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Burns & Wilcox Reviews

Updated 24 May, 2018
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Alan Jay Kaufman
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Pros
  • great office good people in technical areas (in 5 reviews)

  • We have a great work environment and we all work as a team (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is encouraged verbally, but then countered by a culture of having everything done before you go home (in 8 reviews)

  • Cannot work from home although everything is done via computer (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work for Driven & Ambitious Folks"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox full-time (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!

  3. "Mixed Basket"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox (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.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox (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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Terrible work environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  7. "A"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & Wilcox full-time (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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary

    This is the only positive item I can appropriately discuss in this section. There really aren't any pros of working here.

    Cons

    - Management
    - Work Life Balance
    - Lack of Products, not competitive

    I haven't worked for someone where many of my colleagues would bash management and talk about how unhappy they are.


  10. "Great Potential, But Comes Up Short"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox full-time

    Pros

    Casual dress except when ceo is in town
    Window seat if your an underwriter
    Keurig coffee machine
    Free parking
    Health Insurance
    Mostly nice co-workers
    Near the ballpark, season tickets to rangers games
    Golf outings and great branding with a corporate sponsored golfer
    Paid time off/vacation
    Not a high pressure sales environment

    Cons

    Micro-managing
    Dated management system
    Uncompetitive salary
    Uncompetitive and convoluted bonus plan
    Kitchen duty
    Un-covered parking
    Expensive health insurance
    Traffic from rangers/cowboys games when your trying to leave the office
    Nepotism
    Corporate sponsored golfer is one of the highest paid individuals by the company
    Can’t use vacation during most of 4th quarter ie christmas and thanksgiving

    Advice to Management

    The insurance industry as well as the labor market has changed drastically over the years, but this company can’t keep up with the times. Their business model is failing while their competitors are pasing them by. Also, employees want a better work environment, pay that is competitive for the industry/job and a work environment that makes you want to come to work everyday. People dont generally choose to work, it’s a necessity, the high turnover shows that people are choosing to not work here. With the veteran employees retiring at a rapid pace and no young talent to replace, the future of the office is in jeopardy, maybe the whole company.


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