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26 days ago

Associate Data Scientist

Allstate Insurance Menlo Park, CA

The Allstate Research and Planning Center (ARPC) in Menlo Park, CA is seeking an Associate Data Scientist for its Analytics group. This person will… Allstate Insurance


26 days ago

Principal Data Scientist

Allstate Insurance Menlo Park, CA

The Allstate Research and Planning Center (ARPC) in Menlo Park, CA is seeking an experienced predictive modeler for its Analytics group. This person… Allstate Insurance


19 hrs ago

Data Analytics Engineer – new

Allstate Insurance Menlo Park, CA

The Research Data Infrastructure Data Analytics Engineer team is responsible for working with clients to create scaled out business solutions using… Allstate Insurance


26 days ago

Entry Level Field Auto Technical Adjuster

Allstate Insurance San Jose, CA

Voted one of the World's Leading Top 100 Companies by Forbes magazine Do you have a passion for helping others? Are you interested in vehicles… Allstate Insurance


22 days ago

Entry Level Liability Claim Adjuster

Allstate Insurance Livermore, CA

Allstate┬« Good Work. Good Life. Good Hands.┬« Voted one of the Worlds Leading Top 100 Companies by Forbes magazine Do you have a passion for… Allstate Insurance


2 days ago

Agency Process Associate – new

Allstate Insurance San Francisco, CA

Train Agents. Implement processes. Drive business results. Become a future sales leader. The Agency Sales division helps develop business… Allstate Insurance


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    Decent learning experience and eye-opening wastes of manpower (Updated 3/8/2014)

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    Former Employee - Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Allstate as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - You may find yourself doing some really unexpected tasks, but they will be fun. These will also help diversify your working knowledge and background for subsequent positions.
    - So much potential to just dive in and get to work on different projects and the R&D process.
    - At meetings or even the R&D sessions, you will feel like you are really making a difference.
    - Work contributions are taken seriously and implemented if they make sense and show positive results consistently.

    Cons

    - You may find yourself doing some really unexpected tasks or working on a project that clearly has no future in its current state.
    - Communication issues in teams. Supervisors have difficulty conveying accurate feedback. Sometimes will provide contradictory statements as feedback and expect you to know how to walk the line.
    - Because projects start so quickly, sometimes getting consumer insight is completely skipped, and when it is sought out, it is usually too late to stop anyway.
    - Controlling managers and supervisors will demand that work be done their way to the point that they may just reach over your shoulder and commandeer your keyboard.

    Update:
    - Watch your finances with them. They hired a debt collection agency to come after me 6 months after the end of the internship to claim a debt. I have no idea what it was for since there are no details, but rather than let it damage my credit score, I just paid it in full and let their strong arm push me around. The only thing I can think of that this would be for would be for accidental overpay, so I am fine with returning the amount. But honestly, Allstate should be on top of this before it becomes a hassle for their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before embarking on huge projects or new products, consider pilot testing the idea with some focus groups. Having a focus group early in the process and then again part way through for fine tuning is fine, but you can't afford to just do one focus group right before release. And then pay attention to the data you get from these groups. You cannot afford to just blatantly disregard your consumer feedback because "you know they really like it even if they aren't saying it."

    Update:
    Rather than looking into a debt collection agency to go after an intern for a mistake you made, contact the intern directly yourself. You have the contact info on file. Is it really that much of a hassle to speak directly to me? Or is it really just easier to provide a collection agency with all my info and set up a debt file? I would have gladly spoken to any financial worker at Allstate to sort this out (and so I have a better idea of what I am actually paying for).

    As a result of this recent occurrence, I have to set my rating to 1 star. Debt claims and collection can have vast impacts on an intern during a time period when establishing and maintaining good credit is important. I sincerely hope you do not do this to any of your other interns. Unless things change, I would no longer recommend any internship with this company.

    And one more important note, that I should have added earlier... Managers need to be solid communicators for their fellow workers. You can't afford to give a person feedback suggesting that we need to follow directions exactly as given then in the next breath give feedback suggesting that we exercise our own discretion on project editing rather than following directions exactly.

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