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Updated Nov 13, 2017

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West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. President and CEO Kevin Steiner (no image)
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67 Ratings
Pros
  • "Company is very stable and open, benefits are excellent, on site fitness center and cafe is among the best in SE Wisconsin(in 8 reviews)

  • "campus great(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Depending on the position, the work/life balance can be rough(in 11 reviews)

  • "Micromanagement from middle management types that are no longer referred to as managers(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Current Employee

      So much hierarchy; So little knowledge.

      Apr 6, 2015 - IT Associate 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      -Fitness Center -Little to no accountability -Continuing education programs

      Cons

      -IT Managers that don't know the first thing about IT. -Strict ITIL adherence in irrelevant situations. - Senior technical staff requests approval from non-technical staff for technical functions. -Positive reviews showed up after a group pointed out glassdoor to management. -Ridiculous attempts to put metrics on everything, regardless of applicability. -Anonymous surveys are not anonymous. -Work outside your pay grade is just an invitation for more work outside the pay grade. -Managers can take weeks to respond to simple questions. -Personal Development Objectives are reworded and submitted to HR for whatever the manager really needs at the time. -Little understanding of IT prevents management from functionally staffing most areas. -'Special Snowflake' epidemic with so many positions relying on one or two key people. -Management laughs about the "poor sucker" they'll get for overtime. -Basically, if you thought fraternity brothers were the coolest thing ever and you enjoy an unending sea of yesmen and women, you'll like it here.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Project Manager

      Jan 4, 2016 - Project Manager in West Bend, WI
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Company is very stable and open, benefits are excellent, on site fitness center and cafe is among the best in SE Wisconsin. Great place to work if you are in insurance side, not so much for the IT side.

      Cons

      PMO was transferred out of IT and that was the best thing that happened for us. IT lost a lot of good people due to a deliberate effort to cut salary and drive experience (i.e. high salaries) out of the company. If you're on the inside, you were safe, but eventually what comes around goes around - the PMO managers who let go of a lot of the old PMs eventually got "forced out" as well. Don't see many "20 year" employees in IT.

      7 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Commercial Lines Underwriting Tech

      Nov 13, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      On-site Fitness Center, healthy cafeteria options, walking trails.

      Cons

      Many of the employees have been there for so long that they have become very jaded, which translates to negative team energy. Taking breaks is frowned upon, at least in my department. It's very hard to connect with other people due to the established cliques. It's like Middle School all over again when it comes to lunch - you're either at the popular table or you're on your own. Check your enthusiasm at the door before it gets knocked out of you. You have to be quite comfortable being an unhappy lemming in a sea of other unhappy lemmings working here.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Comfortable place to work, but going through changes.

      Nov 5, 2009 -  in West Bend, WI
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Very good benefits (insurance, vacations, fitness center), very good working conditions (beautiful hq with individual cubical climate control), "somewhat flexible schedules, they make an effort to have seasonal events to make work fun ie: celebrate cultures, seasons, music, etc. Friendly executive management. Good educational opportunities for people wanting to grow there career.

      Cons

      Used to be more of a casual place to work, getting to be more structured and rigid. Mid management seems disconnected (sometimes aloof) from staff possibly due to all the changes.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Very stressful and overly busy days

      May 4, 2016 - Claims in West Bend, WI
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      -benefit package is good -cafe has good food but it's easy to make bad decisions -fitness center is great -being able to "flex" your hours is also nice

      Cons

      -very stressful -company has very high expectations for you -you RARELY get a "slow" day -difficult to get all your work done in 40 hours and you don't get overtime to catch up. -if you get your work done, you're rewarded with getting to help out your teammates.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      IT is a revolving door

      Feb 3, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      They have a nice campus and a good cafeteria. The grounds are very well maintained, and the fitness center is top notch. Too bad you will be too busy to enjoy these things.

      Cons

      Their strategy is to hire IT consultants rather than employees. There are almost no long term employees left in IT. Career growth is a joke. The consultants keep leaving too, and are constantly being replaced. On the bright side they are providing a lot of experienced people to the Milwaukee job market.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Seem Standard

      Oct 5, 2017 - I T Professional 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Friendly Growing Amazing cafeteria & Fitness center Flexible Scheduling. Remote Work Options. Tuition Reimbursement Industry Training (even in I.T there's a chance you can take courses for insurance designations). Personable CEO/CIO (haven't met the rest)

      Cons

      Micromanagement from middle management types that are no longer referred to as managers. Disrespect for others time. Role stretching. Team Breakups. Not enough workers, too many giving orders. Unease with recent CIO transition.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Believe all the negative reviews on Glassdoor regarding WB and IT Dept. they are very true.

      Sep 10, 2014 - Developer 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The building, the facilities, the grounds, the health and fitness center.

      Cons

      There probably isn't enough space allowed in these reviews to list it all. As other reviews have noted, WB "used" to be a great place to work, 5 years ago. Not any more. Don't fall for all the fluff you might hear about them being nominated or selected as a Great Place to Work for either Insurance, Industry or Milwaukee. Employees are "strongly encouraged" to fill those surveys out. The last 5 years I was employed there, I saw close to 100 folks leave, just in IT alone. This was from a staff high of less than 200. It wasn't because the economy improved or they got a job closer to home or better pay. They left primarily because they couldn't stand the ridiculous environment that IT had become. The pay and benefits was adequate but not outstanding. And this was more because there was a lack of candidates that reside in the area and more as a reason to try to attract talent to drive up to West Bend. Really, do you want to go to a place and spend 8-11 hours every day wondering if that day is going to be your last? I spent almost 6 months feeling like that. Do you like having monthly "performance reviews" where you're told you're under skilled, overpaid and under-worked? And all the while told that your annual bonus won't be affected but then announced that you won't be getting one due to your performance reviews? Oh and just sign off on it, everyone does..... Do you want to work for a boss that claims to have "years and years of experience in development" and then when you try to discuss challenges and issues with the software she gives you a blank stare with glazed over eyes? This is the type of supervisor/management team that exists in IT. I run into current and former employees on a regular basis and the running joke is, "so who left this week and who's crazy enough to still be staying there"?.....

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      17 people found this review helpful
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