Word & Brown Companies Employee Reviews in United States

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Horrible company
IT (Current Employee) –  Orange, CAMay 13, 2016
It's not what you know, but who you know to get to the top. Requirements are forever changing and the deadline date will never change. You just have to do everything in less amount of time. Management sucks. They let certain people work from home and not others..etc.
Pros
Catalina, Christmas party
Cons
Everything
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Great Company with Great People
Customer Care Representative (Current Employee) –  Orange, CAAugust 13, 2015
It has been a pleasure working here. The owners are down to earth and treat their employees with the utmost respect. There are employee events throughout the year that show how much the owners appreciate us.
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Lot's of changes happening all the time
Business (Current Employee) –  Orange, CAMay 29, 2015
Most of the people are great to work with. The executive management team does not always get along and can be difficult to work with. Can't break old company culture.
Pros
Provides birthday lunch, Christmas party, Catalina day.
Cons
Executive management team, too many changes that do not work.
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Stay Away
Manager (Former Employee) –  Orange CAAugust 2, 2013
They try to sell you as a growing company with benefits, and parties with room for growth. Lots of work, not high on technology back to basic. Lots of politics, the Head of Human Resource is very good with demeaning to her employees and is selective to her own kind.

Not a good environment to work in, and for the owner to allow this.

You would want to stay away from this company.

Lots of turnover!!!
Pros
parties, great cfo and fun to work with
Cons
vp of human resource is off her wagon in better terms.
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Good company if you can play politics well
IT (Former Employee) –  Orange, CAApril 13, 2012
Small company that went big but forgot the people that made it happen. Promotions are based on who you know and if you worked on a project that went well. For a company that sells health insurance the benefits are bad and expensive but when the owner of the company is the broker of record why wouold he care since is is getting the commission checks.

They tend to make very poor business decisions based on talk not previous results.
Pros
there are some nice people left
Cons
wrong people in it management, no training, call you on vacation at funerals, overwork and under pay
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Ridiculously unprofessional and biased
Finance Dept (Former Employee) –  OrangeFebruary 26, 2014
Management didn't want to hear about any new ideas or suggestions. Complaints about the lack of professionalism by others went unchecked. New employees got the tasks no one else wanted to do. Training was lackluster and ineffective. Workload was unbalanced within department. Some wandered around chit-chatting and playing on their phones/tablets while others worked through their lunches.

Great company but management needs to listen to the "scrubs" and make sure managers are managing their groups effectively and are not biased in their decision-making. There needs to be accountability for EVERYONE.

Owners are great guys but they need to take a closer look at everyone's situation and ensure their ideals trickle down to the bottom.
Pros
some great people working in the trenches
Cons
management sucks, too much politics, no accountability
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Good place to grow your career if you work hard.
Product Manager (Former Employee) –  Orange, CAMay 16, 2014
I worked at W&B for 12 years, starting pretty much at the bottom and rising thru the ranks. I worked with every major division and established strong working relationships with key people in every division and department. I saw some amazing growth of the company in the time I was there. I enjoyed the very friendly and family-oriented atmosphere in the 12 years I was there - great Christmas party, wonderful annual employee appreciation (what can you say about a company that gives you a ticket to Catalina island, $20 in spending money, a free lunch, AND is paying you your wages for the day?).

John and Rusty (Word & Brown themselves) are very sharp and solid businessmen, and amazingly generous and easy to approach (I approached them frequently for donations for charities and they never turned me down).

Would I work there again? I've tried to get back in, but the right position hadn't opened up. I would recommend them to anyone, especially if you are interested in health insurance sales/service.
Pros
great perks - best christmas party, catalina island emp appreciation day, and more
Cons
ran into some bad apples in certain management positions - but that can happen anywhere.
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Bias/favoritism - good place if you play polictics
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Orange, CANovember 1, 2013
W&B is a descend company to work for. The owners are nice but since the company has grown, they let those unskilled managers manage based on favoritism. Finance dept. is terrible. So, is IT. Managers & Director of Accounting are bias, favoritism, and afraid to change. Most of them are promoted from staff accountant; therefore, no management skill (clumsy). Recruiting team is unskilled too, except IT recruiter (company just hired new skill ones).

Benefits: vacation-standard; 401K 25% match up to 15% of base salary; sick-6days; holidays-9days + 1 floating. Health insurance: they don't pay much for you (high contribution for you).

Compensation: not very impressive. No bonus.

Workload: new employees got hardest and unwanted duties; existing employees got easy job. Some have time to goofy, some work from morning to night. Workload is not evenly distributed. Unvalued new employees' ideas.

Co-workers: it depends on which department you work for. Some are nice, some are hard to work with.

Director of accounting: heavy accent but work hard. His colleague usually laughed at him during meetings.

Finance meetings: unprofessional. Staffs/supervisors brought cell in meetings and texting or checking phone. They usually are not serious within department.

IT: daily meeting/politics/bad management

HR: the Head of Human Resource is very good with demeaning to her employees and is selective to her own kind. She is director of HR, so she can have her daughter to work for W&B easily.

Promotions are based on who you know and if you worked on a project that went well.

Salary range: level
  more... 4: 45k - 50k; level 5: 55k - 65K; level 6: 70k above  less
Pros
birthday lunch; nice christmas party
Cons
wrong people in management, not willing to train; not willing to change; bias/favoritism; underpay
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