The Hartford Reviews

Updated 31 October 2014
Updated 31 October 2014
594 Reviews
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Pros
  • good work - life balance - many times you could work from home when needed (in 60 reviews)

  • Benefits are above par, ability to work from home occasionally is a plus (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance doesn't mean working from home is a good thing in many cases (in 32 reviews)

  • If you're in a call center, good luck getting your time off approved (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    The Hartford is a stellar example of corporate hypocrisy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Let's Just Say I'm A Professional in Hartford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Let's Just Say I'm A Professional in Hartford, CT (US)

    I have been working at The Hartford full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people work at The Hartford. Naive, family-oriented, hard workers take the bait and put in their 60 hours per week, hoping for modest rewards and a dim limelight for all of their efforts.

    Cons

    Arrogant, back-biting narcissists rule The Hartford. They spend their time filling in the squares on spreadsheets with arbitrary rules about how many people need to fall down in order to promote a handful of favorites, golden boys and girls who match The Hartford dress/look code. The Hartford actually uses a bell curve method to this end during its dreaded performance reviews. Management pushes a surveillance culture in which employees are encouraged to spy on peers and report their failings. Most departments are political crucibles where genuine people are pushed down the ladder and jackals are encouraged. The Hartford is notoriously cheap with bonuses for real accomplishment while jackals take all. It funds its own Health Plan, and uses its power to deny coverage for medically necessary procedures that are common among older workers - all the while promoting a "healthy" workplace, which consists of ever narrower cubicles. The Hartford gives lip service to politically correct "diversity" and "inclusion," but it really only cares about how willing you are to conform. You can be a gay Middle Eastern cross-dresser as long as you are also a yes-man/woman. Wisdom and maturity, despite The Hartford's affiliation with AARP, are not much appreciated and ageism abounds as a result. Be prepared to be replaced by a young looker (whom you'll be expected to train) the minute you need help with one of The Hartford's byzantine processes. And be prepared to use such non-English terms as "deliverables" and acronyms all day long. "Can you leverage this?" Without actually ever knowing what that means, you'd better say "yes" on demand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Burn your spreadsheets, smash your mirrors, and start seeing your overrated company from the perspective of a lowly customer or employee. Stop "leveraging" and start thinking/feeling like real human beings if there are any still in there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It's like jail. Homeless drug addicts have more freedom than Call Center Reps.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Center, Customer Service Representative in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Call Center, Customer Service Representative in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

    I have been working at The Hartford full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get three weeks off, and can buy a fourth week. They give you so much time off because you will need it.

    Cons

    You are tethered to your chair for 7 hours a day. The only time you can get up from your chair is during two fifteen minute breaks and a thirty minute lunch. If you leave your desk for any other period of time, you will have to account for that time. My boss once told me that if he were still working on the phones (as opposed to being a manager), he just wouldn't take a bathroom break, meaning we (the employees) shouldn't take bathroom breaks.
    The customers who call in are mean and angry as a rule. The nice customers are the exception. Keep in mind, that people hate insurance companies and when they call in to customer service, they have a problem that needs to be fixed, so that makes for a negative combination.
    The call volume is high, so you're dealing with angry people back to back to back.
    There are barely any advancement opportunities. When I worked there, people who trained me and who had worked there for years and years still were on the phones.
    You have no control over your job or what you do in the 8 hours you have to be there.
    Oh, and a substantial amount of people who work there are obese because the job is so sedentary and unhealthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management because management does not care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glad to be out!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Hartford full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not many. This used to be a great company with great work/life balance, benefits, and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Work/life balance does not exist and the benefits are being scaled back. Might be cheaper to purchase health insurance on your own instead of participating in the company's plan. Rumored that employees will lose vacation time and have to pay for parking. What's next...charge them for using the bathrooms and pay rent for your cube? It's very clear that senior management has disdain for the rank and file. You are nothing more than an expense to them. Outsourcing is the norm. If you are not a vice president or above you don't matter to this company. Politics and optics have replaced sound business management decisions. Forget about taking any time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only business lever this company knows is the cost cutting one. Promoting the CFO to CEO over people who actually ran the businesses tells you all you need to know about this company. CFO has no experience actually running a business and his only contribution was cutting costs. Without any growth this company is a takeover target and most likely will no longer exist in less than 5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Workaholics only need apply

