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Starr Companies Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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  • Upper management pushes unrealistic expectations on growth (in 4 reviews)

  • Senior management is crash and burn (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Regret accepting employment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Other than compensation based on a 7 hr workday - None

    Cons

    Incompetent management
    Lack of vision and direction
    Competition across management yields a fractured organization
    Fear-based actions result in poor solution decisions

    Advice to Management

    Leverage the resources and staff at hand
    Think outside of the box
    Accepting risk is a strategy
    Man up


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Poor leadership and management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Company has a lot of capabilities and hunger to write business

    Cons

    "Leadership" is poor with inexperienced managers in both region and home office; not able to service clients; writes business due to price alone

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring and promoting AIG previous employees whose only value is to play in the sandbox with poor senior management; start over with hiring people that actually know how to lead


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Bad Career Move"

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    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Downtown Chicago and great co-workers

    Cons

    Worst career move I ever made. They don't care about the health and well being of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't swear at your employees and listen to their ideas...


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Most employees want to leave... SAY NO and never look back!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ok salary
    It ends there
    This place is not company just a business. A majority of underwriters in most divisions are unhappy.

    Cons

    Senior managemenT
    HR is a walking d&o waiting to happen
    Unprofessional
    Bonuses are embarrassing
    No incentives
    Not paperless
    Hank Greenberg is CEO
    Anti-women

    Advice to Management

    Not really sure how you can save this company


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Exceptionally bad experience"

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

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Compensation was ok. 7 hour work day. Lots of holidays.

    Cons

    The culture is antiquated and fear based. Nothing is ever put in writing. Sr managers are arrogant and hostile. Unprofessional behavior is tolerated and sometimes encouraged. It is simply an intolerable environment.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Taking 'At Will Employment' to a new low"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good medical and dental benefits. Good opportunities to learn about the insurance industry.

    Cons

    Where shall I begin? This company is a mess, and to say that it's toxic is being kind.

    As many have mentioned, Starr has serious issues with its managent and its HR department. There is a severe lack of communication, and no protocol in place. It's gut wrenching seeing many who work hard and do what they need to do to save money out of respect for their employer, to be threatened and even terminated without cause. Many underwriters, adjusters, and staff receive little to no bonus, however many in management travel like rock stars and abuse expenses. There is absolutely no support for mid management and support staff either. Very little opportunity for development and growth, and no recognition for hard work.

    Starr did start off on the right foot, but this company is now a shell of what it used to be. There is also far too much loyalty to ex-longtime AIG employees, despite that some of these employees lack the skill set needed for this century. HR especially needs to take note about labor law abuses in some of the departments. Some staff work through lunch daily, and are denied vacation requests. I know some staff can't even take off when they are sick. HR needs to step up and ensure the laws are followed, and stop catering to unreasonable people's demands (who are unfortunately in management!)

    Advice to Management

    Not sure how this company can be fixed--executive management is a big part of the problem.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Just Say No"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Pros? You're frickin kidding me, right? Apparently Cancer doesn't get you extra days off to spend with family.

    Cons

    Micro management. Trainees are yelled at, literally, and humiliated by assistants and backed by management. Seriously? They make promises which they never intend to keep, and don't. If you took the time, and asked the right people and questions. You would understand why Starr is the dumping ground for the AIG cast offs who no one else would ever hire. This is from a management prospective of course. Assistants get parking paid for. 30 year veterans and former managers are brought in at half salaries, two week vacation and no parking. Before accepting a job here ask yourself, "how desperate am I"?


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter
    Former Employee - Underwriter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers were great, good location

    Cons

    Poor management, unethical behavior, no upward mobility. I would never recommend working for Starr. I read others reviews but dismissed them. I shouldn't have done that because they were spot on. Back stabbing. Very political

    Advice to Management

    Take management, leadership courses as well as California law as it pertains to employment law. You're lack of this knowledge leaves you vulnerable to wrongful termination, civil rights, and harrassment claims.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Location, Had a nice perk. People were halfway decent

    Cons

    Very Old Fashioned. Upper Management will not change with the times

    Advice to Management

    Change with the times offer flexibility.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Unless desperate....do not take a job here."

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

    Pros

    The talent pool is lacking, if you have a point 4 IQ you will be ahead of the curve. There really are no Pros.

    Cons

    Where to begin....Management is absolutely horrible. Starr seems to only hire incompetent people. No one is held accountable for anything. HR is a complete disaster. The talented people do not stay long. A lot of old men walking around doing nothing except talking about how great they are and waiting for the dining hall to open. No succession plan. No flex working hours. Completely old fashion, they do not want to grow with the times. No investment in training. Forced to share office space which created a bed bug issue. Not a nice place, everyone is miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and get with the times. Hire a consulting firm to come in and clean house.


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