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The Standard Reviews

Updated July 20, 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. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  2. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment and great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Training was a mess and concerns about lack of understanding were ignored. Management seemed to be more motivated in looking good to peers than training and growing staff. Also long work hours (but that was mainly my team, not a widespread problem)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff, follow-up on concerns, and try to make them stronger employees instead of punishing them for easily fixed limitations.

  3. "Multiple jobs within the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    So many great employees who work at The Standard!! I have had the pleasure of working with talented and caring employees who truly want to do a good job and make a difference.

    I know 'insurance' doesn't should interesting to many people, but I have enjoyed learning the process and technology involved in running this company. Technology is improving, but it's is a slow and gradual journey.

    Cons

    Even with so many great employees, there is often an 'us' against 'them' battle that happens between department who work together and LOTS of passive aggressive behavior. I can't understand how so many great people can treat each other so poorly.

    Every team feels the 'so much work and not enough time or people' problem! Hard working employees pay the price and put in many extra hours, while seeing low performing employees not pulling their weight. The focus on Lean is headed in the right direction, but not coming fast enough!

    Benefits and pay are fair, but not exceptional. HR department seems to have the worst turnover in the company, which is concerning.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to be engaged with all levels of employees. I know there is a focus on building a high performance culture, but it seems like many managers are still unclear on what that means. Find a way to harmonize new employees with long tenured, they both are needed to run this company. Encourage employees to treat each other with respect and call out bad behavior before it becomes a problem. Portland is a growing city and commute times are placing a burden on employee work/life balance. Trust that you have hired great employees and give them flexibility and work from home options.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Deconversion Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Deconversion Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Standard (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were good employee perks, such as a free gym and affordable work out classes were offered. We got a discount on Tri Met and other vendors around town.

    Cons

    Management was poor, not enough training or opportunity for advancement, Lots of favoritism and not enough support from the management team.


  5. Helpful (14)

    "Too corporate to see past the end of its nose"

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For employees who are willing to play the game, and subscribe to the meaningless busywork, there are several career trajectories thorugh lower level management, or even as an individual contributor. There is a focus on improving processes, and they aren't ALWAYS stuck in the rut of "the way we've always done it. And they're an insurance company... so great benefits.

    Cons

    They don't take care of their employees. They assume the generous benefits package is enough, but don't let employees know they're valued. They promote their friends instead of their standout employees. Relationships are everything. If you do great at your job, but don't suck up... you'll probably be stuck in that job for a while. They (mentally) recognize talent and merit in their employees and TELL them what great work they do... but they don't DO anything about it. And even demonstrable, documented, statistical improvement will be ignored if certain meaningless busywork goals aren't met.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the employees who show results. Not just the ones you think are cool or fun to hang out with. Don't take advantage of your employees, and don't take their merits for granted. They can tell when you do.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Medical underwriter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and bonus in February

    Cons

    Horrible leadership and administration.. don't care about employees and no diversity in management

    Advice to Management

    Get some diversity training and care About your emlmi


  7. Helpful (18)

    "Den of thieves above, vinegar factory below"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard (More than a year)

    Pros

    Better than unemployment, working outside or on an assembly line.

    During slow season in the summer you can totally get away with goofing off on the internet all day.

    Cons

    CEO Greg Ness made his millions by sacrificing his employee's health and sanity. Managers are sociopathic narcissists. "Behind every great fortune lies a great crime." That crime is working 2,000+ people to death for peanuts and 1% raises, then paying their snobby management overlords to sit in meetings about nothing all day and tell their workers to "Smile!"

    The caste system is in effect. Upper management would rather leave the room than look a temp in the eye. Just a sick unsustainable system fueled by a huge uninterrupted inflow of nonrenewable one year temp contracts. They intentionally do not let their massive temp workforce stick around long enough to get promoted and change things for the better, which is what would inevitably happen if the company were allowed to reach equilibrium. The work environment has nowhere to go but up, they know that and intentionally keep it there in order to maintain control over their tin pot dictatorship.

    If the whole company were a single person it would be a bitter old white racist baby boomer millionaire with a slowly progressing terminal illness on an IV drip made of the blood of snake people keeping him alive. The closest real life thing to a vampire.

    Advice to Management

    Let's not kid ourselves by pretending management has any interest in advice. Their exploitation game is perfected to an art.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The first impression was correct - very disorganized, impersonal, and severely behind in technology."

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    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Standard as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The location where I worked was incredibly convenient. It was close to a lot of places to eat, near the train, and a great place for regular walking.

    Cons

    One of the worst places for a contractor to work. They make it blatantly clear that you aren't important and that they will not take care of you, even to make your space ergo-friendly. The department I was in was disorganized, poor communicators, and they ignore the experts.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Underwriter"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    coworkers are good people, fun to be downtown most of the time

    Cons

    underpaid compared to market, they don't strive to be a high paying coming, just "in range." Benefits seem to get worse and worse. Company is increasing the dividend and buying back stock, these moves don't really help us out...they could take $5mil from their $100m stock buyback program and invest it in their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hate to sound like a broken record and talk about low pay, but I was able to get another job at a local insurance company that paid 30% more in base + bonus, plus it has better benefits. You should be working to keep your younger employees by investing in them, rather than losing them after 4 years and having to start over with fresh blood...can't think of anything more costly.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid at all costs."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee development was available due to excellent training department that is no longer there.

    Cons

    The culture is to perceive work as a main focus in employees life. Even during your wedding day, as shown in a job orientation video, you are expected to be available at your work and take care of the stuff. No concept of a work-personal life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Hope the culture will change with the new owners.


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