CNA Corporation Reviews

Updated May 11, 2021

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CNA Corporation President and CEO Katherine McGrady
Katherine McGrady
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Do interesting work that makes a difference(in 5 reviews)

  • "There are a lot of very smart people that work at this company(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "This puts a lot of pressure to charge to projects even though there isn't a lot of project work to go around(in 3 reviews)

  • "Those people without project work often take the most sick leave(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Inclusive and supportive

      Jan 27, 2021 - Systems Engineer II in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I have already grown so much as a professional and have only been a part of this company for a few months. Upper management frequently do pulse checks on important metrics and implements feedback. Not to mention that the work we do is innovative and incredibly important.

      Cons

      None, at the current moment.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Solid Company

      May 11, 2021 - Staff Counsel in Santa Ana, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Cases from beginning to end.

      Cons

      Too many cases to carry.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Not with the times

      Apr 29, 2021 - Senior Researcher in Arlington, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Salary and benefits; location and work

      Cons

      Outdated support model and senior leadership.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good overall, management issues

      Mar 7, 2021 - Senior Research Scientist in Arlington, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      An organization comprised of smart and creative analysts who are passionate about supporting their sponsors.

      Cons

      Management does not handle employee concerns and complaints in a timely or transparent fashion. There are some really fantastic managers and then there are some really poor managers and the corporate structure doesn’t take responsibility for or action against the poor managers.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Decent Place

      Jan 27, 2021 - Systems Administrator in Omaha, NE
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good culture, fun, nice, awesome

      Cons

      Low pay, no vacation, bad benefits

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to work

      Oct 22, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work from home options, Interesting projects

      Cons

      Some of the projects depend heavily on soft money

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Significant Leadership turnover in Finance

      Oct 2, 2020 - Finance Director in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good opportunities for lateral movement to try new things

      Cons

      minimal opportunities for advancement due to eliminated positions

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      CNA Corporation Response

      Thanks for your review, but we believe this review is of a different CNA. We don’t have any operations in Chicago and have not eliminated any finance positions.

    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Smart people, great place to work, but a bit bureaucratic

      Oct 30, 2018 - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Very smart people with amazing expertise (both academic and professional) -Very friendly atmosphere, although a bit too formal for my taste at times -Mission-driven environment -Collaboration across projects and divisions is increasing

      Cons

      -Decision making too top-down in places. -No opportunity for the "360 performance reviews" that other companies have where junior employees review senior management (and each other) as well as managers reviewing subordinates. -General lack of institutionalized mechanisms for feedback up the chain. -IT falls really short at times; at other times it merely needs improvement. -Benefits are decent to good but policies (and transparency about those policies) could be improved. The leadership knows this.

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Stay Away

      Jan 30, 2020 - Senior Research Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you get to interact with the clients directly, some are very friendly

      Cons

      Management did not care about my personal advancement in the company. Manager was never around the majority of the time but still thought he had a say in my performance evaluation. They blocked promoting me and did not give any accolades for accomplishments.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great Place to Work!

      Sep 20, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I worked for 25 years at CNA and during that time I met and worked with some amazing people. I also got to do some amazing things that no one else (even military) get to do. Think hard about CNA if you get an offer, it really is a great place to experience interesting things while doing technical work.

      Cons

      CNA has all the problems that any mid-sized corporation has. It is also beholden to its primary client - the US Military. This can make getting things done complicated and frustrating. The unique culture at CNA makes it hard to find good leaders, though the "new" CEO is trying. Much of the legacy senior leadership is incompetent. However the work environment is still friendly, caring, and fun, just some of the leadership is not very good. At all.

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