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The Standard Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Love the people!"

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love the work environment and the people are the best! Location is in downtown Portland close to a lot of activities and restaurants. Benefits are good and compensation is in line with industry for the most part. A lot of people work here for decades.

    Cons

    The company is a smaller company trying to act big. Not a lot of turnover in management and executive levels so it does not create opportunity for upward growth for a majority of employees. Poor communication from management - unclear corporate strategy.

    Advice to Management

    I would love to see a more equitable rewards and compensation program across the divisions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Worked with the retirement plan product."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The grad school reimbursement was the best I ever heard of and there were no strings attached to the benefit like many firms have in place.

    Cons

    I enjoyed working there and left on good terms but felt the commitment to that business line was always lacking. Their bread and butter is insurance and you knew it.


  3. "Good supportive company trying to do its best."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities to move up and into other positions.

    Cons

    If you work in a production level job, time deadlines and productivity goals are demanding. Professional level positions are quite flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in IT and infrastructure commensurate with competitors.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of change, lots of work, good benefits, morale is constantly up and down, very ethical company culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Very ethical company...they go out of their way to practice what they preach in terms of being accurate, timely, and correct. Historically, The Standard used to provide the best customer service in the industry.

    Cons

    This company is not doing enough to build its large customer base. Much of the focus is on small business. Pricing inhibits the sales force from effectively competing. Service levels have fallen following lay-offs and failed or minimal updates to systems.

    Advice to Management

    Roll up your sleeves and job shadow your front-line employees to really learn what's going on, spend the money to update the systems (this has been an issue for many years and very little has been done), don't balance the books on the backs of the employees


  6. "Long term employee"

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

    I worked at The Standard (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Customer service focus. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Instability in later years. Less focus on customer service.


  7. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    people are helpful and collaborative

    Cons

    project I am currently working is very disorganized....too many managers, not enough "worker bees"


  8. "Good company"

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

    Pros

    Good location good benefits loved the hours that were offered

    Cons

    The office is really outdated looks like I'm stuck In the early 90's


  9. "Employee Benefits Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Specialist in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Employee Benefits Specialist in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Financially Stable, clear/concise direction from Management. Strong sales and service model.

    Cons

    Name recognition outside of the employee benefits industry


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Fiscal Conservative"

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, predictable and reliable organization with strong history of community involvement. Internal mobility encouraged. Good training and communication programs.

    Cons

    Very conservative company digging out of a legacy of old technology as a result of early adoption of systems developed decades ago.

    Advice to Management

    Use same conservative caution during fragile integration period following recent foreign buy out.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Like any company depends on where you work"

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is better than you would guess. PTO is above average. For those who work downtown transportation is readily available and the company subsides it. Contrary to many reviews senior leadership is very strong and manages the business well.

    Cons

    Some areas of the company are almost sweat shops(call centers). Field staff are treated like second class employees. The company looks to be sold to a foreign company.

    Advice to Management

    Standards #1 strength is its employees, without them the company is worthless!!!



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