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Updated October 10, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work with a close group of people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Doylestown, PA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Doylestown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company with a good group of people to work with. The culture is unique but in a very good way. There is a draw each Friday to award people for being compliant on their daily work activity tracking which is part of the culture. The owner is a really great guy.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement to further your career due to it being a small company but if you are happy with where you are at it is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you have been doing. You are headed in the right direction.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Micromanagement and nepotism"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Doylestown, PA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Doylestown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast on Fridays. That's it.

    Cons

    I worked here for five years. Over my tenure I was lauded (mostly privately... more on that later) for producing results very quickly and very efficiently; I busted my butt to get projects completed. I worked late, I put in 10 hour shifts when necessary, I helped out on more projects than anyone else in the company. Quite frankly, the last one I completed was a work of art... one manager who wasn't directly involved commented "wow, we did that?", as if he couldn't believe what we were capable of (he honestly did not know because individual teams work discretely... there's very little inter-team communication.) Immediately after it was shipped, I was let go despite the majority of my team and the programming team remaining intact. There is no loyalty whatsoever in this company, unless you're related to someone in upper management. Which is to say, unless you're part of 50% of the company, because half of them are either related to each other or to someone who's friends with the owner.

    You are forced to attend daily meetings which consist, literally, of reading a bulleted list of your priorities for the day. Not explaining them, not discussing them- reading them verbatim from a list. The owner goes around the room calling people's names, and they speak out loud their priorities, which are available online for everyone to read at any time. The level of micromanagement at this place is one of the most absurd things I have -ever- seen. On Fridays, it's a special version of the meeting where everyone is welcomed to publicly thank others for doing good work. Except, it's the exact same thing every week... the aforementioned inner circle of upper management and people related to each other patting itself on the back for doing a mediocre job, while the actual workhorses (the programmers, designers, and QA team) go unsung.

    The owner is a passive-aggressive sociopath who publicly humiliates anyone who isn't completely on board with his fanatical micromanagement style. It happened to me personally and I privately called him out via email to discuss it. I was ready to quit, but we had a seemingly productive meeting where he listened to my complaints about how I was treated and attempted to explain himself in a rational manner. I mistakenly believed we had made some progress before I was terminated after finishing my then-current project.

    Advice to Management

    Knock it off with the time-wasting meetings. For god's sake, cut out the micromanagement lunacy. Get some people in management who aren't related to each other, so that you can finally hear someone else's viewpoints. They don't have the balls to say it to you, but NOBODY likes the useless, antiquated xlerator, paul. Get over yourself.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "XL Intern Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small company, easy to know everybody

    Cons

    They just started intern program and do not give out any return offers


  4. Helpful (4)

    "coreview"

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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 Group Inc full-time

    Pros

    Some nice people to work with

    Cons

    Mis managedfrom top of organization

    Advice to Management

    Think smarter and treat workers with respect


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Only if you"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Breakfast on Friday and a drawing for $500 under the counter.

    Cons

    Doesn't honor agreements, cutthroat, doesn't do yearly reviews/raises and cheap. Does "sheath" layoffs, people just disappear.

    Advice to Management

    Give reviews and raises.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting culture"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Doylestown, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Doylestown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a draw for money for entering your daily activity. There is a breakfast on Fridays and pretzels on Monday.

    Cons

    Employees work on teams and those teams don't always cooperate with each other. There aren't many "company" initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Look at employees more equally. Rewards are given for doing a job for some and not for others.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "decent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good hours, decent pay, nice enough people

    Cons

    cut throat, no room for error, mgmt micromanages.