SUPPORTING OUR EMPLOYEES WHO MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE
Society’s culture reflects our reputation as an experienced and successful regional business insurer. Unlike many of our competitors, Society has long championed employee autonomy and flexibility.
As President and CEO Rick Parks puts it, "Working in a small-company environment gives employees a real chance to make a difference, and to be involved in a variety of roles during their careers. If someone has a great idea, we want him or her to share it. That’s how we get better as a company and grow as people."
Rick Parks and Senior Vice President and COO Bill Reeves are active in the day-to-day decision-making process, meaning Society is able to respond to the ever-changing business environment quickly and efficiently.
Our honest, open attitude toward business fuels Society’s creativity and invites fresh new solutions. Individuality is respected and celebrated, including one’s background, culture, lifestyle and work techniques. Society encourages direct, clear communication and action at all levels. We’re flexible in our approach and practice responsible risk-taking. We reward both individual and team performance to acknowledge the contributions employees make toward bettering our company and assisting our partners.
Fun thrives at Society, kindled by our lighthearted, friendly atmosphere and a team of outgoing individuals. Our corporate-casual dress style exemplifies the respectful and relaxed environment we want our workplace to be.
At Society, we care about the total person, offering up free health club memberships along with a generous benefits package. Most of all, Society understands the importance of a work-life balance and lets employees enjoy flexible scheduling options.
TAILORED POLICIES, TERRIFIC PEOPLE
At Society, we believe our employees make the biggest difference. Their efforts lift our policyholders out of crises and positively impact the health of local businesses daily. Our employees’ creativity, flexibility and problem-solving skills fuel our business and define who we are as a company. Thanks to them, we’re able to back our detail-driven policies with unparalleled support and deep industry insight others can’t match.
For that reason, we place special importance on recruiting and mentoring the next crop of business insurance professionals. At the same time, we continue to foster current employees and help them reach their career goals. By working to improve the lives and skills of our employees, we not only help them better themselves—we better our company.
We frequently attend local college campuses to help support, educate and recruit talented students. Our events calendar is regularly updated and highlights when we'll be visiting local career fairs to discuss potential employment and internshipopportunities.
Working for Society
Whether you’re new to the workforce or wishing to take your career to the next level, Society is always looking for fresh talent. Working at Society helps develop your career by exposing you to a diverse array of niche industries. In addition to significant employee benefits, living in Fond du Lac comes with plenty of advantages, including a low cost of living and a central, accessible location. Plus, Wisconsin’s largest inland lake, Lake Winnebago, is just down the road.
HELPING OUR EMPLOYEES REACH THEIR PROFESSIONAL GOALS
Outside of providing great benefits and an ideal community to call home, we’re committed to helping our employees make a difference in their careers. Whether an employee wants to gain a greater understanding of other departments or share his or her knowledge by becoming a mentor, their manager can create an action plan to help them achieve their goals. This results in a more fulfilling and successful career for our employees.
Regardless of if an employee is fresh out of college or a seasoned upper-level executive, we work to advance their unique set of skills. We strongly support employees in every department of our company: claims, finance, human resources, information systems, marketing and sales, commercial underwriting and underwriting technical services.
Our proprietary, in-house “College of Insurance” program is also available for Society employees. Weekly classes are held detailing the intricacies of each department, providing a broader business perspective and fostering companywide collaboration.
WHY WE’RE THRILLED TO CALL FOND DU LAC HOME
We’re proud to be headquartered in Fond du Lac, a thriving, mid-sized city nestled against the shores of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest inland lake. Fond du Lac’s blend of bustling business and pristine nature gives the city’s 43,000-plus residents plenty to gush over. A lower cost of living, progressive school system and low crime rate also make Fond du Lac a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Outside of a lively art center, aquatic center and 30 new soccer fields, Lake Winnebago remains the center of activity. In the summer, residents rush to its waters to fish, boat and swim under the warm sun. Months later, they return to go ice skating and ice fishing. And if you’re the outdoorsy type, there’s also plenty of camping and snowmobiling to be had.
