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Updated May 23, 2018

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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. 1.0
      Current Employee

      If time travel is what you are looking for in IT ; this is the place : Average working Hours /Week is 55 to 58 Hours

      Feb 21, 2015 -  
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good Salary, Benefits, Campus, Cafeteria

      Cons

      Very poor Management in IT with some inexperienced middle management and a few arrogant directors who are not qualified to be in that position. West bend's IT Management don't believe in their Fulltime employees at all; you will be treated real badly; they only believe in the 3rd party contractor's. So as a full time employee; If I need to put in your view in front of the management; the best way is to provide the information to the 3rd party contractor and let them present to the management;... So you can imagine how worst your situation will be as a Fulltime employee. They have employee appreciation programs like West bend way and Rise to IT .... Please...Please stop these ; this is a very demotivating to the actual people who are contributing to the IT.. In the last 1 year in the IT; I have never seen a single case where the real talent is appreciated with these programs. I have several examples where they have given this award to people who has created outages and losses and created 100's or more hours of headache ; but was given the award saying that "they did it with a smile" ...They call it West bend Way; so you can imagine the rest

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      12 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Run, run now

      May 23, 2018 - Underwriter in Madison, WI
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Benefits plan is okay Middle management seems to care New facilities

      Cons

      Almost everyone on my team is in fear of losing their job. There is literally zero job security. Underwriting seems to lose an underwriter or two every other week, and the agents have noticed. Middle management seems to genuinely care, but it means little since the VP is a giant bully with zero respect from any of his subordinates. The entire organization has no trust for it's employees, which manifests itself in an endless cycle of referring work items that don't even get genuinely reviewed. The endless turnover means that workflows are managed very poorly and that results in everyone having to contribute way more work than is even necessary to adequately do the job. The company is trending down because anyone with experience has been fired or left. I've given up on making friends at work, because there is literally no point. You will not enjoy working here.

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      14 people found this review helpful

      West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. Response

      West Bend

      We genuinely appreciate your feedback. Thank you. We would like to learn more from you, would you be willing to email us at hresources@wbmi.com?

    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      IT Middle Management needs An Overhaul

      Sep 5, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Beautiful campus, great onsite clinic, good cafeteria. Pockets of solid leadership that can move the company forward. Good financial position.

      Cons

      Middle management in IT needs some rework. Focus is on time logged on time sheets versus results and accomplishments.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    4. 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
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      If time travel is your thing, this is the place for you!

      Aug 26, 2014 - IT Grunt in West Bend, WI
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      The cafeteria is good and there are nice hiking trails. They have a gym. The building is lovely.

      Cons

      I had to laugh when I read the other reviews. No one is going to do anything with them anyway, but may as well get my frustrations out. If you have a mind and can make a decision the IT organization and EPMO are not for you. Young, insecure "yes man" middle management. You NEVER see upper management and the incompetent middle managers mock them and brag about being able to deceive them. Senior management sits in another building and buries their heads while 1/3 of their workforce leaves each year. Unless you are over the age of 50 and can't get another job. The entire day is spent pointing fingers and pushing personal agendas. They go after people until they fire them or get them to quit. No one can be trusted- peers tattle on each other in hopes of getting on managements good side. Project Managers are secretary's and offer little to no value. Don't waste your breath on a fresh idea or your manager will feel threatened and you will not get your bonus and the witch hunt will begin. Managers read your emails, call your phone daily to make sure that you change your voice mail message everyday, monitor your hours and bust you for being a minute late, watch who you take breaks with, talk to, etc. They are major control freaks who regularly tell you that you are "replaceable" and back stab people. If you didn't grow up in West Bend and aren't related to someone else there, you are not welcome, that message is loud and clear. People are demoted all of the time, people who act unethically are promoted, while those who report them are demoted. If you enjoy the thought or working in a typing pool where you have no say and you are punished for feedback and contributing ideas, then this is the place for you! Do you want to stay in the same job for the rest of your life while incapable people around you get promoted because they grew up in West Bend or are related to one of the managers? Send us your updated resume. If you enjoy sleepless nights wondering if tomorrow is the day that you get walked out the door, then absolutely apply. Do you like cancelled vacations and being told that you can't take vacation for 6-8 months out of the year- while middle and senior managers take off, then send your resume right in! Do you not want to see your family during waking hours, except maybe on Sundays? Call HR right away! I can't say enough bad things about this place- right down to their "anonymous" surveys where they call employees into a room to "fix there way of thinking" and ask them to resubmit if anything negative is said. There is so much infighting among the three business units and nothing gets accomplished.

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      16 people found this review helpful
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