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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Current Employee in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Small company, very personable management leadership team, great benefits, outstanding focus on work/life balance, competitive pay with bonus plan.

    Cons

    Small company so really not the place if you want to climb the corporate ladder since there are few openings that provide upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on creating a culture of service and innovation where people love to go to work, and perform to the best of their abilities.


  2. "Admin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Generalist in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Generalist in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at CAMICO (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Camico has a flexible work schedule that allows you to work longer hours certain days so you can have every other Friday off, good benefits, friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Camico is a smaller company and petty personal issues can come to play, business casual work entire even though the employees are never face-to-face with customers.


  3. "Underwriting Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at CAMICO (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, welcoming, open Environment. Lots of flexibility and work/life balance. Good stability.

    Cons

    Not enough career growth opportunities as far as advancing to higher positions within the company.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "CAMICO is a very positive place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    CAMICO employees are positive and support each other. I work with intelligent sensible people.

    Cons

    The location is "office park" - need to get in your car to go out to lunch.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A mature, dynamic work environment for professional and career growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing/Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing/Sales in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is highly supportive of employees while challenging them to stretch and grow. Oftentimes if a position does not work out for an employee, the company while find another position within the company that's a better fit for the employee.

    Cons

    CAMICO runs as efficiently as possible, reducing as much waste as possible, meaning that sometimes employees become over-extended in their workloads. However, management recognizes that and supports employees with more time and resources to finish their work.

    Advice to Management

    Help employees avoid becoming over-extended in their work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Its not what you know it who you know"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Alternative work schedule
    they offer kaiser and blue sheilds blue cross

    Cons

    Promotions are given to those who have brought one another on board...friends and family members that pretty much all Camico hires.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "There are better places to work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are friendly and easy to work with. It is a small company which means that you might be doing several different jobs. You can get a lot of experience here. You can generally get time off when you need it and the company doesn't give you a hard time about taking the time off.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management. There are supervisors, managers, directors, vice presidents, executive vice presidents and a president. The majority of the highest people have almost no insurance experience except for working at this one company. They don’t seem like they have the basic concept of insurance down and it doesn’t appear that they have ever taken an insurance class. Their decisions are more along the lines of a small business than that of a national insurance player.

    Very disorganized and a lot of work is last minute and urgent. Workers stay late but most of management leaves on time.

    There is a lot of distrust with higher management as the published employee surveys don’t seem to coincide with what employees have claimed they wrote. Surveys are reviewed by the HR department head and then released.

    Recently the company has lost a lot of experienced people and they haven’t been replaced by knowledgeable individuals. This makes it harder for us that are left behind.

    To get promoted or recognized in this organization you have to be a member of the club. Many of those promoted do not have the skills necessary to do the job. They seem to get promoted based on how much they agree with what is being said. People that have good ideas but don’t agree with management seem like they get blacklisted.

    It also appears that the board of directors is more of a rubber stamp than an entity that is suppose to guide and direct.

    Advice to Management

    Find some people that are experienced in running an insurance company rather than individuals that are more concerned about keeping their little kingdoms intact.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "An excellent Company that just needs to work on establishing vision and passing that on to the employees."

    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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Company Culture insists on integrity, excellent customer service and diplomacy and tact in dealings both internally and externally. In my career this Company tops the list in the quality of the people hired. Management gives freedom to employees in managing their own career direction, and if one has the drive there are many opportunities to succeed. The Company does not tolerate any employee, whether high or low level, treating others badly and encourages respect among all. CAMICO has also developed a new career path to give people more opportunities, which can be challenging in smaller organizations.

    Cons

    The Company needs to work on establishing a strong vision, from the top and among all Departments. This vision needs to be communicated, and over communicated, so everyone is aligned and knows what the ultimate goal of the organization is. There also needs to be more openness to solving and fixing problems, and allowing employees to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Vision, and alignment among all Departments.


  10. Helpful (6)

    ""Dinosaurs""

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

    I have been working at CAMICO full-time

    Pros

    Nice offices near the freeway
    Pay is decent
    No pressure- no performance reviews
    Feels like a Midwest company

    Cons

    This company is rudderless.
    Our CEO Ric- seems to be a bit spacey.
    Not sure what the top Executives do.
    No upward mobility.
    Have not grown in years.
    High turnover.
    No training ever (despite promises)
    Old boy network - no innovations ever- (typical for an insurance company?)
    Company was downgraded to a "C" and had to partner with other big insurance broker to upgrade our own poor rating.
    "same as it ever was" mentality
    I am out of here!

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue.
    Bring in some fresh management meat.
    Have a plan and stick to it.
    Look forward - innovate for god's sake! -we are in Bay Area

    CAMICO Response

    Mar 9, 2016 – Communicationa Manager

    CAMICO's rating by A.M. Best is B+ (Good), not C, as stated above. The other "Cons" in the preceding review are also just as nonfactual.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to Establish Yourself"

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

    Pros

    The company is a niche player that provide great benefits. There is no company in its market space that offers what CAMICO does. There are great benefits for policyholders and employees. It is a good place to learn how a service company should operate. It is small enough that someone beginning in insurance can establish the importance of servicing the client.

    Cons

    For a small company, it has too much hierarchy in the decision making process. There are cylos that oprate in the company. Communication among the different departments is non existent. This lack of communmication leads to miscommunication to the public. That makes it easier for competitors to market against the company. The view of the company ends up something negative even though the employees and management team are doing all they can to make things work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it simple and accept that the company is small. It can be an advantage against your competitors. The thing that makes CAMICO great is that it is a small company that offers BIG value to its policyholders. Not everyone will buy it, but those that do will continue to do so because they understand what the company stands for.