Boston’s Own Cleary Insurance Company Named One of the “Best Places to Work” In U.S.

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An appetite for risk and collaborative culture helped set Cleary Insurance apart from its competition.

Breaking the mold of the typical insurance agency, Boston-based Cleary Insurance believes in embracing risk. It’s this against-the-grain thinking that has developed a culture that attracts, and retains, the best talent, and earned the company the honor of “Best Agency to Work For – East Gold” award from the Insurance Journal.

According to the Journal, “An appetite for risk and a collaborative culture help to set Cleary Insurance apart from its competition. More than half of its 25 employees nominated the firm through an online survey, emphasizing the agency’s client-focused approach as one reason it stands out above the rest. By doing the right thing for clients, the needs of the agency are naturally met, one employee wrote in the survey.”

Twenty-five years ago William J. Cleary III and his father, William J. Cleary, Jr. (former hockey coach and Athletic Director at Harvard), took a risk. Together, along with four of the hardest working, most loyal employees they could find, they started Cleary Insurance.

Its team of employees has grown nearly six times its original size and represents 42 different insurance companies today.

According to the younger Cleary, the key to building a business and culture is to deep dive into clients’ professional or personal situation so it becomes a true collaboration. “We empower everyone at Cleary to look out for the needs of our clients, without having to worry about sales goals or growth,” said Cleary. “Our job is to help you identify risks, recommend what insurance you need, and what you don’t, so you can focus on achieving your goals.”

This sentiment is echoed throughout the organization.“I’m continually impressed at management’s and the owner’s natural reactions to step back and focus on doing the right thing,” one employee wrote. “The conversation from the top is always about what’s right for the customer, what’s right for our role as agents, and that often seamlessly falls into line with what’s right for our agency.”

About Cleary Insurance
Cleary Insurance is a privately owned, full service insurance agency, representing 42 insurers. With offices in Boston and Quincy, MA, every staff member at Cleary Insurance, from the receptionist to the president, is steeped in the detail and craft of insurance. This team of insurance experts is dedicated to manage your risk so you can focus on achieving your goals.

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