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Updated 9 December 2018
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  • "work life balance went to hell the last 2 yrs" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Does not offer work from home or telecommuting arrangements" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "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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    • 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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    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.


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    "Well balanced and interesting"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great retirement package.
    Good mentors and management.
    Interesting work.
    Lots of training.
    Good benefits.
    Paid time off to volunteer and take care of sick family (including pets!)
    Work from home.

    Cons

    Vacation is average/below average.
    Lots of standards to read through.
    Niche training won't carry over well to other companies.
    Siloing of roles. You won't get trained in all aspects of insurance.

    Advice to Management

    FM Global is a very introspective company that seems to pay attention to changes and adapts reactively and proactively. Keep it up. While recent staff cuts are hard, automation will likely make those jobs obsolete soon, and it's better to get ahead of the competition.
    Consider an uplift for high cost of living offices such as San Francisco etc or no one will want to relocate there.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Living in 1835"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pension, 401k match, free parking, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Engineers hold every leadership role in the company and guard against anyone with actual knowledge and skills in disciplines such as sales, client service, underwriting, marketing, claims. Couple that with a men’s club mentality at the top and you have a place that is highly unwelcoming to diverse, non-engineering talent. That being said you can see employees coasting all over the place as the executives duke it out. If you’re an engineer, this is your place. If you want an autopilot job, you could be happy here too. If you’re highly skilled and motivated in other aspects of business, don’t make a pit stop here.

    Advice to Management

    Make diversity a reality not a passive initiative. Respect and recognize talent outside of engineering. Don’t wait to address important issues - employee morale is at its lowest point ever.

  8. "Consultant Engineer"

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

    I worked at FM Global full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well run company. Invests in its employees.

    Cons

    Travel required in some operations can be a negative for some people.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Failed managers and executives."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, RI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, RI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FM Global full-time

    Pros

    Benefits --- Pension, 401k match, health. Trying to improve.

    Cons

    Failing confused management, old school mantality, limited to no growth opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Retire!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic working environment & poor management"

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    Former Employee - Consultant Engineer in Park Ridge, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant Engineer in Park Ridge, IL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pension, 401k match, company car

    Cons

    Not sure what has happened to this company.. All the reviews of how the company has horrible management, no work life balance and a toxic working environment is 100% true. When you first start here, management tries to make it seem like it's all sunshine and rainbows because of the amazing "benefits" you have. In reality, the company is a toxic working environment and people are constantly leaving the company, especially the field engineering role. The company is promoting unqualified employees to fill other positions, who have little to no experience. Employees are being promoted to managers who have no idea what they are doing and causing people to run. Managers choose favorites and gossip about everyone else at the office, as if we are back in high school. If your manager does not like you, they will bully you and do everything they can to try to get you fired or have you quit. You are constantly micromanaged and questioned about everything. You will not be able to grow within the company. Going to HR does not solve any issues because it is just another tool for management. When I told HR about how my manager harassed and bullied me, the only thing HR did was "acknowledge my feedback".
    The company has had two bad years in a row, and are taking it out on the field engineers. Stop promoting field engineers to positions they are not ready for. Give field engineers an incentive to stay in the field. Why do you think there are so many losses now?

    I would not recommend anyone to come work here. It is a hostile working environment and managers expect you to work all day, even weekends, to get your work done. This company will definitely be sued in the future for what they are doing to employees. The best thing I ever did was leave this company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people to be managers if they are not ready. Fire them if you need to. You are loosing employees who have experience which is the reason why losses are increasing.