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Swiss Re Reviews

Updated 8 December 2017
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Swiss Re Group Chief Executive Officer Christian Mumenthaler
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (15)

    "Top employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in City of London, England
    Current Employee - Business Manager in City of London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A professional company, top of class. Good benefits, facilities and staff events, supports charity of the year, has a sports and social club. Also promotes personal development and growth and there's many career opportunities within the organisation if you're happy to travel. New office spaces promotes collaboration and flexible working which is nice.

    Cons

    Global company, has a matrix/model. Often slow to implement and manage change due to complexity. Zurich centralised which can mean longer working hours to fit their hours, no overtime is paid to UK employees which can cause a challenge with work and life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise and reward global team members based outside of zürich at associate and assistant vice president level who work longer hours to fit Zurich and other regional timezones to support key strategic projects for the group.


  2. "Good employer, flexible hours, good bonus"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, good bonus

    Cons

    Slow decision-making process, otherwise positive

    Advice to Management

    Focus on how to enable the decision-making process in a timely manner


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Location, International, Environment, People

    Cons

    Restructuring, political, long, decision, making


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  5. "Admin Re administrative assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Norwich, England
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Norwich, England

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Good hours, there was no expectation to work overtime.

    Cons

    Repetitive tasks on a daily basis.


  6. "Decision making could be more ... decisive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great offices and love the agile working concept
    Easy to gain experience in areas that interest you
    Lots of experts with fantastic knowledge

    Cons

    Too many meetings about meetings.
    Lack of clear decisive decision making - and feedback culture means those lower down are scared to make decisions
    The most simple things are made overly complicated
    Everyone expected to be strategic but its down to those at the bottom of the chain to decide what the strategy means and what to do about it.

    Advice to Management

    Culture of clear decision making needs to come from the top.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Warning !!!! Admin Re - Swiss Re - Windsor Life - ReAssure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Telford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Telford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Costa on site, best conversation.
    Good place to get training on how to be two-faced.

    Cons

    You can be intelligent and efficient - but not too much.
    You're colleagues and managers are all about self preservation.
    If they say 1+1 = 5 ...then just say "5" ...keep the peace.
    But if you have an ounce of self-respect you'd tell them straight.
    Local Staff have college diplomas at best, whilst the off-shore guys have MBAs and tech certificates. Treated as 2nd class citizens. Are we back to Victorian times ?

    Advice to Management

    No Advice to give. Management does not care for constructive criticism.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Employed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time

    Pros

    Good employee benefits and festive parties.

    Cons

    Unpleasant culture, alleged focus on quality but persistent reversion to getting work out of the door no matter how low in quality so long as it's off the outstanding work queue.


  9. "Administration Related Role"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Norwich, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Norwich, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In terms of financial benefits, the firm is focused on providing a decent overall package. The size of the company makes it a stable environment. And if you want a career in the financial sector they are well known.

    Cons

    The area of the business I worked in was subject to frequent adjustment and change. Due to the complexity of the business, you do have to be adaptable and ready for regular change. It's really up to each individual to decide whether this would suit their character, before applying for any career role.

    Advice to Management

    During my employment, there were regular meetings, where higher level management shared their future business plans with all employees (throughout the business). But because of the overall size of Swiss Re, often the talk would be about areas of the business that lower level employees were not really involved in. My advice would be to tailor the meeting content for the area of the business you are talking to at that time.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid !!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwich, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Simple location, east accessible by public transport

    Cons

    Felt bullied by the manager, training completed within 3 weeks then expected to be fully competent on the phones.

    Advice to Management

    Extend the training and don't rush people to get them into the phones.


  11. "Customer Service Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Norwich, England
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Norwich, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary
    Compensation and Benefits
    Shifts Are Flexible
    Clean Working Enviroment
    Decent Training

    Cons

    Attitude
    Communication
    No Progression
    Lack of Teamwork
    Managers Do Not Care

    Advice to Management

    Work to create a better working enviroment and to make sure that the attitude amongst the business is posistive. Many of the staff bully newer members of staff and pass all blame on to them. There is no reason to attempt to progress as there are no opportunities ahead of you.


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