Founded in Hartford in 1853, Travelers is one of the nation’s top 100 places to work for 2019 according to a new ranking from the website Glassdoor.com. The Travelers Companies Inc. ranked number 70, the only Connecticut-headquartered company to earn a slot on the list.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. is a leading provider of property and casualty insurance for auto, home and business, with approximately 30,000 employees and operations in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. It is one of the oldest insurance companies in the U.S. and the only property casualty company in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The iconic red umbrella logo have been staples of the company for generations, and the Travelers Tower has long held a prominent place on Hartford’s skyline.
While steeped in history, the company’s status on the top 100 list for the coming year is a reflection of continual efforts to respond to both customer and employee preferences. Travelers was ranked number 80 on last year’s top 100 list and also appeared in 2010 and 2011.
The latest annual list marks the 11th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Best Places to Work in 2019. The rankings rely on feedback from employees who elected to anonymously submit a company review on Glassdoor.
The top 10 companies were Bain & Co., Zoom Video Communications, In-N-Out Burger, Procore Technologies, Boston Consulting Group, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, lululemon, and Southwest Airlines.
The top six industries represented on the list: Technology (29 companies), Health Care (13 companies), Retail (8 companies), Manufacturing (8 companies), Consulting (5 companies), and Finance (5 companies). The most-represented metropolitan areas include SF Bay Area (23 companies), New York City, NY (9 companies), Boston, MA (7 companies), Los Angeles, CA (6 companies), Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (6 companies), and Seattle, WA (5 companies).
The Glassdoor 2019 Employees’ Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work feature distinct categories. For each category, company reviews and ratings from current and former employees were considered between October 23, 2017 and October 21, 2018. They include overall company rating, career opportunities, compensation & benefits, culture & values, senior management, work/life balance, recommend to a friend and six-month business outlook. All eight attributes are a part of the awards algorithm.
Travelers work was evident during the wildfires in California last month as the company responded to policy owners impacted by the devastating fires. The response came from the glassed-in Travelers National Catastrophe Center, located in Windsor, a short drive from the corporate headquarters in downtown Hartford.
Modeled after military war rooms, the Associated Press reported last month, it includes a conference table behind 19 high-definition screens, which display maps, graphs, television images and social media sites, all providing real-time data on the fires. By overlaying the data on maps marking its customers’ locations, the company can quickly identify those who are likely to have been affected, Jim Wucherpfennig, Travelers vice president of claims, told the AP.
Glassdoor, which compiles the annual ranking, is one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, with more than 62 million unique users each month.