XL Group

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XL Group Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
75 Reviews
3.6
75 Reviews
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XL Group CEO Michael McGavick
Michael McGavick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee friendly , work time flexibility , nice benefits and good work life balance (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)

  • No cons as such but yes can be better if scope of learning can be increased (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had very bad experience with this company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA

    I worked at XL Group full-time (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
  2.  

    Loved working here!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Good Company but division has challenges

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Dallas, TX

    I worked at XL Group full-time (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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Good company to work for

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    • 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
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President IT in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Vice President IT in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at XL Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Real nice place to work & flexible

    Cons

    I haven't wanted to leave so no cons right now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nice job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a lot easier here

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

    I have been working at XL Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. 401k is extremely good. Medical ins could be better. Salaries seem competitive. Very dynamic company - pro and con. A lot of very talented people here. Global company with a lot of camaraderie with overseas colleagues. Nice working environment.

    Cons

    Practice of rewarding incompetence with promotion rather than removing that incompetence from the company. Not enough manpower, low head counts in critical functions. Not much opportunity for progression - incompetence with friends in high places will win over talent very time. Used to be a quality based company now there is a much more production driven mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward talent not incompetence. Bring back the focus on quality.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good experience with XL Group

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Quality Assurance II in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Data Quality Assurance II in Remote, OR

    I worked at XL Group as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional and competent people to work with.

    Cons

    none, nada, no problems with these guys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too Political! Stay Away

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

    I have been working at XL Group full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Environment, Salary & Benefits Plans. Employees are passionate about their fields of interest and collaborate well with others.

    Cons

    Too political/bureaucratic! Management doesn't praise or provide recognition of good work quality, and doesn't give credit where credit is due. They're only looking out for their own interests. Constant miscommunication and disconnect between manager and employee and department to department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the hard work of those who work under you, and for the goodness sake extend a compliment/praise every once and a while! Without those people, you wouldn't be "qualified" to do your own job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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