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Cincinnati Financial Reviews

Updated April 3, 2017
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Steven J. Johnston
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  • Work from home possible, but occasionally (in 6 reviews)

  • A nice to work if you are looking for insurance experience (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Personal Underwriter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Personal Lines Underwriter in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Personal Lines Underwriter in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment if you allow it to be.
    Work from home 1 day a week after you have been here for 18 months.

    Cons

    Salary compared to industry is far below.
    When the underwriters are told something will happen to help with workload, not only does that not happen but they do the opposite. I say this with 3 major changes that come to mind just within the last year.
    You are not reviewed on how well you do your job, but who you know or suck up to.
    Chance to grow through personal Lines is practically impossible. You will have to go to commercial underwriting first. Plus there you have a whole lot of less work and you get paid more.

    Advice to Management

    Common sense is the stance you take when underwriting policies. Use this same practice when determining how to treat your employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Cronyism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Fairfield, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People and suburban location with parking

    Cons

    Culture is who you know not how hard you work to get ahead, Cronyism in IT is extremely frustrating CIO built a culture around his pals

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive and diverse in your advancement of people


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to start your career but not the place to end it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, convenient location, some good people. The company day at Kings Island is one of the best perks of working there.

    Cons

    Nepotism is key there. It's not what you know it's who's your daddy or who you marry. The moral is low, employee focus is extinct, it's all about the numbers anymore.

    Advancement is limited because they know who they want to promote but have to go through the motions of interviewing everyone because it's the company's philosophy.

    Overworked and underpaid!

    Advice to Management

    Work smarter not harder! Compensate your employees better.

    Listen to your employees. Go back to the days when it was family oriented and you cared about your associates. Promote those who deserve it, not the ones who are on the fast track because of who they're related to.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Business analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid company
    Benefits ok
    People ok

    Cons

    Moral low
    Behind the times with technology
    Not willing to change with the times

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all your people, not just your trusted favorites


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A changed company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work environment and the building security team and maintenance crew are top-notch and second to none.

    On bonus distribution everyone gets a hearty handshake from the officers…and a donut.

    Cons

    Nepotism doesn't run through this company - it gallops.

    The company has digressed from a company that looks for ways to say yes to a company that looks for ways to say no - especially in regards to their employees.

    The company bases the yearly bonus on performance in relation to ten peer companies. So even if the company really hits it out of the park, if the peers do just a bit better there could be very little or no bonus.

    The officers are captains of the ship. If they tell the crew to go to a specific island and the crew gets the ship to that island, if it turns out to be the wrong island everyone suffers from the officers decision to go to that island.

    The company cuts costs at the employees expense at every opportunity but still uses tablecloths for the officers' monthly luncheon and in this day of videoconferencing still holds an August meeting (which brings in field workers and their spouses for a day and a half of...well I am not sure what).

    Advice to Management

    Entertain suitors. The agency system had its time and place and that time and place was there and then, and not here and now; management does not have the competence to compete in an internet world.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Micromanagent - Old School"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Fairfield, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial full-time

    Pros

    Nice building and easy location

    Cons

    Family retired and now everyone is just a number. Managers treat associates different depending how they like you. HR backs the managers by making the manager manual vague to the point where one manager can allow their team flexibility while another can not. Female managers go by the book and are not flexible. Managers in general are more concerned about you being at your desk 8:00-4:45 vs. your value add to the client. Pay is low, stay a couple years to get underwriting experience then leave and get a minimal 30% raise.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize your management styles because associates talk terrible about you. Be more flexible to allow better life/work balance. Focus on value add vs. worrying if someone is sitting at their desk.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Claims Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 30 Years An Adjuster in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - 30 Years An Adjuster in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company Car was a nice benefit

    Cons

    Technology is old and outdated

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  9. "Contracting at Cincinnati Financial Corporation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Test Analyst in Fairfield, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice building and cafeteria. Plenty of free parking.

    Cons

    Not much training in using their requirements applications for testing their Commercial Insurance applications to test their monthly releases.
    My 6 month contract was not renewed a second time - they were offshoring my position.

    Advice to Management

    Heard that offshoring the testing of their commercial insurance was later canceled and the testing was brought back to Fairfield Ohio.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Nice place to work for the culture, bad place to work for new technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Developer in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the number of people there allow you to meet at least one person you will get along with, and the environment is quite lax. It is a stable place to work, and layoffs in IT have never happened, or at least that's what I hear. They take care of their employees with events, discounts, and an effort to get you involved with the community. They give additional access to fitness programs, jewelry sales, used car sales, and other items for sale at a discount. They are flexible with your work-life balance. The pay and benefits are better than expected.

    Cons

    This is a tough place for a younger mind to be in software development. The project we work on is a giant beast whose coding is grounded in some very old practices (Think GOTO statements), and there is little chance to improve anything. "Training" is offered when you start, but it is hardly enough to get you understanding how the code works; rather, it is a brief walkthrough of the website's UI. Documentation is next to nothing, there is no knowledge base, and asking for help is often like a pinball game, where you're bounced from cubicle to cubicle to ask someone else to get an answer. The project is Being an insurance company, there is red tape in every direction, which greatly slows down development. There are some hard headed developers who are adamant about policing other developers, and other developers who are adamant and vocal that their way is right and everything else is wrong. In the end, it can be a very discouraging place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Let IT be technology centered, not insurance centered. By having development rely on your industry knowledge of insurance, you are losing a lot of bright minds. Be watchful of how involved your team leads are in the team, as some do not actually lead. Promote based on potential you see, not based on time on the job, and reward accordingly. Tear down the cubicles at least halfway and let us have a view. It encourages communication, and improves morale. Create a team solely dedicated to utilities, so those looking for a creative outlet in an otherwise bland project can have encouragement to work hard. Lastly, do not let the HR system boil all of your hard work down to a whole number (1 ~ 5). This encourages only five different levels of employee (Legally able to fire, almost legally able to fire, has a job, works harder than is paid for, has a best friend in HR).


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Looking good on papers overrides commitment, rectitude and hard work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, OH
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cincinnati Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Direct managers appreciate hard work and integrity. They communicate what steps are needed to succeed and guide employees towards those goals.

    Cons

    Tenure, hard work, integrity do not matter with some upper management. Looking good on paper is what counts not the reality of how hard one works nor how dedicated someone is to their work and the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and promotional practices need to be reevaluated. Stop discounting hard and dedicated workers just because they do not fit in a perfect little box. You are loosing some good people.


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