Markel Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2020

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3.3
55%
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Markel Chairman and CEO Alan I. Kirshner
Alan I. Kirshner
89 Ratings
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  • "Work/life balance does not exist(in 6 reviews)

  • "Lower than industry pay, bonus potential is good for underwriters but the goal is so out of reach that you will never come close to a decent bonus(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Markel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For the most part, management adheres to the company's guiding philosophies (aka the "Markel Style".) In 10+ years I never felt there was inter-departmental contention - everyone seems to work for the good of the company. These are the best people I've ever worked with. Fantastic bonus opportunities and great 401k match. Generous time off. I never had complaints about salary.

    Cons

    IT is being aggressively offshored (both app dev and technical) so probably not the best place to work if this is your field.

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  2. "Just a job now"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Markel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They do permit full time remote options for full time employees should your work role permit the opportunity.

    Cons

    Poor management on the IT side. Short staffed - You will end up working long hours, weekends and feel like you are connected 24/7/365 Poor decision makers Minimal career growth - almost none if you aren't at the home office

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  3. "Solid if slow company"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Markel full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, has a relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Technology is well behind standards.

  4. "Good Company"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at Markel full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Could use more life/work balance.

  5. "Poor Culture"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NOC Operator in Glen Allen, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Markel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I cannot think of a Pro.

    Cons

    Management was not helpful or pro employees

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  6. "Ok job"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Markel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working from home is nice

    Cons

    Overall the job is pretty boring

  7. "Top Notch Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Claims Examiner 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Markel full-time

    Pros

    Good people, employees are valued, good benefits, good company culture

    Cons

    Hard to grow salary once set

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Old School Company, with some great people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Science in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Markel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very genuine coworkers, friendly environment, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Confusing reporting structure Old school cultural values, retention of young employees was low.

  9. "Maybe a stepping stone. Low pay and too much favoritism. You don't get promoted based on performance."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Markel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Only consider if you want to get experience and move on. Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to industry, they try to pitch you good bonuses, but they do not live up to the expectation. You can get paid so much more at other companies. Also, management is not very good. Most in management are promoted due to the relationship with other managers and you are not promoted based on performance, but rather favoritism. There are too many married couples within management. It is not well run.

  10. "Markel"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Markel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great bonus provided each year

    Cons

    lower salary for the work you are doing

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