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Allied World Assurance Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Allied World Assurance Chairman, President, and CEO Scott A. Carmilani
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  1. "Litigation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Litigation in Farmington, CT
    Current Employee - Litigation in Farmington, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic working environment. Collegial atmosphere. Great support. Wonderful benefits I highly recommend this company. There is room for advancement and growth. Management is supportive.

    Cons

    I really don't have anything negative to say. I view this company as a wonderful place to work with highly supportive individuals.


  2. "AVP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allied World Assurance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for with enjoyable culture. Everyone works hard and cares about getting it done. Good benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Systems could use an update but clearly this is being worked upon. Not really much to say on the negative side of things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving the train the way that you have been doing so and let the people know you appreciate them! Will maintain the strong corporate culture and focus.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Underwriter"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice co-workers, good office locations, independent and entrepreneurial atmosphere. ability to control a book of business with fair oversight. some flexibility in hours and scheduling.

    Cons

    senior management and executive group seems lost and fickle at times. appetite is either red light or green light with little in-between.

    Advice to Management

    company is entrepreneurial but often looks to the outside for new talent to launch products. everyone is from aig. and aig lost it's luster years ago


  4. "Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Farmington, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, good people, flexiable

    Cons

    some layoffs, not enough of resources


  5. "Poor Choices"

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    Former Employee - Underwriting in Bridgeport, CT
    Former Employee - Underwriting in Bridgeport, CT
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allied World Assurance (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, not a lot of micromanaging in certain divisions until the results tanked. International platform with niche specialty products in US.

    Cons

    Current leadership is not up to righting the ship and those positions seem to be awarded based on who the person knows rather than skill and backbone. Recent promotions have left people feeling uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    To turn results around and be taken seriously, the Business units need credible leadership, not pretty faces and political appointees. This can be an exciting employment destination again.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Interview your Manager/Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Healthcare Executive, Assistant Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Healthcare Executive, Assistant Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allied World Assurance full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Global company, strategically growing. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    You may go through 4-5 interview rounds, be sure to spend as much time interviewing THEM, especially the person you would directly report to, as they spend interviewing you. I soon learned my VP was insecure, inconsiderate, controlling, and lacked some basic leadership skills. She was quick to point out the smallest of flaws and incapable of verbalizing and appreciating when a task was well done.

    Advice to Management

    Implement 360 performance reviews, so that employees have the opportunity to provide constructive feedback about their manager, just as mangers do with their direct reports. You may soon learn you have people in mid to high level leadership positions that lack fundamental leadership skills. For instance, there should be some way for an employee to express they have PTO requests and expense reports awaiting approval for weeks to months; without retaliation from their manager. Appreciate your employees. The company will continue to lose highly talented and skilled individuals unless you evaluate you own mid-level leadership and make changes.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "AIG Redux"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allied World Assurance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're in with senior management, compensation is excellent

    Cons

    Started out as the anti-AIG but has morphed into Baby AIG. IT department, especially the CIO are arrogant and idiots

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of your assess

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A step backwards. Not a satisfying experience"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good health and retirement benefits. Good bonus compared to other insurance companies

    Cons

    Promotion is based on buddy-buddy relationship as mentioned in an earlier review rather than merit. Senior management is very mediocre and there are very few smart individuals in IT

    Advice to Management

    1. Encourage Merit Based Promotions
    2. Introduce 360 degree feedback to gauge performance of managers


  9. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - IT Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management and work culture

    Cons

    The IT department is small but growing in leaps anf bound

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the good work!


  10. "AVP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allied World Assurance full-time

    Pros

    Executive suite are not a bunch of stuffed suits.

    Cons

    x x x x x


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