State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

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Mutual Funds Assistant (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ON26 October 2016
This was a co-op position during school where I supported Agents with back-office support. Typical day would be switching funds, responding to emails and taking on any other work available.
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Productive and professional setting
Insurance Agent (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON17 August 2016
The office is located in a busy financial area, which was good for business. My colleagues were friendly and cooperative. Our agency's boss was extremely helpful and supportive.
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A job where every day was different dependent on customer needs
Insurance Agent Assistant (Former Employee) –  Ajax, ON16 August 2016
A typical day included completing prior tasks while taking on the new ones for the day. With the switchover to a new underwriting company new eligibility rules and quoting systems had to be learned in order to provide accurate information to the customers. This training ended up being self-taught, often resulting in slower response time to customers. With the help of a great experienced co-worker to assist, we were able to work together to get things completed in a timely manner. Dealing with rude clients added to the stress of the job, but the appreciative clients made the job bearable.
Cons
Little management support or help with increased work load
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Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Etobicoke, ON15 June 2016
Its been great experience working at State Farm insurance,higly organized and great management.We have team of 4 person and all are very friendly and helpful.
Pros
office environment
Cons
long drive
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Decent earning opportunities, suffers from agency model, expect unpaid overtime
Agency Team Member (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB13 May 2016
As a disclaimer, my experiences do not reflect all State Farm agencies, nor working directly for State Farm / Desjardins corporate.

State Farm functions under the agency model. As such, each agency is essentially an independent small business with the agent as the supreme hiring/firing authority, with vague oversight by the parent company. As such, your experience working for a State Farm agent will be directly related to that agent's policies and practices. My review here is based on the agencies I worked for.

If you are a strictly sales-minded individual, you will likely do well in this environment. As a result of the agency model, do not expect modern coaching methods that focus on employee development, working individually and as a group to set reasonable, achievable goals, or deal with feedback in a positive manner. The agents I worked for could best be described as a mix of absentee leadership with all-stick-no-carrot when it came to addressing issues in the office. Typically the only direct interaction with the agent was disciplinary in nature, and poorly administered. Without an HR department or higher authority to appeal to, or even modern leadership/coaching methods, this led a very negative experience that fostered resentment, hampered productivity, hurt office morale, and created a highly adversarial atmosphere. Recognition for good performance outside of strictly sales numbers (despite 50% or more of the workload being service related to retain clients) was non-existent.

Attempts to suggest improved business practices that would aid workflow,
  more... productivity, and/or morale, were typically disregarded or actively discouraged if they deviated in any way from existing practices. All responsibility for performance lumped on the employees, and leadership in the office exhibited limited to no ownership unless success was involved. Advancement in the industry under the agency model is also completely at the whim of your agent, unless you are willing to invest large amounts of unpaid personal time in self-study (typically ~20 hours per line of business, or 40 hours of study + exam fees per licence).

Bottom line, unless you get very lucky, expect a boss not a leader when working for a State Farm agent. Additionally, do not expect benefits as this varies by office.

Again this varies by agency, however, themes of: too much work for too few people, poor or antiquated business practices, resistance to positive change or modernization, and focusing on development of new staff over existing staff, remained consistent across my experiences. I cannot in good conscience recommend this environment to anyone unless you are the sales-focused type.
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Pros
Varies by agency: paid vacation & paternity leave, occasional paid lunches/staff events
Cons
High-stress, all the negatives of small offices, benefits optional, advancement options may be limited by agent
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Great working environment- family like everyone is there for you
Claims Adjuster (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ON28 April 2016
I learned there is always someone there to help you with any questions. Great working culture, great people working and managers
Pros
great career
Cons
none
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excellent company
Multiple Lines Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  san Anselmo, ca25 April 2016
excellent company to work for. Gained valuable experience with numerous products to sell and excellent customer service skill acquired.
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A good company undergoing growing pains
Policy Assembly (Former Employee) –  Greeley, CO15 November 2015
When I worked for State Farm, the company was in the middle of restructuring. Divisions were being downsized and consolidated, and everyone was struggling to readjust to the new workload.

