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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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3.2 38 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

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James R. (Jim) Clay

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Middle Market Underwriter

    Mid Market Underwriter (Current Employee) Westfield Center, OH

    ProsStable job with plenty of resources and people willing to help. This is a great company to begin your insurance career with.

    ConsLow pay. Little to no annual raise. Slow to promote -need to be part of the good ole boys to advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore pay to meet competition.
    Increase underwriting appetite and authority.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a great place for those seeking a real career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits
    Flex time
    Freedom to work from home

    ConsSalaries don't reflect performance.
    Very difficult to get promoted, and promotions are done based on time-served and not merit
    Managers are basically clueless as to what their team does and what their resource needs actually are.
    Not enough challenging work -- in fact, in many cases there just isn't enough work to do at all, yet they continue to hire more people
    Most of my colleagues are mediocre at best, and it is difficult to learn or grow in this environment. They don't care much about doing things efficiently or intelligently, causing a lot of rework and headaches.

    Not a place to advance one's career. This is where you can get a job and sit comfortably making the same amount and doing the same thing for 25-30 years, at which point you can retire and get a nice retirement package. This might appeal to some.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider fixing the items listed in the Cons list.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, many kind people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people that work here are very kind and caring. The friendly atmosphere makes it very easy to network with other departments. The full time employees enjoy a really nice bonus every year based on company performance. Most employees are full time, and many people seem to move positions. There is a dedicated parking lot for those working with the company 20 years or more, so if you can find your niche, Westfield can be a very loyal company. The building is very secure and a safe place to work.

    ConsThe company is constantly restructuring and reorganizing to stay ahead of the game. If you are reorganized out of a job, you may apply for other positions - most of the time you can find a place (this is where the networking can benefit). There are a large amount of meetings to discuss topics, even pre-meetings to meetings and post-meetings, change happens slowly and isn't always transparent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have read other reviews referring to the "good old boy network", I think this is being changed - just be cautious not to replace it with new one, it will amount to just the same old routine.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, but political

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Westfield Center, OH

    ProsWestfield is large enough to invest in its future and small enough that individuals can make a difference.

    ConsThe organization is very siloed. Current leaders do not work well together.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Established company that values employees and customers

    Intern (Former Employee) Westfield Center, OH

    ProsFinancially strong, excellent benefits, high employee engagement, long term focus on retention and promotion, focus on customer needs, process improvement, and strong sense of community.

    Long time employees are exceptional mentors, instill sense of pride to be part of the Westfield family.

    ConsFlat organization structure, location of headquarters not centrally located to metropolitan area

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

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    Great Place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Westfield Center, OH

    ProsThis is a very relaxed place to work, managers in my department are very flexible and easy to work for. Most employees are very easy to work with accross departments which speaks to the culture of the company Sharing Knowledge.Building Trust. Is more than just a tag line. The flat company structure has both positives and negatives. The positive is more opportunity to make an impact on the business.

    ConsThere is little competition for jobs due to the area and so compensation is a bit low. In there defense the general cost of living is much lower in the surrounding area and the quality of life is better, but if you leave outside the Medina County area that may not be a defense. The flat company structure also means you'll be asked to do more than you would at other companies, and unless you are in upper management in which opportunites are limited you won't get paid it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work and slowly working on people matrix

    (Current Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance is excellent. For the most part, if you get your job done you are left alone. Still small enough that notices (birth, funeral, anniversary) are sent to everyone. Slowly working toward new technology and becoming more consistent with other carriers regarding performance management. Nice bonus plan.

    ConsLeadership appears based on who you know, not what you know. Very "good ol' boy" company. Recent organizational changes resulted, for the most part, in same people with new job titles. Question if any mid-level leaders are ever reviewed on their abilities to fulfill basic competencies of being a leader. Put not recommend due to mid-level leadership being more concerned about themselves as opposed to working with their associates to become better at what they do. Not much in the way of managerial courage or accountability for their own actions, quick to throw others under the bus. This is certainly not the entire company, just observations within my business unit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDraw on the experience of others who have come in from other carriers. Just because it has been done a certain way for years does not make it the best way - be more open to the experience working for you and be mindful that not all things should be done with a checklist mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall good company with leadership challenges

    Worker (Former Employee) Westfield Center, OH

    ProsPeople are good and friendly. Pleasant location. Rural environment. Annual bonus, based on performance of the company, can be really sweet. Great on-site health club. Benefits are good, but like other companies, are getting more expensive and cover less.

    ConsMore emphasis on short-term expediency than the long-term benefits. To be a manager, seems you must fit into the good old boy and girl network. This seems way more important than knowledge, expertise, leadership skills. Managers openly refer to certain positions are "commodities". Good managers that buck the trends are quickly and severely dealt with. Older employees routinely pushed out the door. Rush to oursource jobs overseas without regard to the quality of work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTop management seems to have their act together, consistently growing the company and reacting to changes in the business climate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    A people-focused, relationship driven organization.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat training
    Friendly work environment
    Good benefits/perks
    Opportunity for advancement

    ConsVery Political Structure
    Slow to change

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    Current environment at Westfield...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work arrangements available for some.

    ConsThe company is too top-heavy with little appreciation for those who do the actual work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAcknowledge and appreciate the "worker bees!" Employees should not go years without a raise.

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

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