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Reinsurance Group of America Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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Reinsurance Group of America President & CEO Anna Manning
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Pros
  • "It is a nice small company to work for with a great work life balance" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Average company, good benefits overall" (in 9 reviews)

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

  • "small size of workforce naturally limits advancement opportunities and there are a lot of Sr" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is not much I don't like about working here. The people and culture of this company encourage work/life balance, innovation and creative thinking while striving to maintain a high quality of product for our clients. The benefits offered reflect the high value that this company places on employees.

    Cons

    It's a flat organization, at least in Minneapolis, so it's not a place to come work if your goal is to work your way up the corporate ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! The strategies that have been put in place are exciting!


  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.

  3. "Good and Bad"

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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

    Good pay and benefits. Amazing facility with covered parking, healthy cafeteria and fitness center.

    Cons

    Small, flat organization; difficult to move up.


  4. "No Accountability"

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

    I worked at Reinsurance Group of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice facility. Small enough workforce that you get exposed to a lot. Decent pay. Some great people to work with. Nice location in close proximity to lots of restaurants, bars, shopping and good access to main highway. Safe area too. Because no one is held accountable, you can have a good life/work balance.

    Cons

    -- Management -- all levels - are not held accountable whatsoever. Decisions based on quid pro quo and management do not listen to the very people they hired to provide subject matter expertise. If you speak up in the best interests of the company, but which may force a department or management to be held accountable for those decisions, you get retaliated against and "put in your place" and get cut off at the knees from being successful.

    -- No privacy. Open concept and all cubicles, even for confidential positions. Management forces you to take all calls from conference rooms rather than at your desk because of sound which reduces productivity having to hop around and try to find available conference rooms all the time.

    -- No career advancement prospects. They hire you for a position and that's the position you'll remain in regardless if you perform far beyond the level and show interest in advancing and gaining additional skills. No true succession planning from the bottom up.

    -- Company doesn't walk the talk. They talk about having an open door policy, that they're committed to employee growth and development, fostering a good work environment, and gender equality. But their actions on a day-to-day basis do not support this. HR is terrible and has little skill in managing people.

    -- Incredible lack of diversity and flagrant "boys club" mentality throughout many departments. Management say they respect the opinion and advice from females, but in practice it is quite the opposite. It's common for most decisions to be made excluding women from the conversation (even where they have the most relevant information and perspective to provide on the issue being decided) and resulting in yet another closed door decision by white males over the age of 50.

    -- Incompetent managers holding positions for which they have zero qualifications, zero aptitude and experience. Breeds insecurity and in turn, makes them horrible managers and leaders who do not support their reports.

    -- Inexistent leadership. No one is willing to do anything that might mean standing up for what is right or their reports. Managers are 100% focused on themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you hire. They are committed to supporting you and the company if you give them a chance.

    Walk the talk.

    Take a hard look at how middle and senior management are so threatened by being held accountable that they're stifling some of your best employees for the future.


  5. "Overall company is a great place to work."

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

    I worked at Reinsurance Group of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work as long as you get the right manager. Good on-the-job training, I have learned greatly from the experience.

    Cons

    Manager is forgetting how valuable to keep good employees. Good employees are overlooked. Limited in career development, and advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure to train new and young managers how to handle their direct reports appropriately especially those who are older than them.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Perhaps a career dead end for some"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial in Chesterfield, MO
    Former Employee - Actuarial in Chesterfield, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Reinsurance Group of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Low cost of living in St Louis. They have a nice underground parking, fitness center and onsite cafeteria. Up to 10 company paid holidays plus PTO bank.

    Cons

    No career advancement opportunities in certain departments while other areas are getting promotions frequently. HR tries to enforce global career structure for transparency, but it does not align with salary level and job title.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to middle management’s performance and recognize them appropriately. Some department leaders tend to take all the credits for themselves and leave the little guys behind.


  7. "A great place to work that could be the best"

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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

    HQ in Chesterfield is a super nice glass building with parking garage, great cafeteria, and a very nice workout facility (for employees only); pay is good for contractors and employees; employees get good benefits including pension, 401K, bonus, training, etc.

    Cons

    Upper management is distant, on a pedestal; IT tries to be agile but business often prefers waterfall processes; management seem afraid of change; while other companies have gotten more casual, RGA made a new, more strict dress code after moving into new building

    Advice to Management

    Get out and talk to your employees not just at all-hands meetings; value innovation and embrace change, not just meeting deadlines; don't get stuck in old ways of doing things just because "we've always done it that way" or "we tried that before and it didn't work"; reward people who take risks and think outside the box

  8. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Average company, good benefits overall

    Cons

    Department has not great work life balance


  9. "Conservative culture and industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Reinsurance Group of America full-time

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking colleagues; good work-life balance

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement, staid work environment


  10. "Doing Better"

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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

    leadership is getting better and I see change happening. I'm valued in my function but maybe not so much by 'the business'

    Cons

    we/they division between corporate functions like IT or finance and 'the business'. Some support functions even like to call themselves 'the business'.
    workload and number of initiatives is very HIGH
    small size of workforce naturally limits advancement opportunities and there are a lot of Sr. people there already

    Advice to Management

    continue to drive teamwork and value all of the functions required to deliver.
    continue to improve visibility
    Take care to notice the workloads, else the employers in the area will become especially attractive, especially for your functional people


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