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Grange Insurance Association Reviews

Updated February 3, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Management is very accommodating.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind at this time.


  2. "No work life balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Grange Insurance Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You got a Bus pass and it is near a lot of stuff downtown if you need to go somewhere.

    Cons

    Very understaffed and over worked. Need to work 60 hours to get job done despite pr aching work life balance.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Do not recommend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Grange Insurance Association full-time

    Pros

    Overall the employees there are friendly, and they do have an onsite gym which is nice

    Cons

    The upper level of management sees themselves as an exclusive club, and is often described as 'a boys club'. They are not in tune to what is going on with in the rest of the company. This company gives too much credit to employees who have been there for 20+ years and often promotes, the limited times there's opportunity to promote, based on length of time there instead of actual skill level. They talk a lot and make lots of promises but none of them are followed thru on. Pay is definitely below industry standards. Virtually no room for growth. Technology is just pitiful. This company is so far behind it might as well still be the 1980's there. CEO walks around waving and smiling like a politician. He acts incredibly friendly but then over reacts to the smallest things, and when he over reacts he is a jerk about it.
    The IT department needs to be cleared out and start from scratch....but perhaps this should start with the CEO since most likely the lack of advancement is because of him.

    Advice to Management

    Would love to give advice to management, however it's never heard and when voices you will not be with the company much longer.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Old and conservative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grange Insurance Association full-time

    Pros

    A stable, long-established business that is doing well. Good CEO.

    Standard, complete benefit package.

    Small community of less than 200 people.

    Friendly people in general. Charming attempts at building community and morale, like ice cream for all in the courtyard as a summer surprise

    Cons

    Pay is modest. Paid time off is modest.

    Healthcare choice is limited to Group Health.

    IT department is a nightmare of technical incompetence and man's inhumanity to man. The immediate manager can’t stand up to his direct reports, so it’s managed by the Lord of the Flies. He weasels from cube to cube gossiping about direct report A to direct report B, and vice versa in the next cube (...not quietly enough). Divisiveness is pervasive. No concept of team-building, or everyone being on the same side. The software delivered costs probably 5 times what it should, due to disorganization and low competence. An entrenched culture I don’t see changing till the manager is replaced with strong, fair, and technically knowledgeable leadership, and the group culture has time to some recover


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Looks good on a resume."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grange Insurance Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice on-site gym, personal trainers and a generous bonus program.
    Workstations are ergonomically minded.
    Free bus pass and frequent opportunities to park on site.

    Cons

    Pay is far below industry standard. A short time ago they changed the title of 'Rater' to 'Data Entry' and began hiring insurance rookies at barely above minimum wage yet still expect them to perform as raters.
    There is no opportunity for advancement unless someone retires, and training is near non-existent.
    Don't expect to be taken seriously as a woman within this company. This is a boys club little lady, get back in the kitchen and make me some coffee.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rewarding apathetic veterans and spend a little cash to recruit some quality people unless you want to keep losing talented people.
    The turn over rate was at an all time high when I left and management acted like it wasn't even happening. Be proactive and talk to your employees before they walk.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Somewhat disappointed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Claims in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Claims in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Grange Insurance Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most people who work there are pretty friendly and it doesn't have an intimidating, overly formal atmosphere.

    Cons

    Training for the position was very limited. Also, goals for personal performance are not clearly communicated. This last comment doesn't have much to do with the company itself, but if you don't live close to downtown the commute can be quite frustrating.


  8. "Best in the west!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grange Insurance Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Community, compensation, perks, employees, Benefits

    Cons

    There is absolutely no cons of working at Grange Insurance. I am happy with my job and I love it so much!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "I worked at Grange"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Grange Insurance Association full-time

    Pros

    On-Site Gym, Friendly upper management, Hands off environment, open door policy

    Cons

    After gaining a new VP the company took a turn into a big business mind-set; they fired a significant amount of long time employees and hired a brand new batch of young, hungry, and hard working people. Now since this new batch of people had little to no experience the company was able to save money by paying a significantly lower wage (which is brilliant) but they forgot to give these new candidates a place to grow. While the company it self is doing well they still focus on this "close family" environment which in turn results in never hiring more than a certain number of employees and employees who have been there for 30+ years have no intention on leaving anytime soon. Bottom line is you won’t go anywhere here. Job openings are rare and it is more often then not because someone retired and as a new person, you won’t be landing that Supervisor position which required 7+ years. The employees do get treated well but it is a fact that they pay lower than the industry medium and you will have to pick up the slack of the veterans.

    Advice to Management

    You have new employees who are willing to work hard and have a positive attitude , give them a place to grow and advance or they will leave.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "They do not value quality employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Grange Insurance Association full-time

    Pros

    They sometimes offer the option to work from home, though it's for their convenience, not the employee's, and they don't provide the hardware. They do have a good on-site gym.

    Cons

    They are more focused on the short term of cutting salaries and expenses (that sometimes are really needed) than they are on running a business that will do well in the long term. If you ever disagree with someone higher up the ladder, do not expect to remain employed. What used to be a really family oriented business where employees worked til they retired (or died) has become a revolving doorway.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, the upper levels do not generally know anything about what those in the trenches actually do, so they have a very unrealistic idea of how to get it done. It's always easy in their minds to get it done faster and better, and the overall service of the company is suffering because of it. A move towards keeping valuable employees and nurturing a healthy work environment would be a good start.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "There is no future at this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Grange Insurance Association full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small corporation so you can get to know your coworkers in all departments pretty easily. There is an on-site cardio room, weights, and if you want to pay extra, you can do yoga classes and other fitness classes.

    Cons

    Grange used to be a very fun and friendly place to work. Then things started to go downhill. Slowly at first. Positions are not being replaced. Staff spread thinner and thinner. Stress levels through the roof. There isn't much chance for advancement. There has been such an upheaval from the executive level on down that it has become a place where if you want to keep your job you have to keep your head down, say yes, sir, no sir, and hope for the best. Tenured employees have been forced to retire early, or outright let go with the formal termination reason being exactly the same. Word is getting around that it is not a good place to work. Unless you are unemployed and really desperate, I would not recommend applying for a position with Grange Insurance Association in Seattle.

    Advice to Management

    It would not be listened to because anyone who dares to speak up is out. There is supposedly an open door policy with the CEO, but that is totally not true if one wants to keep their job.



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