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Hartford full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work at home option 2 days per week. Good benefits

    Cons

    Expect to work 60 hrs a week to do just standard work. Company as a whole is solid however quality scores currently drive the company, instead of actually thinking through some inefficiencies. Staff is expected to work like robots. Staff morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop it with all of the multiple quality reviews and start looking at giving employees back the autonomy that they had a few years ago. Individuals could actually get some work done if they did not have to duplicate their work in a half dozen different places, for the sake of getting good quality scores. Company is totally run by metrics now. No longer a fun place to work. Employees are stressed to the max. Hire some worker bees and stop saying we are fully staffed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Annuities Service Speacilist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Annuity Service Specialist in Woodbury, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Annuity Service Specialist in Woodbury, MN (US)

    I have been working at The Hartford full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    PTO, 401 K, and health benefits

    Cons

    For a Company in run off they treat their employees poorly. People are leaving in groups and The Hartford is not hiring to fill the position, just creating a larger work load on those who are left. Metrics are used for pay increases, metrics are out dated. You can never get a day off if needed, if you do call out, you get disciplined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees with respect and increase the welfare wages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst company ever. DO NOT VALUE EMPLOYEES WITH UNFAIR FAVORITISM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Greensboro, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Greensboro, NC (US)

    I worked at The Hartford full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None other than decent PTO time which was moot given the amount of time we were expected to work on a weekly basis as a salaried employee.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Each department micromanaged. No room for advancement for nursing staff. Horrible favoritism in each department. Bullied with annual surveys, i.e., threatened if do not give top scores on surveys we will not get bonuses or raises which were less and less each year anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of management that favors employees. Why tolerate bad behavior from managers who are unprofessional and crass when you will not tolerate from regular employees. Stop expecting 60 to 70 hr work weeks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unstable and negative working environment with no work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Insurance Sales in Allentown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Insurance Sales in Allentown, PA (US)

    I worked at The Hartford full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They give you a good amount of paid time off, BUT.....

    Cons

    They give you a hard time when you want or need to take time off(although you have plenty of it to use). Its a constant revolving door,turnover is constant..I had 9 managers in 6 yrs due to company downsizing or re-aligning, most of them coming in with no sales or phone sales experience.It is who you know,not what you do. Never worked in such a negative/toxic situation, constant up set with poor management and the computer systems were so broke that their IT dept. had no solutions.Due to turnover the phones were so busy you couldn't breath,and big brother was watching everymove,writing you up for everything. Worked there 6 plus yrs until I could no longer stand the stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house of the useless management. They foster a negative environment and have no clue on how to do the job that their team is responsible for. UPDATE YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR GOD SAKES. You should be ashamed to have a company this size and provide such poor tools to the very people responsible for making your company money. Again, shame on you Harford.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you're a managers teachers pet, you'll do fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Hartford full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    has clout with the name recognition to those who don't know any better

    Cons

    used to be an open caring inclusive environment until recently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not enough space here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Hartford (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None really, the vacation time is sufficient. Work at home is available, but not offered any longer. Really. Don't think there is any pros

    Cons

    Management / Team-leads are passive aggressive and angry vindictive people willing to destroy this company to settle their personal agendas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace team leads / try training management to manage employees. Remember your front line employees speak with your customers, so maybe it might not be appropriate for your team leads to be mentally abusive to their employees. After all it's those employees who are the face of the Hartford, or have you forgot that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Hartford full-time

    Pros

    the company benefits are great

    Cons

    no one is a team player

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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