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Mission: We’re First Central Insurance & Technology Group (First Central for short), an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal
I worked at First Central full-time (More than 8 years)
First Central genuinely care about their people and work hard to ensure that they are rewarded for their input into the business. With lockdown the Executive Team engaged with the entire business on a weekly basis and were accessible, remotely, to all colleagues. The consideration on colleague wellbeing is one of the best I have come across in my career and is continuously being reviewed to ensure it’s fit for purpose. I was at First Central for over 9 years and even as the company has grown and matured, there is an enormous sense of belonging and wanting to achieve the best for the business that is very evident from colleagues. Well done First Central on what you have achieved and I’m sure you will go from strength to strength.
To be honest, I can't think of anything I would say is a "negative" in any way. With the new Executive Team in place, so much has improved.
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you're doing, it's working and take the people on the journey with you.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at First Central (London, England (UK)).
I applied directly through the website and was invited to a telephone interview via email by their recruitment team. This was an informal chat about my cv history to see if I had the skill set for the role. I was invited to a second video interview by email. This was competency based and bother managers were friendly and interview went well. They advised HR would let me know in a weeks time. This is where it went down hill. I never received a response for nearly two weeks so emailed for an update which I didn't get a response too. I followed up with a second email to the generic recruitment email address. I was then told I wasn't successful but got good feedback from the hiring managers. Having to chase their own recruitment for an update left a bitter taste for the company. I felt that's bad practice having candidates have to chase for an update after taking part in two interviews. I hope this was a one off and the recruiter gives candidate's feedback once available.
Today is #FootballShirtFriday. So to help raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and our own local charities, the EBA and RMCH, we wore our football shirts with pride.
The first day of our Wellbeing Week was a great success with lots of people getting involved. We ran an engaging ‘managing stress’ workshop to try and give our people some great tools to come out on top in stressful situations, as well as a lunchtime walk and run to help get people out enjoying the sunshine that seemed to have been in hiding for the last six months! Walking and running isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, that’s why we ran dance, kickboxing and personal trainer sessions for those who liked to mix it up, and to top off a great first day, our team over in Gibraltar competed in a mini office Olympics on the terrace. We’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of the week will bring! #WellbeingWeek2018