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The Standard Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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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. "Account Specialist"

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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

    Love everything about working here.

    Cons

    Some of the systems can be outdated but they are easy to work with.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "My first year at The Standard"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership empowers team members to explore their ideas without fear of repercussions. Leaders here do not micromanage!

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to allow your employees to explore their ideas because 1) it benefits your employees and their morale and 2) the company when ideas manifest themselves and contribute to the overall success of the company.

  3. "Current Adjudicator"

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    Current Employee - Life Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Life Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family/work life balance is spot on.

    Cons

    Lack of standardized traning in some deparments


  4. "Basically a solid company and not a bad place to work."

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is well managed from a fiscal perspective but often projects are looked from a very short term view rather than the long term. By that I mean that they'll tweak the definition of success to meet a budget target or delivery date rather than do the right thing for a projects long term success.

    Cons

    There's a fair amount of indifference between the different business units and not much of a view of the overall company good.

    Advice to Management

    Look a little deeper at the various proejcts going on and encourage more of a long term view.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on what you are looking for in a job."

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    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Standard has excellent opportunities for advancement if you are willing to work hard. I started out working in a clerical position and was promoted every couple of years despite not having a college degree. Standard is willing to train people to various insurance occupations. They are also supportive if you are attending college part time to complete your degree.

    Cons

    Exempt jobs in frequently require working at least 50 hours a week in order to complete your work. In addition, the various departments at Standard sometimes have difficulties working together. There is only limited communication and it is sometimes difficult to get information that should be readily available.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to recommend to people to use their health benefits less was just silly. Accept that insurance company employees are going to use their benefits more extensively than employees in other industries.


  6. "Great place to work if you can survive the constant re-orginizations"

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    Current Employee - Policy Administrative in South Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Policy Administrative in South Portland, ME
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the culture in Sopo is something I have never experienced at another employer. Everyone is willing to help and jump in to complete a task or meet a goal. They share information easily with others and you never feel siloed into your particular job function or field. They offer many opportunities to grow and learn from others outside of your position. They offer mentor/mentee programs that enriched both parties. I have found that they also offer much more competetive salaries than other insurance companies in the area for similar work and resposibilites completed. Overall a great place to work.

    Cons

    They are currently going through several rounds of lay offs.

    Advice to Management

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "A pretty good culture, with a few caveats"

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

    Pros

    The benefit package is relatively generous, managers are reasonable for the most part, there is ample opportunity for development. Working downtown is a plus in my mind, and makes it possible to use transit to commute.

    The culture is quite benign compared to what I'm used to at other large employers in corporate America. Despite some passive-aggressiveness indigenous to the Pacific Northwesterners, the majority of people I work with are pleasant enough and avoid drama and histrionics.

    Another point is the community involvement. Most places don't care about things like volunteer time, or hosting employee art shows, or allowing military bands to use their front doorstep as a stage during Fleet Week.

    Now make no mistake that the Standard is a publicly-traded corporation and makes decisions based upon business value first and foremost, no matter how warm and fuzzy their published values might seem. But in their defense, if you find your position being eliminated, The Standard is not a place where you will find a box on your desk at 9AM and are asked to leave the premises by 9:30AM escorted by a guard - which is the modus operandi for most corporations today.

    Cons

    The CIO, with the board's support, recently initiated a sourcing program which will shift many IT functions to India. I think there were other options available, but after making years of promises of a streamlined, leaner, cheaper and more responsive IT organization, our CIO had no choice but to throw this Hail Mary (or Hare Krishna, in this case *snicker, snicker*) in order to preserve his job.

    I think the drawbacks and repercussions to the sourcing strategy will most likely be severe enough to cost Mr. O'Brian his job within 18 months. In the meantime, we'll adapt as necessary to keep our operations afloat and projects on track.

    In terms of Senior management, there is a whiff of old-time stodginess apparent just below the C-levels, enabled by a consistently sycophantic cadre of yes men directly below them. The biggest impact is a systemic aversion to new technology and a torpid way of innovating processes, if innovation happens at all.

    My message to some of the other posters on the thread - if you see less than optimal behaviors and processes, become part of the solution! Present a new idea! Troubleshoot a flawed process! Don't complain when your'e asked to test a new product, since testing is integral to successful change management. Don't idly moan and groan while the world passes you by. Step up to the plate, or be quiet.

    Advice to Management

    -Drive adoption of new technologies more quickly
    -Have the discipline to release the consistent low performers in operational roles
    -Give senior managers a more direct connection to the realities on the ground to provide proper context to business decisions driven by the competitive environment at large
    - IT must become considerably more responsive to the business's needs

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good, challenging, fast-paced, lots of work, long hours"

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    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rewards and recognizing talent, stock plan option for all employees, some really supportive supervisors, and always work to be done.

    Cons

    Running on limited employees, work loads increasing without relief in sight, some unsupportive supervisors, long hours expected, and making hard decisions impacting people.

    Advice to Management

    Staff for normal work loads, continue recognition programs from co-workers and management, find and train the unsupportive supervisors, and expect great work with hard decisions to be completed within 8 hour day.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyed the experience, just found something better so moved on"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture of conservatism appropriate for insurance organization

    Cons

    Slow moving
    Not a great deal of career opportunity for those inclined to push through the ranks

    Advice to Management

    Solid in general, some are as yet untested and somewhat unsure of themselves


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work--at a stately pace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Individual Contributor -- IT in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Individual Contributor -- IT in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really nice people, good pay, considerate management, good benefits, flexible schedules, nice downtown location--for those in Portland Home Office.

    Cons

    Company is very slow to embrace change and adopt best practices. People seem to be resigned to the fact that The Standard has limited ability to excel or achieve breakthrough progress.

    Advice to Management

    Create a clear vision for the future that everyone can get behind, and then drive execution.


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