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  1. Helpful (1)

    "claims"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at MiddleOak full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work.

    Cons

    unstable - recent lay offs


  2. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co workers are great to work with

    Cons

    Company has no clear sense of direction

    Advice to Management

    Management should learn the meaning of the words consistency and underwriting integrity

  3. "Run by a Dunce"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice building. The lower staff carry the weight of the upper management and they are what makes the company work in spite of such poor management.

    Cons

    Management is exactly like everyone on here says it is. I was surprised to see how honest the reviews are on here. It's ironic, how the people in upper management are the first ones that SHOULD have lost their jobs, but they're the only ones who didn't and they got rid of all the good people. I think this is called the Peter Principal. Again, how true.
    Most of the talent has either left on their own, or by now, been canned. The Dunce at the top will run the ship into the ground and there's no stopping it. It's really a shame. When they finally get rid of him, then the company can rebuild.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to learn how to spot talent when its right in front of you. Ask yourself how and why people do so well after leaving there and go on to have great success but you didn't foster that while they were with you. Try to listen to people that get paid less, but know more than you. Try to work on downsizing your egos.
    Peace to all that remain.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Assistant Underwriter"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Underwriter in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Assistant Underwriter in Middletown, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MiddleOak (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pension. Supportive of licensing & educational reimbursement & study time. Flex hours.

    Cons

    Extremely micro managed. More management than employees. Multiple bosses to report to. Extreme favoritism. Very minimal increases if any (all based on merit, not inflation). Upper management is conceded & many don't even acknowledge an employees when passing each other in an empty hall. Very much in a "click".
    2 very large layoffs very quickly done, very secretive. Many employees that were not laid off were poor contributors. Very little chance to be promoted. Even though openings may be posted, the candidate is always previously chosen. And, not all openings are posted. Many holidays not given as paid time off.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the favoritism. Treat employees fairly. Weed out the many dead weight managers currently employed. Employees should have one & only one direct report, not multiples for all situations at all times.


  5. "Generally a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and culture. Work-life balance is supported with flexible schedules, and work from home options.

    Cons

    Ongoing change can be a bit unsettling. Had to say good bye to many friends since exiting personal lines. Not much room for opportunity right now, but hoping the merger with COUNTRY Financial next year will change that.


  6. "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros unless you are a chosen favorite.

    Cons

    Promotions based on favoritism rather than knowledge.


  7. "Company Is Fading Fast"

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    Former Employee - N/A
    Former Employee - N/A
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MiddleOak full-time

    Pros

    Great location. Both offices are centrally located. Buildings are clean and professional. The opportunity to work remotely is fairly new, but now available, at least part time to most employees.

    Cons

    Poorly trained managers.
    Favoritism is so blatant, and the executives encourage it.
    Lack of good training in any department.
    In the past 1.5 years the company has let go of half the staff due to selling its personal lines business. Unfortunately, neither seniority, nor performance played a part in determining who kept there jobs. Fired were people with nearly 30 years of service, but a part time employee with less than 5 years of employment was made a supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make decisions based on assumptions, or gossip.
    Upper management needs to be more aware of the poor managerial skills of middle management.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pension is good to have and keeps staff from leaving. The human resources team is the best the company has ever had.

    Cons

    There is little opportunity to grow in this company. the company is working on job shadowing opportunities but if you are not favored by management then you can not make moves.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent with your messages to the agents. We are so tough with information requests and the agents find us difficult.


  9. "Underwriting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, great benefits

    Cons

    Sold personal lines book - strictly commercial business


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MiddleOak (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits/PTO time, great work/life balance with the ability to telecommute.

    Cons

    Out of the blue they held a meeting last year informing us the personal lines was sold. Many employees were told that were going to get job offers and then weren't. There were no growth opportunities, very hard to get a promotion or into another line of work in the company. Now that they sold off personal lines division its strictly commercial lines business.


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