The economic climate of Fond du Lac owes its strength to its sizeable and diverse base of business and industry. From cheese-making to outboard motor manufacturing, dozens of industries have flocked to the city, contributing to the prosperity and personality of the community.
One of the most exciting aspects of Fond du Lac is our festivals. Now attracting more than 100,000 visitors a year, the city’s renowned Walleye Weekend lays claim to Wisconsin’s second-largest festival. This three-day fish fest features a weekend filled with sporting events, music acts from across the nation, angling tournaments and, of course, plenty of delicious food.
If you’re a lover of the arts, enroll for a workshop at Windover Center for the Arts or catch a play at Fond du Lac Community Theatre. There are also regular concerts from the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band to get your toes tapping.
The Fond du Lac medical community encompasses numerous health services, from primary care and family practice to specialized diagnostic treatment and physical therapy. These include St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, Aurora Health Center and Fond du Lac Surgery Center.
The Fond du Lac School District operates 14 school buildings, including three junior high schools and a senior high school, alongside an excellent variety of parochial schools. Three outstanding higher education facilities have campuses in Fond du Lac. They are the University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac, Marian University and Moraine Park Technical College, part of the Wisconsin Technical College System.
Major Markets Nearby
Fond du Lac is situated among several larger cities and benefits from a great location in central Wisconsin. Whether you want to catch a concert in downtown Milwaukee or a Packers game in Green Bay, you’re only a short drive away.
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College Campus Relations
WHAT WE DO ON CAMPUSES
We take an active role in supporting aspiring professionals by regularly participating in regional on-campus events. Whether it’s conducting mock interviews, reviewing résumés or speaking as a guest presenter, we aim to build professional relationships with students and promote their educational growth.
Of course, we’re also always on the lookout for fresh talent to bring aboard our expert team of insurance specialists. We focus on recruiting university business students with a knack for taking on big business challenges. We’re all about knowing what makes small businesses tick, so we look for individuals with the ability to pinpoint and solve our policyholders’ unique problems.
If you plan to visit us at a career fair, we recommend you bring a résumé, dress for success and follow up with us to make a good first impression. You can also set yourself apart by attending one of our other on-campus events and introducing yourself beforehand. Your efforts may help you land one of our paid summer internships, where you’ll gain real-world experience working alongside our dedicated specialists.
Cultivating the next crop of insurance professionals is one of the most important things we do at Society. We work side-by-side with interns to equip them with the skills they need be successful in our industry. We offer internships across a variety of departments, including everything from client claims to underwriting.
After sharpening their skills as members of our team, interns have the opportunity to sit down with Society President and CEO Rick Parks and Senior Vice President and COO Bill Reeves to discuss their experience and chart the next steps in their careers.
When selecting intern candidates, we look for insurance-minded business students in their junior year of college. A potential intern needs to be resourceful, customer focused, motivated and adept at professional communications.
Society internships are paid and can be taken for class credit. We offer both full-time summer internships and part-time internships during the school year.
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Environment and co-workers: It is the most welcoming and friendly environment I've ever experienced. My co-workers are very supportive. Upper management does not feel like upper management. The CEO knows almost everyone by name and could probably tell you everyone's first born child's name. He genuinely cares about you as an individual and is very supportive. Flexibility: Society offers flexible scheduling so employees can have a life outside of work. I held a part-time job on top of my job at Society, and they made it easy to transition from one job to the next. Benefits: You can't go wrong here. There's an AMAZING 401k company match, a pension, and low premiums for health, dental and vision insurance. Society does what they can to help me develop as a professional and further my career.
You may be the butt of a couple of jokes. Is that awful? No, but it's really the only con I could think of.
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Society Insurance has been a leading niche insurance carrier since 1915. With an exceptional depth of knowledge, Society focuses on providing comprehensive coverage packages and outstanding claims handling, underwriting and risk management for select business categories such as restaurants, bars, hotels and supermarkets. At Society, we specialize in the details to build ...
Mission: We operate and exist for the benefit of our policyholders by protecting their dreams, passions and livelihoods with tailor-made insurance solutions.