Grange Insurance drops 100 employees | The Columbus Dispatch

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Grange Insurance has eliminated 100 jobs as it looks to cut costs in an increasingly competitive business, the Columbus-based company announced yesterday.

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it was Companywide. Both field staff and internal operations (personal, commercial, life, IT...), although NO EXECUTIVES!!!!! Brannan, James, Hunlock, etc..all the highest paid people did not lose their jobs!
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Nov 11, 2010
 
Will be interesting to see if management bonuses are passed out this year. Also interesting was the fact that the bulk of the employees released were long-time employees (25yrs+) Some over 45 yrs. Also interesting is the fact that Grange presently has over 30 job postings open.

Could the fact that Grange has lost over 60,000 policyholders fairly recently anything to do with doing away with these jobs. Easy to blame things on surrounding circumstances when the real problem was bad management decisions and that doesn't seem to have changed any.
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former wrote:
it was Companywide. Both field staff and internal operations (personal, commercial, life, IT...), although NO EXECUTIVES!!!!! Brannan, James, Hunlock, etc..all the highest paid people did not lose their jobs!
Crazy...Buzek who is VP of EODB told me once his position is a joke. Bascially created out of thin air by Phil Urban. I thought the new CEO would clean house even at the VP level.
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More evidence of Biden's 'recovery summer' I presume ?
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the problem is leadership did not listen to the internal people that did the work on what was needed to create profitability. They didn't want the agents angry. The problem with Grange is they let the agents control what they do, not what makes business sense. very poor leadership...
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what was Alan Brannan's favorite line..."How much money did you make me today?"... He has to be the worse business man I've ever come across.
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Shame grange lost all those good people because of a poor leadership team that could not "do the right thing".
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The people who work hard and do a good job are still there. (And a lot went to public schools and didn't have parents get their job for them.) And Grange is still hiring. Hint, hint.
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The other thing that is bothersome is what a bunch of cowards the leadership team is. They hid behind security and their offices and forced lower management to do the layoffs. Talk about cowards, and we want these people leading the organization! They could have at least shown respect and look these people in the eyes and talk to them. All cowards. but Kudos to the team of people that had to suffer this stress and anxiety. Thank you for demonstrating core values. You are the one's we need leading
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The new offices, gym and cafeteria are very swanky!
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funny thing is they are probably monitoring this post and sitting back denying all that is being said. making themselves feel good.....
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One thing everyone should understand, James was brought in by a Board who is paying him big bucks, and I'm sure a big bonus to make these changes. So in the end, it's the little people who loose. He is only there for the short term, to make his money and retire. He won't say it, but he know's it's true.

One intersting note everyone should know, G. Gordon Gee is on the board. He's the one who's always saying how we need to bring in more jobs to Ohio, but what did he support in this situation?
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You can bet that the layoffs at Grange hit older workers more than newbies. As you read stories this week about raising the retirement age for Social Security, pay attention to stories about layoffs. How many managers out there prefer prospective employees who are over age 55 or 60? Best of luck to the Grange employees who were affected. Let's all think about them and if the country can employ everyone who is over age 60.
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Everyone also needs to remember that everything that Phil Urban and Bob James are doing had to be board approved - I think it shows how very small the board members really are. You won't see any of them losing their big bucks or benefits. A new building that was the butt of Columbus jokes when the economy was so bad and now innocent people have to pay for such a big waste.
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How about their "new" logo and ad campaign to promote the "new" logo? Brush strokes? What moron in upper management thought THAT was a good idea?
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Catlin wrote:
As someone who just dropped Grange due to their outrageous premiums, I can tell you why they're cutting jobs and it has nothing to do with politics. We requested quotes from several insurance companies when we added our teenage daughter to our policy. ALL of the quotes, with the addition of a new teenage driver, were several hundred dollars cheaper than what we were paying for two people with clean driving records. We called Grange and asked if they would be willing to match the quotes that we were given as all of them were within the same price range, and we were told no, that they did not have the ability to adjust the rack rates. So, after 20 years with the company, we left. I'm all for company loyalty, but not at the cost of $600 a year! When our home owners policy comes up for renewal we'll be moving that as well and saving ourselves another $300 a year.
All insurance carriers are required to file their rates with the state's Dept of Insurance. They can't just knock off a few hundred dollars everytime a consumer asks or threatens to leave if they don't. It is nice to know that we have the freedom to choose. Thanks to all our veterans who have and continue to serve our nation to allow us to keep the freedoms we hold so dear.
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Execs are always cowards. Same thing that happened on our layoffs. The weasels hid in their offices while GOOD long time employees had their lives destroyed through NO fault of their own. The Execs then collected bonuses. Maybe we will someday see true justice in America, but not yet.
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The other thing that is bothersome is what a bunch of cowards the leadership team is. They hid behind security and their offices and forced lower management to do the layoffs. Talk about cowards, and we want these people leading the organization! They could have at least shown respect and look these people in the eyes and talk to them. All cowards. but Kudos to the team of people that had to suffer this stress and anxiety. Thank you for demonstrating core values. You are the one's we need leading
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Interested wrote:
Does anyone know what departments were impacted?
Personal Lines, IT, Processing Accounting, Corporate Accounting.
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Deflecting, you should also know that even some of those were let go and it had nothing to do with their output of work. It was worse than a lottery. People who had nothing to do with your job or what you do give you a number and base their decision off of what they think you do. Innocent people are without jobs now and you are outright stupid if you believe those who were let go because they didn't do a good job.
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The people who work hard and do a good job are still there.(And a lot went to public schools and didn't have parents get their job for them.) And Grange is still hiring. Hint, hint.
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Interested wrote:
Does anyone know what departments were impacted?
There were several different departments. No one particular department.
Many of the employees were there for over 10 years to 30 years
They were called to the human resource department and told they were terminated.
teh terminated were not allowed to go back to thier cubbicals and
retrieve thier personal property.
The management told them they will pack it up and mail it to them
Escorted to thier cars and aksed for the parking pases back
Plus they were told they were not allowd back n the building for any reason for at least 30 days..
This is from what my wife told me. She was there for 13 years. Never had any work problems.

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