Beyond that, it was a good experience. I learned a lot, and the atmosphere was supportive. I definitely enjoyed my time there. Pity my temporary assignment ended.
Pros
Encouraging atmosphere, good pay
Cons
Tumultuous workload
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Unproductive place to work
office admin (Former Employee) –  Courtice, ON4 November 2015
Always unable to catch up on work that was so far behind, ( 6 months)
Very sneaky, makes promises and never keeps them.

Owner makes it impossible to speak to manager as she keeps the manager in her office all day, then gets mad when the work load was unfinished...
Pros
Owner is rarely at work
Cons
When she is no work gets done
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Great place to work with plenty of resources ans opportunity to grow
Workforce Management (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ON21 September 2015
It wasn't just your typical 9-5 office job. Priding themselves on mentoring, diversity and inclusion, several internal committees, and employee incentives - they made a stressful insurance claims department fun to work in.
Pros
Internal cafe, Tim Horton's in the building, Flexible Schedule
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Productive and Fun
Underwriting Service Assistant (Current Employee) –  Aurora15 September 2015
Great place to work. Co-workers are helpful and training was good. Flexible and understanding managers. Great pay, benefit package.
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Great Place to work
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB3 September 2015
State Farm Insurance is an amazing place to work. I worked with the best people and they truly care about their staff. The best part of the job was the people I worked with external and internal.
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Great workplace!
Insurance Advisor (Current Employee) –  Mississauga ON28 August 2015
Great workplace! You will learn so much on how to deal with clients.The people are fun to work with. You will learn how to organize yourself and multi task.
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All around wonderful experience
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Sarnia, ON12 August 2015
The time i spent there was excellent. Lots of customer interaction and problem solving. Never a dull moment. I was able to expand my skills in customer service interactions as well as my problem solving abilities.
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Excellent training and management.
Claims Processor (Current Employee) –  Burlington, ON21 May 2015
Excellent company to work for. Thorough training, friendly management and up-beat staff make for an excellent work environment.
Pros
Relaxed work environment, good training. Good bonuses.
Cons
Benefits could be a bit better.
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Excellent pay and benefits. Great internal training.
Financial Services Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ON20 May 2015
Enjoyed working at State Farm, however the job security is not there. Some of the management people were great while others were incompetent. Job Culture is not positive.
Pros
Excellent pay/benefits
Cons
Job Security
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A good place to work, good people and helpful managers
Analysis and Reporting Assistant (Current Employee) –  Aurora, ON15 May 2015
A good organization that keeps its employees in mind. Recent acquisition by another company and therefore a change in culture in forthcoming.
Pros
Good vacation and benefits
Cons
No growth opportunities currently.
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great company, work/life balance
technician (Current Employee) –  aurora, on27 April 2015
Great company overall, transition to new company causing some stresses.

Certain areas in the company offer flexible shifts to accommodate home life.

Too many leadership layers, slow to move processes along

Great people at this company
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good and bed part in job but still it is good compare to other field
Insurance Advisor (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON16 April 2015
It is good professional environment. Some day are excellent. I learned a lot regarding product, regarding discipline and sincerity.
It is very good experience with co workers.
hardest part of job is to satisfying customer for product comparison and rate comparison with other company.
Most enjoyable part is talking to different kinds of people.
Pros
good working hrs
Cons
Saturday working
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Potential for lots of growth and great people to work with.
Marketing Dept. Public Affairs Dept. Secretary (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ON12 April 2015
A very high paced and energetic place to work; lots of amazing people to work with and learn from. Many opportunities for growth and challenges within the company. Great culture in offering many perks for work and life balance.
A pleasure to work in an environment where employees feel valued and praised for their hard work and accomplishments.
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