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Fireman's Fund Insurance Novato Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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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 18 reviews)

Cons
  • I experienced upper management to be very protective of their positions (in 16 reviews)

  • Where there was once a healthy balance of management to staff, the company is now excessively top heavy (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Reorganized"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people and great cukture

    Cons

    Sale and restructure codes the firm

    Advice to Management

    The brand still has value so sell it


  2. "It was kind of a joke."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a full time job so that was nice.

    Cons

    Management was an absolute joke. They grade you on a scale of 1 to 5. Everyone always get a 3. So I busted my butt one year to get a four. The project I worked on got an award. The award went to the business guy. My review said basically "He walks on water, he is satisfactory". So the following year I realized hard work meant nothing, I never work one second of overtime, I just did what I was told. I got the same review. There were grade levels, I was an 11. I asked what I needed to do to get to be a 12. They said I could not be a 12, there were no openings. Two ladies that were managers got demoted and joined our team as 12's. They would not let me become a 12 but I had to train others.

    And this was funny, before I left there was this meeting that the VP said "was a discussion". Someone brought up a point and the VP had the nerve to put his hand up to his ear and go "did I hear a question there?" That VP Deems was so clueless he did not understand the difference between a discussion and a Q&A.

    And another funny moment, we had this HUGE project to install a purchased software package. We were a bit behind schedule. So what does management do? Every morning we had an hour long meeting with 20 people so we could discuss why we were behind schedule. Straight out of Dilbert.

    The Fund had the dumbest management team imaginable, no wonder the company no longer exists.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, the Germans were smart enough to realize you were useless.

  3. "Finance Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fireman's Fund Insurance full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great company to work for, good environment

    Cons

    the only con was that the company closed

    Advice to Management

    none because the company is closed


  4. "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.


  5. "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!


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. 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


  10. 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.


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