Generally a good employer with a positive ethos and a warm atmosphere; doing their best in a difficult market
Despite the small size of the company and the Irish branch in particular could be very bureaucratic and too attached to hierarchies
I applied online. I interviewed at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (Gloucester, England (UK)) in October 2011.
Brief telephone interview followed by competency based interview face to face. It was a relavitely relaxed interview and felt quite informal. They seemed more interested in getting to know the person than they did finding out about your qualifications or suchlike. This may have changed since. They also allowed me to speak to a team member (confidentially) to ask any questions about the role and the company at the end of the interview. This created a good impression as it was easy to ask about things such as the management and support and training they provided.