W. R. Berkley

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W. R. Berkley Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great place to make a difference.

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

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time

    Pros

    Definitely not your grandfather's insurance company. This organization has plenty of opportunity, excellent people and vision. If you want to make a difference - get on board!

    Cons

    Be ready to think, innovate and put it into overdrive. Not a place for the rest and vest crowd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider company-wide career postings for those on the move or looking to move.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Highly recommend

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

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Flexible - whether you need time off or want to change your work schedule
    - Compensation & benefits - good - annual bonus into 401k if you contribute to one & a good number of days off out of the gate
    - Hardworking but fun environment
    - Casual dress code (jeans)
    - A lot of promotions from within - management does their best to retain top talent
    - Fun events throughout the year
    - Free gym
    - Exceptional co-workers

    Cons

    - They can be a little set in their ways and antiquated with some things (i.e. telecommuting, time off, etc.)
    - The rules/policies are created in HR but each manager can do as they see fit with their employees and this tends to create animosity (it's the "not fair" game)
    - We seem to pull the trigger on things before we have them fully baked which in turn causes problems and wastes time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not somewhere that cares about your well being

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W. R. Berkley as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can't say any except the pay rate was high as a contractor.

    Cons

    The environment was losing employees. The one coworker I worked with (I was on overnight) seemed to dedicate a lot of his time to warning people away from the company. He stated he had recently gone out sick due to overworking and the only response from the company was he needed to take better care of himself.

    He also spent a lot of his time and energy yelling and talking about how he had invaluable experience since he had worked for a fortune 500 company before going there.

    I was hired for a particular shift and that quickly changed. When I contacted management that working 13 hours overnight on my first week, and not getting the 2 weeks training they had initially stated I would receive (and getting yelled at on my second day that I should be an expert at that point and working solo) was creating a safety concern for me they responded with what amounted to "If you can't do it, we'll get someone who can."

    I left as at this point in my life I consider my own safety and sense of respect important. If you do too, I'd keep that in mind when you are considering your options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the life on an employee important.

    Whether it is a contractor who raised concerns about the length of a shift and the working environment or a FTE who goes out sick from what they say is from overworking.

    Not everyone can endure or wants the life you lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good company

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

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time

    Pros

    good benefit package, easy-going colleagues

    Cons

    limited vacation time, need a long tenure to have 15 days

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    lacking

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

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    health insurance and dental insurance are about the only perks that comes to mind

    Cons

    antiquated computer system. cheap equipment. dilapidated office space. poor employee morale. too many chiefs; not enough Indians. too many "pilot programs".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your workers - consider telecommutes, job sharing, flexible work week, summer work schedules, pay increases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    AVP, UNDERWRITER

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

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is Growth focused and has above average compensation... Good work environment overall and each specialty company

    Cons

    Overwhelming work load with a lack of commitment from unit president to get additional resources... Different tele commute policy for each employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly motivated & entrepreneurial, then this is the place for you!

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

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Success is up to you. Great compensation potential, good benefits, opportunities across disciplines and many different types of companies. Highly motivated individuals will do well here. The autonomous decision making allowed at the various companies level is unusual and refreshing.

    Cons

    Not well suited for folks that lean toward highly structured/directing organizations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst working experience I have ever had - terrible company due to management and employees.

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

    I worked at W. R. Berkley full-time

    Pros

    There are nice perks at the holidays.

    Cons

    There is a lot of backstabbing and competetiveness amongst employees. There is not a team atmosphere or mentality. The people who work there are not trustworthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you promise to your employees and don't talk behind their backs to subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit in Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Audit in Greenwich, CT

    I worked at W. R. Berkley full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the co workers

    Cons

    Was lied to, deceived on job roles and descriptions, no plan of action for work schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review who has control over IA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It has been a struggle

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

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time

    Pros

    Travel and opportunity to work in a varied environment. Have developed some good personal relationships with co-workers.

    Cons

    Leadership is lax in their involvement with the common employee. Their development philosophy for career education is 19th century at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to become more involved with the front line employees and to help develop thir talents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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