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The Standard Overview

Portland, OR
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Insurance Carriers
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Standard Insurance hopes to set the standard for life and disability insurance providers everywhere. Standard Insurance underwrites group and individual insurance products (branded as The Standard), including short-term and long-term disability, life, and accident insurance, and ... Read more

The Standard – Why Work For Us?


The Standard is a family of companies dedicated to one core purpose: helping people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. Founded in 1906 in Portland, Oregon, The Standard has earned a national reputation for quality products, expert resources, superior service, innovation and strong financial performance.

The Standard is the marketing name for the primary subsidiaries of StanCorp Financial Group. You may know us best by the names of our subsidiaries – Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, StanCorp Mortgage Investors, StanCorp Equities and StanCorp Real Estate.

The Standard specializes in providing group and individual disability insurance, group life, AD&D, group dental and vision insurance, group voluntary insurance, absence management services, retirement plan products and services and individual annuities. We provide insurance to 23,000 groups. More than 6 million customers nationwide1 count on us to keep our promises. We're committed to doing just that, now and in the future.

Our Culture
We've been doing things differently for more than 100 years.

In 1906, our founder Leo Samuel chartered the first life insurance company based in Portland to champion the needs of the local community. Over 100 years later, we proudly continue to carry that torch and walk in the footsteps of our founder through our own commitment to the community.

Vibrant, healthy communities provide new opportunities and a positive environment in which to live and work. We want to do our part to help build and maintain such communities. Our ongoing investments in social services, health, arts, education, environmental and civic causes are how we build lasting relationships with our employees, our customers and the community at large. Mr. Samuel's renowned spirit of community service lives on through our charitable giving and employee volunteer programs nationwide.

Build your career on a foundation that puts people first.

Did you know that people who find their fit with The Standard tend to make their careers here? That's something we're proud of and a testament to how we "walk the talk" every day.

Our people always look for opportunities to go the extra mile whether it's for a customer or a colleague. From a hand-delivered check to a customer in need or personal encouragement as a customer overcame a disability and started a new career, to driving an injured co-worker to a sales meeting he refused to miss, these are the hallmarks of a company where people are valued and inspired.

We never lose sight of the fact that small gestures can make a big difference.


Working At The Standard

Our purpose is to provide products and services that help people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind.

That's what we do. The Standard's products and services make a difference to more than 30,000 employers who trust us with their group insurance and retirement plans.

Our very first group policy, written in 1951, is still in force today and stands as a proud testament to our commitment to long-term relationships.

We also provide disability insurance and annuities to millions of individuals, helping them plan for the future.

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    I love working at The Standard. I've never felt so valued and respected as an employee before with other employers, but The Standard goes above and beyond to care and empower their employees. The work is rewarding. I love my job! I'm really happy to be working for The Standard and I would suggest working here for anyone who truly values taking care of others. The benefits are fabulous and you will have a comfortable lifestyle while working for The Standard.


    For downtown, parking can be frustrating. I take trimet. I would urge others to take trimet instead of parking.

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    Management is doing a great job.

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Standard.


    Straightforward, easy process. Phone Interview, then an in person interview with team lead and the higher up.

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