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Markel Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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  • More opportunities for advancement and for earning potential (in 3 reviews)

  • Human Resources expect retaliation (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor
    Current Employee - Customer Service Supervisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Markel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    9% 401k employer contribution w/ 4% employee contribution. 18 days PTO (plus holidays) right from the start with more added in the future.

    Cons

    I can't think of much.

    Advice to Management

    increase salaries, lower bonuses.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Strong Culture and Great Benefits"

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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

    Great benefits and bonus structure.
    Stable company with strong leadership.
    Good stock loan options.
    Reputable company within the industry.

    Cons

    Compensation below market value.
    Can take a long time to advance.

  3. "Underwriting"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Markel full-time

    Pros

    Great Bonus Structure. Fun and hard working culture. For a large company it still has the small company feel. Management really cares about their employees. Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Not really a con as it's changing but information technology is dated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Markel is a great place to work and build a career.


  4. "Underwriter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Markel full-time

    Pros

    - Market Reputation
    - Leadership
    - Values
    - Future-oriented outlook

    Cons

    Not too many cons that come to mind.


  5. "Director, Corporate Real Estate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Corporate Real Estate in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Director, Corporate Real Estate in Richmond, VA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Markel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great long-term values and culture
    Great financial performance over a long period of time
    People have fun and like trying new things

    Cons

    People don't retire; can make it take longer to "move up"
    Not a lot of formal career guidance/talent management, but that's changing for the better.
    Airline flights are not easy from Richmond.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great upper management leaders, Stock options.

    Cons

    Few young professionals, mostly older employees.


  7. "Markel"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Treasury Analyst in Glen Allen, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Treasury Analyst in Glen Allen, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team. Great work environment. Salary was good. I enjoyed my time there. The campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Their data storage and operations are sometimes fragmented and difficult to work with

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. The company is great and I enjoyed my time there.

  8. "Amazing Place to Work Best in Industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, Culture, Flexibility and Long Term Outlook of the company are all great.

    Cons

    More opportunities for advancement and for earning potential.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Mechanicsville, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Mechanicsville, VA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Markel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Markel is a fabulous company that was great to me for over 20 years. The Markel Style lives and breathes across the organization.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Better than most"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with. Quality HR and benefits. Decent pay and excellent bonus program.

    Cons

    Unstable management. Not much opportunities for growth within certain departments. Nepotism is evident. Hires outside for management versus promoting from within.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to basics. 2007 thru 2010 were the most amazing years of my working career. Culture was amazing, not sure what happened.


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