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The Jacobson Group Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Gregory P. Jacobson and Richard L. Jacobson
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  1. "Group Individual Underwriter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Underwriter
    Former Employee - Underwriter

    I worked at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work at home

    Cons

    It is a temporary seasonal job

    Advice to Management

    Great company to work for


  2. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rawtenstall, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rawtenstall, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great for treating family and friends as many employees are offered products at generous discounts.
    Substidised canteen
    Free, spacious parking, rarely bad traffic

    Cons

    Poor IT resources and; outdated and broken.
    No WFH
    No performance reviews / training / development plans

    Advice to Management

    Invest in resources and employee development.


  3. "Executive Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative, engaged environment who value individual contributions and team efforts.

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say.


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  5. "Worklife Balance is Great! If you want a career to be proud of RUN from this place!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worklife balance, employee appreciation lunch, and team building projects were always great. This place is cool for entry-level professionals who are looking for a way into corporate America. You will be provided with resources and tools that will prepare you for your next role. The best thing you can do is work here for about a year long enough to gain some experience and take that knowledge and apply it to a company that will really appreciate, compensate and promote you well! After being here a year you will be annoyed by the lack of leadership, accountability, career growth and favoritism that will exist. So please take my advice and run after a year!! I can promise you the successful people leave and move on to much better opportunities. If you see a person being recruiting into the company you best better believe its because they were unsuccessful at their last job so this place becomes a safe haven. The successful people who are recruiting into the company will most certainly leave within 6 months to a year. or 2 years tops. Why do they leave?? Because they realize this is not a employer of choice.

    Cons

    There is no real career pathing or long term career growth within the company. They have a very high turnover rate, and there is only a small group of tenure employees there. The office politics are the worst because your success lies in how well you get along with your manager and how much extra work you are willing to take on with no extra pay etc. Oh and you better not complain about the workload or being overwhelmed because your manager won't care. They will listen to you complain but won't do anything about it and if they don't like you they will find a way to push you out. Most of the people in leadership roles have glorified job titles. If you are well liked and don't push back they will happily promote you with a glorified title such as Senior Team Lead/Corporate Travel Scheduling Manager Executive. Most of the tenure employees are people who are washed up in their career and can't find a good job anywhere else so they stick around with their glorified titles and become the office pets. Lastly compensation is low, low low and not competitive with the market. They are not transparent or consistent in pay. Two people with the same title will be getting two totally different salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp your leadership team, bring in Senior leader that can run the company and develop more accountability as being true leaders.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing staff. Very friendly. Everyone is like a big family.

    Cons

    None. Great place to work


  7. "Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open management willing to listen to changes requested by employees.

    Cons

    Culture is dry and boring, perhaps it is the industry but Jacobson has not found a way to engage Millennial talent into believing that Insurance and more importantly, the staffing industry is a good place to be and grow. So much focus is placed on insurance that staffing is often forgotten. Compared to other firms in the city, Jacobson simply lacks the excitement and focus on acquiring talent.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when it comes to culture. Baby steps have been taken but there is not enough engagement to have an employee want to stay for a career. Perhaps have team building activities each week, not just a 10 minute break. Interactions within the company feel inauthentic and forced. Such a good company and concept but culture is inhibiting serious growth.


  8. "Claims Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time

    Pros

    Very Comfortable place to work

    Cons

    Have no comments that are bad


  9. "Contractor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Worker in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - Contract Worker in Columbus, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company that is family oriented....loved the travel assignments and work at home was great

    Cons

    Time between assignments could be lengthy depending on your skills and qualifications.


  10. "Proactive Culture and Modern Work Envoirnment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management consistently works at improving company culture and provides benefits like flexible hours, work at home options and events. They work very hard to retain their employees and provide an overall positive environment. It's a matrixed organization.

    Cons

    The only con may be the retirement benefits, though their are regulatory constraints based on the company's business model that make retirement benefits complicated.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very proactive and positive. Any employee can approach the CEOs or senior management with any problem or suggestion. Keep doing what you're doing.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly Staff, but a Stifling Environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Jacobson Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Managers are friendly and welcoming, and the company offers quarterly employee appreciation lunches or happy hours. There’s a great group of newer employees, and it’s easy to make friends, especially as a millennial.Managers are friendly and welcoming, and the company offers quarterly employee appreciation lunches or happy hours. There’s a great group of newer employees, and it’s easy to make friends, especially as a millennial.

    Cons

    Employees are micromanaged, given little independence, and offered few opportunities to grow. The main focus is on numbers (number of calls made, voicemails left, emails sent) than the quality of the calls and the quality of the candidates. There’s a huge disconnect between the management (most of whom have been at the company for 10+ years) and the newer employees (many of whom are in their first or second job out of college). The managers assume the company has no faults, while the staff feel neglected, underpaid and underappreciated. There are limited opportunities for growth and development, and managers seem to discourage rather than support employees pursuing and obtaining new skills and interests.

    Advice to Management

    Support your younger employees and offer them opportunities to learn new skills, try new things, pursue different opportunities. Don't assume that buying them lunch every month is all it takes to make them happy. Compensate them fairly and give them the independence to grow.


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