The Standard "upper management" Reviews | Glassdoor

The Standard Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Feb 8, 2020

To filter reviews, or .
3.6
69%
Recommend to a Friend
73%
Approve of CEO
The Standard President and CEO J. Greg Ness
J. Greg Ness
252 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very generous PTO and flexible hours policies, great people to work with(in 25 reviews)

  • "Great work life balance - ability to work from home and flex if needed(in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "Behind the scenes upper management makes decisions that are forced down and not in the best interest of the employees(in 23 reviews)

  • "Upper and senior management turns a blind eye to reality and lets unfounded commentary persist in the absence of facts(in 12 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

Reviews about "upper management"

Return to all Reviews
  1. "Flexible outside sales account executive B2B"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Family owned feel, not a huge corporate structure

    Cons

    Family owned feel, operations can be impacted by dynamics between upper management.

    Continue reading
    The Standard2019-09-19
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Cheap company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people Had a small Pride celebration each June I was there Free gym usage if you can get away from your desk for long enough 401k is decent if you can afford to put in a good amount

    Cons

    Laughable health insurance offered - criminally high deductibles Does not pay out PTO when you leave Cheap - does not pay for coffee, makes you pay to wear jeans Encourages overtime and thus burnouts Stuck in the Stone Age with the amount of paper used - when I was there, no effort was being made to go paperless Behind the times with diversity and inclusion Did not give employees MLK day off and said no words about him There was one email in 2019 right before I quit that announced several upper management promotions, all of whom were white, older males Taxes bonuses by I believe 30 or 40% Ageism, sexism, and racism is rampant No room for growth, because all of the people in positions you could get to are cemented in with their pensions until retirement

    Continue reading
    The Standard2020-02-09
  3. Helpful (6)

    "Lacking Ethics"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good 401k. For some employees lots of free time.

    Cons

    Favoritism, sexism, and disposable employees. Be aware that you may encounter favoritism. Many times the positions posted have already been decided by management prior to even interviewing. During end of year reviews, management is forced to rank people and only a couple in a department can get much of a raise. Usually the same people. If someone doesn't like you for a variety of reasons, they will find a way to get rid of you. HR will not be much help. Behind the scenes upper management makes decisions that are forced down and not in the best interest of the employees. Managers are forced to put a good spin on it and sell it. With the outsourcing at this company, you are expendable. The favorites stay even if they are worthless. If you are driven, they do not embrace new ideas well and you may end up being told you are not "nice enough" or not a team player. Upper management thinks of you as a FTE number and how can they save money cutting people. Many departments are now way overworked and understaffed for the amount of work. Sadly, this is no longer the company it used to be. They love to talk work life balance, but many areas do not actually practice that.

    Continue reading
    The Standard2020-01-08
  4. Helpful (38)

    "Individual Annuities: Orwellian"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Analyst in Portland, OR
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I will list Pros if I can think of any.

