State Farm
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State Farm intern Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
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4.1 58 reviews

                             

97% Approve of the CEO

State Farm Chairman and CEO Ed Rust Jr.

Ed Rust Jr.

(34 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Don't get sucked into State Farm by the salary during training.

    Agency Intern (Current Employee)
    Murfreesboro, TN

    ProsState Farm is willing to invest in their employees by paying a salary to interns in training to become an agents. This is not common in the the insurance industry. They put you through very good training during that time. As an insurance company it is a very solid, stable and conservative company.

    ConsThey treat agency interns brutally.They are very unforgiving of mistakes or failure to meet goals regardless of reasons. For part of your training they'll put you in an agents office who may or may not be concerned with your development. Who may or may not be competent themselves. The "family friendly" facade is just that - a facade. You better hit your goals and you better invest every last dime you have when you get your TICA contract. Even after working laboriously and spending your own money, if you are not hitting goals - regardless of whether your rates are competitive or not - they will send you walking. TICA stands for TEMPORARY Independent Contract Agreement. So after a year, if you aren't doing what they want you to you are out, no questions asked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe DAFO side of State Farm should look at the content of the character of their interns in addition to results.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    neutral experience, nothing much valueable taken away

    Intern (Current Employee)

    Prosfirst intern out of freshman

    Consrepeated and boring work all over the 10 weeks

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more feedback

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    Great working there, but not a place I'd want to be for life.

    Systems Analyst Intern (Current Employee)
    Bloomington, IL

    ProsThey had fun weekly intern activities. You can easily be hired full time as long as you're competent and do your work. Pay for intern housing and your milage to drive to Bloomington. As an intern almost everyone seemed to have the right amount of work to do.

    Everyone that I worked with was super nice and willing to teach me, or set me up with someone who could. Interns were given the chance to sit an talk with directors, and a lot of interns' managers were even able to set them up with their directors. This allows you to learn from people who have been in similar positions and you're able to receive their input.

    The most important thing is that they are opening hubs in cities I would actually move to full time.

    ConsThe largest con is that it is located in Bloomington. As a young IT person I don't really want to live in the midwest, especially if it isn't in Chicago. Phoenix, Dallas, and Atlanta all sound like good alternatives that I hope all interns returning full time have a choice to pick from.

    External employees seem to be treated unfairly, in a way that is almost "racist." A lot of management would not talk to a white/American native the same way as they do many externals from India. It seems like some parts of the company want to make sure that you know that you're "less than" an internal employee if you're an external, although in other DCs of the company this isn't true at all.

    The other large con is that all of my friends that had programming internships at Fortune 50 companies and some start ups get payed a lot more. It seems like as a SF intern you're paid around 1/2 to 2/3 of what a new hire might be getting, but at other companies it seems more like 2/3-3/4 of what a new hire might get.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor managers of interns: make sure that you're intern wants to stay in Bloomington if you want to keep them, now that the hubs are opening. It is safe to say that the interns who would want to stay in Bloomington are in the minority.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working at State Farm was a learning experience and was personally a good place to gain some beginning experience for me

    Strategic Resources Intern (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsProvides a lot of training, super friendly staff, variety of projects to get different experiences

    ConsCan get boring since it is insurance, but the company cares a lot about developing you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt can get annoying being an intern at innovation ready and knowing that it would take a significant amount of time to get our idea through with the many barriers a company as large as State Farm has.

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

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    Great place to learn!

    Financial Services Intern (Current Employee)
    North Aurora, IL

    ProsGained experience and exposure to what the insurance business was all about. Had a great team and enjoyed going to work for the most part. Some good skills to add to your resume.

    ConsTeam members aren't always perfect at agencies. Low pay as an intern. Felt somewhat dead end if you don't want to go the agent route or move to Bloomington.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay team members more, other than that you do a fantastic job. I don't know a lot about the management culture at corporate.

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

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    Intern (Current Employee)
    Buffalo, NY

    Prosnice people to work with

    Conspoor wages that they pay you

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease job role and responsibility

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, it's been a great experience.

    Marketing Intern (Current Employee)
    Chambersburg, PA

    ProsVery nice people, decent hours (9am to 4 or 5pm), I am able to work on what I want to work on throughout the day with the help of any of the office staff when I need them.

    ConsLower hourly rate than what I would like, office staff is not getting commission for any of their sales, the agent gets all of it which I think is not very fair (but it does not really affect me, I just feel bad for the ladies putting in all the work)

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage agents to commission their staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great internship to have -- wonderful coworkers, laid-back atmosphere.

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsPeople are competent and pleasant to work with.

    ConsSeems to have a glacial pace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the Progressive product managers out.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    State Farm RDC Rocked

    Systems Intern (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsGreat work environment and a lot of good friends. Pay was decent for no experience. They take care of you.

    ConsNot much direction from the team. You are pretty much assigned a problem and they don't really mentor you through the process of writing production level code. A lot of the work doesn't actually see the light of day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake your intern's work have an impact.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern Good Learning Experience

    Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsExperience in customer service and office work. Sometimes opportunity for full time employment afterward

    ConsSomewhat tedious at times, but depends on who you're working for/with

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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