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XL Catlin Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Strong commitment to work life balance (in 35 reviews)

  • Working environment is good and challenging (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Attitude to work life balance from XL side poor (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management is too harsh at times (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people who are interested in ways you could advanced and good benefits
    Many employees have been here long term

    Cons

    Raises and bonuses are not what they use to be for lower level employees

    Advice to Management

    Budget reductions should start from the top, don't stop providing snacks and Kleenex to everyone when your upper management is spending $8,000 on one flight to Switzerland.


  2. "Good, but it was better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Technician in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - IT Technician in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Yearly compensation increases based on performance reviews.

    Cons

    Too many cuts with the recent merger. The company wants to innovate and adapt, but is stretching resources too thin.

    Advice to Management

    Not enough growth opportunities outside of London.


  3. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Underwriting in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Underwriting in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flat company, can speak to anyone. Many opportunities. Mostly good people. Good benefits. Nice compensation and bonus. I enjoy it.

    Cons

    Slow to change with the times. Old habits die hard. Too many requests to so m p re when most are already doing more than they can maintain.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites it will cause resentment


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  5. "Claims"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Claims in Penn, PA
    Current Employee - Claims in Penn, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary and 401K match 2x up to 5% flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    Company very top heavy -lots of chiefs and not enough Indians. Layoffs occur usually indians

    Advice to Management

    Less micro management of day to day


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. Underwriter Energy Lines"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Commercial Underwriter in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Commercial Underwriter in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    401K benefits are Amazing. Bonuses. Great support from upper management.

    Cons

    Medical benefits could be better


  7. Helpful (2)

    "IT organization in complete disarray"

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    Current Employee - IT Executive in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - IT Executive in Stamford, CT
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation. They pat quite well. 401k is good too. Need to make up for the random programs such as 10x ideas and Continuous Improvement

    Cons

    Since the merger, the technology organization is a disaster. All opportunity is in London and the CIO is an Accountant - cutting budgets and no idea how to lead a tech organization

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Catlin management and finally admit it should have been treated as what it was - an acquisition


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Cutthroat nasty HR women from the top down. NO diversity in HR. All angry white Middle Aged liberal women."

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Stamford, CT
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing at all. This is a terrible place to work. I would not recommend applying here. You have been warned.

    Cons

    HR drives the terrible culture which is silo and cutthroat. No diversity. Liberal white women who fight with one another. Men is hr are castrated.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs an overhaul.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Dismal Management"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can leave before 5pm

    Cons

    Boys' club amongst the legal team- they hate the majority of women yet gossip worse than any woman you've ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    Don't do favors for friends-you end up with I'll matched managers. Instead, hire people that actually know how to lead.
    Change the HR Dept dynamic so that it's not set up just to hear needs of management, but instead all employees. It serves the company better in the end.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Outstanding company with great leadership and a bright futue"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Vice President and Senior Regional BCM Manager Americas and Bermuda in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Vice President and Senior Regional BCM Manager Americas and Bermuda in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding people and leaders. Exceptional compensation and benefits. Beautiful workplace facilities. Strong commitment to work life balance. A bright future.

    Cons

    Downward pressure on pricing in the insurance industry creates challenges for long-term employment.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to retaining top talent and finding new roles. Challenge yourselves to be more creative with fungible future leaders.


  11. "Excellent work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free flow of ideas amongst a highly diverse and highly skilled group of people

    Cons

    Traffic on 84 coming into Hartford from Farmington

    Advice to Management

    Laugh at my crude humor more


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