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"Run Away. Hard and Fast."

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Former Employee - Commercial Underwriter
Former Employee - Commercial Underwriter
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

- Number of contracts/markets - plethora of markets available for risk placement
- Steady job during difficult economy
- Excess & Surplus Lines Industry
- National company

Cons

- Lack of support for work/life balance -- Management openly discourages
- Lack of "team" mentality -- Underwriters are pitted against one another, making some of them unwilling to help. Some will even feed false information.
- Management stirs up drama among employees
- Management enjoyed gossiping about current and prior employees
- Management plays favorites
- HR nightmare -- no HR department in Branch offices. All of HR is located in Michigan. Management is the only outlet for complaints and personal issues (i.e. medical issues) -- but for the above mentioned reasons, they're not to be considered an option.
- Lack of opportunity for advancement
- KELP program is useless -- fancy name for "underwriting assistant" used to entice young college graduates. There are much better training programs available at other companies.
- High turn-over ratio
- Expensive benefits
- Of the little vacation days given, it's difficult to get time off -- Entire month of December is blocked.

Advice to Management

- Human Resource representatives in individual branch offices
- Make the KELP program into more of a specialized training program -- beyond one week at home-office.

Other Employee Reviews for Burns & Wilcox

  1. "Okay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Underwriter
    Current Employee - Assistant Underwriter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours
    Good training
    Nice enough people

    Cons

    Management plays favorites. They also like to hire cheap (I.E. college students who don't know better) and pay them unfairly.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth.


  2. "good experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    not your typical work place

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