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Burns & Wilcox Reviews

Updated 26 July, 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance-ya what's that (in 7 reviews)

  • Cannot work from home although everything is done via computer (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "A"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Just Horrible!"

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

    I have been working at Burns & Wilcox full-time

    Pros

    If you want to get into Insurance, It's a good place to gain some experience and knowledge.

    Cons

    You have to drink their kook-aid and bleed their brand to survive. If you don't from the start, you're pretty much screwed. Below industry hours e.g. 8-5 and they expect you to work overtime without pay. Pay is good to start off, however, annual merit increase is a joke. Expect around 1% and expect to kiss the ground they walk on for it. Bonus?? Ya no!! I've never seen turnover so high. On average they loose 10-20 employees a year. This is not an exaggeration and No HR! No one to voice your opinion, fears or concerns.

    Advice to Management

    I have none because they don't care. They only care about money. I have never met a bunch of people so selfish, greedy, condescending, manipulating and heartless. Nothing will change because the company is run by a bunch of narcissist.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

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    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 (7)

    "Terrible work environment"

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    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. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional Work Environment"

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    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away"

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    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.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great market availability.
    Family atmosphere in office.

    Cons

    Office is a little run down and could use a face lift.
    Can be stressful and a lot of hours are needed to get everything done.
    Although you are appreciated in your office it can feel like there is no recognition for hard work at higher levels.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people instead of your image.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Underwriter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & Wilcox full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to a lot of great carriers, training, paid certifications / designations. Promotions and increases are based on merit.

    Cons

    Don't believe all the negativity - a lot of it comes from employees that have been let go due to poor performance.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Believe the negativity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & Wilcox full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers who help each other "suffer through" day by day.

    Cons

    Management: Lazy, unprofessional, and/or not proactive whatsoever in addressing the company's multitude of problems such as bringing in and retaining talent.
    Career growth: Little to none; many positions in the company are dead end jobs. However, you will be lied to that there are so many career growth opportunities at this company.
    Other: High turnover, poor structure for training new employees, great performance goes unrecognized, below industry-average pay, poor benefits, very low annual raises (2-3%, regardless of performance). The company is growing so much, yet the employees are not reaping any of the rewards.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive, listen to employees, and instill some positive change. Realize that some of you are part of the multitude of problems the company has.


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