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It took me forever to get a job at SGI - and now I find myself losing out to external hires when going for advancement. Now that I've gotten that out of the way - I love the management that I've worked with so far (SGI & SGI Canada). I truly believe that the company is trying to improve work culture, but nothing is ever perfect. Reading some of the reviews here, I think that your experience is heavily based on your expectations and that would affect the feelings left by some people here.I joined SGI for: Job security, educational opportunities, reliable pay. SGI rewards those that want to better themselves in theory, but once you reach that qualification, you won't be able to do your job properly for a while because people expect you to "just know it" and not want to help you. I'm not even talking about the theory of claims or anything AutoFund related. You are literally booted into the department and expected to do your job properly as a functioning member who has been there for several years.On the plus side, there are a lot of good opportunities (especially right now) as long as the executives understand the needs and can harness the potential from existing employees instead of just having external hires fill in (back up your push for work culture, execs).My current opinion: SGI is good to be here for a few years if you are looking for advancement in career. I believe that obtaining an impressive sounding title with good responsibilities to back your resume is certainly achievable here, but as soon as you experience a block in your career, don't hesitate to look elsewhere. - 

Pros

Co-Workers are fantastic, management is easy to talk to, education opportunities, job security

Cons

Recruitment, Executive level out of touch
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SGI Corporate Transformation Project Management Leadership Team Is Disaster.

SGI is a great place to work in terms of benefits, professional development opportunities, and long term career. Unfortunately, SGI Corporate Transformation leadership team expects too much from project team and put them under great amount of stress. The Director of the CT project is extremely difficult to work with and will make your life unpleasant. I would highly recommend not to work for CT team for a good mental health.

Pros

benefits and flexible hours

Cons

long hours
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Insights into Saskatchewan Government Insurance

Based on 8 survey responses
What people like
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Inclusive work environment
Areas for improvement
  • Trust in colleagues
  • Sense of belonging
  • Support from manager

Great Place to work

Great place to work. Pro work life balance, work can be expectedly stressful at times. Great management in our department but different culture in different departments.

Pros

Great Benefits

Cons

Stressful when short staffed
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Our Department is a good place to work but limited advancement

Overall SGI is a very good place to work. The culture of each department depends on what kind of leadership style the manager has. It can be positive and negative. Great benefits and work-life balance depending on the position. Some departments like claims can be very stressful however managers are actively looking for ways to help their people. Overall, I would recommend this place to work.

Pros

Employee appreciation days, health and wellness incentive, mental health

Cons

limited advancement unless willing to move
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It's not the best company to work for

This company is okay if you are the type of person that wants to learn all the time and spend your free time going back to school. If you don't have a degree, you will not go far in the company. I've seen people who don't have business degrees run departments and they don't know what they are doing. As well SGI also gets rid of hardworking people who make one mistake and "tells them they aren't ethical enough to work here". Temporary or Term people are not safe here, so be careful when applying here. As well if you try to apply for a permanent job here, you aren't priority because of seniority.

Pros

laid back environment, fun activities, paid benefits, yearly health spending plan, and work from home (depending on what job you are doing).

Cons

too much management and employee turnover, sick time is too relaxed that why people call in sick all the time, too much work for one person sometimes, call center people not trained properly, and management/union doesn't help you at all.
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Good company to work. SGI is a Crown Corporation. It is employee friendly organisation. ... 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.

Pros

Salary Laid back culture

Cons

Not much growth
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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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The work is fine but the management needs to go

The company is very focused on a culture change but it is manufactured by another company. Everyone is so worried about climbing up a ladder they forget to come to earth and care about their current jobs. Head office is a very problamtic place that showed sexisim, homophobia, and racisim with few mangers making it great but being outnumbered and HR mostly concerned about silencing issues then fixing it. The new "Everyone can be a leader" is their new cover all to shift responsibility.

Pros

Pay, benefits, union

Cons

Management, work environment, culture
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Anxiety ridden, unhelpful, managers nowhere to be found to help

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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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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Great people and interesting work!

While the job of a Driver Examiner can be (almost always is) highly stressful, the interaction and camaraderie between examiners and the support from management make it more than just bearable - it's a very exciting, fast-paced job that is sure to generate stories that will last a lifetime! It's great to be able to make the day of someone who is looking for their first drivers' licence or to upgrade to a new class of licence for work. There are hard moments but this is a great job!
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Co workers are the best part of the job

The actual work is very stressful. But the co workers are supportive and very much like family. Management will push hard to get a lot of work from you. You MUST have a tough skin, as customers are stressed out and dislike SGI BEFORE you even speak to them.
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Fun place to work. Coworkers are helpful

Fun place to work. Coworkers are helpful. I will always come back and work here. Best manager who accommodates and work with your schedule. You get a day off every 9 working days either on a Friday or Monday. Benefits only kicks in after 6 months of employment and this is 100% paid by the employer.
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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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Started great. But got worse over time

Started great. After rules changed the job became worse and worse. Micromanaged and the management have little people skills. If you like getting yelled at the call centre is right for you. If you ask to go somewhere else they will refuse until you cant take it anymore. Their testing is atrocious and HR doesnt listen your concerns. Threw away the best person in the company like their 25 years meant nothing. Morale was low.

Cons

Testing is rediculous. If you dont pass they keep you in the same position
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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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Based on 32 reviews

Ratings by category

3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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