The Standard Reviews

Updated 28 October, 2014
Updated 28 October, 2014
98 Reviews
2.5
98 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 9 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.  

    Balanced & Rewarding

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Immense opportunities for growth, an affordable and solid benefits package inclusive of health and dental insurance and transit subsidies, time and opportunities to volunteer within the community, pay scale is well within the market range, many extra perks such as classes, resource groups, and activities for professional growth, support and networking. When I was looking for a new job, and got hired on at The Standard I can solidly say from my research and experience that The Standards pay and benefits are very much in line with, and even a bit better than the majority of what is out there.

    Cons

    Nothing from the company itself is negative in my book. There are the challenges you can encounter in any workplace that relate more to the dynamics of team work, cohesion, professional communications, etc. that come down to individual behavior and approach rather than company policy and procedure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I appreciate managements approachability and communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great if you keep your mouth shut

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are good people here, some growth potential if you start off low, supportive leadership for the most part.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, schedule inflexibility if working in the contact center, there can be very low morale at times, 1 praise for 10 criticisms, way too much gossip and back-stabbing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible. We don't live to work; we work to live.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Worked with the retirement plan product.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    The grad school reimbursement was the best I ever heard of and there were no strings attached to the benefit like many firms have in place.

    Cons

    I enjoyed working there and left on good terms but felt the commitment to that business line was always lacking. Their bread and butter is insurance and you knew it.

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  5.  

    Good people working hard to support poorly thought out strategies.

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people at The Standard who work hard to provide good service to their customers and really want to do the right thing. The benefits and compensation packages are fair. The locations are decent and the company's involvement in the community is admirable.

    Cons

    The lack of strategic thinking at the senior levels has led to snowballing problems.Years of kicking the can down the road on technology projects has caught up with the company. A lack of focus on and investments in the core business has led to competitive disadvantages and no clear USP for any of the product lines. And staff reductions, benefit cuts and outsourcing of key functions have led to a brain drain and a lack of confidence among remaining employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to learn the difference between strategy and tactics. A well defined strategy helps you focus on what you will do--- and as importantly, what you will not. The lack of a clear strategy and myriad tactical projects competing for resources have left people feeling overwhelmed and disheartened. Many people, particularly those in middle management who have enough visibility into goings on to get a good sense of the situation, wonder about the long-term viability of the company. It is time to take a realistic look at the projects under way, the service being provided to customers and the technology that supports everything and make some serious decisions about what you are going to continue to do going forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Salary

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

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    Great experience. Lots of responsibilities that grow one

    Cons

    Upward Mobility constraints.
    Unprofessional HR

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere is you expect hard work, great job reviews and expertise to pay off.

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

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are very nice people.

    Cons

    Hard work is not valued if you don't know the right people. Doesn't promote from within or reward exceptional work, unless you are in the "right circles". Upper management is overpaid and underworked, and middle management is underpaid and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the nepotism and back door promotions; hard working individuals get paid much less than people higher up who virtually do nothing. It is no secret that many wonder what some very well compensated people even do at all. Upper management is fraught with cronyism. Surveys are only given lip service. Work overtime and deliver exceptional results? Don't expect to advance more than a paltry 2% per year with a measly bonus even when you get an exceptional review. HR is fine with this. Your employees sacrifice their family time and quality of life to deliver the requirements of their jobs. If people excel they should be compensated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Love the people!

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love the work environment and the people are the best! Location is in downtown Portland close to a lot of activities and restaurants. Benefits are good and compensation is in line with industry for the most part. A lot of people work here for decades.

    Cons

    The company is a smaller company trying to act big. Not a lot of turnover in management and executive levels so it does not create opportunity for upward growth for a majority of employees. Poor communication from management - unclear corporate strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would love to see a more equitable rewards and compensation program across the divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do Not Recommend this employer

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Paid Time Off
    Team Members are fun to work with

    Cons

    No chance for promotion, no recognition for a job well done, leadership in the organization is lacking, most importantly the leadership has no idea how long it takes to accomplish a task. The expectations for delivery of work is unreasonable. There are so few employees to actually do the work that the stress of delivering any project on time is unmanageable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider firing all the front line management. They are with few exceptions completely unable to lead teams, inspire employees and are completely ineffective in doing their job. Stop asking employees for feedback via surveys when the results are completely ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Loved working here. Great management. Treated Everybody with respect.

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

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

    Pros

    Flex time. Interested and respectful management. Everyone nice because they liked their jobs.

    Cons

    Hard moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most management was awesome. Of course my advice to every manager everywhere is NOT to micromanage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    got the best dedicated employees, team leaders are very supportive

    Cons

    difficult to grow because of a younger mgmt team. competitive co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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