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Swiss Re Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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Swiss Re Group Chief Executive Officer Christian Mumenthaler
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  • I enjoy the Own the Way you Work scheme as I can manage better my work-life balance and work when I am more productive (in 90 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment, good bonus (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (16)

    "Top employer"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in City of London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A professional company, top of class. Good benefits, facilities and staff events, supports charity of the year, has a sports and social club. Also promotes personal development and growth and there's many career opportunities within the organisation if you're happy to travel. New office spaces promotes collaboration and flexible working which is nice.

    Cons

    Global company, has a matrix/model. Often slow to implement and manage change due to complexity. Zurich centralised which can mean longer working hours to fit their hours, no overtime is paid to UK employees which can cause a challenge with work and life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise and reward global team members based outside of zürich at associate and assistant vice president level who work longer hours to fit Zurich and other regional timezones to support key strategic projects for the group.


  2. "Assistant Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Great company. Good benefits. Excellent overall leadership & direction.

    Cons

    Advancement, Lack of diversity in leadership/management

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swiss Re part-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    No specific cons that I remember

    Advice to Management

    no management advice


  4. "Vice President – Lead Business Analyst – Asset Management Finance & Investment Reporting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    great place to work, family environment

    Cons

    no cons, no cons, no cons


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Most employees feel miserable"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great reputation and strong capital

    Cons

    Its living off a reputation earned 20 years ago. Swiss Re no longer stands for what it used to. It as become a process driven company that does not value knowledge. Swiss Re only takes care of a few employees some good others not so good. Be prepared to go with no raises for years. Little upward mobility. Pay is the same regardless of experience. The are moving all the jobs to low costs countries overseas. Losing talent in local markets. There are few people in SR with any reputation.

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen so what bother


  6. "Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits package

    Cons

    None that i can speak of


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible Structure"

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

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    The only good part was the pay. Everything else, it is a miserable company to work for.

    Cons

    The structure is very cutthroat and if you don't have experience in insurance, don't bother coming here. I would continuously contact my line manager for help or with questions as I did not know the industry that well, and she would consistently say, "google it" or "you should know this", her knowing that I came into the company as it being my first full-time job out of college. The lack of training is incredulous - I spent 2 hours in a room learning emergency procedures and setting up my laptop and then I was thrown to my desk to begin working. Everyone at the company is very harassing, looking down on you if you are the slightest bit confused or need the slightest bit of help. I was also continuously harassed by older, male coworkers to the point where I would continuously come home crying out of the misery, wanting to quit my job. Luckily, they let me go, due to "lack of industry knowledge". Great place to work at if you want to be working at a desk so silent that you can hear a pin drop on the carpet.

  8. "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, and really cool building.

    Cons

    Huge company, so lots of hoops to jump through for changes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Compliance Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and overall benefits.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Little work-personal life balance.


  10. "Overall a very good company"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fair pay and great benefits. 6% 401K match and yearly profit sharing.

    Cons

    Lots of corporate politics within the office.


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