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Updated 21 February, 2015
Updated 21 February, 2015
108 Reviews
2.7
108 Reviews
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great location in downtown Portland (in 14 reviews)

  • Good people, good benefits, fair location (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Of course, upper management received healthy salary increases while non-management salaries stagnated (in 8 reviews)

  • The news that layoffs were coming in favor of outsourcing to India was announced by the IT VP a few months ago (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great forward moving IT organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Momentum is building for some great IT transformations. If you perform well you get rewarded. New leadership in the business is really helping drive positive change. The IT team works well together. Much more collaboration between applications teams and infrastructure teams than at most companies. Very good work/life flexibility in both hours and location.

    Cons

    Some parts of outsourcing still need some work. That limits what some IT folks can focus on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in IT and transformation. Keep the smart people in IT motivated to innovate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thank God I escaped

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Disability Analyst in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Disability Analyst in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with, and those whose lives you help, are generally very nice. It can be rewarding to know you helped.

    Cons

    Management, which is isolated, arrogant, unethical, and nonchalant about its deficits. Being for-profit, as they stopped doing the right thing, in favor of doing the profitable thing. The workloads - WAY too high, and it simply isn't possible to produce quality and ethical work with integrity). Lack of raises, salary below par, and zero empathy or understanding from management about the impact that has on your life. The stress level is palpable on the work floors, and there have been many employees who've gone out on stress leave, or leave for chronic conditions made worse by the work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RETIRE. You need to remember why this company exists in the first place, and focus on what you can do to restore it as a leader of the industry, and a healthy and positive place to work. In the Benefits department, you need to gut all the way down to the Director level - they are just making things worse, and admittedly have no idea as to make things right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Disability Benefits Examiner in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Disability Benefits Examiner in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays me a little money.

    Cons

    No room for smart people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. You're making money for management and the shareholders. Mission accomplished.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult environment unless business ethics are of no concern.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contact Center in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Contact Center in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Initially worked for a terrific boss who is sadly no longer with the company; no issues with the time off policy; benefits were available.

    Cons

    While company values appear honorable on the surface, the tyrannical "leadership" in some divisions leaves too much to be desired to work there for any length of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the egomaniacal, arrogant aspects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    IT Department of Standard Insurance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Perfect IT department to work in - zero backbiting. As someone else once said, a place of zero politics and where you can just do your job well without the need to watch your back.

    Cons

    Outsourcing is hurting the entire company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach other companies how to foster the same IT atmosphere, and you will have done the nation a service.
    Stop outsourcing.

  7.  

    Lots of change, lots of work, good benefits, morale is constantly up and down, very ethical company culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very ethical company...they go out of their way to practice what they preach in terms of being accurate, timely, and correct. Historically, The Standard used to provide the best customer service in the industry.

    Cons

    This company is not doing enough to build its large customer base. Much of the focus is on small business. Pricing inhibits the sales force from effectively competing. Service levels have fallen following lay-offs and failed or minimal updates to systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Roll up your sleeves and job shadow your front-line employees to really learn what's going on, spend the money to update the systems (this has been an issue for many years and very little has been done), don't balance the books on the backs of the employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Has potential but currently limited

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Claims, Employee Benefits in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Process Claims, Employee Benefits in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Fast paced
    Comraderie
    Bonus for high performers
    Tuition reimbursement
    Convenient locations

    Cons

    Transition from privately to publicly owned company creates tension between those who want change and those who want to keep things as they were
    Departments can operate in silos, almost like they don't want to share resources
    Rapid change in leadership and turnover create significant inconsisties
    Cronyism
    Technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leaders with experience in management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Stick your head in the sand

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Good location. Volunteer culture. Company has a good story to tell. Even the people who love backstabbing office politics are at least polite to your face.

    Cons

    Top execs have no idea what it's like to work for them. They don't communicate strategy and priorities to the rest of the company. Company has a good story to tell but woe to she who tries to tell it. Marketing rewards mediocrity. Corp Comm and Public Affairs like to pretend that the rest of the company doesn't exist. Sales hates marketing. Marketing doesn't know what sales does. The people in the trenches (particularly claims examiners) are hideously understaffed and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's more to life than keeping your head down and squeezing another drop of blood from your employees. Develop empathy. Stand up and tell the world the Standard exists, or at least tell Portland, because when I used to say I worked for the Standard, most people thought I meant the toilet manufacturer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good supportive company trying to do its best.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at The Standard

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities to move up and into other positions.

    Cons

    If you work in a production level job, time deadlines and productivity goals are demanding. Professional level positions are quite flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in IT and infrastructure commensurate with competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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