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Fireman's Fund Insurance Novato Reviews

Updated October 19, 2016
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Novato, CA

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Pros
  • Company focused on work-life balance, put employees first (in 26 reviews)

  • Larger company, good benefits including 401k match (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • not much flexibility; work/life balance was often overlooked (in 18 reviews)

  • I experienced upper management to be very protective of their positions (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "FFIC Finance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Novato, CA

    Pros

    Beautiful headquarters, gym on site, cafeteria on site, dry cleaners on site

    Cons

    Most of the company has been sold. The Novato headquarters currently sits empty.


  2. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fireman's Fund Insurance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A great company, with great people. Benefits and salary were competitive. Yearly bonuses were available. Some ability to move within the company.

    Cons

    The company failed to be consistently profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!


  3. "Finance Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Novato, CA

    I worked at Fireman's Fund Insurance (More than a year)

    Pros

    great place to work at

    Cons

    there were no cons here


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  5. "FFIC Solution Engineer Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Novato, CA

    I worked at Fireman's Fund Insurance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of challenges, many systems and departments to interface with on your particular project. Depending on the project you can pick up new skills.

    Cons

    Takes a while to cut thru the documentation and search out subject matter experts.

    Can be confusing at times


  6. "Good benefits and salary;"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I worked at Fireman's Fund Insurance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fireman's Fund was part of the Allianz group of financial companies and offered top-notch benefits when I worked there. The salary was very good as well.

    Cons

    There were a lot of reorganizations and changes in marketing focus in my department. I worked for three different management structures in three years. It was discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    I haven't worked there in a while so am unaware of the current management focus.


  7. "Too Much Change"

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    Former Employee - Actuary in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Actuary in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fireman's Fund Insurance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonably good work environment with opportunities to transfer from one department to another. Competitive pay and benefits and people are treated fairly (Now that company has been taken over by AGCS it's unclear how this will be affected going forward).

    Cons

    Too much change in leadership team. Strategy and direction changes frequently to the point that the company can't get any momentum. This has led to expense challenges which makes it even tougher to compete.

    Advice to Management

    Determine the strategy you want to follow and commit to it. Be disciplined about the business you write and how you manage the company.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    All the job perks are great

    Cons

    Sold the company after a 151 years

    Advice to Management

    Stay at the job longer than a couple of months


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Gone with the wind"

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    Former Employee - California in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - California in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fireman's Fund Insurance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some excellent project opportunities, if you speak up and ask for this type of work.
    Novato campus offered pleasant work space and varied amenities.

    Cons

    Parent company sold off profitable personal lines and eliminated the Fireman's Fund brand.
    Toxic IT management.

    Advice to Management

    You've already moved on to the next shiny thing. It's too late for advice.


  10. "Good potential but couldn't get there"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fireman's Fund Insurance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good communication from leadership. Many hard working employees who focus on achieving results.

    Cons

    People's attitudes went downhill after the merger.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building a positive culture, in addition to achieving results.


  11. "Solution Engineer Specialist"

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    Current Employee - California in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - California in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fireman's Fund Insurance (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Nice campus and location
    Great staff
    Family friendly up to 6 yrs ago

    Cons

    Company has been dismantled.
    Leaders were inept and arrogant.
    High turnover rate of leadership.
    Too much expectations from parent company Allianz

    Advice to Management

    Too late. The company is no more and the leaders who drove it to the ground are now enjoying a fruitful career or retirement.



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