Victor O Schinnerer Company
2.9 of 5 9 reviews
www.schinnerer.com Chevy Chase, MD 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014

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Robert D. Byler

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Current environment scarey

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Chevy Chase, MD

    Proslocation since it is close to where I live

    Consno privacy everyone sits in cubicles and you can see over the top

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

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    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Chevy Chase, MD

    ProsGood medical, stock investments, 401K w/ company matching. Three weeks vacation annually. The company's doors are still open.

    ConsPay, pay, pay. There is no scale pay for any position. If someone likes you, and they can get you more money, you get more money. If they don't they make it very difficult for you to get promoted or get good pay.
    The company has laid off some key people and those left are over worked, under paid and lacking moral. IT support is slow because they are over worked as well with a new system that goes down everyday.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your employees the tools they need to work with, that will make them happy. There are maybe four managers that actually work and try to fight for their staff, however, senior management closes the door on them, making it hard for them to get what their staff needs. To senior management, get in touch with your working staff. Recognize that these people are working hard everyday to make that budget and would like a little acknowledgement as well as encouragement. Have a picnic or a company breakfast. Do something! You are loosing respect of those people that would be dedicated to a company, those people will leave and there will be no future leadership.

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

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    Upper level management is questionable, workers and core business are great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood company, but a lot of turnover in management. Benefits are good. Promotions have been much slower in recent years. Mid-level managers listen to their people. Telecommuting is allowed and generally hours are good.

    ConsFocus is on new business, but not always quality of work. Systems are very challenging. They are very bare-bones for support teams and top heavy on management. Its hard to know sometimes what the goals are - different focus from carrier vs. Marsh.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople would be much more efficient with better equipment and better IT resources. Goals are so unrealistic that they are demotivating.

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    Overall good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Work Environment.
    Flexible Schedule , good work/life balance

    ConsNo career growth opportunities
    Low starting salaries

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Visible Ceiling

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Chevy Chase, MD

    ProsGood benefits, vacation, and organizational structure. Training within the company is top notch and the staff are knowledgeable and true professionals.

    ConsPay is not competitive and the work demanded of an account executive will not only tie up your evenings, but your weekends as well. This company is owned by Marsh and corporate has recently swooped in with wild growth expectations and ever increasing margins through expense management. Morale in general appears to be the lowest I've seen it in my six years working here, and yes, that includes the better part of the great recession. Areas for advancement are there, but internal promotions may take several years of amazing standout performances for what amounts to a small promotional step. The firm is growing, but only modestly due to limitations imposed by carrier contacts. Many products are just not competitive and there will continue to be a brain drain of valued, but unappreciated employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hands down the worst job I have ever had.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood benefits, will help learn to appreciate any other job

    Consoverworked, borderline slave labor, conflicting instructions from managers, toxic work environment, unhappy employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe middle management at your company should be more thoroughly screened and provided with management training. The managers I had seemed as if they had all taken a course called "how to be the worst managers".

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

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    Working hard to stay competitive and relavent

    Underwriter (Current Employee)
    Chevy Chase, MD

    ProsPeople are outstanding, you have to work hard, and be patient, but it is worth it; good benefits, plesant work environment, new changes are in store, managers and executives that always have an open door. You will do well if you have good people skills and do more than just underwrite - you have to sell! Insurance is a tough enviroment and Schinnerer does more than most to make it challenging and interesting.

    ConsTrying to demand the balance between Marsh and our carriers; offering competitive salaries and a competitive product against direct writers

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe as direct as you can, tell what you know, and don't be afraid to admit when things are going off course. We have been through a rough couple of years, but positive energy does a world of good for the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall Nice Place to Work

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Chevy Chase, MD

    ProsGreat staff and management (on the Construction Industry Group side)
    Mid-size company (200+ employees), so its small enough to know the company President and speak freely with her about company issues, but big enough to have good benefits.
    Nice work environment
    Not a stressful job. You may get behind or overwhelmed ocassionally but for the most part it is not overwhelming at all.

    ConsPay not good considering cost of living.
    Unfair promoting practices
    About 30%+ of the job is being a 'salesman' to brokers. If you like sales then this may be a pro for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHigher pay improves retention
    Career tracks need to be more clearly defined
    Overall great job!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The company has changed dramatically for the worse - dishonesty, incompetence and unethical behavior now reign.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe staff are great despite all the obstacles incompetent management place in the way of effectively and efficiently achieving results.

    ConsUnbelievably toxic environment. Continuing ed opportunities are based on where in the company you work. Management shows a consistent lack of respect to employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWeed out incopetent and unethical managers. Live your mission statement and the values enshrined there. Walk the walk, don't just talk the talk. Treat employees with respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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