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General Star Management Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Awful Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    The claims and underwriting personnel are excellent.

    Cons

    Over the last several years with management changes, there is no longer a chance for advancement. Upper management has their own agenda, and it is not looking out for its employees. Moral is at an all time low. Bonuses and salary increases are minimal for lower level staff BUT upper management is smiling to the bank.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of lining your own pocketbooks, look at the hard working staff and show some appreciation. It's a disgrace when hard working staff are not appreciated or rewarded and punished yet under performers are rewarded.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "This company has no loyalty to its employees and is only concerned with their bottom line"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people you work with are excellent, it's the management that has their own agenda

    Cons

    Promotions are not always given when they are deserved. Sometimes, when re-structuring, people are demoted who should not be. Management has its own agenda, and doesn't always promote the people they should.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of India and give jobs back to Americans!

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Was a great company."

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They do encourage continuing education and compensate for professional designations. They give great opportunities for new college graduates. It's one of the few insurance companies that will have recent college grads "driving their own desk" in underwriting.

    Cons

    They overlook the talent that they have. There is very poor treatment to long term employees. They are currently very top heavy. Upper management has fear of decision making thus reinforcing a culture of analysis/paralysis. There is constant change to the organizational structure, so much so that it is not uncommon to not know who is in charge of what. It's a very political environment, depending on the employee's talents in their own "spin" anyone one could achieve greatness at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the "front lines" and spend time in the "trenches". Get back in touch with what is really going on. Start treating long term employees with the respect they deserve. Stop driving employees away with unrealistic and unrelenting demands. Give even praise to those that are producing, look at numbers not at image.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Poorly run"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Building has several amenities such as dry-cleaning service and a full cafeteria.

    Cons

    Management can neither manage nor lead. Communication is lacking but gossip is rampant. Atmosphere is destructive and hostile.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "CEO Doesn't Care"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great underwriters and claims group.

    Cons

    Salaries have been slashed due to change in upper management. Bonuses have been greatly removed and good people are being laid off. The CEO doesn't care what is happening to the employee morale and is only considered with cutting expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to protect your job and the people that suck up to you. There are very good hardworking employees that are being overlooked.


  6. "Awful place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Star Management full-time

    Pros

    They pay you on time.

    Cons

    Horrible place to work. Company rewards below average performance and if you are slated as an employee that will advance, all of the below average workers who have been underperforming and sitting under the radar will target you, ostracize you, and find a way to oust you. This includes management level employees who feel threatened by you; several management level employees have been there for decades with only high school diplomas and are terrified of anyone with an education or a brain.

    Advice to Management

    To board of directors - get out to the branch offices and find out what is really happening.