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United Educators Reviews

Updated December 19, 2016
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  1. "Wonderful employee culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very unique culture with incredibly friendly and welcoming staff. The office space is beautiful and is carefully maintained. The benefits and PTO are amazing. UE is very ethical and administers policies fairly.

    Cons

    It is harder to get to know every colleague as the company grows bigger.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Stiff and slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get paid on time. Easy public access and a good location. The company pays your transportation and if you can stay for ten years, you'll be eligible for a sabbatical.

    Cons

    A small insurance company that lacks passion and clear vision, starting at the top. Don't expect to create meaningful relationships or feel like you've made a difference. Most employees stay for the money. Nothing at the top has changed for years and it shows.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Lots of pros and cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United Educators full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing. More than four weeks of paid time off your first year and six weeks after a few years. Long term employees get a month sabbatical after working ten years. Excellent telework program for most employees and flex-time. The company is great to its customers/members and provides them with top quality service. Also nice location in Bethesda convenient to metro.

    Cons

    You have to drink a lot of Kool-Aid every day to work here. Disagreement with the decisions of top management (even constructive criticism) is not tolerated. The CEO is incredibly smart and has been there a long time. She is also ruthless, changes her mind a lot, and almost everyone is afraid of her. The work culture is intense. Before I left, approximately 10% of employees were fired every year for performance reasons. That creates a strong paranoia among employees, even ones doing a good job. No matter how much VP's screw up, the employees under that VP get blamed, particularly when surveys of employees show they are unhappy in a particular department.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as well as you treat customers, and don't be so arrogant.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fabulous Company to Work For!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Educators full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    United Educators has a spectacular mission -- which is preventing injuries and legal missteps, while protecting educational institutions when people are injured. The CEO is very dynamic and the Company treats its employees really well. Excellent bonus program, robust social committee and nice events, great training opportunities, and the Company is growing so there are opportunities for promotions and personal development. Very smart people in all departments of the Company. Also has a paid sabbatical program after 10 years of service. Management is also incredibly responsive when staff raise concerns. The Company regard work-life balance as essential. Partial-week teleworking is offered to most staff after one year of service.

    Cons

    High quality is expected of all. This is not necessarily a con, but can be difficult for people who are not motivated or engaged in their work.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to be as responsive to staff as you have in the past.


  6. "Risk Management Professional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Educators full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    UE has a friendly office an excellent telework benefits

    Cons

    Small company so there are few opportunities for advancement


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company!"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Accounting in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Educators full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    UE values education therefore the staff is a group of very smart and talented individuals. They have a good process for employee evaluations which helps you work toward your personal goals. UE also offers a great benefits package!

    Cons

    Because they have such high standards, it can be stressful at times to live up to their expectations. Commuting to Bethesda isn't all that fun on 495/270.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to empower your people and offer telework options for lower level staff.


  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    UE is committed to work/life balance and offers a great telework program. The employees are very smart and passionate about UE's mission to serve education. The benefits, including PTO, 401k match, health insurance, tuition assistance, are very generous. The social committee, all volunteers, arrange fun events including the summer and Holiday parties. My colleagues are friendly, hard working and supportive. It's a great place to work and even though it's a small company, there are opportunities for promotion and even moving across departments and picking up new skills.

    Cons

    Like any other company, it's not for everyone. It's a challenging, hardworking environment which I love.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "No career growth opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Educators full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The CEO is great and is very constantly looking for employee engagement. Benefits package and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    So far behind in the realm of technology and software systems. Poor management and no opportunity for career growth or promotions. The pay was below average for it's area. They don't utilize their employees skill sets.

    Advice to Management

    Create a way to promote and continue career development. More than half of my team was looking at external jobs because they were not given the opportunity within the company. Spend the time to utilize effective technology to mainstream processes. Way to much bottle necking occurred in this company.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible People To Work For"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Educators full-time

    Pros

    Company offers greats benefits and employment perks. They have a very diverse workforce.

    Cons

    The company's training program is horrendous. People just talk to you for hours on end about systems, protocols, and policies that you have never used and know nothing about. It is impossible for anyone to simply retain brand new foreign information by listening to someone talk rather than interactively walking through systems and applying the concepts being taught. Everyone except a new hire works from home a few days out of the week which can stifle the learning process and eventual growth of a new employee when people they have become most comfortable with aren't there to answer questions face to face and walk them through new environments and concepts.

    People are fake nice on the surface and for anyone that can see through that it can be a very uncomfortable work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors or whoever is directly responsible for the hiring and on-boarding of new employees should not be taking days off or working from home within the first 30-60 days of a new employee start date.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Some improvements needed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Educators full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule,great benefits package convenient location that's metro accessible,beautiful office environment. In Some ways very visionary for an insurance company. I attribute this to the CEO. Team very knowledgable and knows their stuff. However....

    Cons

    Managers with 'Old School' insurance mindset. Big on micromanaging staff in some departments. Some processes don't make sense and create bottlenecks. System antiquated causing certain critical processes to be manually. Base salary could be higher for this area.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what we do best, insurance. Let managers know they have to trust their team. Micromanaging only stifles good employees who are used to having autonomy and runs them out the door. Get all the systems up and running quickly. It's hard to hit yearly goals without the right tools. It's like trying to hit a home run in the World Series with a Wiffle ball bat.



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