State Farm Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Great time off & work-life balance options (in 106 reviews)

  • Great benefits package; Decent starting salary; Opportunities to build new skills (in 82 reviews)

Cons
  • As a side note - I had significant work / life balance issues as an agent (in 28 reviews)

  • no benefits unless agent pays for them (in 41 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Don't get sucked into State Farm by the salary during training.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agency Intern in Murfreesboro, TN
    Current Employee - Agency Intern in Murfreesboro, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    State 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.

    Cons

    They 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 Management

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


  2. OK

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in West Lafayette, IN
    Current Intern - Intern in West Lafayette, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State Farm as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They were really flexible with my the days and hours I could work and the people were very nice.

    Cons

    The people were great but the internship was lacking. When I was told about the position I was under the impression that there would be selling involved with the internship and "real world" experience. I did not do anything except set up appointments and sit in the back of the office doing nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a real internship and give the intern more to do than just making appointments….


  3. It was a good learning experience, but could not do this job as a career.

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    Current Intern - Intern in Asheville, NC
    Current Intern - Intern in Asheville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State Farm as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    State Farms offers a lot of classes to teach you about their products and how to see them.

    Cons

    It takes such a long time for anything to get done because of the corporate office.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to try new ideas to grow the business.


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  5. neutral experience, nothing much valueable taken away

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    first intern out of freshman

    Cons

    repeated and boring work all over the 10 weeks

    Advice to Management

    Give more feedback


  6. State Farm Research Center is a great place to intern.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Resources Intern in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Resources Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team work ability. The management is very helpful. Variety of projects to pick from. Even as an intern, you get great opportunities to learn as much as you can about various insurance products. Definitely a stable company to work for in the insurance industry. The research center always has the companies most cutting edge technology. Every intern just received brand new large computer monitors. There are over three large lcd screens all with video conferencing capabilities allowing interns to network and conference between the research center, headquarters (bloomington, IL), and with field agents if necessary.

    Cons

    Insurance can sometimes be a somewhat drab industry. Not the most exciting.

    Advice to Management

    Great job trusting young employees with large amounts of responsibility and providing them with the right support.


  7. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very supportive staffs, if the company has a interest in you, the company will give you the opportunities you need to succeed.

    Cons

    Corporate redtapes and bureaucracy. Hard to feel like you are making a difference sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Remove barriers and flatten the organization


  8. I like it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity. Research Leads are helping and care about you and you're project. Free coffee and snacks Laid back environment

    Cons

    Sometimes, you run out of things to do. This is due to the fact that sometimes management overestimates the difficulty/time demand of your project.

    Advice to Management

    Have the analysts consult with the interns more. Other than that, I don't really have any advice. Keep doing what you do.


  9. College Internship Review

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    Current Employee - Agency Field Intern in Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Agency Field Intern in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great team atmosphere, highly encouraged to give your opinion and praised for your work

    Cons

    difficult for someone with no family/prior knowledge of the insurance industry at times to keep up

    Advice to Management

    Feedback and praise is great!


  10. State Farm RDC Rocked

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Intern in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State Farm part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 Management

    Make your intern's work have an impact.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Current Intern - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State Farm as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are competent and pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Seems to have a glacial pace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Progressive product managers out.



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