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Safeco Seattle Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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  • Great People and Flexible work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Good benefits and salary structure (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Great people!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safeco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved my co-workers! Interesting work, but don't always have the best tools for the job. Benefits are great, thanks to Liberty Mutual.

    Cons

    Also thanks to Liberty, some of the more interesting/prominent work, as far as the corporate office goes (not field work) seems to regularly move from Seattle to Boston.

    Advice to Management

    Help Safeco and Seattle feel they are important to the overall business.


  2. "Sr. Business Systems Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team is smart and a pleasure to work with.
    Management is supportive and caring.
    Work is engaging and challenging.

    Cons

    It's a large company, so communication can always be difficult or lacking from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve communication from the top down to ensure all players receive the right information.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very much the stereotype of insurance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safeco (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance if you remember to use it, very stable - especially if you work for the Boston office. Flexible working hours/locations also great - just work it out with your manager. Great assistance with education and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    They're shrinking benefits and everything is pretty steeped in tradition. As you'd expect from insurance, the company is risk adverse so innovation is behind the times compared to other large companies like Google or Microsoft.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees more. Many of the recent changes have negatively impacted my time at work while 'standardizing'. This makes me feel more like a replaceable part than a valued employee. Further, the almost disregard to others outside the Boston home office has made many question their long-term job security if we aren't in Boston.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad for an entry level job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Non-Management in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Non-Management in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Safeco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Central location.Great commute

    Cons

    Not much advancement. You have to leave and come back in order to advance.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "It all depends on the support of your manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeco (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally supportive environment, with reasonable people and a good culture. When you have support of your manager, there are great opportunities for advancement and diversification of skills. The converse, however, is also true.

    Cons

    With Liberty Mutual's acquisition of Safeco in 2009, they have been steadily imposing (or attempting to impose) their very conservative culture on Safeco. The parent company is very hierarchical and tends to generate bureaucracy and unnecessary process at every turn (evidenced by their yearly initiatives to streamline and innovate, which fail repeatedly.

    Advice to Management

    Communication only happens from top down.


  7. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Safeco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable company to work for

    Cons

    Advancement is based off who you know


  8. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ability to Work from home once a week. Company slows down during the last 2 weeks of the year. Many good people to work with. There is definitely a push to hire more millennials as analysts (assuming you are a millennial, maybe not the best for mid career level applicants)

    Cons

    Home office is in Boston, which makes the Seattle office more of a sales/distribution arm for the brand. Recently (2015 and 2016) many re-orgs have been going on, which leads to changes in management. Like most other large companies, your success will be tied to how your group is viewed by management and how well your manager can promote your group, especially during stacked ranking meetings.


  9. "Good team, unfulfilling work"

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    Former Employee - SOFTWARE ENGINEER/BUSINESS SYSTEMS ANALYST II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - SOFTWARE ENGINEER/BUSINESS SYSTEMS ANALYST II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team I worked with was one of the best teams I had. Generally good work/life balance.

    Cons

    A lot of the core technology is from 30+ years ago. A lot of the process in place doesn't work, and senior management has a tendency to veto any changes to the process.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reshuffling and laying off people. There is a large project right now, and this was the worst time for that to have happened. It makes no business sense.


  10. "BSA"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeco (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company is able to offer good benefits to employees

    Cons

    Large company does not treat it's employees as individuals


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good on paper type of job, not so great in real life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Safeco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salaries are higher than average.

    Cons

    Turnover is very high within the state management department, leading to a lot of overtime for the analysts leftover. Expect to work well over 40 hours a week in order to get noticed/promoted. Very difficult to transition to different department - don't even try to get promoted by switching jobs.


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