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The Standard Reviews

Updated April 19, 2019
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  • "Upper management pushes process improvement a little too hard" (in 20 reviews)

  • "The work-life balance is awful, and also uneven" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great company, good career options, and attractive work life balance."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst II in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst II in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance - ability to work from home and flex if needed.
    Company culture is positive, change oriented, and diversity seeking.
    Managers care about your career path and want to help you get there

    Cons

    Going through an office space situation where consultants are coming in the help reduce work that does not bring enough value to the company. Great if you have specialized skills, not great if you’re a line worker with muscle memory tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Have a strong leadership development program that is diversity seeking


  2. "Start here and work you way up"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Tanasbourne, OR
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Tanasbourne, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot of systems and it is kind of like a family oriented place. People are super nice.

    Cons

    The pay is not that good starting out but, most people start here and move up within a year or so

  3. "Mature Insurance company with opportunities"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can influence changes. Company has one currency, Nearly all meetings are in one time zone. Good benefits. Reasonable hours. There are multiple divisions for future rotation opportunities.

    Cons

    Minimal work from home opportunities in some groups but not all

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership tends to hide behind the curtain. It would be great if they would lead with a more visible presence.


  4. "Great Company & People"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leave Specialist in Altavista, VA
    Current Employee - Leave Specialist in Altavista, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is spectacular and real. The employees opinions matter and are welcomed and encouraged. Significant community presence.

    Cons

    The only con I have experienced thus far is that the training across the teams is inconsistent. However, they are aware of this and are trying to get better at it everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and being so exceptional to your people. Keep working on the consistent training program.


  5. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome work/life balance. Great opportunity to grow and promote within the company.

    Cons

    No cons of working with The Standard

    The Standard Response

    Apr 16, 2019 – The Standard

    Thank you for letting us know how we’re doing. I’m glad you are enjoying your experience here! Feel free to let your leader or me know if there’s anything we could improve upon.

    Rick Johnstone... More


  6. "Family oriented, Team Work, Engaged Employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leave and Disability Claims Examiner in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Leave and Disability Claims Examiner in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great communication with management, Open Door Policy, Engaged Employees, Community Service, my teammates are my family. My Manager if very Family Orientated and works with me when I have a scheduling issue.

    Cons

    Technology issues. Need to be more adaptable for our customers in this Mobile information age.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the ins and out of every day task that your Examiner's do from their prospective. Sometimes it's hard to understand a task, if it's not something you do daily.


  7. "Fantastic Company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Altavista, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Altavista, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They look after their employees with great benefits and culture. Very community orientated and love to give back.

    Cons

    Still a paper environment.

  8. "Love all the people i work with."

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    Current Employee - Account Specialist
    Current Employee - Account Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love my job! I love the insurance industry. I like everyone I work with.

    Cons

    process and procedures for certain requests I work with are not defined.
    Long hours. my book of business is much bigger than my counter parts on my team.

    Advice to Management

    Look at book of business for each AS.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, if you find the right team."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Good team mindset from coworkers.
    Pay is average, but fine.
    The downtown portland offices are a great location to work from.

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible.
    Fairly ruthlessly corporate in their decision making. Happy to push the weight of slightly better profits on the backs of their employees.
    Outsourcing is a real threat, it is the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff are far more valuable than you compensate them for. Retaining and acquiring better talent needs a major overhaul.


  10. "A bit dated, but still a lot to offer."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Integration in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Integration in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kindness and understanding is valued
    Pockets of great employees
    Innovation and creativity are encouraged

    Cons

    At a corporate level, the company seems to struggle with prioritization and a clear vision. This trickles down to ever changing priorities for production work and harried managers/directors.

    Parts of IT are notorious for enabling petty attitudes and lackluster performance.

    Advice to Management

    Shed dead weight and pick a direction (even if it hurts in the short term).