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Updated 22 May 2018
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance and great benefits (in 46 reviews)

  • Great benefits and excellent employee involvement (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance went to hell the last 2 yrs (in 12 reviews)

  • little to zero work from home option (I may have experienced this because of the department I worked for or because I was a contractor) (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of generous benefits, provides a lot of training and development opportunities, strong and stable company that really takes care of its people. Plenty of opportunity to try new things, get involved in projects and stretch yourself if you are willing to step outside your comfort zone. Lots of opportunity for travel. People who work here have a strong work ethic and work very hard, which is balanced by the work-life balance offered through benefits and flexibility etc..

    Cons

    Flatter structure can mean opportunities become available more frequently internationally than domestically.

    Advice to Management

    Great to see a strong focus on diversity in the last few years. Keep it up!


  2. "Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Sydney
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Financially stable, safe business model, great engineering supports within the organisation and healthy business development

    Cons

    Too conservative to business development, less celebration with employees for success in business

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Top class empolyer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family feel but global opportunities. Salaries are just above average but the overall package is top class and the defined benefit pension is a massive plus.

    Cons

    Flat structure means opportunities aren't as frequent as in other companies but if you are capable the company will give you a great career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  4. "overall good experience"

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

    I worked at FM Global full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    training & support, good work environment & people, variety of work, opportunity

    Cons

    mono line specialised company, procedures


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Working in FM Global"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good training towards new engineers.

    Cons

    Lack of career progression and the structural can be relatively flat, you may end up doing the same thing for your whole career.

    Advice to Management

    Need to upgrade management style.


  6. "Insurance backed by isolated scientists"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FM Global full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Insurance industry will never die. Intelligent strategy to create science, then follow it to reduce risk. It's nice to see trust in science and data. It's a big money industry but the science comes first. People stay there forever. Weekly seminars keep people informed about other researchers. Researchers are allowed to work on a problem independently and have support from management.
    Good pay, benefits, people still have pensions. Not too much attention paid to time in and out, mostly flexible schedule, relatively low stress.

    Cons

    For Research: Everyone only works on their own isolated projects, very little collaboration. Zero inter departmental interaction. Would not need weekly seminars if people worked together. Overall pretty lonely. Quote from a senior engineer: "I know people I see at conferences once a year better than the guy in the office next to me."
    Not much room to go up. Similar to obtaining a professor position eg. very academic setting, you do exactly your expertise.
    The contractors are not treated with the same benefits as full time employees, although a full time position may be offered, they rarely come.

    Advice to Management

    Great business strategy. Increased communication between departments would reduce wasted time in between technical report review process.


  7. "Good for the long haul"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Complete benefits package is excellent. Many positions allow work from home at least part time. The pension is extremely valuable.

    Cons

    Salary for engineers is on the lower side of average.

    Advice to Management

    Be faster at reacting to change. FM can be like the Titanic - the iceberg can be seen from far away, don't wait until it's too late to start turning.

  8. "FM Approvals-Lack of Modern Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Approvals Engineer in Norwood, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Approvals Engineer in Norwood, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Fair bit of travel around the country
    - Compressed work week
    -You manage your own projects
    -Great if you are near retirement or want to begin settling down

    Cons

    - Promotion policy is ridiculous ( Plan on not getting promoted for at least 4 years after you start.) They may do this on purpose so it's more difficult for their employees to find a new job because what employer would want to hire you if you haven't been promoted in 4 years...

    - Absolutely no culture. No company sports leagues, barely any sort of volunteering effort/group, professional development groups do not exist. The office is dead quiet everyday because everyone sits alone in their offices. The complete opposite of a high energy, fast paced sort of environment that is hot nowadays.

    -If you are an engineer in the Approvals division I hope you like technical writing/paper pushing because that is what you will be doing instead of actual engineering/science. You can't even be creative when technical writing because management wants you to follow a template exactly and if you veer away from the template you get reprimanded and a ding on your performance review.

    -You won't use any software or build any current in demand skills here. Once you have worked here for a couple years it will be almost impossible to find another job because you lack the experience required. This is how they trap you.

    - Young engineers should stay away! The Approvals division is plagued with old men ( FM lifers) who have been with the company their entire career and do not have exposure to any current industry best practices. A couple of these men that I work with are actually racist as well, including a manager but nothing gets done about it.

    -Everyone talks behind each other back and spreads horrible rumors. Even management makes fun of their employees and speaks negatively about them.

    - Very little training is given and you are thrown into dealing with clients who expect you to be a subject matter expert and complain to management if you don't know something. Another ding on your performance review. You will have over 30 project to work on at once and everyone thinks their project is priority number one.

    - In the end if you join Approvals and stay, be ready to sit in the same office your entire career with little opportunity to move up. You will deal with mostly unpleasant clients in a trade industry (roofing, piping, builders and contractors). Testing becomes extremely repetitive after the first few times.

    Advice to Management

    You need to begin thinking about restructuring since about half of the Approvals division is about to retire. No young employees will want to work here and stay their entire career because that is no longer the norm.

    There needs to be way more employee appreciation events because we just feel like worker bees with no real purpose or appreciation.

    Derogatory comments should not be tolerated especially for managers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Total Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Providence, RI (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Providence, RI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FM Global full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work and supportive exec management

    Cons

    Advancement can be slow due to longjevity of staff.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t forget what made the company successful.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company to work for"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Frisco, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Frisco, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is great company who is engaged with the employees and is invested in their long-term success. People who get hired stay for a long time. The average tenure is over 12 years.

    Cons

    The hiring process is difficult, but I suppose they want to make sure that they only want the right people. I went in for 4 or 5 interviews and computer-skills tests. It was worth is in the end.


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