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The Standard Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
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  • Upper management implements many unnecessary procedures and changes the procedures frequently (in 17 reviews)

  • Senior management is completely out of touch (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The smaller departments are like family. The pay is nice, and the management seems to care about consumers and employees.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons for this company

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up guys!


  2. "Was a better employer before being sold in March 2017"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Downtown central location. 3 week charity matching donation program each September. Supportive of bike commuting riders. Do spent money on civic and progressive initiatives.

    Cons

    Pretty lame bonus program for non-management personnel. Not supportive of alternative work schedule or working from home. Minimal tuition assistance for college.

    Advice to Management

    Need to quit cutting benefits to save costs. Turnover of experienced staff is wide spread and not a visible point of concern. Need to be more flexible to alternative work schedules.

  3. "A fine place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Community focus with generous yearly charitable giving campaign. Flexible and alternative work arrangements. Many opportunities to move within the company. Leaders encourage personal and business development.

    Cons

    Very limited health benefit plan options (CDHP plans only); otherwise, average benefit package. Portland offices are next to government buildings where many protests and rallies happen.


  4. "Good Culture, Flexible hours"

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    Current Employee - DCA in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - DCA in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great managers, laid back culture

    Cons

    low pay, poor yearly performance greatly affects bonuses


  5. "Pretty solid company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, nice new buildings, good training opportunities, ability to make your own path

    Cons

    Old way of looking at things, very very slow when it comes to doing new things.


  6. "Good medical benefits"

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    Former Employee - LTD Claim Assistant
    Former Employee - LTD Claim Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kaiser - great coverage if you buy up

    Cons

    could use better maternity leave benefits - longer leave for those out

    Advice to Management

    shorter STD/LTD wait periods. longer maternity leave


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Old-School, Poorly Managed Company"

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    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Department in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Department in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, but not great. Fairly flexible in terms of working hours.

    Cons

    As the years progressed, everything got worse. Company performance was just fine but raises dwindled to nothing. We were then supposed to be overjoyed when we received 1.5%. They hired in the low range, then never increased your salary more than a few hundred dollars a year. It was very hard to get a living wage that way.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying real money to the people who are making/saving you money. They deserve it.

  8. "Good place"

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    competitive pay
    good benefits
    good culture
    enjoy my coworkers

    Cons

    not advanced in their technology, improve systems

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and be open to suggestions


  9. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, good people, competitive benefits and salary. Still feels like a smaller company which can be good and bad

    Cons

    Limited resources for IT and maintaining competitive in the marketplace because of this. Changes can be quick when profits drop but not when improve.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "CCR"

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    Current Employee - CCR in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - CCR in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that you work with are great and always friendly. The Hillsboro location is near plenty of places to shop and relax.

    Cons

    Direct supervisor does not listen to employees, very cold and callus at times.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep trying! I have seen great improvements in my time here and we're getting to where we need to be. Please think of employee safety on inclement weather days - being trapped for hours trying to get home this last winter was not acceptable.


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