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United Educators Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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  1. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Educators full-time

    Pros

    Growth and opportunity and fairness

    Cons

    No cons at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "A Rare Find!"

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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

    Pros

    It's rare to find a company with solid financial footing, products that you can feel good about, and smart people who are committed to their work--but that's the UE difference. We're small enough that you can get to know everyone through our various social events, training opportunities and teamwork and big enough that you can get involved in a lot of different things.

    Cons

    Lots of change, but that's true everywhere. Issues are known and being worked on.

    Advice to Management

    Live the philosophy of constructive dialogue and encourage it in others.

  3. "Ample Opportunities"

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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

    Ample opportunities for professional development through formal and informal assignments, conferences, on-site training, and tuition reimbursement.
    Driven by mission to support educational institutions.
    Excellent benefits package.
    Great location near the Bethesda, MD metro.

    Cons

    Like most companies, it can seem that there aren't enough staff to do the expected work. Employees should embrace prioritizing and ask for assistance if they feel overwhelmed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue offering and exploring opportunities for employees to develop skills.

    Select highly qualified, proven individuals to lead growth and infrastructure initiatives.


  4. "Magnificent Company"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly sharp (and diverse) executive leadership

    Benefits are unmatched

    Carefully crafted values built into operational structure and tied to performance

    Modern, open concept office

    Building an effective management corps is a main focus of HR - specifically with the objective to empower, develop, and maximize strengths of staff

    A tangible, purposeful mission

    Tenure of staff - people love the company and stay

    Cons

    Tenure of staff - people love the company and stay and due to lean hierarchy can make it challenging for staff to reach management layer or upper management layer if one is in management.

    Slightly old-school and traditional likely due to longevity of senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and remain forward focused. The environment is going to continue to change so anticipate the worst, wildest deviation from the norm and plan for how we should act so we remain competitive and profitable.

    A good deal of change of late with a few essential members of senior leadership retiring. Be very careful with succession planning. Stay true to values.

    United Educators Response

    Aug 18, 2017 – Director of Marketing Communications

    Thank you for this thoughtful review.


  5. "Best place I have worked"

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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

    Leadership has high degree of integrity and transparency.
    Employee input is sought and valued.
    Salaries are competitive and benefits are superior.
    Honorable and noble mission - serving education.
    Professional development is a high priority for management.

    Cons

    Company size could limit mobility to highest levels of management.
    Teleworking is available to exempt employees with good performance but there is limited availability of telework for nonexempt staff.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing all of the things you currently do. Emphasize staff development and growth, which doesn't always mean a promotion . Review telework policies to see if they are still approriate or should be changed

    United Educators Response

    Aug 18, 2017 – Director of Marketing Communications

    Thank you! Staff development is clear priority and we appreciate your thoughts.


  6. "Possibilities everywhere"

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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

    Pros

    If you are talented and express interest, doors will be opened for you. Both in terms of training opportunities and advancement.

    Cons

    Difficult to become full-time teleworker, which is an issue due to single office location.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace remote technology and encourage more remote work.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.


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