The Standard
2.8 of 5 78 reviews
www.standard.com Portland, OR 1000 to 5000 Employees

The Standard Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
The Standard – US – “Standard Plaza”

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2.8 78 reviews

                             

46% Approve of the CEO

The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness

J. Greg Ness

(39 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great location in downtown Portland"
    in 10 reviews
  • "The downtown Portland location is excellent for commuting by public transport"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Mid to upper management making poor decisions, big turn over lately"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Employees work long hours while some VPs arrive at 9 and leave at 4"
    in 4 reviews
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conservative company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Standard

Prosit feels stable and secure

Consbut the work can be boring

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Great company to work for!

Account Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at The Standard full-time

ProsIts been a while since I've worked there, but, my co-workers were great and have become great friends as well. Great benefits & good place for building your career path - they have a tuition reimbursement plan for school too.

ConsWorking downtown Portland can be difficult to get to & from depending on traffic and where you're coming from.

Advice to Senior ManagementTraining and having a career path is always great.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solid Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than a year

ProsIt's a great company with good compensation, some of the best benefits you'll find in Portland, and a lot of room for job growth. The company has recently attracted a lot of talent and I see great things in the future for it.

ConsI'd like it if the dress code was a little more relaxed. I don't interact with customers so why can't I wear jeans on a monday? Though, this is a very minor issue. The company has been great in many aspects and has generous vacation polices and benefits.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to recruit younger talent, take a look at the kind of culture that many tech-startups have. Open workspaces (minimal or no cubicles), and a more casual dress code can greatly increase morale and employee performance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A job before a better job.

Absence Coordinator (Current Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat coworkers! Benefits are pretty good, free Trimet passes etc. Downtown work location!

ConsAdvancement is based on favoritism not achivement. TERRIBLE training, even worse IT. Turnover is pretty high as people move on to better paying positions elsewhere in the insurance industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementOverwork and underpay leads to a brain drain.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

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

ProsI had enjoyed the variety of the people in various departments.

ConsVery old school or "good ole boys" type of environment. Don't have a voice or you won't have a job.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart caring about your employees', their workload, and lifestyle; rather than your constant A to A+ Ratings. An A- won't kill you, and would also keep jobs available, rather than load up the ones left behind. Try to choose managers with a backbone and can see brown nosing for what it exactly is.....

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great spirit, but almost ready to give up.

Disability Benefits Analyst (Current Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

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

ProsGreat community involvement.
Good coworkers
Trying to listen

Conspaper based system
too focused on upper management pay
Upper management is not trustworthy

Advice to Senior Managementif you can't give good raises to employees, don't take huge raises yourself
If you want employees to be engaged, then ask and really care.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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As good as you can get working for a disability insurance (financial) company.

Disability Claims Processor (Former Employee)
Hillsboro, OR (US)

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

ProsIt's a fun, relaxed environment with cool people. Good pay and flexible hours, and there are some job sharing opportunities also.

ConsIt is an office job, with cubicles so....

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Experience at The Standard was great

Lead Message Broker Developer (Former Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

I worked at The Standard as a contractor for less than a year

ProsSelf motivating and challenging work experience

ConsNot seen so far while working

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Terrible place to work for IT

Lead Programmer-Analyst (Current Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

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

ProsJust like most places, there are usually good people to be found. If you're fortunate you will have the chance to work with others you enjoy and can learn from.

ConsOutsourcing to India has been a miserable failure. Not an open door policy -- if you speak your mind, you will be punished for it. Those who smile and do nothing innovative are the ones who thrive. The nail that sticks up will get hammered.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Perfectly Mediocre

Employee Benefits (Former Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

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

ProsSome nice people work here

ConsSteady decline since going public. Slowly taking away employee perks and benefits, it's a stock company afterall, and shareholders get the goodies while employees get the shaft. MANY high quality managers and solo performers have left this company over the last ten years. Remaining senior management team is NOT strong. What's worse, there are no internal employees to replace them because they've all been weeded out. Rank and file employees not held in high regard.

Advice to Senior ManagementRetire. Now.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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