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WEA Insurance Trust Reviews

Updated June 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "WEA Trust is the best place to work in Madison Wisconsin!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    WEA is a not for profit insurance company that cares for its members and employees with an unprecedented level of service and integrity for it mission of ensuring Wisconsin public school employees are offered excellent hassle free insurance benefits. This is a mission worth coming to work for. The company cares about it employees and treats them with respect and a fairness that you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

    Cons

    The market WEA is limited to is very narrow and quite competitive. In addition the attitudes about unions are changing with younger teachers coming into the system. WEA is adapting to increasing competition and shrinking school budgets, as such WEA will need to continue to evolve over the next 5 years and this will mean a lot of change for the company and its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue down the path already started to become more competitive and to start thinking like a commercial insurance company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WEA Insurance Trust full-time

    Pros

    The benefits where great. Nice working environment then it all changed.

    Cons

    Alot of turn over at the management level. Working environment is going down over the years.


  3. "QA Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Madison, WI

    I have been working at WEA Insurance Trust (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good to work here.. very goood place

    Cons

    No long term contract possible


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Nice people, Struggling Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WEA Insurance Trust full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Trust provided some great benefits (full health without premiums, company-funded 25% of salary to 401k, etc.), and the people were good honest folks that truly cared about the members covered. The members were number one.

    Cons

    The Trust (WEA Trust) depended on political favor to protect its business model for years. Once the winds of change blew less favorably, (unions lost the power to dictate coverage) WEA had to compete in a regular marketplace, and they were lost. The solution was a plan to replace nearly all of the company functions (and employees) with outsourced services. Based on fabulous tales from vendor salesmen, and newly minted executive team eager to leave their mark, the Trust began shedding employees, and trusting cloud companies to handle processing and storage of member data. We will see how they end up, but one thing is for sure: it was a difficult transformation with a lot of casualties. If they do survive, and I hope they do, it will be by competing in a marketplace under the same conditions as their competition. A place that both integrity and reason should have directed WEA to many years prior allowing time for a more controlled and less disruptive transition model.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WEA Insurance Trust full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are great. Co-workers are mostly helpful and nice to work with. Customer service has suffered due to cutbacks, but most employees still try their best to really help people.

    Cons

    Morale is very low. There have been a lot of layoffs and more will be occurring. Most layoffs are happening to people who have been there more than 10 years. The executive team is not interested in keeping anyone who remembers what it used to be like. Many changes needed to be made, but they are getting rid of a lot of experience and knowledge without being selective. Just because people have been there a long time doesn't mean they resist the changes or no longer have anything to contribute. The management talks a lot about being "transparent" about all the changes, but nothing is made clear to non management staff.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw out the good people who understand that changes need to be made just because they've been there more than 10 years. Don't assume you understand what a department does, just because of some generic description -- talk to the people in the department who do the day-to-day work -- there may be a lot more going on than you realize. Trust that the people who do the frontline work want to make valuable contributions to keep the company healthy, strong, and good.


  6. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience and great pay.

    Cons

    Insurance is not the most exciting field


  7. "Medical Services"

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

    I have been working at WEA Insurance Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice location. Easy parking, no weekends or holidays

    Cons

    Management does not know what it is doing. Focusing on anything to cut corners. Supervisor is immature and sarcastic.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and start acting like professionals.


  8. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, kind coworkers, workout room in the office

    Cons

    Office culture is not great, slow paced


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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

    Pros

    I developed a lot of friendships with the group I worked with

    Cons

    Upper management was impersonal, lacking direction, and had no problem eliminating long standing benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe think about your employees more and maybe instead of cutting their benefits you look at what you can give back.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "A very volatile place to work at times, but trying...."

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

    I have been working at WEA Insurance Trust full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, but those are slowly being eroded. Employees work together for the most part.

    Cons

    Culture change which seems more like a cult. Class divide between professional and union employees. Inexperienced managers in charge of employees that know more than they do. Fear or layoffs and job loss. No upward mobility, just doing work of higher paid employees that have been let go, usually without enough training, if any.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the whole culture change stuff and just talk to us, not at us. Explain why we're doing what we're doing. We all want the same thing- why make it so hard, and expensive?


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