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Argo Group Reviews

Updated 9 April 2015
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Argo Group President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Argonaut Group Mark E. Watson III
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  1. Senior Underwriter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Pros

    Local people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than market; no raises in several years

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees. They have a value.

  2. Manger

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argo Group

    Pros

    Wide range of positions to get training

    Cons

    Too much politics, favoritism, and male dominating at the senior level.

    Advice to Management

    Potential leaders are throughout the org. Not just the young. Too focus on just the young, need to focus also on your long term, dedicated employees.

  3. Worked in lawyers professional

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

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Sorry, I cannot list a pro - maybe great kitchen area in the Chicago office.

    Cons

    Interview with everyone in the department before deciding to take a position here., many hidden personalities'
    Un-organized IT department - never did set up my computer correct.
    Need to invest in better rating, issuing, billing, and tracking systems, currently too many sytems to use.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better computer systems,.

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  5. Okay Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Junior Financial Analyst in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, they throw parties and go all out. Liquor, cigars, food, the works decent time off policy. decent lower management.

    Cons

    Compensation, Nepotism, Politics, selfish culture, hardly any procedures in place. Upper management is very difficult to please. the lower managers mostly are good, but they cant do much because of the higher management

    Advice to Management

    Give more than a 3% max raise, give opportunities for real growth, become more interested in your employees than the liquor in the executive kitchen.

  6. Good people in the trenches, bad environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant

    I worked at Argo Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned from peers, actually liked the improvements of the paperless system (although it took a lot of adjustment and was not perfect.

    Cons

    Grim environment with work going overseas when I was there. It was understood that most of the underwriting assistants and some management would be let go but no dates were given. Just shows how conscientious the UWs were because they continued to do their best not even knowing when they would be laid off, but sure that they would be. Management shuffled and reorganized, older workers not getting enough help with the new technology. The overseas workers being trained were hard-working, intelligent people but they did not have perfect American English so much time was wasted trying to fix errors.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know the present situation, but hope that this company learned that outsourcing is not a quick shortcut to profits. Have more respect for your experienced workers with accuracy and experience under their belts. Work on company culture.

  7. Don't work here

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

    I worked at Argo Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The non-management people are fantastic

    Cons

    Not good management and the ones that are good are leaving in droves

  8. Eh

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

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Rapid growth through many acquisitions.

    Cons

    Needs to scale for growth. Too decentralized.

  9. Great experience, lots of opportunity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Beautiful offices
    Good benefits with an incredible employee referral bonus
    Upper management gives a lot of freedom to business units to create their own atmosphere

    Cons

    Slow implementation of new practices
    Too little regulation of employee relations guidelines. Managers are give a lot of freedom, which can be great with great managers and detrimental with not so great managers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employee development.

  10. Terrible Employer

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

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    International company with businesses in multiple countries; profitable with record revenues in recent years; growth primarily through acquisition

    Cons

    Core Values are not applicable. The C-Suite execs are arrogant, dismissive, and don't care about employees. Leadership has no integrity. They don't pay bonuses even though the company realizes growth and profitability. Employees are regularly asked to perform more with little recognition. The company is stuck in last century, no integration or vision for meaningful growth, thus expense rations are out of control.

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourself accountable to the same standards as you would your subordinates.

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    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, facilities, nice people, lots of overtime

    Cons

    Too meant executive privileges, hence the high expense ratio

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent, lead, communicate, and keep your A players

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