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XL Catlin Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  • Work life balance: no one can provide better than XL Catlin (in 41 reviews)

  • Good people who are interested in ways you could advanced and good benefits (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Workplace Partner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly people, good corporate environment

    Cons

    No room for growth, limited opportunities


  2. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin as an intern

    Pros

    As an intern they had a weekly informational panel on different aspects of the insurance industry. Senior staff were generally very friendly and happy to answer questions and mentor.

    Cons

    Not always enough work to go around. It's usually either really busy or there's nothing to do.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Claims"

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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


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Mngr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XL Catlin full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. It is all about who and where you work

    Cons

    Politics. What is asked for is not what is always wanted

    Advice to Management

    Conduct 360 reviews of your MD's. we are giving some folks leadership roles without them having good leadership skills/qualities.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation package and benefits - 401K match is great!
    Hard-working every day employees.

    Cons

    No consistency or feeling of job security due to off-shoring tasks and continued merger pains.
    Management is big on theoretical discussions and big ideas but lacks when it comes to implementation and taking action.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to changing environment when needed but the key to maintaining employees is to formulate coherent plans and see them through.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Some good, some bad, but always cutting"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot of nice co-workers. Some very talented people in many departments. Good benefits. Salaries and bonuses are good, but not as good as they once were.

    Cons

    Although there are many good managers, there is a small handful of slave drivers who keep stress and pressure high just because they can. In addition, the CEO is a skilled off-the-cuff speaker who tells a great story about the company and how it values employees. Never forget he's made a career of ruthless expense cutting through lay-offs. That's his go-to play through good times and bad. Most people at XL Catlin never feel comfortable about their future.

    Advice to Management

    Floss daily.


  7. "Was a great company, now just a little above average"

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, particularly 401k.
    Less red tape and politics compared to other companies.
    Talented coworkers

    Cons

    After the merger the culture went downhill. What was a great company where people were proud to work at, is just a job for most employees, seems like.
    Management is playing favorites, no sense of clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Work hard on the culture, don't insist on people having to be in certain geographies only, it's 21 century.

  8. "New Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New opportunities for career advancement.

    Cons

    No Complaints at this time.


  9. "Mangement is okay wiith that."

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

    Pros

    Management heavy and not concerned with the daily duties of the active subordinate.

    Cons

    immediate people you work with are good people


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company but got screwed by the merger"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary, work-life balance, and culture. Smart people and laid-back culture, everyone trusts you to do your job and to do it well.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities, no focus on developing younger employees. Merger resulted in cost cutting and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a track or development program for those people who are not underwriters. Sort out merger integration issues.


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