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Burns & Wilcox Reviews

Updated Aug 16, 2019

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3.2
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Alan Jay Kaufman
96 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people to work with OUTSIDE of the management(in 9 reviews)

  • "Access to a lot of great carriers, training, paid certifications / designations(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Management keeps all the good agents and gives the low earners to the other underwriters, gives extra days off favors only to his team(in 14 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance is encouraged verbally, but then countered by a culture of having everything done before you go home(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work for Driven & Ambitious Folks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & Wilcox

    Pros

    The sky is limit if you work hard and aren't afraid to go out of your way to own your own career progression.

    Cons

    Don't expect hand holding or spoonfeeding. This culture is best for proactive and driven employees.

    Burns & Wilcox2017-11-07
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Behind the curve"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    -Good downtown office location on Bay st. -Good place to learn how to not build a good company culture / atmosphere and what poor management looks like.

    Cons

    -Compared to other employers in the industry, employees at Burns & Wilcox Toronto are underpaid, have longer standard hours, less paid time off, underwhelming bonuses and have much worse benefits packages. -Despite what upper management tells its staff, the company has a poor reputation in the industry which is apparent as soon as you attend an industry event and start talking to people at other companies. ...

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    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your intentions. Do you actually care about your staff? Stop rewarding toxic individuals. Actually try for once to be ahead of the curve instead of playing catch up on employee benefits / culture / pay.

    Burns & Wilcox2019-05-05
  3. Helpful (5)

    "It's Not Worth It"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It will make every other job you ever have seem amazing in comparison. There's some good people so once you all quit it's nice to share war stories and show off your scars.

    Cons

    Everything. There's rampant nepotism; if you are one of the trusted few you have free rein. You will get promoted beyond your abilities and will be given the choicest business. The sky is the limit and you should never leave because you won't ever have it as good. If you're not one of the lucky few, you will experience the exact opposite; Impossible targets that have no basis in reality, constant pressure to work...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop the nepotism, treat your employees like they are humans, not automatons. Get rid of senior management that pose a significant risk to your liability and do nothing but damage your reputation. Consider getting out of insurance and opening a for-profit jail; you will excel.

    Burns & Wilcox2019-03-29
  4. Helpful (8)

    "RUN!! RUN AWAY FAST!!!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary (they only do it because they think it will motivate people to stay with them and they think it gives them the right to treat their employees terribly- beware of wolves in sheeps clothing)

    Cons

    Management practice and encourage classic bullying techniques - gas lighting - mobbing - isolation - intimidation - humiliation Upper management had no empathy for employees issues - only interested in the almighty dollar

    Advice to Management

    Leader lead by example Bosses bully people into getting what they want 'nuff said!

    Burns & Wilcox2018-05-07
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Basket"

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox for less than a year

    Pros

    Open-minded to change, mostly younger staff. Can listen to personal music when at desk. Upper management recognizes work of front-line staff

    Cons

    In need of cultural diversity training, upper front-line staff and Mangers take advantage of positions. Staff takes dress code too lightly. Lack of diverse hiring.

    Burns & Wilcox2017-08-24
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox for more than a year

    Pros

    Young people. Location downtown. Not much else.

    Cons

    Management makes you memorize and tests you on office location and senior management during meetings (who does that?). Think of the worst company to work for. Even if you are young and need a job, pass up on this and keep looking.

    Advice to Management

    No more lies.

    Burns & Wilcox2017-06-02
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Stay Away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & Wilcox

    Pros

    If you are an assistant its a good place to gain some knowledge. 2 years is your max!!!! For U/W Producers there is an opportunity to make good bonus payments... Not much else, I am afraid

    Cons

    Remember Kindergarden? They speak to team, but its all about a few individuals at the end of the day. It's all about numbers and not about people. American style does not work here!

    Advice to Management

    Get someone who knows how to manage running the place. This is a sales organization. Stop running it on numbers and start running it on relationships. That was everyone has an opportunity.

    Burns & Wilcox2016-09-07
  8. Helpful (12)

    "Terrible work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox

    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...

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    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.

    Burns & Wilcox2016-09-13
  9. "A"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits. Too many American values and very money driven over people.

    Burns & Wilcox2015-11-11
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & Wilcox full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to get training. Many of the people who work there are very nice and helpful. The office is usually pretty clean.

    Cons

    The company tends to focus on frivolities and less on retaining good employees. Many people have quit because of the unprofessional and abusive behaviour of a few employees, who are protected and promoted by weak-willed management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees professionally and respectfully to earn their loyalty. When you do this, you won't have to wonder why people are leaving.

    Burns & Wilcox2015-06-07
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