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Burns & Wilcox Reviews

Updated 16 September, 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. "Mixed Basket"

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    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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  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 If Passionate for Insurance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & Wilcox full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful Environment and Co-workers make the experience

    Cons

    Workload can go 0-100 quick at end of the month

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employee morale


  10. Helpful (5)

    "High pressure sales job and the money is below average"

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    Former Employee - Underwriter in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Underwriter in Denver, CO (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Starbucks coffee, the remodeled office space with a nice break room, and the staff are fun to work with, outside of management.

    Cons

    Lack of development opportunities and a strong training program. High turnover of management and office staff. Management's inability to problem solve. Reputation is not the best in the industry. Office staff is very young so there's a lack of mentor opportunities. Utilizes old technology. Management requests you to take down pictures of family and anything else on your desk when the owner is in town.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced managers instead of filling a departures with top sales staff, as salespeople don't always have the best management skills. Stop being fake. Set real expectations for your staff and actually help develop their talents instead of just tossing them in the fire.


  11. "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.


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