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Updated May 24, 2017
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
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  1. "Good Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. 6% match after a year.

    Cons

    Not the best mobility

    Advice to Management

    I like my manager


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company is good overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    IF it is not a financial department, managers are not managed, so they have poor performance and lots of favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Being a financial institution, it is obvious that the most attention will be on finance areas, but the support groups do a lot, and the rest of the company would not flow as easily if it wasn't for these groups, I suggest you pay attention to the management group in those areas, they are not knowledgeable, and they are very poor managers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "On the right path"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Authentic, down to earth people who demonstrate humility
    People really do care about the customer
    Opportunity to learn and grow and make an impact
    Supportive leaders
    Can have a work life balance

    Cons

    Yes some technology is lagging but company is moving in the right direction and plans are on the horizon to continue to upgrade and move the needle
    Culture can sometimes be not direct enough

    Advice to Management

    Not sure why such negative reviews on senior leadership who seem very smart, dedicated and caring. to change the perception by the naysayers - perhaps manage by walking around more and being more visible to the rank and file.


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  5. "You get what you put in"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've been at The Standard for seven years and here are a couple observations:
    1) Going above and beyond is not difficult and it is rewarded, especially if you take it upon yourself to find ways to grow and learn.
    2) At every level, including the Management Committee, people are approachable and honestly interested in helping each other when they can. I've seen some very self-centered managers come and go - but they don't tend to last long.

    Cons

    1) There is a subset of employees who believe the grass is greener, but rather than go see for themselves they just stay and complain.
    2) The Standard is susceptible to focusing on too many priorities, which makes it difficult to move the ball on any priority.

    Advice to Management

    The more visible you are, the better. I like running into Greg in the elevator, but it would be even better to run into him (or the other Management Committee members) desk-side.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "QA Analyst"

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a steady job...

    Cons

    It was boring, with a culture that was boring. There were lots of workshop type events to attempt to jazz it up, but going to work every day was like turning off your soul and going.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Overall, good company to work for. Slow on adapting new technology."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Claims Examiner in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Claims Examiner in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has adopted the LEAN management approach and has invested a significant amount of time and money in it. If you work hard, and are open to change, there are tons of opportunities for advancement or lateral moves into different divisions.

    Cons

    The pay is on the low side of average. The company is slow to adapt to new technology (and waits until existing technology is so old it's no longer supported before working on replacement). As with all large companies, there can be a tremendous difference in work environment from manager to manager. I have been lucky enough to have had only 1 awful morale-buster of a manager as a temporary fill-in, but several other great managers who have been my cheerleader in growing my skills and advancing my career.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the LEAN approach. Continue to develop managers into people coaches. **Invest in technology - for the sake of the employees, but also for the sake of the customers!**


  8. "Decent Company"

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    Former Employee - Disability Benefit Examiner in Tanasbourne, OR
    Former Employee - Disability Benefit Examiner in Tanasbourne, OR

    I worked at The Standard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Like most things what you put into your experience is what you will get out of it. Staff is supportive and friendly; management will give you the tools needed to succeed and the training is in depth, but a lot in a little time.

    Cons

    Work load can be excessive at times and while their a lot of opportunities for personal and professional growth often the day to day requirements do not allow you the time to take advantage.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "good ethical company not great pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good culture and employees, good benefits and retirement. most employees are long-term and you can learn a lot from them

    Cons

    low base pay and bonus relative to the industry, difficult to promote due to so many long time employees. also a relatively small company so not a lot of areas to move to


  10. "Fantastic Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Leonia, NJ
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Leonia, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Great Community, Motivation, Bonus

    Cons

    Long Hours but that's Sales


  11. "Love it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Company that gives back

    Cons

    Other then being in downtown portland, nothing


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