Allstate

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Allstate Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.1 1,193 reviews

47% Approve of the CEO

Allstate Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas J. Wilson II

Thomas J. Wilson II

(616 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance is ok in some departments and under good managers(in 141 reviews)

  • My current department offers work from home once a week which is great(in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance is sorely out of wack for exempt personal(in 19 reviews)

  • upper management likes the best (usually a friend or family member)(in 34 reviews)

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Pay if your willing to work hard

    ConsCorporate management is terrible at making decisions. This directly impacts sales.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany values regarding the agents

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGives you a good background about how to work in a large company. Managers go out of their way to teach you how to do things the Allstate way. Company is a secure place to work, and you can balance your work and life if you put effort into it.

    ConsDecisions don't get made quickly, and they are often made at the top of the organization without input from lower level employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are going to bring in young employees and train them, listen to their ideas as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Long career and exciting work

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Northbrook, IL

    ProsVery in tune with health, and life/family balance which was clear throughout the company. Training was encouraged and great benefits working in Home office. (events, quality of food , perks/programs on site)

    ConsDifficult to advance unless you in the old boys network. Honesty and dedication and trumped over career hungry colleagues who will do anything to get ahead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the worker bees who drive the business. We have a great deal of input from the bottom up that could add value to the top tiers. Review process is outdated and the fact that two people rate you on your job is not conducive to a fair review.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Claims Adjuster (Former Employee)

    Proslots of talent in corporate office

    Consvery political; all about whether you are liked

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It is a great place to start a career or retire, but don't expect to make career advancements quickly

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Northbrook, IL

    ProsPros:
    Work from home
    Flexible Hours
    Decent starting salary
    Laid Back
    Gorgeous Campus
    Great Benefits

    ConsAs much as I enjoyed my time at the company, their are some major changes which are needed if they want to retain talent. Allstate operates much like a union shop where you progress in your career through time with the company and personal connections. I agree that you should reward those who are loyal to the company, but career advancement should rest upon what you know, dedication, and hopefully at a minimum who you know. Allstate had technology "architects" who were not certified, didn't understand technology, and simply got the position by staying there 20 years. I am not saying that all of their employees are not qualified, many of them are but you can easily point out the "fake it till you make it" individuals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementREWORK HOW YOU RATE YOUR EMPLOYEES!

    Allstate currently has an arena type of process where 30 managers will get together and discuss your merits and work based upon "a scorecard / baseball card." This card has your photo and a few highlights, which doesn't sound bad at first until you realize what this process is. You have 27-28 individuals who you have never met, worked with, interacted with, etc judging whether you advance in your career and the raise you should receive based upon a ten point list and photo.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No advancement opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVacation and benefits made the job worth it for the time being

    ConsUnderstaffed , promotions are based off of likeability and not performance, salary not competitive

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent training, open door policy to management, workload doable if you put in fifty hours or more a week.

    Claims Service Adjuster (Current Employee) Northbrook, IL

    ProsExcellent coworkers. Team attitude always. Great benefits. PTO. Dental medical and eyecare. Salaries good for starting and young employees.

    ConsAgeism unfortunately. Long time hard working employees salaries have stayed almost the same for ten or more years. Company seeking out young new employees and not hiring experienced 40 something interviewees. Newer employees leave after being trained. Mentership programs starting up again. Smart.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire middle aged workers. Reduce amount of pending claims per person. Give raises to reward your long time foundation employees. Do this and claims would be the best in the industry once again.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great benefits, great people, but limited opportunity.

    Broker Dealer (Current Employee) Lincoln, NE

    ProsAllstate has a jeans casual dress code, good insurance and PTO. I enjoy the people I work with and the perks Allstate offers like an exercise room, walking path, and mother's room (for nursing mothers).

    ConsThe last five years have brought a lot of changes to Allstate and especially Allstate Financial. There is very limited upward mobility due to organizational changes and downsizing. Frequent senior executive changes have resulted in an inconsistent strategy for the future as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on developing the talent you have and creating opportunities for your employees or you may lose your most motivated employees. Allstate is a great organization, but does not offer much to employees for development and advancement. Creating a talent development website is not the same as peer or manager coaching, and developing talent doesn't necessarily mean advancement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's All in Who You Know

    Insurance Processor III (Current Employee) Irving, TX

    ProsThey are very flexible with you're work/home life balance

    ConsYou get only get as far as who you know. You're success isn't based on your knowledge & experience, but your personal relationships.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBase employees promotions, recognition and pay on their achievements and abilities not because you go play golf with them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I used to bleed Allstate Blue BUT ATO/ETRM is not the place to be

    Senior Quality Control Analyst (Current Employee) Roanoke, VA

    ProsThe PTO time and the 401K make it hard to leave.

    ConsThis is soley based on the ATO/ETRM positions. There is little or no training for most positions. The responsibilities and the processes of how to do them are ever changing. Allstate is not set up for people to work well remotely yet our jobs demand it. The work/life balance is sorely out of wack for exempt personal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst include, and then consider the input from the people that are doing the work before you start implementing changes that you inevitably change because they don't work or cause more work. Managers should know their employees so that they can rate them fairly. You can't rate someone fairly that 1) you have never met or seen 2) only talk to on the phone once a month (if it isn't cancelled) 3) have no idea what they do because you are in a different area of responsibility and do not fully understand their responsibilities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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