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Pros
  • Great package, good work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Great benefits package and very flexible work/ life enviornment (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The only thing is the location, depends on how much you like to live in St Louis (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Lead Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Agile, technically advanced, fast growing as it seems

    Cons

    politics. There is no vertical promotion

    Advice to Management

    Try to promote the truly talented, don't just promote based on seniority


  2. Helpful (3)

    "It depends on your department..."

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    RGA has a great work-life balance (depending on your team), the new building has great amenities (cafe, gym, covered parking) and the people are smart and great to work with. RGA is beginning to transition to new management and many people are excited to see what the future brings.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get recognized/promoted as a younger employee, some departments have different core values than RGA,

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retention and developing younger employees who could become great senior resources (perhaps some kind of rotational program). Take the survey results seriously on management styles/ practices.


  3. "Too many contractors in IT"

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    Former Contractor - Systems Analyst in Chesterfield, MO
    Former Contractor - Systems Analyst in Chesterfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Reinsurance Group of America as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    First-rate facilities as others have stated - nice cafeteria, onsite gym (for employees) and garage parking with easy access to highway 64/40. As a software developer, I can say they did a good job hiring talented people in my department. On my team the culture was pretty laid back with flexible work hours. It was nice to be able to work from home if you needed to because of bad weather or when waiting for someone to fix the furnace, etc. It's also my understanding that compensation and benefits are very good for full-time employees.

    Cons

    I worked with some great people, but as with any IT shop that is primarily staffed by contractors you get the standard problems of high turnover and work done with a short-term mindset. There are many talented and hard-working contractors there, but you just don't have the same investment in the work being done as you get from full-time staff. After being brought in on a 6-month right-to-hire, I was disappointed to find out that my group was nearly 90% staffed by contractors. This sends the message that the company views IT staff as a commodity, which is not surprising since the CIO came from Monsanto (which has a similar mindset). That being said, some of the full-time employees had a poor work/life balance as compared to most contractors. Contractors have to paid for overtime, but full-time employees do not, hence I saw the handful of full-time employees putting in long hours repeatedly, often to the point of rescheduling time off or having to quickly burn down vacation time at the end of the year. I would say this was mostly the result of tribal knowledge and failure to adequately cross-train staff so you don't become dependent on one or two people being knowledge silos. Again - that's what you get with a large contractor staff. Management is aware of it but it's a long road ahead to improve things.

    Advice to Management

    My main advice is to invest in converting more contractors into employees. Not only that, but COMMUNICATE exactly how that would happen. It shouldn't be up to the individual to beg for attention from management to get noticed in hopes of being converted. Worse, the staffing companies out there aren't giving the right message to people being hired on as contractors - it's quite common to hear "6-month right-to-hire" from the staffing firms without being told that being converted to employee isn't a given, even when you perform well. Plus, I've never seen another IT shop that required contractors to poke around the HR openings to look for open IT positions. If you have good contractors then just convert them, or at least tell them you think they'd be a good fit for a full-time position that just opened up. There's a big communication gap in that area. Having a better contractor-to-employee ratio makes the difference between becoming an IT shop staffed by clock-watchers vs. one where folks are engaged and invested in their work.


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  5. "Former Consultant"

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

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible schedule, excellent boss, good coworkers, many perks if you are an employee, onsite cafeteria (which consultants can use) and gym (which consultants cannot use)

    Cons

    Do not take a contract position if you want to be hired. There are a lot of empty promises. Consultants are treated like employees expect when it comes to perks. No communication and the way things are done change monthly.

    Advice to Management

    Find out which employees actually do the work and reward them not the ones who hand everything off.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a good company in St Louis"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facility, decent benefits, can be room to grow if in the correct dept.

    Cons

    Company grew so fast for years (slowed recently) that many middle managers were promoted very quickly and lack the skills to lead and have limited exp.

    Advice to Management

    Current management has done a great job growing the business but most are near retirement. It will be interesting to see if the new management team is successful in continuing the growth of the business.


  7. "Extremely busy, some inefficiency, a bit short on resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture of the company at large is quite nice, facilities are good, I've been told employee status is good. Leaders have a good idea for where they want the company to go.

    Cons

    Large contract work force which is treated like second-class citizen on the specific team I'm on. I've been told other teams are not like this but can't say for sure. Process immaturity exists, but is not a barrier to entry.

    Advice to Management

    Convert larger portion of contractors to employee where desired, reduce excess work volume. Many employees are vastly over allocated which leads to disenfranchisement and a general state of dissonance among employees .


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great facility, not great management"

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    Current Employee - Administration Services Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Administration Services Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great building with many amenities like gym, cafeteria, covered parking etc.

    Cons

    very old fashion culture that does not value team work

    Advice to Management

    spend more time developing your employees so that they stay at RGA


  9. "Great benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    Rga offers great benefits

    Cons

    They do not offer a lot of room for growth


  10. "Solid Business, no real diversity at HQ"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As an actuary you get premium pay
    Company investing in revamp of systems
    New blood is good, more needed
    Lots of long tenured smart people

    Cons

    Company struggling with change but despite itself and the culture does well financially
    Lots of people on the market which is not good

    Advice to Management

    Executive team needs team building and leadership training. They are individually good/smart


  11. Helpful (2)

    "No enterprise view of IT"

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to make a difference

    Cons

    IT Leadership very immature
    Very political



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