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Updated December 9, 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 18 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very generous PTO and flexible hours policies, great people to work with. Great values as a company, non-exclusionary.

    Cons

    The same issues with any large corporation

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees when it comes to their own benefits packages

    The Standard Response

    Oct 23, 2017 – Standard Representative

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We agree that that our culture of inclusion is a key part of what makes The Standard a great place to work.


  2. "Good but not great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good teammates, Senior management is involved with the department. Interactions with other teams is high, very few conflicts with other teams.

    Cons

    Mid-Level management isn't in touch with the people who report to them. Team is understaffed, so work-life balance is difficult when trying to complete work within turnaround time.

  3. "Relationship Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/home balance in my role.

    Cons

    Constant change, which isn't bad if you can be flexible.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Disability Benefits Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are great people who want to do a good job.

    Cons

    Lacks technology, too many processes, frontline employees are viewed as an expense, out of pocket health insurance costs are high, and now they’ve capped pension accruals for the employees who have worked there long enough to have expertise, which is heavily relied upon to keep the department running (barely).

    Advice to Management

    It doesn’t matter. They’ve heard it all before, over and over - time and time again....


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great and Friendly Place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance and community involvement

    Cons

    Mid-management can be a challenge. No structure and vision


  6. "Sr. Program Manager (Director)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and great culture

    Cons

    Middle Management has their challenges with constant changes and business transformations.

    The Standard Response

    Nov 27, 2017 – Standard Representative

    Thank you for your comments!


  7. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work atmosphere
    Great location in downtown Portland
    Modernized workspaces with sit-stand desks
    Pays well

    Cons

    Horrible maternity/paternity leave policies
    Less camaraderie than expected

    Advice to Management

    Offer paid maternity/paternity leave to employees
    Better encourage employee interaction at all levels

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A Word of Caution...."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I believe that their benefits are generous. They are also in a great location; as it is fun to work downtown. Their cafeteria is pretty terrific as well.

    Cons

    I can only speak from my personal experience but the IT department was not only unresponsive, outsourced, impossible to reach & unavailable but trapped in the 1990's. It was remarkable to join a large, well-respected company only to spend my first two weeks trying to get my Outlook account set up.

    Advice to Management

    I won't waste my time or yours as you have not been responsive to the countless recommendations and pieces of feedback already listed.


  9. "On-Site Account Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Supportive, Positive, Compassionate, Family Orientated, Good Balance

    Cons

    I don't have any bad feedback for The Standard


  10. "Overall positive experience, great benefits."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Accountant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Active within the community, Lots of opportunities to get involved with the company if that's your thing.

    Cons

    Upper management pushes process improvement a little too hard. Some processes just can't be improved any further without a major overhaul of an entire department but being forced to find something to improve AND tying it to your yearly raises is a bit unfair.

    The Standard Response

    Nov 17, 2017 – Standard Representative

    Thank you for your feedback. We'll be sharing your insights with our leaders.


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