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Swiss Re Reviews

Updated 14 Jun 2019

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Swiss Re CEO Christian Mumenthaler
Christian Mumenthaler
172 Ratings
Pros
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  • "Some times its difficult build repo with Zurich Teams(in 32 reviews)

  • "Lack of transparency by senior management(in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great opportunities and package"

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    Current Employee - Claims Management in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Support development Concern for people Forward looking

    Cons

    Insurance remains conservative sector and company also struggled to be truly dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Take risk Support more global mobility

    Swiss Re2018-03-05
  2. "Modern and global but you have to have a strong backbone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Very modern place to work Feels very global Flexibility

    Cons

    Preferential treatment based on personal relationships Too much pressure Long hours People don't know each other at all

    Swiss Re2019-06-04
  3. "Exposure to challenging work due to poor management decisions"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tax Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work and life balance Knowledge company Technology driven

    Cons

    Poor selection of back office location with limited supply of qualified staff Lack of foresight in staff retension

    Advice to Management

    Only hire where there are business

    Swiss Re2019-05-15
  4. "Feedback"

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    Current Employee - H R Administrator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best experience from this position is the company name on the CV

    Cons

    No management, long working hours, no support from work colleagues

    Swiss Re2019-03-19
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Abysmal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Telford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None of any real significance. Canteen facilities in the Telford site are ok but that is the only good thing I could say about this place.

    Cons

    No recognition for showing any real initiative, probably more likely to just be seen as a threat by petty and underskilled managers. Terrible working environment, feel like you constantly have to watch your back as culture big backstabbing to get ahead seems rife. Systems are outdated and prone to error (although management will of course blame staff for this rather than actually take any constructive criticism). Pay...

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    Advice to Management

    No point in trying to give any advice in the face of such ignorance.

    Swiss Re2018-12-31
  6. "General"

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Swiss Re full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Big company with lots of resources

    Cons

    Political and prone to trying to do too much

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with your latest reorganisation

    Swiss Re2018-11-07
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, if you are based in Zurich"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Swiss Re for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are smart and nice Top management is good Good technology and enabling resources (you basically have access to everything you need and even more to do your job)

    Cons

    Extremely Zurich centric: your career will not be the same if you are not based there even if you are in one of their major offices. Benefits and salary will not be the same either (pay is below or at market average in nearly all location, but in Zurich they pay a lot more than market average) Very poor middle management: technical people became managers but were not prepared for this Promotion is based too much...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to talents (and people in general) outside of Zurich - the company has the infrastructures to enable work to be done in any location... Watch out for the culture clash and frustrations you are creating: good/smart people are leaving first. Is that a good way to achieve your cost reduction target?

    Swiss Re2018-08-22
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good platform to increase your value in market"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Swiss Re full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong brand recognised within the industry Ethical culture Looking to reinvent itself Multicultural High IQs

    Cons

    Career progress based on years of service and internal network rather than performance. Discriminating favouritism Lack of gender diversity on A, B, C bands Low EQs Too many ex consultants defining the new strategy but with no real experience on what they propose

    Advice to Management

    Reward performance. Walk the talk on gender diversity. Hire talent with te required skills and experience to reinvent the company

    Swiss Re2018-07-23
  9. "SR"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England

    I have been working at Swiss Re

    Pros

    Flexible working and autonomy .

    Cons

    Lack of senior leadership .

    Swiss Re2018-06-06
  10. "Claims analyst"

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    Current Employee - Claims in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Swiss Re part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits - flexible working, working from home, fully inclusive fair employer. reasonable opportunities to progress management want to engage employees

    Cons

    Long hours at times seems endemic

    Swiss Re2018-03-25
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