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Chartis Insurance Company Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Benefits like if you don't use your sick days receive a check in April for prior year (in 10 reviews)

  • home based, company car, good co-workers (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours for some with no overtime pay (in 4 reviews)

  • Many employees had been in the same positions for years (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Frustrating"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Deceny pay and promotion opportunities

    Cons

    Very political environment, management does not communicate

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more


  2. "Great experience unless your boss is a lifer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You're always on your toes.

    Cons

    Your boss changes every quarter if not sooner.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganized, inconsistent, disrespectful to harding working over 30 workers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Industry leader; many locations to work from;

    Cons

    disorganized; looking to weed out older higher compensated employees; constant restructuring with changes made daily; inconsistent messages from management; employees who are brown-nosers are the only ones going anywhere

    Advice to Management

    Get a life and a grip. Stop reacting and thinking about what makes sense.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Run the opposite direction at any cost"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Claims Representative in Latham, NY
    Current Employee - Claims Representative in Latham, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worthy health and benefits for the industry, 401K and opportunity to work from home

    Cons

    Working from home is not worth the workload, no raise in your salaryt, no support from management, unfair performance eval standards, no upper management overview, no local HR.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and be fair to employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place ot start, but not a place ot stay in the prime of your career."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Regular 9 to 5 job.
    Sufficient time to study.
    No penalty for failing exams

    Cons

    Criteria for promotions are unclear, and the process is very political.

    Advice to Management

    Recoginize employees who do want to advance in the company, and clearly outline what is needed in order to get promotions. Also, compensate in line with the rest of the industry, especially where exams are concerned.


  6. "It's a Job not a Career Since the 2008 failings"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Huge Company. If you want to work overseas there are opportunities...if you know the right people!
    Benefits package was recently reviewed. Newer staff get a much better package now days. (longer serving staff did lose out though in the revamp)
    A good place to "learn the ropes" about insurance, the company is still respected for its product innovation and underwriting discipline.
    Flexible working package (opportunity to work from home)

    Cons

    Constant restructuring is unsettling. A sense of change prevails but this has been ongoing for nearly 4 years.
    A lot is expected of employees at all levels.
    Management can be somewhat autocratic
    Lay offs are a constant threat given the ongoing restructuring and cost reduction exercises.
    Recently introduced grading system is not fully understood or accepted in the organization. There is a feeling of mistrust around how this is has been rolled out.
    A better job market will certainly see a huge swathe of lower level staff leaving the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good but not too often! The company needs to find itself again and to do that we need a period of calm.


  7. "Good work experience"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn the insurance industry. extensive exposure to all aspects of the business.

    Cons

    AIG stigma hard to shake.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "decent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of room for professional advancement and promotion. Many opportunities to move to different departments, functions and geographic locations. Pleasant, helpful and approachable co-workers. Cafeteria on premises is convenient when you don't bring lunch and the weather is bad.

    Cons

    Some managers show blatant favoritism and disrespect which can have very favorable or detrimental impact on job. Can be a brutal place to work if you are not well liked. Heavy workloads.


  9. "Good pay, rewards hard work, meritocracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid management team. Very open to change. Pay is competitive and the work is rewarding.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a challenge. If issued a blackberry, you are expected to respond, being on vacation is not a good excuse

    Advice to Management

    HR changes are being proposed leaving more questions than answers. When questions are asked, HR is too often incapable of answering


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Most employees--except the new senior leadership--have one foot out the door."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company that offers global opportunities and professional challenges not possible elsewhere. New management trying to create a more professionally managed organization.

    Cons

    New management is destroying what was unique and good about Chartis and their attempts to restructure the company, improve talent management, diversity, ec. is just window dressing.

    Advice to Management

    Your senior management team aren't leaders and are only looking out for their own careers. You aren't getting a representative view of what is really going on.


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