OneBeacon Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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OneBeacon President, CEO, and Director Mike Miller
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  1.  

    Massive bureaucracy, little work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Canton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Canton, MA (US)

    I worked at OneBeacon as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Long deadlines, light work load, old code base. Not technologically demanding. Easy hours (bankers).

    Cons

    Basic wall cube farm, very little oversight, work can get boring. Office culture is that of any typical large insurance company. Hard to get any new work done, or change any existing systems. They are still using dBase, FoxPro, and SQL2000. Um, it's 2014, might be time to upgrade. Product team seems to be moving in 100 directions at once, which has the effect of leading the developers down a trail and then having to change course in the middle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Massive infrastructure and code upgrades needed. Talent is stale and there is massive technical debt as more complex projects are applied to the obsolete codebase. Root out and destroy the bureaucratic management and product team which is severely impacting quality of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    OB is OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Canton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Canton, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    The finance department has some pleasant people to work with. Management appears to care about helping you develop professionally and be healthy.

    Cons

    The company was going through a lot of changes when I worked there. The pay is low and since they went public they were doing everything possible to bring down their expense ratio, aka laying off a lot of people and taking away a lot of employee benefits. The finance department doesn't have much room for growth. It also had a very political feel to it.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Decent place, too mired in old-school practices.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Support Engineer in Melville, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Network Support Engineer in Melville, NY (US)

    I worked at OneBeacon

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Salary competitive.

    Cons

    Somewhat top-heavy. More managers than workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt faster with the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    It has been good as long as you can deal with constant change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MA (US)

    I have been working at OneBeacon

    Pros

    Good compensation as long as you are eligible for incentive compensation

    Cons

    Employees live with perpetual fear of layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at OneBeacon

    Pros

    Good place to work at.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunity to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good until they split the company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Canton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Canton, MA (US)

    I worked at OneBeacon

    Pros

    Enjoyable place to work. Talented peers.

    Cons

    Constantly changing strategy makes layoffs very popular.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    OK to work at, but not terribly exciting.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Canton, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Canton, MA (US)

    I have been working at OneBeacon

    Pros

    Flexible hours, opportunity to work from home if needed. Benefits are fair.

    Cons

    People work the most insane hours; it is not out of the question to get an e-mail from someone at 6 AM on a Sunday morning. Also, everyone is right on top of one another; claustrophobes beware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think there should be more incentive for younger people to work here- current technologies are antiquated, and there is little dynamicism within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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