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W. R. Berkley Reviews

Updated April 11, 2019
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W. R. Berkley Chief Executive Officer and President W. Robert Berkley, Jr.
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Pros
  • "Good place to work and good benefits" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great company culture, flexibility, compensation and most importantly - people" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "From upper management to secretaries, people are just trying to stay a float" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "IT Recruiter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Technical Recruiter in Fredericksburg, VA
    Current Employee - IT Technical Recruiter in Fredericksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexibility, Work from home, development & growth opportunities.

    Cons

    No cons at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work & continue implementing feedback from employees


  2. "This company is evolving quickly"

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    Former Employee - UW & Compliance Specialist
    Former Employee - UW & Compliance Specialist

    I worked at W. R. Berkley full-time

    Pros

    Reacting to changing market conditions.

    Cons

    Struggling to find a vision.

  3. "Underwriter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture, flexibility, compensation and most importantly - people. There are definitely opportunities for career advancement for those that seek it. The company has even created positions in order to keep talent and allow individuals to continue their professional growth. No layoffs in the eight years BTU has been Underwriting and has seen year over year growth every year. Great leadership from management on down.

    Cons

    Benefits are pricey for a high deductible plan, however, the company does contribute a healthy sum towards your HSA every year.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I'm told this was once a good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth. The company is too concerned with the bottom line. Poor raises. Layoffs.


  5. "BMMS is a horrible employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RN Case Manager
    Former Employee - RN Case Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Berkley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The changes that have occurred beginning of 2018 have left no pros

    Cons

    The current management has no respect for any of their staff. They have had complete turnover voluntary and involuntary. The current leadership's motto is get on their bus or leave. Nurses who have been there 15+ years have left due to current leadership and changes. Current case loads run up to 100 without ancillary assistance. It was a great company until 2018. I would NOT recommend anyone to work here. I left voluntarily for a better work environment, to be appreciated and treated with respect.

    Advice to Management

    Obtain new management who truly understand case management and value their experienced staff. Hopefully someone higher up in Berkley knows what is happening in this sister company. They should question why there has been a huge turnover. I would love to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Berkley.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Scottsdale office - More than 100% turnover of Claims Department in less than three years"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work itself is interesting.

    Cons

    There is little opportunity for advancement. Pay raises are extremely low. No bonus opportunity even though sister companies receive bonuses. Employee morale was very poor due to management style in the Claims Department.

    Advice to Management

    Claims manager should be a leader, not a manager. At least listen to input from employees instead of shutting them down. Corporate should investigate why turnover is so high.


  7. "Stay Away from This Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Berkley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employee's are great.
    Nice Christmas Party, and Summer picnic...

    Cons

    From upper management to secretaries, people are just trying to stay a float.
    Micro-managing 101 from the CEO to human resources, who by the way, run the whole show. Boy's club members may apply...Social media department, screens all reviews
    and most likely, if there negative, will have them removed. Used to be a good Company,
    now its all about the bottom line, and how much they can get out of an employee.
    Everyone is expendable, especially in the Greenwich, CT. location..

    Advice to Management

    Retire soon.....

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Berkley Agribusiness"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Operations Consultant in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Strategic Operations Consultant in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at W. R. Berkley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Steady pay with benefits
    Lots of natural light in the office

    Cons

    Pay is unequal even for the same position.
    Lack of diversity.
    Unwilling to communicate decisions to those affected, just act on the decision.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with those in the company, not just the management team.
    Saying something is true, does not make it true.


  9. "Great company for motivated employees"

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    • 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

    I have been working at W. R. Berkley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Work is challenging & interesting
    - Always looking for ways to improve Group performance
    - Collaborative colleagues, minimal office politics

    Cons

    - Might not suit someone who likes to do the same thing every day, 9 to 5


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Case Manager
    Former Employee - Case Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Berkley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home - no commute. Benefits are good once you work here 6 years.

    Cons

    Very low pay raises. Layoffs that lead to remaining staff with huge workload of 85-95 cases. The remaining staff is either leaving or actively looking for another job. Of course there's no work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Expectations are unrealistic.