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Updated March 13, 2017
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General Re Chairman, President, and CEO Franklin (Tad) Montross
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  1. "Used to be an excellent company to work for...no more"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Re full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None anymore.....everything that made you feel good about coming to work has been eliminated.....
    No stone unturned to save a nickel

    Cons

    layoffs, benefit reductions, bonus reductions, 401k reductions......morale in the tank.....staff development-not on the agenda. If there is anything still left to take away they'll find it...

    Advice to Management

    Too late....damage is done


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Company and culture being destroyed"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Re full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very experienced underwriters across all divisions, stable, consistent approach, still feels like Sesame Street with everyone being nice.

    Cons

    CEO (Kara), Senior Management, no motivating from any managers, no direction, constant uncertainty, being destroyed bolt by bolt now that Ajit &Kara are running the group. They claim work-life balance but working from home is mostly frowned upon. This organization is stuck in the Stone Age without a roadmap to relevancy.

    Advice to Management

    If there's a plan, ROLL IT OUT! Managers are ineffective everywhere, they are attendance takers, they aren't drivers of the business.

  3. "Underwriter"

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

    I have been working at General Re full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very happy here. Chairman is fully accessible which I think is amazing. They hire really smart and nice people. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Bonus program is not transparent.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible People To Work For....RUN THE OTHER WAY!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Re full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Discount in the Cafeteria and nicer people serving food and getting paid less money

    Cons

    Horrible Atmosphere, poor management, Upper management doesn't care about the people below them and only about their own bonuses, Very Political

    Advice to Management

    Treating all employees fairly would only make your employees be happy at work and enjoy their jobs


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Skill set stagnation,Technological leadership lacking."

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    Former Employee - Developer in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Developer in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The base pay is commensurate with the market and the benefits package is reasonable, but the technology use is at least ten years behind the times and there is a big technology deficit in leadership and in the trenches as well. At the time of hire the initial base compensation was good, but there was not cost of living adjustment, the only adjustment was in bonus which really depended on your relationship with your supervisor. If you can become pals with you supervisor you can pretty much do anything you want. The retirement match was very good during my tenure.

    Cons

    They model used for bonuses and promotion seems to be the buddy system. Unless you are friends with your supervisor, you won't be promoted or bonused fairly. They is a great disparity for non-management level at both compensation levels and bonuses. Abilities and skillsets were not taken into account at all. The technical level of leadership will cause the use of technology to stagnate and you will find your career a decade behind the times, which is ok if you adopt the mindset of the retiring y2K cobal developers and just have a desire to do assembly line style development until it's time for you to retire.

    Advice to Management

    360 reviews, and proper follow up.


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