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Allstate Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
1,376 Reviews
3.4
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Allstate Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas J. Wilson II
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Pros
  • There is a huge emphasis on work/life balance in most departments (in 164 reviews)

  • Good benefits, good work-life balance, flexible work arrangements (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • working on every weekend no time to spend with family work life balance sucks (in 26 reviews)

  • upper management likes the best (usually a friend or family member) (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Licensed Sales Producer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Licensed Sales Producer in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Allstate

    Pros

    Good training program
    Thats it nothin else

    Cons

    Agents usually dont provide benifits
    Some Agents are hard to deal with
    Commissions for Agents change frequently thus changing what the staff gets paid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more stability for agents and lsps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    licensed sales producer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allstate

    Pros

    If youre in a perfect world, you can make decent commission on your bundled policies.
    You don't have to work weekends.

    Cons

    Their rates are high in a lot of areas, and the leads they give you cant be sold because of it.
    Regardless of how good you are in other aspects of the job, if you cant sell their crap leads and make the production the agency owner wants youre gonna get the boot.
    You're a telephone stalker, calling phone number constantly until they speak to you, hang up on you or yell at you for blowing their phone up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Underwriting needs to redo their rating system.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate environment with much bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Allstate full-time

    Pros

    Provides work from home opportunities and has a lot of Paid time off. May be used as a stepping stone to a better organization.

    Cons

    Political environment. Career paths don't exist for the most part. Good luck finding your way. If you are looking to build skills on the job good luck on that one too. Opportunities are scarce. Human resources that won't help you in your quest to grow. They are good at screening you out for positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being full of yourselves and stop calling yourselves leaders until you actually lead.

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  5.  

    Management does not practice what they preach

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allstate

    Pros

    The organization pays higher than most companies in the industry doing comparable work. Benefits are pretty good. There's a lot of good people that work for the company that I was able to build lasting relationships with. The culture that Allstate established is phenomenal when actually practiced.

    Cons

    Company prides itself on it's organizational culture however there are some in positions of authority (senior leaders) that do not practices these beliefs. The end result is a negative work experience for employees. My position was eliminated which resulted in my lay off from the company. There was no effort made from upper management (my direct leader and others in the company) to assist with job placement within the company. With there being 600+ positions open in the company, there could have been a job that fit in which myself and my peers could have been placed into. What could have turned into a satisfying career turned into a thankless waste of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to retain your talent!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Positive for the first three years, pure hell working in their datacenter for 5 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Infrastructure Analyst in Rochelle, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Infrastructure Analyst in Rochelle, IL

    I worked at Allstate full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, excellent health, vision and dental benefits.

    Cons

    Allstate's IT division runs on the good ol boys system. If you're part of the in crowd, you'll probably thrive. If you're not then you're likely wearing a target on your chest. No matter how hard you work or how well you do your job, corporate politics can absolutely destroy your career at Allstate. Human Resources gives lip service to helping Allstate's employees, but they're no longer in the business of listening nor protecting anyone from much of anything. I got fired from Allstate almost entirely because some very toxic employee decided he didn't like me and wanted to get rid of me. I was yelled at and cursed at many many times by this individual with absolutely no provocation, yet somehow I'm the one that lost my job. When I started work at Allstate, I felt like a valued team member. At the end, it seemed like everyone was just terrified for their job and trying to keep their heads down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on meaningless metrics and bean counting and more focus on whether employees get their job done and do it well. Far too much focus on pointless policies and procedures and no real care for just getting things done effectively and efficiently. It is the policies and procedures that are the only reason that everything in the ATO moves at a snails pace. Today's Allstate ATO is an environment where everyone is just terrified of losing their job. Employees will never give you their best in such an environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    things are changing here, and not for the better!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Insurance Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Insurance Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits package, 401K match, and a pension plan

    Cons

    Work-life balance sucks! You will work each and every saturday, using your PTO days is so hard to do because almost everyday is blocked, high-volume calls even in the 4th quarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your unlicensed reps. Offer a bonus structure or everyone else that hasn't already left for met life, will!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Continually looking over your shoulder.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Allstate full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and working from home options.
    Co-workers are friendly making for a pleasant work environment.

    Cons

    Reductions if force (RIF) occur at least every two years.
    More and more jobs are outsourced to offices in Ireland and India.
    Except for recent grads, career advancement is almost an impossibility.
    Excessive workload results in many employees not being able to use their vacation days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan better so that business improves to the point where these continual RIFs end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Its a revolving door policy here, financial rep

    Former Employee - Financial Representative
    Former Employee - Financial Representative

    I worked at Allstate full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They are not honest, but then you only find that out after you start and then what can you do

    Cons

    That you are just another agent who has been preceded by many others before you and by that time yes you may have the best intentions but no one believes you and soon you will be gone

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top Heavy IT Department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Engineer

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Large, stable company
    - The ability to work with a wide array of technologies
    - No shortage of work to be done
    - Pay / compensation is great
    - Ability to move to different jobs internally

    Cons

    - There are two options for working with the technology that Allstate has: you can either be pigeonholed into a certain technology or set of technologies, or you can work on a wide array of technologies with no training.
    - Like a lot of companies, advancement is based on who you know, not what you can do.
    - The onboarding process at Allstate is, without a doubt, the worst I have ever experienced. They'll sit you at a desk, and that's about it.
    - Senior management within the technology realm is absolutely out of touch. They get involved in everything without understanding the problems at hand, but will brow beat those that do understand. Decisions are completely politically motivated.
    - Everybody is too busy to help new employees. When questions are asked as to why things are a certain way, the number one response is "Welcome to Allstate", followed by knowing silence.
    - The processes and procedures within IT are: not documented, change on the fly (almost daily), and cannot be explained. In addition, non-adherence to these unknown processes will subject one to public ridicule by senior management.
    - Your weekends and nights are assumed to be expendable at a moment's notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The IT organization needs to be analyzed, and probably re-vamped. It seems as though this particular area of the business does not fully align with the stated company values of Allstate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch out for Cannibalism

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Allstate Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Allstate Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Allstate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solid company, but rates fluctuate too frequently.
    Great football asvertising

    Cons

    Esurance will grab customers from agencies.
    Cannibalism will harm their business model unless they do what State Farm is doing.

    Life Insurance quotas are getting tougher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop life rates to give Agents a chance if retention is truly the goal. Allow agencies to inherit online customers at a lower commission rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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