XL Catlin Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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XL Catlin CEO Michael McGavick
Michael McGavick
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, quite good pay master (in 9 reviews)

  • I previously worked at another global company, but never got the day-to-day engagement with global colleagues like I do here at XL (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There is very definitely a line between what is allowed and what isn't, ESPECIALLY from senior management to their staff (in 4 reviews)

  • I haven't wanted to leave so no cons right now (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great People and Benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin full-time

    Pros

    Worked with a great group of people who were motivated and always will to do the right thing. I would go back to work there again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Way too many managers. Not sure how work ever got done. They are working on eliminating red tape but still has a way to go.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value top talent in the org. Turn over is low but that could change quickly if the worng decisions are made.


  2. Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and good management.

    Cons

    Not enough employees to do all the work. Can be a little stressful at times.

    Advice to Management

    Cross training would be beneficial to all departments.


  3. Bureaucratic and Slow Moving

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A significant market presence. Decent benefits

    Cons

    Heavy on process. Painfully slow in making decisions. It is a difficult environment to get anything done especially anything new or innovative. Many unimpressive people in management.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your people and processes to do more. Empower your employees to take action and not endlessly discuss and debate issues only to see opportunities pass by.


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  5. Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and great pay

    Cons

    merger causing some stress and unknowns


  6. CYA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at XL Catlin (More than a year)

    Pros

    Provided a decent salary range but no appropriate titles

    Cons

    Very CYA environment. No team building mentality, always a rush to get things done on the fly and with little attention to detail or quality. Abhorrent communication between the parties.


  7. Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Detailed intern program, enjoyable experience.

    Cons

    Not much underwriting experience, or contact with team.

    Advice to Management

    Great program


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    Disaster

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    Current Employee - Worker in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Worker in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not much lately - stress levels are through the roof. People dropping like flies.

    Cons

    Painful integration - Catlin culture is gone


  9. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    XL has an entrepreneurial culture that empowers employees and fuels innovation. It is a great place to work and grow.

    Cons

    I have found more opportunities for lateral job growth than vertical growth...perhaps due in part to an org structure that is flatter than typical insurance companies.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent job. Keep up the good work.


  10. Receptionist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly, company is very accommodating to employees.

    Cons

    long work hours, can be exhausting.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. AVP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and challenging projects to work on. Good working conditions and location. People are compensated fairly.

    Cons

    Whenever there is a hurricane, earthquake, tsunami or any other natural disaster in the world, bonuses are affected. No matter how hard you worked during the year, you suffer because losses have to be paid.

    Advice to Management

    Management should allow for career advancement of employees. Many people are in the same position for years.



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