Saskatchewan Government Insurance
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Anxiety ridden, unhelpful, managers nowhere to be found to help

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Felt unsecure after getting hired. Finding out youre not doing what you were hired for. Became a janitor instead of a tradesperson. Noone wanted to help train you, youre on your own once you walk in. Youll take company courses every other day, emails and accountability is all they push at you.Were treated like youre in grade school even doing the simplest tasks at your job. Was told by some good luck moving up here, gotta wait your turn. Others simply say I’m not getting paid to train anyone, so you just wander around and try to figure it out on your own.And discovered i was hired at the lowest pay band, i took a 10.00/hour paycut to join, forget it. I wish theyd have a try before you hire day, id have avoided this career move knowing what i know now. Managers noplace to be found to discuss a concern, but will email you reminding you to do another online course. They push mental health but all that place gave me was anxiety everyday. Its a different culture…Think carefully before you join!!

Pros

Health plan, some discounts, purchase plans.

Cons

Prison like feeling, term employment so no job security, corporate structure, reprogramming, hourly emails to remind you to take another company course.
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Government benefits but lack of ethical boundaries and micromanagement

My experience with SGI went downhill within 6 months of joining the company. It started great as the team is welcoming at first but then they go super quiet with you for no reason. Benefits are good and the only reason you should prefer SGI over other crown companies is if you're comfortable studying insurance for rest of your career. They will pay for your insurance courses (if you pass) but will basically keep pushing you to take more courses if you want to climb up the ladder. Studying is not the only sad part when you work for SGI, most of the management specially underwriting management lacks ethical boundaries and have no respect for privacy or work ethics. If you try to raise any concerns to HR or union they put you in one category and soft target you in every meeting trying to get you to speak up and keep you in their watchlist for the whole time even if you change departments. They will use every resource they have to find out more about your concerns indirectly. So, if you are someone who likes to lay low and keep quiet about your concerns then you should be ok working there but if ever speak up about them (even once) then say goodbye to your privacy. Management's surveillance standards has no boundaries and they're not at all transparent about what they monitor but trust me they monitor/watch everything - your screen, your work chats, calls, your social media outside work hours, even your personal devices if they get super interested in you but they will never be transparent to you when they give feedbacks. At first I was ok with being micromanaged as I used to mind - 

Pros

Good benefits, helpful team members

Cons

Zero privacy, micromanagement, round the clock monitoring
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Previous Driver Examiner

Work for a private company. Management is so bad they don't listen to your complaints even if you are on the right side. Union is a joke and if you ever get in problem either leave the job or suck your problem up.

Pros

Alright benefits and pension plan similar to a good Private corporation

Cons

Unfair employee policies, management don't give a care about employees, wrong advertisement of their hiring process
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Great Company to work with

The company is great for job security. Sometimes a bit hard to change jobs. Company has a great vision but sometimes hard for management to articulate and live by the vision. Currently the company is embarked on a major culture change program that is reshaping its work culture as it emerges from a service company as a Sask insurer of all to privately owned public corporations focused on making profits.

Pros

Job security and great people to work with.

Cons

Slow personal progress.
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Secure

I felt very secure working at SGI. A lot of opportunities not always in the rural areas. The culture is moving into a positive direction. Great core values.
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Crown Corporation of Saskatchewan

SGI is a Crown Corporation. It is employee friendly organisation. It provides one day off every other week other than normal holidays. There is employee union which helps you resolve any issues with the management and seniors. Lot of learning opportunity and connection between employee and manager is good. Even opportunity to grow your career with equal chance with internal training and various opportunities.
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Great place to work.

Great people, good environment. Lots of learning and education, will train you on the job. SGI is an open-minded workplace which loves feedback from their employees.
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Grow a career within.

-promote within - the Start Here program is a great way to get into SGI- great opportunity. -wage- good -education opportunities (CIP) -many jobs within insurance
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Short, concise

Interview usually done by specific department hiring. This is better than just an HR department doing the hiring. Unfortunately since it's unionized, there is a large range of work attitudes, with little motivation for those who overperform.

Pros

Good job security, lots of opportunity for overtime

Cons

Unfortunate culture
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Can be Great or Terrible Depending on Your Priorities

PROS: Difficult to get your foot in the door; once you do, and clear your probation, it can be quite worthwhile to stay, depending on your ambitions and priorities. SGI does value employees' personal development and 100% funds any CIP, FCIP, and business-related courses and education. The health, dental, life insurance benefits and vacation days are standard for government/crown employees. Vacation starts at 3 weeks a year, increases to 4 weeks a year after 8 years of service, and so on. The pay is quite generous once you move past the clerical positions. Compared to similar roles nationally, SGI is amongst the higher paying employers. SGI also gives all employees an annual 'bonus' based on their years of service and current salary. There is ample free parking within any department that is not downtown. CONS: The workload is usually quite heavy, so most employees are overworked, stressed to meet deadlines, and not trained adequately enough when entering any new roles. There is no succession planning for positions management knows will be vacant within xxx days. It is quite difficult to get the vacation days you want unless you have the seniority for it or have planned a year in advance and pre-booked everything with management. One common issue is the micromanagement and low morale within most departments. Most departments have a "keep your head down and keep working" type of work environment. The corporation claims to value all employees' input, but this is simply not true. Front-line or lower-level employees can easily get black-listed for speaking up when they see - 

Pros

Excellent pay & benefits, 100% covered tuition, free parking if not at head office

Cons

Low morale, mircomanagement, biased promoting
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Good people to work with.

The people are great to work with. The work was easy enough, but repetitive and often not engaging. The type of work depends on your experience level. The best part of SGI are the people you get to work with.

Pros

Free lunches

Cons

Poor management
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Clerk 2

I am easy to train with anything new on the job. done all office work with mails, faxes and e mails, stamp dates, delivered all papers to underwriters

Pros

taken different courses

Cons

no overtimes
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productive

working hard at all times working with youth keeping a strong relationship with all clients Making sure all around are safe within the company and the premises

Pros

lunches

Cons

hours
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Was a good place to work

A typical work day in the Call Centre was to answer calls from the public, licence issuers, law enforcement and various businesses within Saskatchewan and also from outside agencies in Canada. This was a very fast paced environment, and sometimes very stressful. It was the last position I held and it was very satisfying. I also worked in many areas of the corporation and learned a lot about insurance and how insurance works. Most of the management were pretty good. The only flaw is that they moved around the corporation and the employees really didn't know why. Sometimes they would keep a manager in a position for a long time and other managers would move around. Some were good, some were not.

Pros

Benefits

Cons

No recognition for hard work
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Good company to work.

Best company I had worked with & got the chance to learn new technologies. People are Technically very sound with great attitude to contribute in others growth.
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Unhappy

Wasn't happy there, for a number of reasons. Don't believe that they treat customers well at all and had personal experience while working there that confirmed my beliefs.

Cons

Being in the insurance business ... everybody hates SGI
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so much opportunity

I find it hard to get into the company but once you are there the opportunities are endless. My favourite company to work with.
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Good place to work

Most enjoyable part of the job was assisting people to learn proper, safe driving skills. Due to on going in-house and outside training, learned to develop good people skills.
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Professional and fair

Great company. Pays for CIP classes. 26 long weekends a year, great pension and benefits.

Pros

Professional, fair and stable

Cons

None
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Overall rating

3.6

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3.7
Work/Life Balance
4.1
Salary/Benefits
3.6
Job security/advancement
3.3
Management
3.5
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