XL Group Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
64 Reviews
3.5
64 Reviews
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XL Group CEO Michael McGavick
Michael McGavick
27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee friendly company, good working environment, work life balance is also good (in 8 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)

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at XL Group

    Pros

    It's a great place to work. People are always nice and willing to share. The team are talentd.

    Cons

    The technique is not that advanced. The location is a little remote.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Poor career progression

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst,  in  Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Analyst, in Stamford, CT

    I worked at XL Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Was able to be exposed to several areas within my function. Health benefits were good, company outings were a plus, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Leadership was not good at all. Not proactive in retaining key talent. Poor support with career advancement. Very bureaucratic. Work/life balance can become increasingly challenging as your tenure increases with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You may want to reconsider off-shoring activities in the non-revenue generating departments. This may have worked for other departments but was extremely challenging managing the time difference, language comprehension and having to correct all the tasks that were done poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A good company overall

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

    I have been working at XL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Benefits here are great!

    Cons

    There is minimal room for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had very bad experience with this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA

    I worked at XL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have a friend working there.

    Cons

    It is a bad place to work in Regulatory Data Reporting group. Because the manager is a bully. And also one of her team members is a bully too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should do what they should do by eliminating bullying in the regulatory reporting group located at Exton.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    solid stuff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at XL Group as an intern

    Pros

    interns can get their hands dirty

    Cons

    little cooperation between the group members little guidance from the mentor to its employee yet mentors are very willing to help

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT

    I worked at XL Group full-time

    Pros

    I seriously am unable to think of one right now. Beginning of my career was good....Toward the end, very disillusioned.

    Cons

    Too much butt kissing, not enough recognition of work actually accomplished. Senior managagement goes unsupervised, unchallenged and retaliation for complaints is high. Learning curve is zero and the bonus system is based on if they like you (even though they say it's performanced based.) There is very definately a line between the cans and the cannnots. There is very definitely a line between what is allowed and what isn't, ESPECIALLY from senior management to their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously, advise to management goes unheeded. If I could offer one piece of advise....come out from behind closed doors. Look at your employees and see that only a select few are happy. Walk the halls and LISTEN. Observe morale and then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Lastly, top executives also need supervision. Regardless of how well they may do their jobs, do a couple of expense audits and do a vew audits of cell phone usage. You'd be amazed at what you find. With respect to McGavick - don't know him. It might benefit him to be a little more visible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Loved working here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Business Analyst  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Financial Business Analyst in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at XL Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of fun and team feeling. No pressure and great work life balance.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Meetings to schedule another meeting about another meeting. Didn't feel like much was accomplished

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company but division has challenges

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Dallas, TX

    I worked at XL Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employees work together and collaborate well, compensation and benefits are solid, good risk control support and colleagues are bright, intelligent people that have lots of intellectual capital to share.

    Cons

    Divisional management is stale and full of personal fiefdoms. Unit management has crushed moral. No real opportunity for advancement within organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really revamp. Clean house and create a sense of vision, leadership and empowerment with your underwriting team. Loss ratios won't improve if underwriters don't take a vested interest because they do not feel empowered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at XL Group full-time

    Pros

    My management team: both my manager and second-level manager foster collaboration, out-of-the box approaches to problems.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being great to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for

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

    I have been working at XL Group full-time

    Pros

    Small company culture, positive environment, great learning experience

    Cons

    Demanding environment, not too exiting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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