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Argo Group Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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Argo Group President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Argonaut Group Mark E. Watson III
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  • There is a sense of politicking and favoritism with upper management (in 9 reviews)

  • Continuous change in roles and responsibilities of senior executive team is confusing (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fast Pace and High Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I appreciate Argo's fast pace and constant push to evolve, although people who don't like change may find it a more challenging environment. The changes here are for the better - constant improvements and evolution to stay ahead of the game and make breakthroughs in what's traditionally been a slower-paced industry. Quick decision-making, relatively flat structure, always seeking new ideas and better ways to get things done = an exciting place to be. Lots of potential as a company.

    Cons

    If you aren't open to frequent change, new processes, trying innovative ideas (some that succeed and some that don't) it may not be a great fit.

    Advice to Management

    Be more accessible. Walk the floors, talk to more people.


  2. "Entrepreneurial Organization - Charitable Passion"

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    Current Employee - President in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - President in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have enjoyed starting a business from the ground up, almost 10 years ago, that now generates $100 million in annual premium. The willingness to support a start up business plan took a great deal of courage from the CEO at Argo Group. I have come to love the passion this organization has for philanthropy and coming along side our local charitable interests too.

    Cons

    As with any public company, there are processes and procedures that slow the ability to execute business as quickly as a private organization could without those same restrictions.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "VP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Aggressive growth and expansion strategy.

    Cons

    Salaries below market with constant turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Develop succession plans, communicate expectations, and pay for performance.


  4. "Pretty corrupt and unethical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Morally loose if you're into that sort of thing. Beautiful offices, fancy locations, inflated stipends, big parties, unending spend. Questionable employment practices.

    Cons

    Very unstable. IT Architecture is like a spaghetti bowl...mostly due to wrong leadership in IT. Rest of leadership is clueless, disengaged because they're self-seeking and materialistic. A few very bad apples corrupting the barrel. Definitely not a think tank.

    Advice to Management

    No true leadership driving this boat.


  5. "Sour Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Co workers were great to work with

    Cons

    Management loved to outsource and cared nothing about your dedication

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees


  6. "Thriving Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are great

    Cons

    Office location is not ideal


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Cool, contemporary company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace, entrepreneurial spirit, small company feel with a global business.

    Cons

    Sometimes legacy employees still think like the smaller company from Argo's past.

    Advice to Management

    Continue digital focus.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "I love Argo Group!"

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    Current Employee - Management in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Management in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a firm believer in servant leadership I can genuinely share that each one of the team members I manage is committed to our departmental goals. Their voice and contribution propels Argo to the next level and we as a team are committed to the principal of trust and respect. Yes, there have been times of despair but we lived through it because of hope. Hope that things would get better and they did as they will continue to improve as place our mark in the insurance industry.

    Cons

    I make the best of each situation...so not much negative feedback from me.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more employees to voice their opinion.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Positive Attitude / A Difference Maker"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was looking for a place to make a difference again. All companies have issues. We all know that. I feel valued at Argo that my opinion makes a difference. Decent Pay and Benefits. Bonus structure seems a little weak but overall 7 out of 10 on pay.

    Very positive contributions made to organizations supported by employees

    Cons

    Holdover employees from the legacy organizations damper the positive mood.

    Advice to Management

    Visit field offices more and require ROI metrics.


  10. "Claims"

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    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were fantastic - I really enjoyed working for my mgr.

    Cons

    None really - left for a greater opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course


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