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Starr Companies Reviews

Updated 13 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Very unhappy place, be warned...

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

    I worked at Starr Companies

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

    Pros

    Basic salary is ok but overall remuneration (incl bonus, other perks etc) is 4th quartile, London offices are well located.

    Cons

    Exceptionally high turnover of staff in London, set up new lines of business only to close them down soon after, focus is entirely on enormous and unsustainable growth in the most competitive stage of the cycle.

    Advice to Management

    There's little you can do if everything is driven from the US

  2. Underwriting Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Its not a fair company. They seem like they don't listen to there employers complaint. Nothing is ever done to fix the problems. It's just kind of thrown under the rug.

    Cons

    They pay there employers well. You learn a lot if your willing to work hard.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employer complaints. Also don't make the little people feel like there work don't matter.

  3. Helpful (1)

    High paced environment that forces you to learn quickly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Starr Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    High paced environment that forces you to learn quickly

    Cons

    tough work life balance due to demanding environment and executive management

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  5. Help needed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This company offers a very competitive in salary. When you first start at the opportunity for growth and that your work experience is company you feel like you have a

    Cons

    Most of the managers ether have not managed before or don't value their underwriting team causing low moral. There need to more training on motivating people and managing process.

    Advice to Management

    Enhance your management skills by taking courses in motivating the team.There need to more training on motivating people and managing process.

  6. Poorly managed company, look elsewhere.

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

    I have been working at Starr Companies

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

    Pros

    Midtown Manhattan location and good medical benefits.

    Cons

    The CEO of this company is currently suing the US Government for $40 billion over how AIG was handled after the 2009 US economic recovery efforts. The president of HR most recently left the company after 1 year to take on another opportunity . The company/ technology/ mindset is stuck in the 80's which is poorly managed with low budgets and a young non team-oriented company.

    Advice to Management

    Need to completely plan and overhaul company and budget the departments more effectively.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Unless desperate....do not take a job here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Underwriter in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Starr Companies

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

    Pros

    The talent pool is lacking, if you have a point 4 IQ you will be ahead of the curve. There really are no Pros.

    Cons

    Where to begin....Management is absolutely horrible. Starr seems to only hire incompetent people. No one is held accountable for anything. HR is a complete disaster. The talented people do not stay long. A lot of old men walking around doing nothing except talking about how great they are and waiting for the dining hall to open. No succession plan. No flex working hours. Completely old fashion, they do not want to grow with the times. No investment in training. Forced to share office space which created a bed bug issue. Not a nice place, everyone is miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and get with the times. Hire a consulting firm to come in and clean house.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Legal in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Starr Companies

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

    Pros

    Good Location, Had a nice perk. People were halfway decent

    Cons

    Very Old Fashioned. Upper Management will not change with the times

    Advice to Management

    Change with the times offer flexibility.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible company to work for

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

    I worked at Starr Companies

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were great, good location

    Cons

    Poor management, unethical behavior, no upward mobility. I would never recommend working for Starr. I read others reviews but dismissed them. I shouldn't have done that because they were spot on. Back stabbing. Very political

    Advice to Management

    Take management, leadership courses as well as California law as it pertains to employment law. You're lack of this knowledge leaves you vulnerable to wrongful termination, civil rights, and harrassment claims.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Just Say No

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

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time

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

    Pros

    Pros? You're frickin kidding me, right? Apparently Cancer doesn't get you extra days off to spend with family.

    Cons

    Micro management. Trainees are yelled at, literally, and humiliated by assistants and backed by management. Seriously? They make promises which they never intend to keep, and don't. If you took the time, and asked the right people and questions. You would understand why Starr is the dumping ground for the AIG cast offs who no one else would ever hire. This is from a management prospective of course. Assistants get parking paid for. 30 year veterans and former managers are brought in at half salaries, two week vacation and no parking. Before accepting a job here ask yourself, "how desperate am I"?

  11. Great Place to Start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Underwriter in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Starr Companies full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    invested in training younger people, wealth of knowledge from ex-AIG employees. Fabulous benefits.

    Cons

    Very disorganized, must be able to deal with this and adapt.

    Advice to Management

    As we grow, don't let the company become silo-ed as it was at AIG.

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