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Reinsurance Group of America Reviews

Updated January 7, 2019
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Pros
  • "It is a nice small company to work for with a great work life balance" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, vacation package, work life balance" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "The only thing is the location, depends on how much you like to live in St Louis" (in 4 reviews)

  • "No career advancement prospects" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reinsurance Group of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, growing fast, smart people

    Cons

    Work load, lots of layers of management


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Administration: Here we Go Again"

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    Current Employee - Administration in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Employee - Administration in Chesterfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reinsurance Group of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    a good strong business
    nice headquarters and working space
    smart people

    Cons

    Keep hiring managers with no experience in Admin and have reorged again including more leaders with no admin experience, retention of the same, and promotion of notoriously command and control, stifling leadership. The highest level leader has charisma with management who don't pay attention to what happens on the floor. It is obvious to everyone but not seemingly so with management. Lots of turn over and some of us can't quit as the pay is good and we need jobs. We see good management in other departments and want that.

    Advice to Management

    Consider brining outside, experienced leadership into the new Admin org. HR should be helping us on the floor. We are told what a valuable part of the business and deserve better. H E L P

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at Reinsurance Group of America full-time

    Pros

    Excellent workplace staffed with intelligent and friendly people

    Cons

    More focus needed on employee growth and development


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

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

    I worked at Reinsurance Group of America full-time

    Pros

    good pay, opportunities for actuaries and benefits

    Cons

    HR is inept or ineffective when dealing with bullying, insecure, opportunist managers.

    Advice to Management

    make sure someone knows how to be a good manager before making them one.


  5. "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Reinsurance Group of America full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, vacation package, work life balance .Most people stay here for 20-30 years. The new office is really nice and so are most of the people you'll work with.

    Cons

    IT is relatively small for a company it's size. The technology investments have a way to go. A lot of manual work done. Training programs for IT is almost non existent. Lots of new challenges to the business model in the future.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good benefits bad culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reinsurance Group of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are quite good (401k, pension, health benefits).

    Work life balance is quite good. As performance management is not rigorous. So many people can skate by if they are internally focused on pleasing their bosses.

    Cons

    - Old boys club. Lack of diversity. Apart from Anna, few women in positions of influence. No people of color in any leadership position in the US business.
    - Insular and very traditional in outlook. People who get promoted are internally focused on pleasing their bosses rather than trying to build growth.
    - if you aren’t an actuary don’t bother thinking you will have any future or have you opinion matter.

    Advice to Management

    - instead of taking about One RGA and insights training - try living it.
    - bring more diversity into upper ranks of the business. In terms of backgrounds.


  7. "Very friendly and competitive firm"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Data Analyst Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Reinsurance Group of America part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, fast pace, nice people, competitive salary, nice events.

    Cons

    No benefits for interns at all

  8. "Forbes ranks RGA #97 as World's Best Employers on Global 2000 list"

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

    I have been working at Reinsurance Group of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ethical company with not only nice people but also smart and innovative. Saw RGA's ranking on Forbes global 2000 list and am proud to be part of the organization. RGA is also listed on Forbes Top Regarded companies. Company keeps growing. Offers security with good pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    With growth comes challenges to stay on top of workload. Seems some people over stretched, while others aren't.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and make sure everyone demonstrates the values communicated - 90% or more do.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Losing its shine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Reinsurance Group of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and pretty generous. It is a solid company.

    Cons

    - There is little opportunity to move up in the company.
    - It moves glacially slow in most decisions.
    - Accountability is lacking, and HR doesn't seem to care about fixing problems. Too many people in upper level management who should not be in those positions; they have outdated ideas, latch onto concepts without really understanding how anything works, and cannot inspire their teams to be the best. There are many in mid-level who are just trying to cater to the boss, not bringing any new ideas to the table and adding to the disfunction.
    - Leadership does not look at the the departments holistically, how they function and how to improve them. "Collaboration" is just a buzzword -- each department does its own thing, not utilizing the skills of other groups.
    - It is pretty much an old white guys' place. As much as RGA tries to publicize the great women in leaderships roles and Anna Manning is the CEO, its still pretty pale and male at the top levels.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.
    Listen to the rumblings in hall.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Bottom Up Security Strategy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Reinsurance Group of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work culture and good people to work with

    Cons

    Middle and lower management is driving IT security strategy. Doing anything for security is a fight for resources from management.

    The company runs very lean. There may not be very many opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a Chief Information Security Officer. Put that person in charge of IT security and move individuals underneath that person. Have that person drive IT security strategy with support from the board.