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Selective Insurance Branchville Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Branchville, NJ

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Selective Insurance Chairman and CEO Gregory E. Murphy
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Pros
  • decent salary, work from home, field employees who hit their numbers are left alone (in 8 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits and favorable work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Could improve work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours expected, not enough training supplied it is available for you to do on tour own but there are so many hours in the day (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Branchville, NJ
    Former Intern - Intern in Branchville, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Selective Insurance as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hours, great coworkers, nice corporate campus, good culture

    Cons

    second floor is outdated and all cubicles


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, unreasonable work load"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are way above average -8.5% 401k contribution, nice annual bonus etc. Coworkers are wonderful for the most part.

    Cons

    Workload was crazy - more like a 60-70 hour week than a 40 hour. Part of the problem was corporate management kept coming up with new (and largely unnecessary) job duties without taking any away.

    Advice to Management

    Review the time it takes to fulfill all the nifty new ideas you come up with and proceed accordingly when adding them to job duties. What can be taken away when adding something new?


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, nice colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter Trainee in Branchville, NJ
    Current Employee - Underwriter Trainee in Branchville, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Selective Insurance (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, tight knit. Flat hierarcy, access to mamagement, small regional teams make it easy to identify your individual contributions to company success.

    Cons

    Organization seems hypocritical by instituting a strategic imperative to attract and retain top talent, yet there is no clear path to promotion, senior positions are largely being filled externally, and compensation seems to lag beyond industry averages.

    Advice to Management

    Look to recognize talent, ambition and success of current employees and fast track them for more senior roles. This would serve to continually motivate top preformers, and may improve the morale of employees overall.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Culturally, an old-boys pressure house"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Branchville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Above-average pay per tech position. Clean commute in a rural location. Held the line fiscally through a tough time

    Cons

    Old-boys management, zero mobility. No management of expectations with every team allowed to demand everything of the dev staff all at once, so no way to schedule and manage anything. Pure pressure, and personality-based system of promotion. Hanging on to old systems, zero innovation, zero mobile app approach.

    Advice to Management

    The 21st century is waiting for you. Grab a seat before they run out.


  6. "Territory Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company great benefits and culture

    Cons

    Could improve work life balance.


  7. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Claims/Legal -EDI Compliance Analyst in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Corporate Claims/Legal -EDI Compliance Analyst in Branchville, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Selective Insurance (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Place and management, close and great hours

    Cons

    Need to bring back WC in NJ


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Territory Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Branchville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for in my area.

    Cons

    The managers are terrible to their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Claim they want outsiders for diverisity of thought, but never truly accept them"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Branchville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Visibility to senior management. Exposure to many departments/business lines. Variety in the type of work assigned.

    Cons

    Hired from another insurance company with promises of being able to bring new ideas and processes to the table. However, on day 1 was told to leave those things at the door. Never fully accepted as one of the team and still considered "Not Selective" after four years. Work/Life balance was touted by upper management, but direct supervisor was opposed to any level flexibility. Hours are 8 - 4, but leaving at 4 branded you a slacker or not busy enough. Work from home days were actively discouraged at all levels of management. Average work week was 60+ hours, with no recognition or appreciation of that time. HR was a joke, protecting the "lifers" and helping promote a hostile work environment.

    Salary and bonuses were significantly less than competitor pay packages.

    Advice to Management

    The culture has to be felt and believed in at all levels. Management can tout the work life balance and benefits, but if they aren't supported by middle management and direct supervisors, it means nothing.


  10. "Analyst/Staff"

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    Current Employee - Analyst/Staff in Branchville, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst/Staff in Branchville, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great total compensation for the area it is located in. Good benefits. Commute is against traffic. Campus is nice. Most people are friendly and supportive. Overall, a great spot to learn.

    Cons

    It's insurance. Many people are slower paced. Some positions are given to people who are not qualified.


  11. "Not a long term company to work for .."

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    Former Employee - Claims in Branchville, NJ
    Former Employee - Claims in Branchville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Selective Insurance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only large corporation in Sussex County. The only employer in Sussex County that will offer a benefits package and salary without the commute.

    Cons

    Long term Selective employees and dedication is overlook. New employees with no years experience are the stars. Temporary employees are hired and permanent employees overlooked. Many layoffs !

    Advice to Management

    No advice the company will not change because it's the only company in Sussex County so they do not have to.


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