Starr Companies

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Starr Companies Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to Start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    invested in training younger people, wealth of knowledge from ex-AIG employees. Fabulous benefits.

    Cons

    Very disorganized, must be able to deal with this and adapt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As we grow, don't let the company become silo-ed as it was at AIG.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Could become a great company, but senior management needs to move into the current century

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation and health benefits

    Cons

    Very political environment with an AIG mentality. This will inhibit the company from becoming a sought-after place to work for. Management not flexible at all with work arrangements, telecommuting, etc. In this day and age, every company needs to be supportive of telecommunication and flexibile schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to improve flexibility. You will not attract or keep good talented workers if management is not willing to move into the current century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    An overall great place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Governance Framework in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Data Governance Framework in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Starr Companies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A growing company, a great place to excel, and a great starting spot. It's a company where you go when you want your career to grow and develop.

    Cons

    I was only an intern there so I didn't get too much indepth exposure to the innerworkings of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Taking 'At Will Employment' to a new low

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good medical and dental benefits. Good opportunities to learn about the insurance industry.

    Cons

    Where shall I begin? This company is a mess, and to say that it's toxic is being kind.

    As many have mentioned, Starr has serious issues with its managent and its HR department. There is a severe lack of communication, and no protocol in place. It's gut wrenching seeing many who work hard and do what they need to do to save money out of respect for their employer, to be threatened and even terminated without cause. Many underwriters, adjusters, and staff receive little to no bonus, however many in management travel like rock stars and abuse expenses. There is absolutely no support for mid management and support staff either. Very little opportunity for development and growth, and no recognition for hard work.

    Starr did start off on the right foot, but this company is now a shell of what it used to be. There is also far too much loyalty to ex-longtime AIG employees, despite that some of these employees lack the skill set needed for this century. HR especially needs to take note about labor law abuses in some of the departments. Some staff work through lunch daily, and are denied vacation requests. I know some staff can't even take off when they are sick. HR needs to step up and ensure the laws are followed, and stop catering to unreasonable people's demands (who are unfortunately in management!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure how this company can be fixed--executive management is a big part of the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Bad, Bad, Bad

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

    I have been working at Starr Companies

    Pros

    Promises were good. Until they went back on them.

    Cons

    Management is so bad it's embarrassing. No training, no support, no core values. HR is a joke. No help, willing to open themselves up to lawsuits, of which there are many in the works. Poor treatment of employees, brokers. One manager referred to brokers as "stupid".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house.

  7.  

    Hired on a promise to work in a fun growing atmosphere with great training, there was growth but no training.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriting Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Underwriting Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice people
    decent bonus
    good happy hours
    for those who eat sleep and breath insurance like ceo, you can make a lot of money

    Cons

    systems are stuck in the 1980;s, too many problems
    everyone has a AIG entitlement to them
    the new systems barely work any better than the old systems they were implemented to replace.
    too many growing pains with a new company
    there just learning there processes for audit and keep changing it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better training programs with class room study.
    have a more open door policy.
    don't expect everyone to answer emails at 9 at night

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Starr Companies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office culture at Starr was uplifting and encouraged a team culture. Senior leadership was more than willing to provide mentorship.

    Cons

    Was given mostly busy work. Internship program as a whole sought to benefit its employees, but my certain department hadn't caught onto the holistic view that the program targeted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    so so

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Starr Companies as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent, competitive pay. Good company values but its basically any office with loads of office politics and nepotism. Almost everyone is someone related within the company (its freaky). But its not a bad place to start off!

    Cons

    No leadership. You have to work very hard here and the mix of people were okay. The quality of management and leadership needs to be stepped up in groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell your managers to wake up and become a leader in their group and lead their group properly. Communication is key.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exceptionally bad experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time

    Pros

    Compensation was ok. 7 hour work day. Lots of holidays.

    Cons

    The culture is antiquated and fear based. Nothing is ever put in writing. Sr managers are arrogant and hostile. Unprofessional behavior is tolerated and sometimes encouraged. It is simply an intolerable environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Most employees want to leave... SAY NO and never look back!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Starr Companies

    Pros

    Ok salary
    It ends there
    This place is not company just a business. A majority of underwriters in most divisions are unhappy.

    Cons

    Senior managemenT
    HR is a walking d&o waiting to happen
    Unprofessional
    Bonuses are embarrassing
    No incentives
    Not paperless
    Hank Greenberg is CEO
    Anti-women

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really sure how you can save this company

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