Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Reviews

Updated 17 August 2014
Updated 17 August 2014
177 Reviews

2.9
177 Reviews
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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Chairman, President, and CEO J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.
J. Patrick Gallagher Jr.
73 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Environment, Best Work Life Balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Some people can work from home, but you have to be a management favorite (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Some areas of the company do not have a good work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Outdated computer systems; constantly freezing or shutting down (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company, just probably in the wrong department

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    Current Employee - Account Handler  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Account Handler in London, England

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great office, supportive of personal development, some lovely people work there, and they were the first major insurance firm to employ me / give me a chance.

    Cons

    The pay is sub standard for the industry - low basic salary, no bonus (which is unusual for insurance), limited benefits for most employees, and we even had to pay for our own Christmas party, etc.

    The culture looks great on paper but feels a bit false and it sometimes feels as though we're forgotten about by the American senior management team / the very top.

    Unfortunately feels as if we have no power whatsoever even at a departmental level, let alone on any kind of grander scale. Consequently there is a disconnect that exists even between the top of the department and the rest of us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that employee's pay matches the salaries paid out by the big 3 brokerage firms, otherwise you will just end up losing your talent to them. It matters even at the lower rungs too because, in my department, when people have left it has become much harder to retain clients and that ultimately effects the top line .i.e. Value staff more and realise to be the best you have to pay salaries to match that level of performance.

    Give the option for private medical cover to be available to everyone as a benefit if they want it regardless of how long they've been in the company / regardless of the "level system"

    Don't force information onto us unless it is relevant to us, otherwise it creates a feeling that we've been forgotten.

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

    Growing too fast not enough resources

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent work experience, reasonable salaries and benefits

    Cons

    The company is growing fast in the EMEA region not enough resources are allocated to accommodate the extra work. The senior executive seems to be more responsive than proactive, no planning ahead. Poor care to staff, prepare to work long hours with not recognition. Bonuses are paid based on friendship rather than performance. Talent staff leave the organisation due to lack of structure and poor systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Facilitate an organisational environment where employees feel valued, engage in dialogue with employees, use a mix of non-financial incentives to enhance employee motivation and organisational effectiveness. Organise a group Christmas party where employees can have the opportunity to know each other.
    The company is in massive need of new technology, invest and build the nest for the future acquisitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Under resourced

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Claims Adjuster in London, England

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Mostly good people and good working environement. Nice ofices in London.

    Cons

    Worked in the claims department of London office dealing with liability claims. Adjusters caseloads are far too high, sometimes double that of Insurance companies claims departments. Expect 400 to 500 claims against around 200-250 in some good Insurers. GB business model is to maximise number of claims as they are a TPA. Problem is that this model means limited time per claim which means their adjusters dont often save claimant costs as they should. If adjusters workloads were lower then, with greater time and resource, it is a no brainer that savings would naturally be made. Most people want to develop their career but if they are unable to through the workload then there is no reason to stay. I used to spend most of my time on the phone and never was able to easilly work off all post. High staff turnover because of caseloads and they dont seem to attract expereinced people. When I left I communicated with some of them but I would never got expedient replies. I wonder why?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I dont think I can give any advice as I think the business model is wrong. How they are going to cope with the EL/PL portal extension in August is beyond me,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but has room to improve.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    - Fantastic people for the most part.
    - Managers are (in the main) clued up and understand the business.
    - Great place to work for internal promotion on the claims side of the business, it's more difficult in the supporting functions, but that's only because of the size of the business.
    - Relaxed atmosphere, short notice holidays, time off etc is not a problem.
    - Great social scene if you like that sort of thing.

