Argo Group Reviews

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
28 Reviews
2.0
28 Reviews
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Argo Group President, CEO, and Director; President and CEO, Argonaut Group Mark E. Watson III
Mark E. Watson III
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  1.  

    Good people in the trenches, bad environment

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    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant
    Former Employee - Underwriting Assistant

    I worked at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Learned from peers, actually liked the improvements of the paperless system (although it took a lot of adjustment and was not perfect.

    Cons

    Grim environment with work going overseas when I was there. It was understood that most of the underwriting assistants and some management would be let go but no dates were given. Just shows how conscientious the UWs were because they continued to do their best not even knowing when they would be laid off, but sure that they would be. Management shuffled and reorganized, older workers not getting enough help with the new technology. The overseas workers being trained were hard-working, intelligent people but they did not have perfect American English so much time was wasted trying to fix errors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know the present situation, but hope that this company learned that outsourcing is not a quick shortcut to profits. Have more respect for your experienced workers with accuracy and experience under their belts. Work on company culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Eh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Rapid growth through many acquisitions.

    Cons

    Needs to scale for growth. Too decentralized.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience, lots of opportunity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Beautiful offices
    Good benefits with an incredible employee referral bonus
    Upper management gives a lot of freedom to business units to create their own atmosphere

    Cons

    Slow implementation of new practices
    Too little regulation of employee relations guidelines. Managers are give a lot of freedom, which can be great with great managers and detrimental with not so great managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employee development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible Employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    International company with businesses in multiple countries; profitable with record revenues in recent years; growth primarily through acquisition

    Cons

    Core Values are not applicable. The C-Suite execs are arrogant, dismissive, and don't care about employees. Leadership has no integrity. They don't pay bonuses even though the company realizes growth and profitability. Employees are regularly asked to perform more with little recognition. The company is stuck in last century, no integration or vision for meaningful growth, thus expense rations are out of control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold yourself accountable to the same standards as you would your subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time

    Pros

    Location, facilities, nice people, lots of overtime

    Cons

    Too meant executive privileges, hence the high expense ratio

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent, lead, communicate, and keep your A players

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic Enivornment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some very talented individuals in the organization.

    Cons

    The list is extensive:
    Lack of vision and direction
    Poor change management
    Expense ratios are out of control
    Executives do not walk the talk, values are just words on a piece of paper, they are not demonstrated
    Total lack of trust in the organization
    Great talent is walking out the door at an alarming rate
    Micromanagement is abundant
    Employees are not treated with respect
    "My way or the highway" environment, diverse ideas are not welcomed or considered

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Had such amazing potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Argo Group for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers and immediate boss who worked tirelessly to build each other up, provide top of the line service and had the courage to do the right thing; good benefit compensation.

    Cons

    Poor top leadership (appointing the incorrect people to key, decision-making positions; misuse of corporate resources, funds and employees; unprofessional behavior of C-level management); company values are only posters on the walls; cronyism is rampant, outsourcing of key customer-facing positions that made this specialty commercial insurance company great was extremely detrimental; all of these things led to a sad corporate culture and was so unnecessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board of Directors and C-level management should be changed where appropriate; exit interviews should be taken seriously; input from non-management employees should be valued instead of snubbed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good employer as a smaller company but I enjoyed it less as it grew in size.

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Argo Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Could be fun to work there at times. If you are a slacker, you can probably blend in without getting fired due to the mediocrity that surrounds you. Salaries were ok. Lots of office locations if one wished to move around.

    Cons

    Poor bonuses. The president of the group can be quite arrogant and is not a real people-person. High expense ratios. Under-performers were not exited out of the company at all. Mr. Watson seems to discourage alternative views and seeks out those who will not disagree with him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the focus on becoming the biggest insurance company and reduce the expense ratio.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Colony Specialty Insurance of Argo Group

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    Former Employee - Underwriting Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Underwriting Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Argo Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional. contemporary office environments; business casual atmosphere; available managers; good quality, friendly employees; team environment.

    Cons

    Prior company mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, evolutions, etc. make the organizational history and structure difficult to follow. It takes time to learn how your division, department, team came to be and how it fits into the overall organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More cross - functional training and other department product knowledge to allow each employee to be a better spokesperson for the entire organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Solid small company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argo Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amaller company which makes it easy to navigate. Competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Many small divisions due to acquisitions which are branded differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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