Insurance Agent (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 18 March 2019
My manager at this company was fantastic. Unfortunately I couldn't handle making cold calls and wondering if I was getting paid week to week. This is a commission based job only, so if you are seeking job security look elsewhere.They offer really great benefits and it is great for someone looking for a competitive field.
Create your own work hours, great people to work with
Benefits Specialist/ Insurance Broker (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 14 March 2019
coming from a sales background i would say this job is challenging but worth it. training is provided and you can learn how to make $1000 in a day. you make your own schedules and get to work with like minded people.
Agent in training (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 1 March 2019
Long long days 10 am till 10 pm minimum. 6 days/week. Learned that making money is not as important as my integrity. Leaders here have zero people skills. Good at first. Then honestly found most were bullies. Hardest part of the job- beginning learning curve. Most enjoyable part- talking to people and getting them what they need. I was humiliated in front of the entire office and told by management I was making a 'bad life choice' (asked to not go to training as I had been crying- training was 1hr and repeatable)
Supervising Agent (Current Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 8 February 2019
It really is an amazing place to develop sales skills and make a good living if you have time to grind and master your craft. If you are only in it half way... This wont be the place for you. Overall, a great place to work!
If you work hard you can make really good money
If you dont have a strong work ethic... This is not a good job
An overall helpful environment, with a cooperative and competitive energy.
Benefits Specialist (Former Employee) – Nepean, ON – 4 February 2019
A typical day could mean coming in at 9AM, or after lunch depending on if you had appointments with union members or not. There were agency meetings and training sessions that we were recommended to attend. The management were helpful and generally cooperative. The culture was vivacious and sales driven. The hardest part of the job was booking enough appointments in a week to keep yourself busy. The most enjoyable part was not having to clock in and out, and deciding when you were going to head home for the day.
Some free food and prizes
A lot of extra work required to feel comfortable with the whole job.
I left an 18 year career in retail management and in 7 months with AIL I’ve received more praise, recognition and encouragement than I did in all 18 years put together. My new career has afforded me more time with the people that are most important in my life. I love to travel and when I was in my old job I was held back in the area of time and money to achieve that dream. By the time I reach 1 year with the company in May, I will have had 3 paid trips from the company and I personally get to choose my own pay checks here, so money is no longer an issue. I highly recommend working for this incredible company.
I started at this company when one of the managers told me about how much money i would be making and ended up making next to nothing. My manager would sleep in and miss appointments which didn't allow me to advance at all. After i got a new manager they acted as if this wasn't the companies responsibility and it was my fault somehow. Very risky career choice in my opinion. Management doesn't care if you don't make money since they aren't paying you a wage unless you make a sale
If you dont have 10 years to commit and the leisure of not needing an income for sometimes months at a time, believe me don't waste your time.
Agent and Hiring Manager (Former Employee) – British Columbia – 26 November 2018
Worked for AIL for almost 2 years as a field agent and hiring manager. Don't be fooled by the interview, this is a 100% commission sales position from the minute you sign on the dotted line to be a captive agent with them.
If you're alright with a commission only position, it's good in the sense that management trains you very thoroughly and will help you move through the ranks as quickly as they can. It starts to seem disingenuous as you realize that management can only keep their given titles if they enlist and are able to promote a certain amount of agents within a set amount of time.. provided their agents write the amount of production necessary to recieve a promotion. Your manager will either push you as hard as possible to reach those numbers or simply give you pieces of their business to submit so they can hit their quota.
Pros: -Potential to make alot of money if you have time to invest and are great at faking concern for people. - Once past a certain point in training there is lots of flexibility with when you want to work. You're making your own schedule.
Cons: - Learning the logistics of why the company operates the way it does leaves you morally divided. The hiring team and senior agents do whatever they can to meet their code requirements and production levels, and I mean whatever. Watching people who have no business being hired into such a ruthless sales position is disheartening when it puts most if its hires in a compromising financial state for the first year, if they even make it to that. Single mothers, non English speaking, anyone who hasmore... a pulse, they don't care. They will hire you as you're just their next code, bonus and agent to "promote". If you can accept all of this then it may work for you.less
FINANCIAL ADVISOR (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 13 November 2018
You are pressured to upsell all the time and have to give an account of your time by entering your activity in their computer app. You are a captive agent so you don't get to keep your clients and you can only sell their products. There is a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle. There is an opportunity to earn a lot of money however you will be on the road a lot. When they have their meetings with agents, it is usually finished in the middle of the afternoon so when you have to go and see clients you're hustling through traffic! By the time you're done, you are coming home late at night. If you complain, they say you're not working hard enough.
Long Hours, Micro management of your time, Commission Sales Only.
Licensed Life Insurance Sales Agent (Sales) (Former Employee) – London, ON – 7 November 2018
Long hours 6-7 days a week, traveled 2 hours each way to location given to cover. leads generated by company were lacking as we were trying to sell funeral benefits to people who already had adequate coverage being retired GM employees
Huge amounts of opportunity for growth and advancement!
Regional Director (Current Employee) – Halifax, NS – 2 November 2018
Work with American income for over 7 years out of Halifax NS at the SK agencies office.
I left a teaching position to join the company in hopes of a better life and haven't regretted it once! Its challenging, its rewarding both financially and intrinsically! The skills and relationships I've developed are invaluable.
If you have the work ethic and desire to succeed its a great place!
I have been working here a few months. I had a few friends who were enjoying their jobs and enjoying the work and making good money so I spoke to some of the managers and was hired. Its full commission and I am fine with that, I was looking for something that I could work hard and move ahead. I was sick of not advancing at my last place of work. If you do the work and follow the training you will succeed. Its perfect for me because I'm ambitious and want to make a lot of money, this for sure wouldn't be for everyone. The management are very good at what they do. The top salesman in the whole company works at the same location. The work culture is fun and progressive.