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Pros
  • Work life balance: no one can provide better than XL Catlin (in 45 reviews)

  • Good Benefits specially leave policy and insuarance benefits (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Not what they portray to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Decent benefit package
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Very slow decicion processes
    - Fearful mangement unwilling to take risks
    - Senior management not engaging with the people
    - Not very open to new ideas in certain areas


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Underwriter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin full-time

    Pros

    Outstanding 401k match, great coworkers

    Cons

    Management heavy with no accountability for bad decision making.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at XL Catlin full-time

    Pros

    You can work remotely, 401k is good

    Cons

    After XL and Catlin merge, things went downhill. There is no direction with all functions in the company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "IT is a Mess"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and salary are excellent

    Cons

    IT department has been in a state of change/re-org for 2 years and still not showing signs of being an effective organization. Acquisition of Catlin created a London-centric view which has been the cause of this mess.
    Once generous future-focused budgets are all cut to the bone.

    Advice to Management

    Go back in time and treat the acquisition of Catlin as an acquisition and not a merger.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dont work for this company"

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

    Pros

    Some of the people there are genuinely nice.

    Cons

    Very unorganized company. Poor management


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits good, 401K better than average. Pay competitive. Reasonable flexibility options.

    Cons

    Disjointed operationally since acquisition two years ago. Pace of offshoring work too fast to support business needs. Morale dropping. Career opportunities limited in U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down pace.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Not a happy place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin full-time

    Pros

    Good 401K plan
    Fairly decent insurance

    Cons

    The company drains every ounce of energy. They are understaffed and and becoming more understaffed every day. New hires are practically non existent.

    Management is not exactly transparent

    Advice to Management

    Add staff to provide a happier work environment
    Practice what you preach and be more transparent. Do exactly what you say you will

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Do not accept a position here."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are no Pros for working with this company, the Pros were there before merger after not so much as I really dislike being mislead and targeted.

    Cons

    Merged with Catlin Specialty Insurance and messed them up! Almost all Legacy Catlin employees gone and a plethora of management that is not need as well as 95% male to 5% female ratio. Maybe a bit of exageration but not by much. Intentions are to take adjuster positions off shore India and Poland, How they are going to get licensed is a good questions, other suppositions is to get rid of as many aduster as possible so claims division fails and gies them an excuse to change to TPS.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so sneaky and just get on with your plans.


  9. "Not a lot of growth potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great time off, flexible with certain managers

    Cons

    small room for growth, jobs are very similar to eachother, over staffed in some areas, small leadership team


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Merger ruined a great company"

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    Current Employee - Business Delivery Manager in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Business Delivery Manager in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, salaries are high, benefits are very good. (Note: xl used to have remote worker policy which would have been a significant 'pro', but catlin doesn't have the maturity to manage people they can't see, so this policy may either go away or negatively impact your career).

    Cons

    The merger set the company back 5 years or more. Instead of making progress, people are vying for personal wins, ignoring the strength of XL's solutions, and talented people are being overlooked because they came from xl.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hearing what you want to hear. Recognize what became broken, admit bad decisions were made, and don't protect your buddies.


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