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XL Catlin Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Strong commitment to work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Very good packages on offer and very friendly working environment (in 15 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. "Sophisticated, innovative company that cares about its people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Sr Underwriting Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriting Assistant in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriting Assistant in Dublin, OH

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, People here are great to work with, always room to learn more in my position

    Cons

    The company just merged with another company last year, job security, unable to go any further in my position


  3. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. "New Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Merger ruined a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Sucks the life out of you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at XL Catlin (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Location, Parking , but honestly I can't think of too many other things that would be on my pro list. Everything that was good about the company was lost when McGavick took over

    Cons

    When a job opportunity has been posted for over a month, that speaks volumes. They do not train people. They expect perfection the minute you walk in the door. There is rampant favoritism among senior executives, and HR is useless when it comes to lodging complaints. The review process is arbitrary, the pay is not par with surrounding locations, and promotions are lacking. Bully tactics and harassment were common practice in the department I worked in and micromanagement is common practice.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor your senior executives, stop with the blatant favoritism and train appropriately. It shouldn't take more than a month to fill a job.


  8. "Underwriter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company pays very well and senior management is very knowledgable. Not enough authority in the field, which makes being responsive difficult.

    Cons

    Very flat organization not much room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Give more UW authority to the managers in the field and get rid of the bottle neck.


  10. "State of Flux"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Work at Home
    Flexibility
    Bonus
    Clean
    Local presence
    good location

    Cons

    Too little structure; too much change; not enough direction; too many leaders, very top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Do something!


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Senior VP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at XL Catlin (More than a year)

    Pros

    High profile company in insurance industry, opportunity to travel with a global company

    Cons

    High turnover in management roles, averaging substantive turnover every 12-24 months, reflective of poor decision-making in hiring practices, resulting in low workplace morale, inconsistent direction and unclear company goals.

    Advice to Management

    HIRE FROM WITHIN!! The company's stump speech always includes hiring and maintaining the best talent. However, their actions rarely reflect a recognition or loyalty to their existing talent resources that have made significant contributions in time, loyalty and professional dedication and effort on behalf of XL.



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