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Safety National Reviews

Updated September 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of people at Safety are amazing and care about each other. Lots of perks from vacation houses to free food.
    If you are willing to put in the work and be patient you can have a good future here.

    Cons

    Safety seems to have a problem addressing issues with problem employees. A more direct approach when trying to correct/guide your employees would be appreciated!

    Advice to Management

    Would be great for your current/future employees if you would list pay ranges.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The place grew on me"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast Paced collaborative atmosphere
    Snack shack
    Benefits that I can tolerate
    Amazing coworkers who are decent at their job
    Panera delivers food here...

    Cons

    growing pains
    outdated wall paintings
    Communication on initiatives
    In certain departments, there is a culture of negativity that needs to be addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Do not ignore issues when identified. Investigate the root cause.
    Management should communicate among themselves to ensure they are relaying the same message to their employees.

  3. "IT"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safety National full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company culture is second to none. From the day you are hired, you are immersed in the company's core values. The benefits are very good and the management does a very good job of making themselves available.

    Cons

    There is a somewhat lacking level of mentoring employees for career progression.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Promoting from the Worst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have decent benefits. And they remind you about it, constantly. They tend to propose offers in a "your total" worth fashion, which goes beyond basic benefits. So make sure to push for bottom line Salary and don't get blind sided by all the bells and whistles.

    Cons

    Their middle management layer in the IT arena is filled with under performing staff. Their fear of firing anyone compels them to promote employees that aren't cutting it to management. Then you're left with a group of insecure managers who are constantly afraid of the people they supervise, so they micro manage them.

    Advice to Management

    If you want your in house software to work, you need IT retention.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits but terrible communication"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safety National full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, treat us well. Pay could be better but healthcare is free so people forget that.

    Cons

    Communication needs work, politics are overwhelming, high turnover in IT. Moving up takes forever. HR is awful, unapproachable and disgustingly fake.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Safety National"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company offers average benefits, employee and family oreiented

    Cons

    lack of communication between not only management and employees, but between departments


  7. "NSC review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Safety Specialist in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Safety Specialist in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Extremely knowledgeable of Department of Transportation regulations

    Cons

    Pay is low for industry standards

    Advice to Management

    Make pay commensurate to job

  8. Helpful (4)

    "If you can stick here, you can probably make more money elsewhere"

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

    I worked at Safety National (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They mean well. They do try to take care of their employees and the benefits package is very generous. If you stick, you can expect to stay until retirement.

    Cons

    Turnover is absurdly high. It often takes six months to really become an impact performer but this company won't give you six months. The hiring process is slow and intrusive and the pay is generally lower than you'll find elsewhere for comparable work. If you feel like you're being watched really closely, it's because you are. Taking care of personal business during the day is frowned upon, even if it's the occasional text message or five-minute phone call.

    Advice to Management

    People will make mistakes sometimes, so the goal isn't to eliminate people who make mistakes but to identify people who can learn from their mistakes and perform better in the future. Someone who is one mistake away from being fired is more likely to make a mistake.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "DBA"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safety National full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Safety has a pledge statement that describes culture: major pts include integrity, relationship, team work, work life balance. I've observed these principles in action: collaboration, teamwork, integrity. The company provides numerous opportunities to live out these principles by participating in various community outreach organizations.
    - People are very kind, approachable, easy to work with. This is by far the most impressive aspect I've noticed that's different than most of the other companies I worked with. I enjoy hanging around with many of them after work.
    - Use latest technology: We're using latest version of SQL Server.
    - I'm surrounded by lots of smart, dedicated people
    - Nice medical, dental and other benefits/perks
    - 37.5 hrs/week
    - On-site fitness center with showers

    Cons

    - In IT, most work in an open-environment which is ideal for collaboration but sometimes hard to concentrate.
    - Lots to learn in the insurance industry, wish there was a book or faster way to "learn the business". Hard to figure out these older legacy systems.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Great company, poor software development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safety National full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great company to be a part of in general. Competitive compensation and benefits. Fun, friendly, and entertaining people to work with. Frequent company-sponsored outings. A 37.5 hour work week. On-premise ping-pong table, shuffleboard table, fitness area, and locker rooms. A doughnut fairy occasionally makes boxes of doughnuts magically appear.

    Cons

    Being a software developer there is frustrating and unproductive. As mentioned by a previous review, I fear God has killed a kitten due to my actions. I only wish I had heeded the warning, such that I may not have doomed another kitten to such a sad fate.

    Depending on the team, being able to concentrate on anything may require constant use of noise-cancelling headphones to block out a small number of incredibly (and seemingly intentionally so) distracting coworkers.

    Those guiding software development seem to be either incompetent developers who write poor (buggy, slow, fragile, and unmaintainable) code; insane self-righteous developers who work well with no one, reject all best practices because they didn't invent them, and format their code in the least readable way possible (such as lines that are 400+ characters wide and vast whitespace where there ought not be any whitespace); or managers that are too clueless to realize there are any problems.

    It appears that a certain upper-level IT employee is a huge fan of nepotism.

    There is very high turnover of IT (and in particular software development) employees.

    Some stakeholders are apparently incapable of understanding the consequences of scope creep, and will repeatedly demand additional functionality in the first release of a product. They are then somehow surprised when the date of the first release is repeatedly delayed.

    There was, on occasion, strong pressure to work 12 hour days to try to meet unreasonable release dates. Guilt trips galore. Unfortunately, most developers seemed to be convinced to work those hours by bribes

    For every minute that they work, developers must "clock in" and "clock out" to charge their time to specific tasks. That is, presumably, so that management can view accurate reports on what developers spend their time on. If a developer spends time on anything other than a development task (such as daily stand-ups, training sessions, or a "team-building" ping-pong tournament), that time is just charged to a random task. That is, presumably, the least accurate way to track what developers spend their time on.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves with IT managers who have more knowledge about what it takes for software development to be productive and successful.


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