    Cons

    The Standard Culture: The Buddy System Picture a company that thrives on the creative energy of its employees. Think of your dream work environment. Now, close your eyes and imagine a company that is the polar opposite. There you are, Standard Insurance Company (aka The Standard). The Standard functions according to a Buddy System. If you want to advance in any way, you need to become a Buddy with a manager. Remember teacher’s pets back in grade school? It’s not about being a conscientious worker. In fact, attempts to provide an honest assessment of issues and constructive suggestions result in reprimands if you are not a Buddy. Company touts core values, such as “Care About People”, and “Take the High Road”. Just nonsense. CEO is the biggest violator. Sounding self-important at meetings counts more than whether you actually know how to do anything. Listen to me! I’ve got a BIG, BOOMING VOICE! Managers are more like politicians and lawyers than true business leaders. Politics is preferred to results. A person’s job title and position in the hierarchy are far more important than the underlying merits of his or her ideas. Subject matter experts are routinely ignored and brushed off like high school students. The contempt for individual contributors is palpable. Thinking outside the box is not valued. There is always immediate push back and visceral skepticism about any new idea, killing hope for innovation. At the same time, there is no hesitation to defend stupid or outdated ways of doing things. The Standard functions very much like government, an Orwellian nightmare. Management is stuck in 1950s mentality: rigid, top-down, vertically aligned. Decisions come from on high and are passed down the line to workers without any forum for dialogue. There is no tolerance for disagreement, however well intentioned. Only yes-men are selected for management positions, perpetuating the quagmire ad infinitum. 1970s billing systems, paper records, passive aggressive culture, etc. An internal job posting for a mortgage loan officer listed a requirement of being able to lift thirty pounds (massive paper bundles). Not joking. Individual Annuities is another festering cesspool. And don’t waste your time with HR with a legitimate issue. Their sole function is to protect owners and managers from workers. To be sure, I have met high-energy, creative people at The Standard: they’ve all quit. Nearly everyone I know who left The Standard ended up improving their career with a sizeable salary increase, more interesting work, higher levels of responsibility, and more respect. Employees who offer serious ideas for improving the business are labeled as uppity. Once branded, you are finished. You will never be a Buddy. Punishments include exclusion from meetings, denied promotions, rejection from growth opportunities, and termination without cause. People who aren’t Buddies need to keep their head down and check their intellect at the lobby elevator each morning. A Job Offer From The Standard? Thinking about moving to Portland to join Individual Annuities? At The Standard, you will feel more like a contractor than a valued employee, just an overhead expense. If you do choose to join Individual Annuities, bring a barrel of anti-depressants and get signed up with a therapist. Don’t work lots of extra hours because there will be no recognition, no pay increases, no comp days, and instead of appreciation, only mud in your face in an intolerant, unwelcoming, and totally dysfunctional environment. You can expect perpetual disempowerment. If you don’t become a Buddy, always remember the Three Standard Golden Rules: Keep your mouth shut, keep your mouth shut, and (did I tell you?) keep your mouth shut. Merely stating a fact that is printed on the front page of major newspapers can get you in trouble. Individual Annuities: Turnstile Central In a short period of time, seven of the nine actuaries working in Individual Annuities left the company. My God! Even an assistant manager at McDonalds would be alarmed at this turnover rate. It’s beyond absurdity. The financial harm from this extreme turnover rate must run into millions of dollars. Desperate efforts to replace people have been unsuccessful. One hole is patched, and three new leaks spring up. The actuarial group is in a complete state of disarray, a total train wreck. Is HR asleep at the wheel? People don’t leave companies, people leave bosses. Small group of actuary managers have taken over Individual Annuities. A classic old boy network, they’ve created an artificial, members-only kingdom to serve their own personal interests. Joined firmly at the hip, Das Storm Troopers speak with one voice and protect each other daily with admirable displays of quid pro quo as they lovingly scratch each other’s back. These testosterone-laden and self-congratulatory boys hang tight with grams, perched high in the sky on a pretend pedestal. With precise goose steps executed with perfect unity, they waddle together on their way to lounge in their own private pigsty, stomping on people who get in the way. The damage done by these self-serving, egotistical donkeys will be felt for years to come. Endless Secrecy Communication of information is always a challenge at larger organizations. There’s an old joke that engineers at GM who design front seats don’t even know who designs the back seats. At The Standard, this sort of disconnect is both deliberate and routine. Walls are built between divisions, departments, teams, and individuals. There is a place on the company intranet where employees are supposedly encouraged to post ideas and suggestions. But it only lists upcoming bake sales because people learned that if you post messages containing anything of substance, the thought police swoop down (literally) and order you to SHUT UP. Fall-out of Acquisition by Meiji Yasuda When The Standard was acquired by Meiji Yasuda, everyone was assured that nothing would change. This assurance came from the same people who kept telling us that The Standard would never be acquired. No wonder the lowest scores on opinion surveys were always about upper management trustworthiness. The questions about trustworthiness were quietly removed from the opinion survey. Annual Performance Reviews were phased out to make it easier to fire people since there is no paper trail for anything. The toxic atmosphere in this fear-driven environment is nauseating. Of course, Buddies maintain their protected status. Just as the deal was announced, turncoat CEO bought himself a 3.5 million dollar luxury home in Lake Oswego. He definitely has a lock on the Oregonian Traitor of the Decade award for being a striking personification of the notion that “Greed is Good”. The Emperor is wearing no clothes. As a cost-cutting measure, employees are now packed into Japanese-style open office areas with minuscule desks with no borders. There is no privacy, you can reach out and touch your neighbors. If you interview for a job at The Standard, make sure you ask to see an actual work area. Every three months, a large quarterly dividend check is delivered to Japan. Tens of millions of dollars, forever more sucked out of the local economy. Historic downtown buildings are now foreign-owned. One hundred years of wealth generated by Oregonians is gone.

    The Standard2018-03-16

    The Standard Response

    March 22, 2018The Standard

    I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you further. We strive to maintain a respectful, inclusive environment at The Standard, and this post does not reflect the company that I know. I hope you will take the initiative to contact me directly. John Hooper ¬– VP of Human Resources

    Continue reading
  5. Helpful (11)

    "The only people they care about are customers, not employees"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None that I can think of. I would give it 0 stars if I could.

    Cons

    Upper management is completely unplugged from what is happening with people actually doing work. Zero sense of humor. Lifers who have been there so long they don't want to hear about doing anything different than the way it's being done right now and management that allows that kind of attitude to proliferate.

    The Standard2018-02-12
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Overall positive experience, great benefits."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time for 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 Standard2017-11-14

    The Standard Response

    November 17, 2017Standard Representative

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

    Continue reading
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Disability Benefits Analyst job"

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

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay Currently updating technology Hour flexibility & ability to work from home

    Cons

    Medical benefits not as good as they used to be. Upper management implements many unnecessary procedures and changes the procedures frequently. Extremely understaffed with high workloads/many hours required.

    Continue reading
    The Standard2017-06-16
  8. Helpful (16)

    "Glad to be gone"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I liked my coworkers axnd the flexibility of hours.

    Cons

    Too many. Too many take backs of benefits. Promotions seemed based on brown nosing not skills. The lack of acknowledging good work and the rush to tell you of yor faults. The poor to no raises. The lack of civility from many managers. The contemptbfrom upper management towards individual contributors.

    Continue reading
    The Standard2016-07-23
  9. Helpful (20)

    "Den of thieves above, vinegar factory below"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard for 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.

    Continue reading
    The Standard2016-06-04
  10. Helpful (11)

    "Terrible"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Insurance Underwriter in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good relationships with co-workers. Decent benefits even though well below average in recent years. Good location although outdated.

    Cons

    Awful upper management. Horribly selfish leadership. No incentive to do a good job with ambiguous metrics to receive a pay increase while those at the top continue to pocket more money. Went from a good morale to a dreaded place to be. All of the things that made this company stand out have been pulled and there is only more work and no appreciation.

    Continue reading
    The Standard2016-03-22
Found 23 reviews