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Amlin Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "Poor senior management letting company down"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amlin full-time

    Pros

    A good charismatic CEO.
    A few very talented people, industry leading in their fields
    Relaxed working environment and hours

    Cons

    Very poor senior management in some departments
    Promotion to *senior management club* based on brown nosing, and not ability, understanding, or talent.
    Generally senior management are not sufficiently qualified to make decisions they are involved in, and do not make independent decisions.
    Too many contractors and consultants; these people are not incentivised to complete projects well, not quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using consultants and contractors.
    Identify in-house talent and give them the freedom to develop processes and system.
    Ensure you reward people who work hard well or they will leave and you will be left with just talentless staff.


  2. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere, global company

    Cons

    Going through major transformation at present

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. "Solid company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company, talented staff and strong underwriting discipline.

    Cons

    Has become more bureaucratic in the last 3-4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down the many "layers of defence" and go back to be more entrepreneurial.


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  5. "Used to be good."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get paid at least.

    Cons

    Big change with the merger of Mitsui Sumitomo, leaving most if not all people fearful of the future. Staff are split between London and chemlsford, with anyone falling out of favour being sent to chelmsford. Very territorial/tribal. Most people are looking for an exit and no one is prepared to put their head above the parapet. Its like walking back in time here. The systems are redundant but there is no appetite to tackle this. They talk about etrading but the reality is some one is re-keying information from one system to the next. All smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to Management

    Quit, let real managers run the place


  6. "Advice: don't start working for MS Amlin!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff in Amstelveen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Staff in Amstelveen (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amlin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Locations (except Amstelveen)
    - Christmas presents
    - Good experience for starters (who just graduated from university)
    - International / Global company

    Cons

    - Management treat employees like numbers, with most of the time only instructions and no reasoning behind it
    - When you talk to management you have a feeling that tou are talking to a wall and that there is no room for dialog with management
    - Promotion possibilities are very rare, only if you work there many years (at least 5 years but most of the time longer) and are very big friends with your boss
    - Salaries are 'fixed' last couple of years, no increases received, not even an inflation compensation
    - Promised bonusses aren't payed out, because budget results are set incredibly high, which make them 'unreachable'
    - Reorganisations and staff cuts are executed at the moment (2017) and this will be the case for the upcoming years
    - Very poor operational systems, and as a result many work arounds and many Excel spreadsheets. Makes it a very bureaucratic and very inefficient environment to work for
    - A very political environment! (A lot of political games are played between departments and colleagues)
    - Very hard to work from home. They say that MS Amlin is a flexible company, but in practice they don't like you to work from home.
    - Management / Board are relatively old (age wise) and are not open to new ideas. Further they aren't in contact with the operational employees (big distance)

    Advice: don't start working for MS Amlin, not good for your career. You can ask (former) employees of MS Amlin about there experiences and they will confirm the negative points mentioned above!

    Advice to Management

    Address the negative points above.


  7. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reinsurance
    Current Employee - Reinsurance
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amlin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amlin has always been a great place to work and have always looked after staff. Great opportunitys and progression. Excellent graduate programme. Lots of experience to take advantage of.

    Cons

    Now that they have been integrated to MSAmlin please do not lose the looking after your staff, they need to keep In there minds that staff are what makes a company.
    It would be nice if they allowed a more flexible approach to allowing working from home more this is still quite a taboo area and with staff all having laptops and the hot dealing in TLB it would make sense to allow staff this flexibility even if only once a week.
    Old Amlin staff have lost the share save benefits and this has not been replaced by anything. This was such a good benefit and helped so many staff pay for weddings, deposits for houses etc it's a shame that no new replacement is in the pipeline

    Advice to Management

    Move with the times to allow more flexibility with working from home from time to time apart from that keep up the good work.


  8. "Busy and a bit chaotic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CoSec in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CoSec in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amlin full-time

    Pros

    Nice offices in the City (London), fair pay, nice people

    Cons

    Overworked people since the MS Merger, Some people promoted to management who shouldn't be, red tape and silly hot desking policy, crazy busy and no room for mistakes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amlin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amlin is changing fast and is doing its best to keep Employees informed and take them along on the journey. The benefits package is good. Modern office with good amenities.

    Cons

    Some of the policies are antiquated and set in there ways. However these appear to be changing.

    Advice to Management

    More flexibility with jobs along with some working from home.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A place to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Accounts Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and people to work with.
    Everyone is always ready to help and want you to develop and progress.
    Various events going on which enables you to network and meet new people whilst learning from their experiences.
    The London office is situated in the Cheese Grater building where you get some of the best views #Major Motivator

    Cons

    After the M&A of Mitsui Sumitomo and Amlin, now MS Amlin, the workplace culture dropped slightly with many redundancies and people leaving. However, the company is doing its best to restore this.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Amlin - decent place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Amlin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Actively support learning and development regarding studying towards professional qualifications
    - Friendly bunch

    Cons

    - Technological laggards
    - Bureaucratic and hierarchical
    - Major disconnect between management and operational needs

    Advice to Management

    - Better understanding about the practices and plans of underwriters.


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