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Updated April 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance and great benefits (in 46 reviews)

  • Great benefits and excellent employee involvement (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance went to hell the last 2 yrs (in 12 reviews)

  • little to zero work from home option (I may have experienced this because of the department I worked for or because I was a contractor) (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Total Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Manager in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FM Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work and supportive exec management

    Cons

    Advancement can be slow due to longjevity of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t forget what made the company successful.


  2. "Excellent Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Frisco, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Frisco, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is great company who is engaged with the employees and is invested in their long-term success. People who get hired stay for a long time. The average tenure is over 12 years.

    Cons

    The hiring process is difficult, but I suppose they want to make sure that they only want the right people. I went in for 4 or 5 interviews and computer-skills tests. It was worth is in the end.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Management Tolerated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, RI
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, company is successful, Johnston office has a nice facility, free parking, subsidized lunches, free wellness classes (meditation, stretching)

    Cons

    Many managers have little to no respect for their employees and some can be abusive, which is tolerated by the company despite being aware of this going on. Almost no promotional opportunities. Although convincing themselves diversity is valued their version of diversity is hiring female instead of male engineers. Many employees are overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Actually pay attention to employees when they have issues instead of always siding with management.


  4. "Good benefits. Average software jobs"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Johnston, RI
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Johnston, RI
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at FM Global full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - They take care of employees
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Not a lot of challenging work in software jobs.
    - Mostly internal projects


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don't believe the hype"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Johnston, RI
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Johnston, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Not much work to do. Can bs and slack easy

    Cons

    The agile transformation has made morale very bad in the home office. Even people not affected say they will be next. Not a good work situation now.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, Yearly bonuses for every salaried position, to my knowledge, there are higher bonuses for the higher position titles or different jobs example an Account engineer would be in a higher bonus bracket then a field engineer I, II, and senior, though i think senior may be in a higher bonus bracket, You are pretty much guaranteed a raise each year, this could vary on your manager/position, Company provided vehicle, you pay a small monthly fee but they cover gas, insurance, and maintenance! You can use it for personnel travel as much as you want, and it is all covered by the company!, Company provided pension plan, & 401(k) w/ 6% match, There could be additional pro's but they vary with the job title

    Cons

    You are required to travel, but this is estimated around 25-75% depending on your position, there could be weekend travel again this varies with position, example claims and field engineer positions may have occasional weekend travel, management can be VERY micro manage-y, there also some position titles that require weekend work this is because saturdays and sundays still count against your timeliness, you dont have to work, but it can become an issue when they track your metrics some managers may be more serious about this than others,

    Advice to Management

    try not to micro manage your employees, this is one of the worst things i have found with this company, it can really frustrate people


  7. Helpful (1)

    "FM Approvals Division, Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Norwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -If you are near retirement this is a great place to be. The job is very easy, pretty low stress, and extremely flexible hours. There is never a reason to stay past 5 PM. Pretty much just slowly coasting towards retirement.

    - There is a pension plan, 6% match of 401K, and other good benefits.

    - A lot of travel if you like that. All around the country from California to Florida to Texas. There are some people that have been to almost all 50 states.

    - Job stability is good as manufacturers in the loss prevention products industry need the FM mark to stay competitive.

    Cons

    - If you are a young professional looking to advance in your career and climb the ladder this is NOT the place for you. Engineers who are at the company have been here for decades, meaning there are limited opportunities open to move up. The promotion policy is outdated ( takes at least four years to be promoted once, as your first year's reviews do not count towards promotions).

    - They call this an "engineering" job and require at least a bachelors in engineering although you will not use any engineering skills that you learn and practice in college which I find very frustrating. This is mostly a paper-pushing job. You will have stacks of folders and papers in your office. If you stay here for a long time you will have a very difficult time finding a new job because you have not been building any in demand engineering skills ( I am finding this out now).

    - Extremely outdated work culture. This is probably because the majority of employees here are 50 years old plus! Management shuts down ideas related to improving culture because they do not want to invest money into it.

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    Advice to Management

    - You should really be thinking of tactics to improve work culture to retain younger employees. When all the baby boomers begin to retire a lot of customer knowledge will be lost with them. I hear FM Global culture is fantastic, but here at Approvals it is abysmal.

  8. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FM Global full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and excellent employee involvement

    Cons

    Need more employment opportunities for support staff


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mutual Boiler Re"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Vacation, set schedule, pay is alright.

    Cons

    Zero growth opportunities. You’ll waste prime working years with little opportunity to gain additional experience. Management is passive aggressive towards employees, and will force people out of positions or the company for any perceived slight, which creates a toxic and hostile work situation

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. They don’t listen anyway because honestly, they don’t care.


  10. "Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance and great benefits. Hire from within as much as possible so great advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Potential for limited growth depending on office/department.


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