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Donegal Insurance Group Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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Donegal Insurance Group President, CEO, Director; Donegal Group and Donegal Mutual Donald H. Nikolaus
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  1. "Overall good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - WC Claims Adjuster in Marietta, PA
    Former Employee - WC Claims Adjuster in Marietta, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Donegal Insurance Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Great benefits, bonus, provided. Nice coworkers. Provides a great foundation. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement- partially because opportunity isn't given, but hand picked. Little flexibility. Lacking in technology.

    Advice to Management

    Post positions. Give everyone the same opportunities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to Work For, just needs some modernization"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Marietta, PA
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Marietta, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Donegal Insurance Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Safe Company, good pay, good bonus structure, nice campus, very intelligent workforce, alot of opportunity to grow and learn. I really enjoyed my time at Donegal and would definately consider returning should a position arise.

    Cons

    Old school mentality, no work from home or flexible scheduling option. Micromanagement.No tuition reimbursement outside of insurance classes.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, allow them to work from home or have a flexible schedule. So many people that I saw leave in my time there were under 30. These are bright young adults that are going to be needed as senior management retires.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Solid company but old-fashioned culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    --Decent pay and benefits
    --Very generous sick plan
    --Stable & profitable company
    --Great cafeteria with a real chef
    --Employee appreciation events
    --Nice bonus plan
    --Nice building and spacious workstations

    Cons

    --Very old-fashioned culture
    --Rigid rules & not very flexible
    --Dress up every day
    --Monotonous work
    --Old school mentality (It's a boys club)
    --Difficult to form strong co-worker relationships
    --Out-dated systems software
    --Not very accommodating during inclement weather
    --Initial job training was lacking
    --Not a fun environment. Very boring in fact.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the 1970's, it's a different world now. If you want to attract the best & the brightest and hold onto them long-term you need to offer better perks. Offer flexible scheduling, work from home options, relaxed dress code, career paths and corporate sponsored continuing education. Work on your culture -- I felt very uncomfortable the entire time I worked there. Update your computer systems and throw away that ancient mainframe system.


  4. "Amazing experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marietta, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marietta, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing leadership. Interns were a respected part of the company and were given every opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    The business is large so it is hard to get to know people in other departments


  5. "cliquish and stagnant"

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Donegal, PA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Donegal, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Donegal Insurance Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Close to home. Cafeteria has an actual chef. Nice campus. Some people were alright.

    Cons

    Another review mentioned cliquishness. Understatement of the year. Cafeteria gave me flashbacks to high school. Put up with it for the sake of "team building."

    Beyond that, it's a difficult work environment. Computer systems are a basket case. They're so bad that a full-time help desk staff that works its butts off can't keep up and there's a rotation schedule for developers to help them cope with the flood of endlessly-recurring problems. The resources squandered on coping with those problems over and over and over takes away from any that could be spent on correcting the poor design that produces them....or would if there was any interest at all in doing so. No forward thinking at all.

    Was lectured once about my code for a complex problem not being simple enough (codebase is pure spaghetti so a tight function threw them for a loop I guess). Frequently forbidden from asking business analysts questions about vague specifications. Main project/bug tracker is very rickety and hampers workflow. Absolutely nothing is documented in any way, shape, or form. A manager "fixed" my work once without understanding it and snapped when I explained why his fix made the situation worse. IT is supposed to have all the answers...until it embarrasses somebody?

    Department also likes to surprise people with layoffs and does not provide feedback. Contractors are also expected to attend company events unpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Leave your marital problems at home. Show other departments and teams a little respect. Stop shooting down every attempt to fix sloppy work that does nothing but bury the help desk, and the developers, in tickets. Put development managers in the help desk rotation, whether or not they're allowed to continue coding, so they can have a taste of that hell.


  6. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good perks and benefits

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, can be cliquish


  7. "Solid company and good people."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marietta, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marietta, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Donegal Insurance Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, we'll thought out, smart decisions that allow the company to grow which equates to low risk for lay offs and usually decent bonuses.

    Cons

    No work from home option. The company is a little dated in that respect. They would rather have employees drive in everyday, even in bad weather, when they could easily work from home (many employees already have the equipment to work from home but are not allowed to).

    Advice to Management

    A little more flexibility should be shown and more work from home permitted. Employees will often give that extra 10% if they feel the bosses trust them.

  8. "Good, stable company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great employees, company is kind and compassionate towards employees, good compensation and bonus structure

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, not many women in senior level positions


  9. "Good Place"

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    Former Employee - Imagine Administrator
    Former Employee - Imagine Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great relaxed place. Good people great employee relationships

    Cons

    Very conservative organization need more risk


  10. "Safe and Sound"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in York, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in York, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deliberate work environment that is highly predictable. Family oriented mindset by senior management with recognition like dinners, fun activities for the overall company. Pay is respectable for the work hours.

    Cons

    Deliberate work environment that is highly predictable. Not much in the way of internal promotion or innovation in trying new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to innovate and promote more part-time workers


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