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Manitoba Public Insurance Reviews

Updated May 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Enormous amount of red tap to get anything done.


  2. "Not the best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people that work well together

    Cons

    No onboarding and very disorganized

  3. Helpful (3)

    "A fine place to work, but may not be for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Manitoba Public Insurance full-time

    Pros

    They really support employees with training and education opportunities, offer good pay and benefits, and have a generally positive work environment.

    Cons

    It's still a public entity, and as much as they try to promote a corporate environment and be innovative and empower employees, it's still got a very bureaucratic vibe going on, where everything last thing is still very centrally controlled from the top.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of positive things going on, but there needs to be more action than lip-service when it comes to actually empowering employees and giving them the tools they need to succeed.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "I love working here!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Manitoba Public Insurance full-time

    Pros

    The company really cares about their employees and the community. Excellent pay, benefits, and educational opportunities. Management and the executive are kind, approachable, supportive, and want everyone to succeed.
    The work/life balance is excellent.
    There are tons of opportunities for advancement for motivated employees.

    Cons

    Onboarding for new employees is a little weak. While new hires attend orientation sessions and so forth, there tends to be little in the way of on-the-job mentorship for employees' new roles. This makes for a very stressful introduction to your position and an absolutely terrifying probationary period.
    It tends to take awhile for management to set objectives with staff.

    Advice to Management

    Publicly promote the Corporation's good works in the community. This will attract high-quality, intrinsically motivated applicants. The executive should ensure there is open and honest communication is always a priority and should begin ongoing, in-person engagement with staff.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "No craftsmanship - Lack of caring"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Manitoba Public Insurance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The starting salaries and extended health benefits are excellent.
    The work environment is pretty lax.

    Cons

    I worked in IT as a software developer.
    MPI does not foster an environment of excellence with or care about software development craftsmanship. They have a very "make it work however you can" mentality.
    It's very short-sighted and leads to endless maintenance nightmares. There's also a strong not-invented-here syndrome present that ends up with many, many "wheels being reinvented".
    If you are a software developer and care about making well designed and maintainable computer systems do not work here.
    The amount of money wasted on sloppy software development is staggering.

    Advice to Management

    Train your software developers.
    Simple and maintainable software pays for itself many times over.
    I think MPI should adopt the mentality about training that Henry Ford had.
    "The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay." - Henry Ford


  6. Helpful (1)

    "IT"

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

    I have been working at Manitoba Public Insurance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Annual level (pay) increase
    - Good Benefits
    - Expectations are not intense

    Cons

    - No promotions, must apply, interview, and even test for positions
    - Employees can be very hit or miss as essentially nobody is ever let go
    - Structural and cultural issues can be serious barriers to getting things done
    - Can be very rigid and bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to be more involved in staff management. It is very difficult finding resources and information to get work done. Seems like management has no idea what they're doing at times, communication is very weak.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not as stable as you think"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Manitoba Public Insurance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pension and Benefits
    Close to Tim Horton's and the LC

    Cons

    Annual salaries are based on 36.25 hours per week not 40 (you get screwed)
    Big divide between out-of-scope/non-unionized Management and unionized employees
    Union is weak - I brought several DOCUMENTED cases of being singled out and disrespected in the workplace. Filed Respectful workplace complaint.... nothing happened.
    HR is a joke - got a 10 month certificate from Red River? GREAT NOW you can play God and talk about benefits and programs you barely understand!
    Everyone starts as a term employee and has to find their own permanent job
    The deductions from my pay are astronomical
    I have a University degree and have worked here for 6 years and get paid less that $50K /year because the Corporation claims my benefits package costs them $12K (The City of Winnipeg compensates my same position at $55+/year and also has pension and benefits)

    Advice to Management

    If you like being micromanaged - this is the place for you!
    If you like keeping your head low, and not speaking up, AND if you especially like being a yes-man and kissing management butt then DEFINITELY APPLY

  8. "Worst Leadership team with Political interference"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Manitoba Public Insurance full-time

    Pros

    location. very loose scheduling. no accountability.

    Cons

    if you are conscientious then avoid this place. Great for career civil servants with no regard for taxpayers' money.

    Advice to Management

    Some day the gravy train will run out. Keep enjoying yourselves.


  9. "Toxic Environment with Great Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Manitoba Public Insurance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. You start with 3 weeks paid vacation + 18 paid sick leave + 1 week paid discretionary leave.

    Cons

    In-scope employees are always at odds with management. Management sees unions as a hindrance as such they are constantly trying to outsource as much employees as possible regardless of the cost.

    Advice to Management

    Carefully weigh the pros and cons of outsourcing vs keeping business functions internally. While it may seem more cost effective to outsource due to the savings in paid benefits there are intangibles to keeping processes in house e.g. greater control over information security and accountability.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Manitoba Public Insurance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits and pension are good, as well as opportunities for education and training. Employees are generally provided with the tools and supports they need to do the job. Some flexibility with hours of work. Three weeks vacation time after the first year.

    Cons

    Company is mgmt top-heavy, with many managers not qualified to do their job. Decision making and direction is inconsistent and most employees rarely receive performance reviews, yet receive annual pay increases regardless of their ability to do the job. Morale is very low across the board due to these factors.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and put a senior management team in place that can move the company into future.


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