Zurich North America

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Zurich North America Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
241 Reviews
3.3
241 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, work-life balance is emphasized and they invest in their employees (in 19 reviews)

  • Perfect for people looking to get their feet with, or to get a steady job with good benefits (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance has become nonexistent as workloads increase (in 7 reviews)

  • Middle to Senior Management do not support employees, and look to mitigate you as a professional (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Zurich North America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Highly accessible senior management, outstanding office culture of collaboration, positivity, and drive, and lots of opportunity for personal development whether that be horizontally into new groups or upwards into management. Relationships with clients is also very important to Zurich culture and so allows you to make great connections in the industry as a whole as opposed to just internally.

    Cons

    Responsibilities can be a bit repetitive when you work in one role, and you continue to do the same work day in and day out, a lot of which can be just inputting numbers. However this does allow you to become an expert at what you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    3 Great Years at Zurich

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Zurich North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers made the stringent deadlines bearable. In my opinion, the compensation was fair for the workload and the company was run by very talented executives.

    Cons

    Lots of managerial reporting needs and poor communication from the top. It always felt as if there was a lot going on at Zurich, but that news never trickled down to the lower run employees. The secretive nature of company strategy created for a disjointed workforce, but didn't hinder that day to day work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Zurich is a great place to work, but should invest in its employees more. There should be a greater availability of training opportunities and collaborative learning to enhance a cohesive work environment. Additionally, better communication from Senior Executives would help people feel like part of a family rather than small contributor. Also, there is lots of meaningless bureaucracy. Standardized reporting along lines would clear the confusion and let people work on more value added tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Exposure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Leader in New York, NY

    I have been working at Zurich North America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very accessible. Had a direct access to some of the senior managers as well as the access to client's C-suite. In short great experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes they could be unclear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Summer Intern Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Zurich North America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great networking with other interns, very friendly company, great training and programming for interns.
    Program gets you face to face with many upper level managers who are more than willing to provide career advice.

    Cons

    No job offers given directly to the rising seniors for the next summer. Although several interns did apply for post-graduation jobs and received them, a streamlined effort would have been more effective and appealing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Unfortunate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Trial Attorney in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Trial Attorney in New York, NY

    I worked at Zurich North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Laid off in last hired first fired situation with no consideration as to experience, proven track record, talent or contribution to the office,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make lay off decisions based upon merit and not longevity. If a so called trial attorney hasn't taken a verdict in 20 years he is incompetent and afraid to try cases despite the glowing evaluation his supervisor gives him. He is deadwood and contributes nothing except bring the brunt of a good joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Claims Position

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - A Claims Adjuster Position in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - A Claims Adjuster Position in Melville, NY

    I worked at Zurich North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, excellent benefits. Work loads some what lower than most carriers as it concerns claims. Co-workers are very knowledgeable and an asset to your job. The technology used for claims handling is premiere in the industry.

    Cons

    Middle to Senior Management do not support employees, and look to mitigate you as a professional. Strong lack of integrity once you get out of your immediate office. Feedback is meaningless, and used against you...so if you take a job there and asked for anonymous opinions, do not under any circumstances respond except to praise. If you handle a trial there is no support except from your immediate supervisor...case goes south, you go south in their eyes...If your salary gets too high they will look for reasons to terminate, no matter how you have been previously thought of. I never have seen the amount of terminations than I see there, I guess for the most part. keep your salary average, never provide negative feed back, and settle any claim that is going to trial...and you will be seen as a good employee...Think outside the box, have anything to add they perceive negative (even if you are presenting as a way to improve), or earn to much and you are a target for termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How you treat people is not "just business"..... It is called integrity. As a person it identifies who you are. Hiding behind it is "just business" shows the lack of same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Zurich North America as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly friendly and fun, the managers are really reasonable, relaxed, and invested in helping you succeed. Lots of networking opportunities.

    Cons

    There isn't always a lot to do, but you can always set up networking meetings in your down time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Zurich North America

    Pros

    Work environment is very positive. Strong interaction between senior people an entry level people. A real great place to work if you're looking to succeed.

    Cons

    Their location in manhattan is a very busy one. Getting from the train to the building are very crowded streets during rush hour. This contributes a lot of hassle to your day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep ip the good work! The motivation and managerial skills are superb. All people working there are amazing at what they do.

  10.  

    Zurich is really great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY

    I have been working at Zurich North America full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fair hours, pretty laid back, awesome benefits

    Cons

    May be a little too laid back at times. Management is super rigid, doesn't really listen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the people that do the leg work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Claims Counsel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Specialist II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Claims Specialist II in New York, NY

    I have been working at Zurich North America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, care about employees

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunity, mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is speed to thin, in my opinion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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