The Standard Reviews

Updated 10 August 2014
Updated 10 August 2014
104 Reviews

2.6
104 Reviews
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The Standard President & CEO J. Greg Ness
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great location in downtown Portland (in 13 reviews)

  • Good people, good benefits, fair location (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Of course, upper management received healthy salary increases while non-management salaries stagnated (in 8 reviews)

  • The news that layoffs were coming in favor of outsourcing to India was announced by the IT VP a few months ago (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Loved working here. Great management. Treated Everybody with respect.

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    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Processor  in  Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Disability Benefits Processor in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flex time. Interested and respectful management. Everyone nice because they liked their jobs.

    Cons

    Hard moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most management was awesome. Of course my advice to every manager everywhere is NOT to micromanage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low capability managers and leaders

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    Former Employee - IT Employee  in  Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - IT Employee in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great focus on contributing to the community and giving back. Summer hours were a value add.

    Cons

    While you are there you definitely recognize the low capability of the managers and leaders. The longer you stay the more complacent you become until the lack of leadership completely erodes all motivation and drive. You become part of the problem. I finally was able to shake this off and realize it was time for a change. Going somewhere else with strong leadership in IT, I was re-vitalized. It was like waking up from a long sleep. I'm talking like Sleeping Beauty kind of sleep. If you are there, get out while you still have the will. If you are not there, know going in that the community as a whole knows that Standard is full of mediocre managers and leaders. You will have to work hard at appearing marketable if you go to Standard and look for other companies to go to later. It's not that the leaders and managers dont want to do the right thing, they just dont know how.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Broaden your horizons, empower your people, shake off the mediocrity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    got the best dedicated employees, team leaders are very supportive

    Cons

    difficult to grow because of a younger mgmt team. competitive co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Middle management and "yes man/woman" heavy

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    Current Employee - Claims Analyst  in  Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Claims Analyst in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    As has been said before, you do feel like part of a family.

    Cons

    It's very possible that your job could be relocated (something that takes months of planning) and you are given as little notice as possible. You will be not offered any real assistance in transferring jobs.

    There is far too much middle management and hands in the pot. Too many "yes men/women" seem to get those middle management positions and therefore, any decision by upper management does not get the thorough debate that it may need.

    Also too many middle managers who create projects to justify their positions without truly realizing the possible impacts - a prime example is when the phone system was "upgraded" with a minimum (if any) of end user testing and user training. The service level - which had been excellent prior - went down the tubes. The solution? Mandatory OT on already stressed employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider sorting the wheat from the chaff when it comes to management. Consider having a few people who will question things versus blindly approving whatever the boss says. The lack of dissenting opinions is what causes the most issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Became an employee as part of a merger

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reasonable hours, efficient systems, good location, some up word mobility, flexible schedule, undemanding tasks, pretty good benefits, some good managers

    Cons

    I became an employee when my company was bought out. It seemed like it would be a good place to work as an original employee but as part of a merger we were treated as second class citizens so I never really had a true "Standard" employee experience.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not a horrible place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Standard full-time

    Pros

    Adequate advancement & educational opportunities

    Cons

    Management leaves something to be desired

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would not recommend

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, lots of autonomy, summer hours.

    Cons

    Management has been horrible. Employee surveys are being conducted from employees dissatisfaction. Hardly any clarity on employee growth or advancement planning. Employee disorganized with a lot of random testing to see what management structure will work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear goals and expectations, including team managers communicating team member expectations. Without that, the right employees are not identified and the firm as a whole suffers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Solid with Issues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Location in Downtown Portland. Depending on the area you work in, the hours and stress level can be reasonable for a corporate environment, but can't say that is consistent across all areas of the company. The company also has a very strong record for charitable giving/community involvement, though the genuineness of these efforts has lessened over the years, and it seems to be losing prominence in that regard to some other local companies. Not sure if they do it still, but they used to provide "summer hours," which meant the week ended early afternoon during the summer.

    Cons

    The Company has slowly evolved into just another mid-tier publicly traded financial services company managed according to the whims of Wall Street Analysts. Management seems to overreact to short-term quarterly results. Lots of outsourced functions and staff reductions in the last couple of years. Of course, upper management received healthy salary increases while non-management salaries stagnated. The company seems to make little effort to distinguish itself as an employer of choice in the Portland market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Don't pretend that employees don't notice and resent the disparities in comp between upper management and typical employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Slowly Getting Worse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at The Standard for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed some of my fellow employees.

    Cons

    My first insurance industry experience, but: Management seemed amateurish; lots of "people managers" and not enough actual workers or employees with technical knowhow. I was told the head of the company came from HR which I couldn't picture happening in another industry. Lacking Strategic direction. When I looked for employment elsewhere, I learned from several potential employers they weren't impressed by Standard employees because of the lack of training and experience received while at the Standard. A year after leaving, and working for a "real" corporation, I think they were right. Finally, NOT a place for high energy employees who want to gain experience and move ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Early retire anyone?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Review

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    Current Employee - National Accounts Customer Support  in  Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - National Accounts Customer Support in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at The Standard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work-life balance
    values
    career advancement opportunities if you seek them out and you are a hard worker
    good coworkers

    Cons

    Not a very innovative culture
    Pay isn't the greatest
    Been through some tough times recently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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