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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)

    "World's worst company!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    First month was pleasant, but then....

    Cons

    Everyone is a scapegoat because the upper management is afraid to tell the CEO the truth. Watch your back!

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Politics"

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    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


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Claims"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits comparable to the rest of the market; challenging work

    Cons

    Females are treated as inferior, company-wide. Politics govern everything from work processes to promotions. Alliances weigh heavier than solid work performance.

    Advice to Management

    Review internal structure to ensure that women are appropriately positioned and represented at higher levels. Conduct regular audits to ensure that those in higher level positions are worthy of the title and promote those that have been erroneously kept behind.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good people and company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lot's of good an interesting cooworkers. Plenty of work to do so never bored.

    Cons

    Small office without any room to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more on internal talents and not poaching from AIG.


  6. "Underwriting Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work environment with plenty of room for growth. It is a growing company that values employees who work hard.

    Cons

    Upper management pushes unrealistic expectations on growth. Things are always changing which makes it hard to keep everyone on the same page.

    Advice to Management

    Let the company grow organically. Place the emphasis on profitability rather than accelerated growth. Back your employees when they make mistakes rather than just firing them.


  7. "Good Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move from one area of the company to another. No legacy issues inhibiting service issues. Creative underwriting staff. Agile

    Cons

    Systems to need to be updated to adjust to the ever changing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on technology to allow underwriters to capitalize on more opportunities


  8. "Actuarial Intern"

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    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in Forest Hills, NY
    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in Forest Hills, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Starr Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company with a very experienced senior leadership. Plenty of opportunities for the company to grow. Company has large potential to grow. Plenty of exposure to senior management

    Cons

    Company culture could be better, atmosphere is a bit dead.
    Pay is low compared to others in industry
    A lot of administrative red tape

    Advice to Management

    Not sure how but make attempts to change the company culture/atmosphere
    Reduce the amount of administrative red tape/ streamline processes


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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

    Pros

    - Fast growing company
    - Opportunity to take on lots of responsibility if you are up for the challenge
    - Exposure to senior management

    Cons

    - Starr's culture needs serious improvement so that more employees are excited about their work. I believe this will ultimately benefit the company in the long term and help to retain talent.

    Advice to Management

    - Recognize and celebrate employees regularly
    - Change the work environment so that employees become advocates of the company


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The honest truth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Starr Companies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're an established middle management level professional, a senior executive, or a graduate of the associates program, the salary is competitive.

    Direct access to the most experienced senior leadership in the insurance industry.

    The opportunity to build a new book of business.

    Once you've been there for a while, possibly the opportunity to relocate with the company to a different office location.

    Certain departments have better group culture than others, depending where you are, this could be a pro. Some managers really care about their employees and do fun things with them & invest in their development and growth.

    Cons

    If you're not an established middle management level professional, a senior executive, or a graduate of the associates program, salaries are low per industry standards, and "you accept the job for the opportunity, not the compensation."

    Certain departments have better group culture than others, depending where you are, this could be a con.

    Long hours and 24/7 attached to your company phone (depending on your department) "you do whatever it takes"

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they're worth.

    Start valuing your HR department, and invest in them more.

    Make your outer office employees feel like they're part of the corporate culture.

    Hire more operations people so they aren't so overworked.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Stay Away"

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

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Not many, half days before holidays, 7 hour day (on paper)

    Cons

    Seems like many managers and above were hired for who you know rather than what you know. The biggest problem I had there was everyone seemed to be afraid of getting fired at any time. They would dread meetings with their superiors because that was on their mind every time they would meet. The biggest goal seemed to be finding someone to blame.

    Advice to Management

    Get modern.



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