging by terrible supervisors.

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    Beware the employee handbook

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Rocklin, CA

    ProsMost of senior management is dumb and dumber so if you can feed egos and stifle your intelligence, you may like it.

    ConsThey out and out lie. In spite of what you are told and what the handbook states, if you're not a senior manager and you make one minor infraction of something in their "bible", the employee handbook, you are GONE! However, the senior managers can violate anything in the handbook and they remain protected. You have no voice and no support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay what it takes to attract the real leaders and innovators in the industry, instead of the chump change you now call a salary. Sad but true - you get what you pay for.

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

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    Very good employer, good benefits, pleasant culture, treats employees fairly.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsVery good benefits package, including a defined benefit pension plan that is very rewarding for employees with 25+ years of experience. Flexible working hours, pleasant culture.

    ConsTurnover is very low, lots of long-term employees, which means that career advancement opportunities are limited.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Run Like The Wind

    (Former Employee)
    Westminster, CO

    ProsYou will not have to work overtime

    ConsI was let go in 2010. Run.....Please!! Do not come to work for UFG and think that you will be successful. Average size account is only $2000. If you seek challenge, innovation, creativity, and independence, this is not the place for you! Underwriting manager and branch manager have no marketing skills and are highly unprofessional, therefore you won't have support to write business. They are highly insecure, so they will micro-manage you to the MAX! Severe conservative underwriting guidelines and misconstrued insurance philosophies have large agencies canceling their contracts. Ease of doing business is on the bottom of the totem pole. Management will have no problem belittling you and treating you like dirt. If they do not like you, they will bully you into leaving the company or making mistakes so they can fire you. They have no problem embelishing or lying to get their way, and do not care about you personally or if they ruin your reputation in the insurance industry. In the last several years, 12 people have either been fired, or forced to retire out of only 25 employees. That number is growing. Branch manager is H/R rep, and you will have no recourse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnother failing regional carrier to be bought out by Liberty or Travelers in the near future. Before you completely ruin the company, get out of management. Do something easy, like starting a business picking up dog doo at the city parks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Do not work for this company

    Underwriter (Former Employee)
    Westminster, CO

    ProsYou are only expected to work 8 to 430 so you will not be overworked.

    ConsThere are only two people who run this office and they are both really quick to fire people for really petty reasons. You will never be promoted and the underwriting manager has no clue what underwriting is about. In just one year 8 people were fired from the Westminster office at United Fire the turnover is very high. The underwriting manager will not let you writ any business and most of the time you will be telling your agents "no". Agents hate doing business with this company and are terminating their contracts. This office is down $17m over the past 3 years. If you take a job with this company it will be the biggest mistake of your life!!!! Do not work for this company EVER!!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating your employees like children and don't be so quick to fire good people that work hard. Better yet just do everyone a favor and just go away and live under a rock.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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