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Argo Group Reviews

Updated November 29, 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. "DO NOT WORK HERE"

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

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

    Pros

    You get free parking and the offices are nice. Not many other pros that I can think of- oh, and clean restrooms.

    Cons

    You will be told from day 1 “do not talk to, engage with or look at any of the executives unless you are approached first”. You will be given no training and the culture is beyond toxic. Don’t expect to be treated well. You will be fired immediately if you make a mistake and the pressure is unbearable. You deserve better. If your spouse or child is sick, too bad. Business moves forward. No one cares.

    Advice to Management

    Culture starts with good leadership. Leadership should take an ethics class.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Claims"

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

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Free parking at the office

    Cons

    Impossible workload and incompetent micro management

    Advice to Management

    the answer to low morale is not to 'reduce beatings'


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Continual Decline"

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    Current Employee - Commercial Underwriter in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Commercial Underwriter in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, offices are nice, dress is business casual. There are some good guys here, like my boss, but they are very rare.

    Cons

    If you look at the tenure of people at Argo, majority would be under 3 years. No one knows anything because of the constant turnover. Most "employees" are actually contractors. It's chaotic, stressful and unfriendly. So called leaders don't even speak to people. H.R. is a joke, I.T. systems are awful, though not due to the I.T. staff that have been constantly laid off and built back up numerous times. Contributions are not valued here. This is a private enterprise for the executives at the top who hold all the reins and the company suffers because of it. I don't know it it's too late to change the tides here. If you have choices, my advice to you is keep looking. If you don't have options, take the job, act like an egomaniac and hide in your office all day (it's normal, you'll fit in perfectly).

    Advice to Management

    Hire yet another contractor to find out why people are unmotivated to perform in or stay with Argo.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "the IT dept"

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

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

    Pros

    -Excellent stepping stone
    -huge selection of coffee

    Cons

    -no work life balance
    -too many managers in IT, few and dwindling people left to actually do the wok.
    -the entire IT dept is moving to the offshore outsourcing model.

    Advice to Management

    the IT dept hold alot of different things together, enables the business to function as it does.
    Proclaiming that Argo is a 'Big Boy' and outsourcing does not remove this dependency.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "I.T."

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

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the people within the business is a positive

    Cons

    Communication and project planning are usually lacking, especially what comes from Senior Management. Major plans are often executed without proper evaluation of risks or solid plans. If you're not a manager, you're not valued as an employee. I.T. is also outsourcing to a 3rd party vendor so it makes working their less appealing.

    Advice to Management

    You say you are trying to be innovative, but you follow what every other company does. Not quite sure how innovative that is, but it seems to me like it's "follow the leader". Try to work on doing something that shows you're attempt to innovate.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Worked with some great people

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Do not value employees.


  9. "Underwriting Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Underwriting Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Underwriting Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argo Group as a contractor

    Pros

    Argo was one of the only companies that was paying the most for a contract worker in my field.

    Cons

    Terrible manager, a complete bully! Felt like I was going into a battefield every morning. Three Underwriting Assistants in one year all of them have left. I was only there for 4 months. Very imature and unprofessional co-workers in this particular department. I quit, but stayed to train my replacement who has since left the company as well.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of this manager. With that much turn over you should be able to recognize where the problem really is, and it's not with the UA's.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Upper Management Privileged Attitude"

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

    Pros

    None that are apparent after due dilignace to date

    Cons

    Privileged Attitude leading to corrupt way of doing business

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Upper Management: Cut back on the superficial lifestyle as other users have noted (sailing yachts, formula race cars and private planes) there are other companies with with much money in the bank that can support these low empathy endeavors.


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