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Farmington Hills, MI (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
1969
Company - Private
Insurance
$2 to $5 billion (CAD) per year
AmWINS Group, R-T Specialty, Swett & Crawford
Internationally recognized for its and drive and expertise, Burns & Wilcox is the flagship company within H.W. Kaufman Financial Group and North America’s leading independently owned insurance wholesale broker and underwriting manager. Burns ... Read more

Mission: To deliver bold solutions, quality management, high-level service, and innovative technology to our client partners.

Burns & Wilcox Reviews

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Alan Jay Kaufman
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    "Terrible work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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    Pros

    Lots of the people - particularly the assistant underwriters - are very nice and good to work with. It can be fun if you're young because there are tons of people in their 20s. You can get promoted to underwriter from assistant underwriter relatively quickly if you are competent and stick with it, although the main reason that promotions are available is due to the high turnover.

    Cons

    Below the industry average in pay, time off, and benefits. More hours than is standard - you have to work 8:30-5:30, no flexibility. You don't technically get coffee breaks - most people take them but there are some more senior employees that tell management when they see assistants taking breaks.

    The company tries to foster competition between employees by displaying everyone's numbers at meetings. This creates a very negative work environment.

    There is a general feeling of frustration toward management, which refuses to listen to the concerns of employees. Management is very rigid and unwilling to make necessary changes to adapt to Canadian work environment. Turnover is incredibly high and it's very easy to see why.

    Other companies do not tend to hold experience at Burns & Wilcox in very high regard so many people, upon leaving, have to take a slight demotion.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Match other companies in hours, time off, flexibility, pay, and benefits. Stop trying to set your employees at each other.

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Burns & Wilcox Interviews

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    Commercial Underwriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Burns & Wilcox (Toronto, ON).

    Interview

    Applied Online and got a call for one to one interview within a week. There were two rounds of interview. Basic interview questions. Each round was for about 20 minutes

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me something about yourself and current assignment ?   Answer Question
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Company Updates

  • Our Burns & Wilcox Cleveland office recently attended the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business career fair. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ56R

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Burns & Wilcox Awards & Accolades

  • Fast 50 Fastest-Growing Companies (10), Crain's Detroit Business, 2014
  • Private 200: Largest Privately Held Companies in Southeast Michigan (17), Crain's Detroit Business, 2014

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