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XL Catlin Reviews

Updated April 29, 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 (4)

    "Sr. Underwriter Energy Lines"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Outstanding company with great leadership and a bright futue"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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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.


  3. "Excellent work environment"

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    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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  5. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in Stamford, CT
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great culture! Positions in finance provide exposure to various aspects of the business.

    Cons

    No Cons - overall good Company


  6. "Sophisticated, innovative company that cares about its people"

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    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    —Fantastic benefits (vacation, 401(k), healthcare, among other perks) and reasonably competitive compensation; the company cares about its employees, which shows as several have been working here for many years
    —Excellent working environments worldwide, with modern facilities in good locations
    —Challenging work
    —Respected brand name
    —Truly global organization, with opportunities to travel
    —Pleasant colleagues and management, with a good balance of fresh faces and those with years of experience at the company

    Cons

    —Evidence of waste / overlap in some departments, and some processes are not as efficient as they could be
    —Still undergoing a recent, transformative acquisition, so uncertainty remains
    —A few questionable decisions here and there by management

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenixville, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Phoenixville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at XL Catlin (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The company had a lay-off while I was employed as a contractor there.


  8. "HR Coordinator"

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    Former Contractor - Human Resources Coordinator in Exton, PA
    Former Contractor - Human Resources Coordinator in Exton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is an excellent organization. Management is friendly and creative.

    Cons

    Contract is always short term

    Advice to Management

    Long-term contract would be assets for the organization


  9. "Underwriter"

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

    Pros

    Good Salary. Innovative underwriting atmosphere

    Cons

    Hard to advance, should provide more opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more authority to the field.


  10. "great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at XL Catlin (More than a year)

    Pros

    on the edge programs that takes all IT employees to enhanced skills. I like the location and the managers

    Cons

    The size could be bigger. Hard to get around so many companies intertwined in bond insurance market. Could have more company spirit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep thinking growth. Employees are counting on the company moving forward with new market expectations. Should be easy to grab new opportunities.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome work life balance. Great pay. My team is great and have an awesome manager. I could not be happier with the job.

    Cons

    Senior management is too harsh at times. The company is an older demographic. I wish there were more company events.


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