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Markel Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great corporate culture and work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits and bonus structure (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • More opportunities for advancement and for earning potential (in 3 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 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great companty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Markel full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and bonus program. Fortune 500 company.

    Cons

    Women are rarely given opportunities for advancement.


  2. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Markel full-time

    Pros

    decent pay for starting career

    Cons

    no advancement available, managers "want to hear" areas for improvement but do not take them into consideration

  3. "Solid Company Decent Pay Decent Mobility"

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

    I have been working at Markel full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great track record, profitable, great stock program, 401k match, profit sharing is really nice

    Cons

    Base pay is only ok, company is clearly trying to cut cost by reducing head count, bonus subject to change and underwriting performance


  4. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Markel full-time

    Pros

    There is great long term management in place. Managers treat their employees well and listen to their input.

    Cons

    The company is flat so there are not a lot of opportunities for growth at lower levels.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the forward thinking vision of the company and the great way the employees are treated.


  5. "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Services
    Former Employee - Administrative Services
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Markel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company did a great job of creating a fun place to work at.
    The willingness to change to make things up to date was nice.

    Cons

    Our department manager had a lot of turn over so no consistency there.


  6. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very attentive to employees. Good front-line people made the company go.

    Cons

    Money matters first and formost. Got in the way of meaningful decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the bottom line dictate everything and don't compromise ethics because of money.


  7. "Underwriter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good, company works with you when it comes to family matters.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  8. "Claims examiner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, promotes from within

    Cons

    No cons to be concerned about

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. "Claims"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Randolph, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Randolph, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Markel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong leadership with open lines of communications

    Cons

    none that should be concerning to others

    Advice to Management

    continue current path


  10. "overall good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great comp and benefits - overall positive

    Cons

    corporate claw - bureaucracy too many chiefs and legacy issues


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