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John L. Wortham Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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  1. "Good but needs to modernize!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at John L. Wortham full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am a new employee but everyone has been very nice and helpful. The salary is very competitive, and the flex work schedule is great. Benefits are decent coverage and affordable.

    Cons

    So far, as a new employee I'm seeing some areas lacking. The 401 k match is pretty low, compared to other brokers in the area. There has been very little on the job training, no new hire training or onboarding. The electronic filing systems are ancient!!!So is the office equipment and someone at the company hordes office supplies and refuses to order specific requests. I hate punching a clock because if you are off, even by a minute they will deduct your PTO. It's not reasonable, and I spend a lot of time tracking my time to make sure it is EXACT. My efforts would be better served learning about clients.

    Advice to Management

    It's amazing that the company has been in business for over 100 years, but its time to step into this decade. Make yourself a more competitive broker by offering strong benefits (Maternity Leave, Higher 401(k) match, Paid Parking, Gym discounts, company sponsored Happy Hours, PLASTICWEAR AND PLATES IN THE KITCHEN!!!!!!!)


  2. "Good Ol' Boys Club"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technician in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at John L. Wortham full-time

    Pros

    Stable company, decent benefits & 401k

    Cons

    Raises are commonly promised but not received. You are not advanced/promoted based on hard, being knowledgable and doing a good job. You are advanced/promoted based on being liked by the right people so pucker up. They are stuck in the dark ages and desperately need to modernize. No proceedures so everyone does things differently making it hard to follow other employees work.

    Advice to Management

    Establish and inforce written global procedures to establish some sort of consistency. While there is racial diversity among the lower level employees there is no diversity at all in middle or upper management. All department managers and board members are Caucasian. Establish racial diversity globally.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good ol Boys & Benchwarmers"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a stable job and if you like being a drone, it's a good spot.

    Cons

    They are a mess and try to compare themselves to other brokers. They also like to try to hire from other brokers out of spite. I wouldn't recommend anyone to work here just due to their low morals and standards. They are stuck in the dark ages and not open to change for the better. Their clients are based on relationships only. Compared to other brokers, their proposals and client interaction is awful. There is a lot of turnover lately because of this. Crappy coffee to top.

    Advice to Management

    These guys are stuck in their old ways, advice... be open to change. Listen to your clients needs. Hire hard workers and give them the perks to keep them. I left because they expected me to be at my desk everyday. That's all they cared about. Instead of having a room filler, appreciate your hard workers and don't freak out if they are out prospecting or visiting clients.


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  5. "It has been good to many people for close to 100 years."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Privately held and decisions based on long term goals and not short term profits

    Cons

    Competitive business environment requires much work to stay ahead.


  6. "Account Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at John L. Wortham full-time

    Pros

    Your insurance license and education courses are paid for. You really get to use your problem solving skills. Free downtown parking.

    Cons

    Management tends to play favorites and if you aren't in the "inner circle" it can be a challenge to move up the ladder. There also seems to be a disconnect between higher ups and management. The office tends to be old fashion, but insurance in general is a little old fashion.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace diversity, and be open to listening to your employees when it comes to updating processes and procedures. They do daily tasks everyday, and might see something you don't. Try to ignore the office gossip, and speak to your employees directly and compassionately. You never know what people are going through unless you ask.


  7. "Good for experienced people, not beginners"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is pretty decent.

    Cons

    Need insurance knowledge to work here as they will not teach much


  8. "Professional Liability Account Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great to work with

    Cons

    Too much involvement from corporate office


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Temporary employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This was a great working environment, overall.

    Cons

    Lots of inter-office politics that can be difficult to navigate.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wortham is an incredible place to make your career... if you work hard for it"

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

    I have been working at John L. Wortham full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wortham is the only place I have worked where the truly have a long-term outlook. It's big enough to be stable, small enough to be noticed, appreciated and mentored. Absolutely room to advance if you show initiative, you get as much responsibility as you ask for and can challenge yourself. Salary model (not commission) is lower stress and fosters a strong team environment. Very flexible on time and hours - as long as your clients are happy they're happy.

    Cons

    It's a long-term career, so don't expect to stay for 3 years, make your cash and move on. It takes a few years to really become respected, but that also means most people you depend on are actually fairly dependable. Sometimes some minor friction between the 9-5ers and the partners/partner-hopefuls. If you are an absolute hotshot sales person you don't get that direct more sales = more income that you get with commissions, but they still reward you, and you have a VERY strong technical team to manage accounts so you can go out and sell more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on picking the right people - that will always pay off far more than 'cultural initiatives'. Excellent job for the last 100 years!


  11. "I think with any company there are positives and negatives and Wortham is no different"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They have been in business for almost 100 years and there is a lot of tradition and heritage especially in the Houston market.

    Cons

    The company is experiencing growing pains as we prepare and develop strategies that will help us today and for years to come.