    Cons

    - Sales team make it up as they go along, they promise a level of service that just can't be delivered with the existing workloads everyone has.
    - Clients are sometimes taken on at too low a price, yet still promised great service.
    - Salary / benefits are nothing special. If you don't force them into it, you won't get any extra money / decent raises.
    - No bonus scheme outside of the sales team, yet it's adjusters, account managers, office managers etc going the extra mile that is often the reason for keeping clients on board.
    - IT systems / department are a complete shambles.
    - Rely too heavily on young (read cheaper) people. Sometimes more senior positions need to be filled from someone outside the company with more experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reduce adjusters workloads to the levels written in the marketing material handed out to potential clients, so that clients can be serviced properly.
    - Sort out the IT.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work - fantastic people.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Pros

    Very good atmosphere, all the people from senior management to admin staff are polite, helpful and friendly. The benefits are pretty good and the amount of training given and support is also very good.

    Cons

    The IT systems are very out of date and regularly stop you from working and ultimately (I think) hinder the growth of the business. Thats the only real problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the IT systems.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to show your dedication, but not be rewarded

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    Current Employee - Underwriter  in  Tulsa, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time

    Pros

    Lots are technology to help you do your job. Lots of older employees to learn from. Great place to learn and develop skills and experience.

    Cons

    Too demanding. Over worked and under paid. Company only wants to make as much money as possible for their shareholders. Focused on developing India-based Service Center. Pulling away from a personal relationship and trying to commoditize/standardize all processes. Has become just a jumping board for upcoming, developing talent to find jobs elsewhere in the industry. Hard to take a "Vacation" and not worry about your desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw a bone to the worker ants. Realize keeping the pedal to the metal 24/7 gets old real fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Business Development

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free coffee and generally the staff is friendly. Systems pretty good from an administration standpoint..

    Cons

    Large company that has grown by many small acquisitions that are not managed as a collective organization. Little chance to succeed against the large international brokers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. They wouldn't listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company continually grows, but seems to care less about Support Staff

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Itasca, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Itasca, IL (US)

    I have been working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits, vacation, and health insurance discounts

    Cons

    Promotion from within is there, but they will not pay you what you deserve. It is frustrating to watch someone from outside the company get hired and do the same job, and get paid more. They seem to only care about the bottom line, and don't put their neck on the line to keep the good employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice to see more promotion from within, and pay to match. CSR's would stop jumping ship, if AJG could price match other agencies who are willing to pay for what they get.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Great Concept, A Poor Execution

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

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with talented, hardworking, loyal colleagues dedicated to fulfill Client needs with or without help from Gallagher.

    Cons

    Stagnant growth. The need for an advanced degree or knowing the right middle to upper manager for advancement above low level jobs is obvious. Lack of appreciation for hard work employees render by upper management who require mid-level and low-level management to provide incentives to employees at personal expense. Record growth in profitability yields no reward to dedicated employees who sacrificed during lean years. Blatant nepotism, poor almost dangerously low morale and frequent unsuccessful implementation of software and procedures cripple the ability to place business properly and breed resentment amongst employees towards upper management. Mandatory use of Gallagher approved intermediaries improves Gallagher's bottom line at the expense of it's customers. Career Launch and Interns are often Silver Spoon Individuals who are fast tracked into Career Positions often without basic insurance knowledge or needed people skills. Usage of India Service Center to replace American Workers leaves many in constant fear of lay-off. Also, instruction to avoid making the India Service Center known makes this division all the more worrisome for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Gallagher Way and implement it again. You are advertising that Gallagher lives by it but they do not. The dollar is obviously the most important. Shareholders are your true customer now. You are running good, hard working people out en masse. Why

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweatshop with Dilbert style management.

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

    I worked at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay was not too bad.

    Cons

    Work pressure was high, job satisfaction non existent. No clear career path. Management was getting harder to work for every day and they made up things about you just to justify getting rid of you. You were under constant surveillance so they could ding you on every little thing. Things were changing every day so you made many mistakes trying to adapt day to day. You were ridiculed for others work delays, they could be in a division half way around the world but because your work was dependent on them getting their jobs done you were at fault for not getting your work done. Some coworkers were literally sent back to their desk crying under the abusive pressure. Everyone was afraid to take anytime off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire robots instead of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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