W. R. Berkley Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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W. R. Berkley CEO and Chairman William R. Berkley
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  1. Internal audit It

    Current Employee - Internal Audit in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Internal Audit in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Accountability for work done within the work environment is great. Travel and diversity of companies is great and lots of exposure.

    Cons

    Diversity can make things complex and a challenge but at times that can make Berkley a great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Provide ownership to staff


  2. Fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the culture of the company. The management listens to your ideas and gives you enough freedom to implement them.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to my mind.


  3. Great company with few cons

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work as an underwriter for this company. Here is a snap shot of the good things: Above average industry pay; flexible work hours; room for growth; management considers ideas you have to improve the workflow/company

    Cons

    A fair amount of "dead weight" in the company--this is mainly because the company offers good perks so no one leaves. Most, if not all, managers are males; corporate culture & vision some times differ from managers

    Advice to Management

    Offer bonuses to reward the hard workers


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  5. examiner

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    profit sharing; flex time; casual dress

    Cons

    no growth potential; no salary increases; no job satisfaction; top heavy; not enough trench workers; 19th century technology inefficient work flow; micro managing management; very limited authority/no; no cross training; inefficient use of resources.

    Advice to Management

    improvement needed


  6. Not a typical insurance company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Laid back yet professional atmosphere. Good benefits and vacation time. The people are great and most of the managers are in tune with the employees.

    Cons

    Poor pay. No bonuses: ever. Limited upward mobility and room for growth. They claim to hire from within but a lot of the positions go to outside individuals.

    Advice to Management

    When you push for growth development, please make sure there are opportunities for advancement within the company. And please reward your employees with bonuses on occasion.


  7. Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Greenwich, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity and growth, fair compensation, education rebate is reasonable and very helpful.

    Cons

    Corporate communication not always great.


  8. A great place to make a difference.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Highly recommend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    AVP, UNDERWRITER

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

    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



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