Communications (Former Employee) – High River, AB – 23 May 2013
When I started at Western I was truly excited to be working for what I thought was an amazing company. After about a year there I started to realize that there was very little stability, most people are gone within a year or two of starting. Of those people most were let go or fired for seemingly no reason. The managers are the worst I have ever worked for. There is little room for growth or advancement and HR/management does not care at all about staff. If you have any concerns you will just be fired.
Several people were getting sick in the office and they were just shoved aside and eventually let go for no reason. HR said even if a quarter of the staff were ill it would be too small a number to really be concerned with fixing the problem.
Save your time and effort and work for a company that will value the contributions of bright people.
Good hours, decent benefits
No job stability, crazy managers, dishonest people promoted.
Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee) – High River, AB – 3 September 2017
Performed a wide variety of administrative tasks including the maintenance of records. Provide administrative assistance and coordination on a variety of projects and various project teams. Authorized and managed all mobility devices (267 devices).
Insurance Advisor (Former Employee) – Lethbridge, AB – 28 August 2017
I think they must have taken my review down so I will post it again.
I agree with all the negative points made before. There is no real leadership and they purposely under-staff and force you to work overtime without compensation to save the company money.
I also agree with the catty coworkers. Instead of telling me how things were done, being I had come from a direct writer and a brokerage is totally different, they just kept telling me to work faster and started complaining to my manager behind my back, when I had barely even finished training!
I also agree my complaints fall on deaf ears, and I had spoken to coworkers, my TL and my branch manager. Then it was decided that us new employees would get some training, but my assigned trainer blew me off. On top of this I was told to take a client while still on my lunch break after making it very clear I was not back from lunch yet!
No where in the interview or the job ad did it say working on personal time with no pay was a requirement, but that appears to be the only way anyone could keep up with the workload. They'd come in early, stay late, work through lunch and come in on days off! If they would all stop enabling head office to get away with this then maybe they would hire enough staff.
I went home in tears day after day and I am not one to do this kind of thing. I had to leave for my own mental well being, without having had a change to find other work first. This is absolutely the worst job I have ever had.
Insurance Advisor (Former Employee) – Olds, AB – 21 June 2017
Love the people that I have gotten to work with however the management (in branch and what stems from head office is terrible) They micromanage their employees with the expectation that you do a pile of work with no extra compensation. Promises are made, with no follow through. Huge turnover in staff. The manager talks about staff to other staff, when confidentiality is supposed to be in place.
Advisor (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 9 May 2017
Work load is intense while each agent is required to be the receptionist as well as quotes assist walk in clients the list goes on at times the work load was so intense i felt i would cry or have a nervous breakdown. Def not paid enoughh for this job. Very demanding job ! Great career though..
Management is Never around. little to no training u have to just figure it out. I felt discriminated against by coworkers who were very condescending at times.
Pros They pay 4 your licensing give lots of time to get your license. Great benefits, bonus. E weeks off year paid
Accounting Assistant (Former Employee) – High River, AB – 3 April 2017
Very low paying for the amount of work they pile on your desk. Little to no wage increases from upper management, and lack of support. If you live out of town its a long way to drive for a little more then minimum wage. Wouldn't recommend this company to anyone.
Insurance Advisor (Former Employee) – Grimshaw, AB – 21 December 2016
I felt that my branch was poorly managed and our manager made a point to let us know a few times that we were all replaceable. It was the utmost stereotype of women unable to work together. I felt that some of that tension stemmed from management pitting "team members" against each other. There was also a lot of unrealistic expectations, like one under staffed office doing two offices work load. Previous employees were continuously blamed for current problems.
Insurance Agent (Former Employee) – Camrose, AB – 26 November 2016
Did not really have a chance to have a full opinion about workplace as I had only worked there for a short time. Had only worked there for a few months and knew that it wasn't the right place to be at that point in time ............................... ..........................................................
Private (Former Employee) – Private – 22 October 2015
I managed a team that got paid commission and they would constantly not get paid on time for it. It was a fight to deal with those responsible for this error and they would never apologize for it. A serious issue for a large group unable to pay things such as rent on time.
I had a good relationship with other employeed, clients and management
administrative assistant (Former Employee) – Prince George, BC – 6 March 2015
As receptionist I was the first impression both on the phone and in person exuding a happy atmosphere with professionalism. I got along with all co-workers both in and out of the office. The most enjoyable part of my job was the client contact, and at sometimes the most difficult part (ie irate clients, etc). I was employed at WFG for 12 years and had good work ethics, was very dependable, organized and moved traffic throughout the office in an efficient manner.
Insurance Broker (Former Employee) – Okotoks, AB – 19 February 2015
I was able to work from home and I found management was very understanding with my situation. I felt appreciated and was well rewarded for my hard work. I worked four hours per day from home and received calls from the office and clients regularly throughout that time. A typical day at work included writing new policies, processing endorsements and filing claims.