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Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent work-life balance and flexible work schedules (earlier work day to leave earlier, every other Friday off, etc (in 12 reviews)

  • Wonderful benefits, flexible work schedules, friendly and supportive colleagues and managers, and many opportunities to grow within the company (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be challenging during busy times (in 4 reviews)

  • Makes for a hostile work environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Love Woodruff-Sawyer!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -phenomenal work environment; positive and sharp coworkers and supportive management
    -dynamic brokerage
    -opportunities to develop professionally - education reimbursement
    -flexible work schedules
    -in heart of Financial District
    -incredible culture
    -CARE program - giving back to community
    -management supports promotions and development

    Cons

    -can't think of any; truly a wonderful company to be a part of.

    Advice to Management

    -keep being open and candid with employees!


  2. "Great Place to Work. Great Life/Work Balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great communication, great management

    Cons

    None as management is wonderful

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Helpful (1)

    "An Insurance Brokerage that truly embraces entrepreneurial spirit"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Open door management style, a very supportive environment for new ideas and willingness to try new things
    -Flextime
    -Charitable contribution matching, good benefits, 401k match
    -plenty of impromptu margarita parties and great co-workers!
    -company has exciting things on the horizon

    Cons

    -currently no gym membership or wellness program


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A breath of fresh air for the brokerage business..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    After spending years working for one of the big box brokers, working at WSandCo has been an amazing breath of fresh air. This company is very client focused, and if it makes sense for the client, it gets done. This is an old school brokerage house that feels like how broking was done 20 years ago...done right! Senior Management is very involved and no one is left feeling alone and unsupported. Great people, great support and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Absolutely none - coming from a big box broker with a lot of issues/cons, there is nothing to complain about regarding WSandCo!

    Advice to Management

    Don't change a thing. Your involvement in accounts and people's careers sets you apart from the competition - employees are happy and clients are happy!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Fun environment, exceptionally talented people & fantastic leadership all focused on superior levels of service"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities if committed, passionate, willing to work hard and truly care about the clients first. Flexible and engaged leadership team. Strong push to be a leader in technology for our clients. Fiercely independent. Enjoy working in a service oriented, collaberative environment with fantastic people.

    Cons

    As with any service organization there are times of stress around meeting deliverable deadlines with renewals and anniversary dates. Just the nature of the industry. Some times during the year are busier than others requiring longer hours to get the job done. Nothing out of the norm though.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on training and personal development to maintain high levels of job satisfaction and engagement.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Woodruff Is Amazing!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is a hidden gem in certain areas of Northern CA. Because it is employee owned, we can do what is best for clients, without levels of politics. Employees are genuine and make this seem like a family. They give you every tool and more that you need to do your job well!

    Cons

    They need to market in certain areas of Northern CA. Outside of SF, clients think we are lawyers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Boutique Culture with Large Brokerage Clout"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. full-time

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment, self-pace career advancement opportunities, flat management structure, great benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Fast paced growth environment with a strong dependence on technology solutions may be challenging for some

    Advice to Management

    Might consider 100% casual dress policy

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, friendly working environment & good place to learn. Accommodating when it comes to work/life balance: flexible hours and every other Friday off! It's busy and you are expected to work hard (which I like) but in return there are fun summer outings and Halloween events.

    Cons

    None so far! Although I have only worked at the company a short time, it has been nothing but a positive experience so far.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Grow a Career"

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    • 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 Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable employer with a great culture, where management makes a real investment in their employees. The size of the company allows for creativity in problem solving with very little bureaucracy.

    Cons

    No major cons immediately come to mind. Work/life balance is generally really great, but additional telecommute opportunities would be welcomed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your employees and continue to offer the type of events that foster the fun culture you've created.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "great insurance brokerage"

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

    I have been working at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career growth, focus on employee satisfaction, well respected name and industry leader, culture that seeks improvement, horizontal management with open doors

    Cons

    not enough top-down strategy, servicing backlogs, common for management to over promise and under deliver, 401k matching at the end of the year versus per paycheck (old fashioned!)

    Advice to Management

    too many initiatives


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