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Kemper Underwriter Reviews

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Pros
  • "Work life balance seems to be on par with every other carrier I have worked for" (in 17 reviews)

  • "They also offer a competitive 401k plan and good benefits for employees" (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "really horrible upper management - they do not care about you" (in 18 reviews)

  • "High turnover (probably for the reasons I just mentioned)" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Underwriter Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Underwriter Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Kemper (More than a year)

    Pros

    A very professional organization, providing excellent benefits, company culture offers a climate of camaraderie, flexibility as well as the opportunity to enhance and advance in your career.

    Cons

    Company financial strength wasn't as strong.

    Kemper Response

    Sep 6, 2016 – Corporate Communications Manager

    Thank you for sharing your experience with Kemper! Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to stay connected and updated on company news!


  2. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter
    Former Employee - Underwriter
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kemper full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People and Training
    Location and Benefits

    Cons

    I don't have any at this time

    Kemper Response

    Oct 25, 2017 – Brand Manager

    We are glad you enjoyed working at Kemper for more than eight years. We appreciate your feedback and hope you will stay connected with us by following Kemper on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Very little opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kemper full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment, competitive pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancement from the inside. Company would rather hire outsiders for any management or upper management position than promote from within. Stagnant growth. Very little opportunity as company is slowly shrinking. Upper management outsiders come in for a couple of years, change a few things...usually for the worse, company doesn't grow, and then they leave.

    Advice to Management

    More advancement from within.

    Kemper Response

    Aug 21, 2017 – Brand Manager

    Thank you for your perspective. You may want to speak with your manager or HR Business Partner to find ways to further grow your capabilities and develop your career at Kemper.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kemper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and the salary were nice.

    Cons

    They promised remote opportunities then pulled nearly everyone back into the office. The CEO is incompetent and doesn't care about the people on the floor. The work is not managed well, everyone is on the phones all day, and forced into overtime. No job growth for underwriters.

    Advice to Management

    Either hire more people or look for better jobs yourselves.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Underwriter"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kemper full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, hourly pay. Folsom office since closed.

    Cons

    Very unhappy employees, overworked, poor management decisions.

    Kemper Response

    Jun 9, 2017 – Brand Manager

    Kemper strives to provide the best work environment possible for our employees. We thank you and wish you the best of luck.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Pay Suffered Significantly"

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    Current Employee - Underwriting and Policy Services Representative in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Underwriting and Policy Services Representative in Palmdale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kemper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a job, but not a carrier if you plan to have any sort of life outside of work.

    Cons

    I started working for Alliance United in September 2014. On May 1, 2015 Alliance was "acquired" by Kemper/Unitrin Group of Companies and we took a significant cut in pay. Not the dollar amt, but the way in which they utilized live pay (10 days as opposed to 13-15 worked days paid). Overtime trails and is applied to following check. By the way overtime is frowned upon. The benefits are not worth it. But we were left with not choice. I literally only 15-20% out of pocket for most coverages and now we are at roughly 80% of out pocket for medical and dental. Management has completely flipped the switch on being nice to employees. As if we are the enemy... There is a such thing as work/life balance, this company does not allow for that.

    Advice to Management

    Those under you will eventually take your job if your attitudes do not change, although there's not much room for promotion at the company anymore. There is a such thing as work/life balance, this company does not allow for that.


  7. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Jacksonville, FL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay, New Building, Good Manager

    Cons

    Stability of company, amount of expertise of managers

    Advice to Management

    Dont be afraid to ask for help

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Underwriting Department Needs Help"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter
    Former Employee - Underwriter
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) Friendly co-workers
    2) People aren't overly competitive
    3) You can trust people at the company
    4) You will have decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    1) Advancement in the underwriting department is limited
    2) The work is monotonous
    3) The personalities in underwriting management are a little prickly.

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication to staff on the strategic direction of the company. Find the true talent, no matter which department it comes from, and promote from within.


  9. "Good place to work, if you just want a job."

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Jacksonville, FL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A decent place to work. I enjoy my job.

    Cons

    A lack of communication. Middle management receives little to no training on HR topics.

    Advice to Management

    We need to find a true core customer and cater to him. Currently, our market is too broad. Also, we are to risk adverse. We need to find a mission and galvanize around it.