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State Farm Intern Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
1,887 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance and encouragement to continue insurance education (in 106 reviews)

  • Great training program, plenty of opportunities to advance and great benefits package (in 82 reviews)


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

  • No room for advancement with contract employees and lower pay with no benefits (in 41 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great internship program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Bloomington, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Bloomington, IL

    I worked at State Farm

    Pros

    A great internship program and good overall experience
    Very laid back atmosphere
    Casual dress code
    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    INEFFICIENT and wasteful as a company (In how they use their resources)
    Boring
    Few short term opportunities, only employees who stay for 20+ years are really rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start acting like a publicly traded company. Stop the waste and inefficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship at State Farm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Blacksburg, VA

    I worked at State Farm

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Good business model and corporate support for the agent. Marketing techniques used within State Farm really help the agent in the long run.

    Cons

    Didn't get paid. Not any work to do in the office. Was forced to do an internship by my college so I was pretty bored and angry about the whole process. Didn't learn anything I already knew and was a waste of time. Cons as an agent would probably be all the downtime in the office all the employees have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize your interns in a more efficient manner. Hell, I would've washed his car if I didn't have to sit in the terrible office and stare at a computer for 8 hours everyday.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Chico, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Chico, CA

    I have been working at State Farm

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow and advance in the company. They had strong values that were seen throughout the corporate environment.

    Cons

    As an intern the even though you have a big hand in delivering sales for the agent and everyone in the office, you don't get bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much advice is needed. Everything that I have seen so far makes me a firm believer int he company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst - College Intern in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst - College Intern in Bloomington, IL

    I have been working at State Farm

    Pros

    Decent pay for the amount of work you have to do.
    Relatively low stress.
    Great work/life balance.
    There is a lot of opportunity to move to any department if you're willing to go through training.
    State Farm uses consultants that help get a lot of work done.

    Cons

    The corporate headquarters is in Bloomington, IL.

    When making a career path change within the company, the training provided to prepare you for a new job isn't always the best.

    The systems (computer/technical) department isn't full of the most competent minds. Part of the problem is that State Farm tries to be really accommodating for individuals seeking new career opportunities and it's common for non-technical people to move into technical jobs. Some technical jobs require a formal computer related education.

    Software development is not that exciting at State Farm, it's rather mundane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't purchase software that is meant to aid employees before talking to the employees who will be forced to use it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Agency Intern in Murfreesboro, TN
    Current Employee - Agency Intern in Murfreesboro, TN

    I have been working at State Farm

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    handle and deliver all marketing products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maketing Intern in Slingerlands, NY
    Former Employee - Maketing Intern in Slingerlands, NY

    I worked at State Farm

    Pros

    CRM software is easy to workwith and prepare. Freedom to freely create marketing materials

    Cons

    part time status limits advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more feedback

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, balanced work, solid company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Intern in Bloomington, IL
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Intern in Bloomington, IL

    I worked at State Farm

    Pros

    Great people--friendly, down to earth, talented, knowledgeable. As an intern, I had an excellent experience within my department. They take care of their employees and people respect each other. There isn't much office politics that I hear about at other places. Employees seemed to really care about teaching me and trusted me with independent work on big projects. They cover relocation expenses for the summertime. They also have an amazing "State Farm Park" with pool, lazy river, miniature golf, intramural sports leagues--it's a ton of fun after work! (Hours were 8-4:15).
    G

    Cons

    Indoors it's cubicle-world. There's a big cafeteria, but I still felt like I was in high school. There isn't a lot of activity in Bloomington. State Farm Park might be the biggest attraction!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wasn't informed of the full-time positions available after graduation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I like it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at State Farm

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    From an intern's viewpoint, State Farm Insurance treated everyone with respect and promoted professional development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at State Farm

    Pros

    They have a very extensive and well-managed internship program for college students with amazing benefits, higher than average pay and a lot of responsibility. Everyone treats you as if you are a part of the company (not a lowly intern), the projects are fulfilling and you get the chance to network with some high-level executives. I would recommend this to everyone! Interview process is long and difficult, but well worth it. This company has great integrity.

    Cons

    Entry-level work is fairly limited to Claim's Representative or Underwriter. They have a policy of starting you of on this side of the company,and then you can switch to Human Resources, PR etc. This is okay, but I would like to go into a different segment. Also, they tell you that you will be required to move around a lot to be promoted within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More entry-level positions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in Bloomington, IL
    Former Employee - Actuarial Intern in Bloomington, IL

    I worked at State Farm

    Pros

    It was a great atmosphere and provided a chance to learn about the business and industry. They also encouraged a healthy balance between work and personel life.

    Cons

    If you really want to enjoy life in the big city, Bloomington, IL may not be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I felt that the feedback management provided to the interns was valuable and should assist in my future career as an actuary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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