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The Standard Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stability"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worker here for about 20 years, through ups and downs, demutualization, recession, etc and it has always been a solid company to work for.

    Cons

    Things have changed over the years; not always for the good. Annual raises for the past 4 years have been low or zero. Staff reductions have resulted in more work for everyone, with not much more pay.

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company but tough times are impacting results and moral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long term focus, great history, new Sales VP who is willing to change things up, great distribution network potential, top ten performer

    Cons

    Tough to articulate and execute a strategy, non-competitive in many market segments, lack innovation in products, experiencing higher turnover and position reductions

    Advice to Management

    Take risks before becoming irrelevant


  4. "Great employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Service Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Service Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Standard truly shows support for corporate values throughout the organization. It's not just talking the talk, every department walks the walk.

    Cons

    Lots of balls in the air in terms of process and standards, thus a recent reorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the talent you currently have in staff, you might be surprised by the hidden gems you can discover.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Things are looking up - lots of opportunity."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company demonstrating clarity of vision and opportunities. Technology adoption and deployment is increasing and getting more frequent. Flexible work opportunities and a great downtown location.

    Cons

    Economy is still concerning. Management needs to continue to clarify the vision and drive change adoption. Performance management is key.

    Advice to Management

    Drive and reward good performance. Recognize that you need to move out lower performers to really drive change and seize opportunities.


  6. "Disability Benefits Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Analyst in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Largest employer in downtown Portland. Pays good wages to their employees. Strong and Conservative Insurance company here in the Portland metro area.

    Cons

    They choose to lay off over 100 people in 2012 & 2013.
    The atmosphere at work has changed, they used to be a fun and nice place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Look at team, department and Division moral of your employees.
    Try to find ways to ease the level of stress on some teams and in the EB Claims area.
    Have better and more training in the area of Coping with Work Stress and Change Management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company but full of politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, Sharp, consistent and friendly

    Cons

    Lots of politics (an old company),

    Advice to Management

    Improve your hiring practices, work to eliminate the 30 politics that are common through out the company


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    It's a great company with good compensation, some of the best benefits you'll find in Portland, and a lot of room for job growth. The company has recently attracted a lot of talent and I see great things in the future for it.

    Cons

    I'd like it if the dress code was a little more relaxed. I don't interact with customers so why can't I wear jeans on a monday? Though, this is a very minor issue. The company has been great in many aspects and has generous vacation polices and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to recruit younger talent, take a look at the kind of culture that many tech-startups have. Open workspaces (minimal or no cubicles), and a more casual dress code can greatly increase morale and employee performance.


  9. "conservative company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    it feels stable and secure

    Cons

    but the work can be boring


  10. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Its been a while since I've worked there, but, my co-workers were great and have become great friends as well. Great benefits & good place for building your career path - they have a tuition reimbursement plan for school too.

    Cons

    Working downtown Portland can be difficult to get to & from depending on traffic and where you're coming from.

    Advice to Management

    Training and having a career path is always great.


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