The Standard Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
95 Reviews
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great location in downtown Portland (in 14 reviews)

  • The downtown Portland location is excellent for commuting by public transport (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Of course, upper management received healthy salary increases while non-management salaries stagnated (in 8 reviews)

  • The news that layoffs were coming in favor of outsourcing to India was announced by the IT VP a few months ago (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great if you keep your mouth shut

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Hillsboro, OR (US)

    I have been working at The Standard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are good people here, some growth potential if you start off low, supportive leadership for the most part.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, schedule inflexibility if working in the contact center, there can be very low morale at times, 1 praise for 10 criticisms, way too much gossip and back-stabbing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible. We don't live to work; we work to live.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Worked with the retirement plan product.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    The grad school reimbursement was the best I ever heard of and there were no strings attached to the benefit like many firms have in place.

    Cons

    I enjoyed working there and left on good terms but felt the commitment to that business line was always lacking. Their bread and butter is insurance and you knew it.

  3.  

    Good people working hard to support poorly thought out strategies.

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people at The Standard who work hard to provide good service to their customers and really want to do the right thing. The benefits and compensation packages are fair. The locations are decent and the company's involvement in the community is admirable.

    Cons

    The lack of strategic thinking at the senior levels has led to snowballing problems.Years of kicking the can down the road on technology projects has caught up with the company. A lack of focus on and investments in the core business has led to competitive disadvantages and no clear USP for any of the product lines. And staff reductions, benefit cuts and outsourcing of key functions have led to a brain drain and a lack of confidence among remaining employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to learn the difference between strategy and tactics. A well defined strategy helps you focus on what you will do--- and as importantly, what you will not. The lack of a clear strategy and myriad tactical projects competing for resources have left people feeling overwhelmed and disheartened. Many people, particularly those in middle management who have enough visibility into goings on to get a good sense of the situation, wonder about the long-term viability of the company. It is time to take a realistic look at the projects under way, the service being provided to customers and the technology that supports everything and make some serious decisions about what you are going to continue to do going forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Salary

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at The Standard

    Pros

    Great experience. Lots of responsibilities that grow one

    Cons

    Upward Mobility constraints.
    Unprofessional HR

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Love the people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    I love the work environment and the people are the best! Location is in downtown Portland close to a lot of activities and restaurants. Benefits are good and compensation is in line with industry for the most part. A lot of people work here for decades.

    Cons

    The company is a smaller company trying to act big. Not a lot of turnover in management and executive levels so it does not create opportunity for upward growth for a majority of employees. Poor communication from management - unclear corporate strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would love to see a more equitable rewards and compensation program across the divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Do Not Recommend this employer

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

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Paid Time Off
    Team Members are fun to work with

    Cons

    No chance for promotion, no recognition for a job well done, leadership in the organization is lacking, most importantly the leadership has no idea how long it takes to accomplish a task. The expectations for delivery of work is unreasonable. There are so few employees to actually do the work that the stress of delivering any project on time is unmanageable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider firing all the front line management. They are with few exceptions completely unable to lead teams, inspire employees and are completely ineffective in doing their job. Stop asking employees for feedback via surveys when the results are completely ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Loved working here. Great management. Treated Everybody with respect.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Processor in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Processor in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flex time. Interested and respectful management. Everyone nice because they liked their jobs.

    Cons

    Hard moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most management was awesome. Of course my advice to every manager everywhere is NOT to micromanage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    got the best dedicated employees, team leaders are very supportive

    Cons

    difficult to grow because of a younger mgmt team. competitive co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not recommended for anyone. Ever.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Analyst
    Current Employee - Claims Analyst

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

    Pros

    downtown location, interesting coworkers, employee perks like access to cultural activities at a discount or free (OMSI, etc)

    Cons

    Pretty much everything. Management from the top all the way down to the team supervisor is diseased. Many, if not most, do not think for themselves. There is a lot of nepotism, everyone is related to someone else in the company.
    Training is seriously lacking. Many areas, especially claims, are severely understaffed and employees are made to feel it is their fault they are not working enough. The claims analysts are told to work until their work is done, which translates to you're expected to work 55+ hours in the office, work weekends, and even take work home. If you value your time outside of work, this is NOT the place for you.
    Teams have forced social interaction, which often include the next level of management, so you better be on your best behavior and act like everything is A-OK.
    Core values like "Care About People" clearly do not apply to the employees of the company but rather the customers only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace yourselves with people who can actually do the job!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Low capability managers and leaders

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great focus on contributing to the community and giving back. Summer hours were a value add.

    Cons

    While you are there you definitely recognize the low capability of the managers and leaders. The longer you stay the more complacent you become until the lack of leadership completely erodes all motivation and drive. You become part of the problem. I finally was able to shake this off and realize it was time for a change. Going somewhere else with strong leadership in IT, I was re-vitalized. It was like waking up from a long sleep. I'm talking like Sleeping Beauty kind of sleep. If you are there, get out while you still have the will. If you are not there, know going in that the community as a whole knows that Standard is full of mediocre managers and leaders. You will have to work hard at appearing marketable if you go to Standard and look for other companies to go to later. It's not that the leaders and managers dont want to do the right thing, they just dont know how.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Broaden your horizons, empower your people, shake off the mediocrity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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