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""If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all""

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at The Standard full-time

Pros

*Company has been very humane during recent layoffs, providing decent severance packages and outplacement services.
*Generous PTO policy.
*HQ is in a nice downtown location.
*Most employees are well educated and sincerely want to make the company successful.
*Claims department does a great job despite being understaffed and inundated.
*Claims are paid in a timely manner and using ethical standards.

Cons

*As many have said, company culture is passive-aggressive.
*People are labeled as having "poor attitudes" when they express a contrary opinion. Once branded, there is no salvaging your career.
*Conflict ("negativity") is discouraged, which means creativity and risk taking die. Workers keep their heads down to protect their jobs.
*H.R. is there to protect the company, not to help employees, and some H.R. staff appear annoyed when they have to deal with employee issues.
*Some leaders use fear as a management strategy. Without a safe environment for discussion and honest communication, morale and productivity plummet.
*There are constant reorgs in some departments, leading to lost productivity and lack of vision.
*Many leaders are not seen as trustworthy by their direct reports, and this is warranted.
*Company is slow to react to economic realities and changes in the business environment, and hasn't invested in needed technology infrastructure to support growth and change.
*Company invests in stupid ventures without doing their homework, while not investing in core business to stay competitive.
*Cronyism runs rampant - the best way to be promoted is to befriend someone in power.
*"Talent Management" is a joke. There is plenty of talent, but people are not encouraged to move around the company to learn new things. Smart people languish while managers hire and promote their buddies.
*Employees work long hours while some VPs arrive at 9 and leave at 4.

Advice to Management

Get out of the ivory tower and actually walk around so you can meet/talk to employees on the front lines. This will only work if you make it safe for them to tell you what's really going on in the company without retaliation; otherwise they'll just tell you that everything is "fine." Hint: it's not. Quit hiring and promoting narcissistic bullies who don't "care about people" and only know how to manage up. Settle on a company strategy and have the balls to communicate your vision and invest wisely toward the goals you've set.

Other Employee Reviews for The Standard

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Solid company with a strong grasp on employee appreciation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management is appreciative of their workforce

    Cons

    Can take awhile to advance out of positions within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the benefits packages and employee appreciation incentives, and the workforce will reciprocate with high quality products.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "An insurance company should not be publicly traded."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Benefits in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Benefits in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Standard has done a great job hiring smart, experienced and well-balanced people at the lower levels.

    Cons

    As the company is publicly traded we are always having to answer to the shareholders and the bottom line. What drives us isn't always about what is best for the company as a whole, but what is more profitable.

    Advice to Management

    You have a smart, educated and experienced workforce, use them! Decisions are being made from the top, but the people who are making these decisions are so far removed from the things they are making decisions regarding, it is almost ridiculous when we hear what they have come up with. One problem I see that influences this is there are too many layers of middle management. A few layers of middle management needs to be done away with so people who are making process and procedural changes are working more closely with the people who are actually carrying out the work.

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