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Starr Companies Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  • Senior management is crash and burn (in 3 reviews)

  • Male dominated upper management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Politics"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Claims
    Former Employee - Claims
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Living wage
    401k
    Work experience
    Paid Time Off
    Vacation
    Experience

    Cons

    No promotions
    Expert politicking goes far here


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Staff accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company fully funded pension plan. Overtime was minimal and paid overtime for non exempt employees including time and a half over 40 hours.

    Cons

    The internal review program not tied to compensation decisions and wasn't streamlined so performance rating was at least partially dependent on the reviewer

    Advice to Management

    Need to Improve the internal review program and compensation planning in order to keep high performers.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Slave Shop"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and friendly co-workers

    Cons

    No defined career path, expected to be available 24/7, tyrant owner, everyone is expendable mentality, management by fear, expected to put company ahead of family, makes you feel guilty taking a vacation and under staffing...

    Advice to Management

    Reduce staff workload and encourage (not lip service) life outside of the Starr empire


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  5. "Client Services Group Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Starr Companies as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    -decent pay.. 20$/ hr for interns.. good opp for uni. students looking to put something on the resume
    -nice intern program over the summer to interface with other interns and build a network
    -some nice people through out the company

    Cons

    -I had a really reactive, not proactive, boss that was not a good manager (stinks that this is my perspective/experience).. I had to constantly follow up on projects
    -work didn't feel challenging and work was not valued
    -coworkers very closed off and I didn't feel supported.. or feel comfortable to ask questions without getting hesitance to help..
    -needs more room for growth and professional development
    -not sure if this is a con.. yet question of ethicality for company.. almost every other person I was around was related to someone in the company.. strange phenomenon.
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    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees and give them challenges. As for those in management, be willing to listen, explain concepts to lower level employees, support them, and work with your employees on projects and also in professional development. Be more proactive and engaged with your core group of employees


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Starr Companies as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with my department and it was a good experience.

    Cons

    The Human Resources' Department is not helpful at all.

    Advice to Management

    Please take the time to hear out how employees feel.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "They churn and burn through employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salaries are above general market.
    Ok to use as a stepping stone to other opportunities.
    Not a lot of micro-managing, nice culture in field offices.

    Cons

    Little appreciation for their employees. Company is run like it is 1950.
    Male dominated upper management.
    Try to run the business by making their employees fearful.

    Advice to Management

    Enter this decade. Old school management.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable well funded company. Fair pay and benefits packages

    Cons

    Back end shared services cannot support the business growth. Do not go there expecting that IT, HR, Legal, Finance, Credit, Audit, and Claims departments have proper funding and expertise to support the underwriting side of the house. Document and follow up in writing on EVERYTHING!!
    Politics and drama rule this place.

    Advice to Management

    Build shared services support groups that have accountability to the underwriting managers and you'll see higher employee satisfaction and retention rates along with higher productivity and growth.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Interesting"

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

    Pros

    Good pay and people to work with

    Cons

    internal legacy relationships hinder growth and opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Relatives and friends may not be investing as much in the company as the company invests in them.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Rapidly growing company that operates aggressively in markets that many other established modern day insurers currently avoid.

    Cons

    Way too corporate and politically correct given the movement in today's workplace culture. Suit and tie everyday etc.. Standard phony corporate workplace enviorment hence artificial employee to employee relations.

    Never quite know how anyone really feels on a given issue. Hypocritical ethical viewpoints especially for an insurance company whose model depends on collecting premiums and screwing people over when they are forced to pay for the service they provide.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Could become a great company, but senior management needs to move into the current century"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compensation and health benefits

    Cons

    Very political environment with an AIG mentality. This will inhibit the company from becoming a sought-after place to work for. Management not flexible at all with work arrangements, telecommuting, etc. In this day and age, every company needs to be supportive of telecommunication and flexibile schedules.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to improve flexibility. You will not attract or keep good talented workers if management is not willing to move into the current century.



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