Accuquote Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Wheeling, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Wheeling, IL

    I have been working at Accuquote full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    First, it starts at the top. The CEO, Byron Udell, is absolutely dedicated to the product and this company. He has an open door policy, literally. If you ever have questions or concerns, he welcomes you to stop by his office and share your thoughts with him. I have never worked in life insurance before and within a year I was making very good money! It wasn't just the money though. I found myself becoming an even better Life Insurance agent. Everybody here wants you to be successful and wants you to be the best you can be. I have come to love the life insurance industry and find myself sharing the same passion as our CEO! Great company!

    Cons

    The only thing would be the benefits. Of course, with Obamacare and rising costs in healthcare, it's difficult for any company to provide health insurance to their employees at cheap rates, but it certainly would be nice!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to promote from within and listen to agent's ideas! We will grow as a company if we continue to work together!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Accuquote Response

    Feb 17, 2015CEO

    Wow! Thanks for the kind words. It’s very important for me to have an open door policy, where AEs and staff can come in my office to run things by me. If someone has a case that’s challenging or a ... More

  2. Sales Driven

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accuquote (more than a year)

    Pros

    success was rewarded but support could have been better

    Cons

    short term outlook narrowed responsiveness to quick fixes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on one major initiative at a time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Accuquote Response

    Mar 2, 2015CEO

    Thanks for your review. It’s a priority to me to reward good people who do good work, so I’m glad that’s being noticed. As for our priorities and objectives, we’ve identified a few key ones (one is ... More

  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Great place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accuquote

    Pros

    Near my house which is good.

    Cons

    Not sure of any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I haven't been there long enough.

    Accuquote Response

    Jan 13, 2015CEO

    Thanks for the feedback and favorable review. I wish all of our employees had as short a commute as you do. And my house is near the office as well, so I can appreciate what a perk it is!

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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Leadership Team who cares about employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Video Producer in Wheeling, IL
    Current Employee - Video Producer in Wheeling, IL

    I have been working at Accuquote full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Byron, and the rest of the Senior Leadership team, as well as all of the supervisors and other employees really do care about everyone, and do their best to make everyone feel welcome and important. Byron is a very good CEO and his direct connection with the employees really goes to show how important this company is to him, and how he wants his employees to feel good about working here.

    Life Insurance is a important product and people do need to be protected, so it feels good that you are actually working for a company whose number one priority is to help people.

    Cons

    Location in Wheeling is a bit far from the city.
    Benefits could be slightly better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing with making employees feel welcomed and important. Listen to ideas, and don't be afraid of change or growth!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Accuquote Response

    Jan 2, 2015CEO

    Thank you very much for the feedback and kind words. It is important to me that all our employees feel welcome—that’s the culture and environment we aim to have here. And I make it well known that ... More

  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Innovative Company with Passion and Growth Opportunity!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Wheeling, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Wheeling, IL

    I have been working at Accuquote full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Culture is very friendly. Solid track record of promoting from within. CEO displays an incredible love and passion for what we do for our customers, and that passion reminds us every single day why our customers need our help and guidance. Some employees have the ability to work remotely from home, which provides an excellent work life balance. New perk gives a nice discount for a health club membership at a brand new facility close to our office. Plenty of growth opportunity for those who work hard and apply themselves! Large TV screens throughout the entire office give our employees different kinds of helpful information in a fun way to see it! Very exciting to see where our company will be in the next 1 to 3 years as we look to expand our product portfolio solutions for our customers!

    Cons

    While the Long Term Disability benefits are outstanding, employees who need health insurance for their families have a hard time making this work for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to ask and listen to our employees even further to hear what they want. We all tend to get busy with the "day to day", but making time to ask, listen, and communicate more on the topics most important to our employees is something we can get even better at.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Accuquote Response

    Nov 3, 2014CEO

    Thanks very much for your feedback, and for the positive comments about your experience at AccuQuote. We certainly value our longtime employees like yourself.

    It gives me such pleasure to read
    ... More

  7. Manager of Architecture and Database

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accuquote (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Flexible schedule and fast paced work environment.

    Cons

    Small company with limited budgets and the worst benefit package I have ever experienced in all of my positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Accuquote Response

    Dec 8, 2014CEO

    Thank you very much for the feedback. Our people are one of our most valuable assets, and we certainly make a healthy work-life balance a top priority.

    In terms of our benefits, we are always
    ... More

  8. Honest Review - Look Elsewhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, IL

    I worked at Accuquote full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers, they are what make you come in everyday but most have left for greener pastures. Nothing else.

    Cons

    Inconsistent messages from management (some of which have no business or experience being managers), low pay and the overall feeling that the only thing the company cares about is $$$$.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making your employees feel dejected and have some more seasoned members of management. Compensate your employees appropriately and work together - the atmosphere culminates an "all for myself attitude" and not a team mentality by any stretch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Accuquote Response

    Oct 6, 2014CEO

    Thanks very much for your feedback. I'm sorry your experience here wasn't more positive, but I agree with you that the people here help make the work fulfilling and satisfying. Our talented employees ... More

  9. An average firm with potential, but lack of direction and leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wheeling, IL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wheeling, IL

    I worked at Accuquote as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The current VP of IT is an amazing leader and wonderful woman to work for and with. The staff is friendly and it's a relatively good place to go to work everyday.

    The firm is very good with work/life balance and my experience there was not only flexible, but understanding and all members of the staff that I dealt with, including senior leadership focused on family first.

    Cons

    From an IT perspective, the infrastructure is incredibly old and senior management doesn't seem to place a true value in that infrastructure.

    Senior leadership at it's highest levels are a bit snobbish, and very cheap. Decisions are not made on value, they are made on cost. There has been recent turnover at the top of the leadership chain and the new executive that runs the ship will be retiring soon. Therefore more turnover in management can be expected.

    Their benefits package is quite possibly the worst I have ever seen. If you have a family, you can without a doubt, do better elsewhere.

    The saddest thing about this firm is the lack of vision for where the company will be going in the future. They are very locked into "process" rather than progress. The HR department is a tiny bit slippery, unclear in their direction, but in fairness to them, they are honest and try to be fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on process and more on progress. My personal experience with you showed the signs of a good small company to work for, but unclear vision and follow through. You have an ace in the hole with Kim Illg and you should give her the wings to fly as far as she would like to. She made a hiring decision recently that was overturned, and that was a mistake in my opinion. That being said, I wish all of you the best and feel that you have some great people in place overall to help to get you where you need to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Accuquote Response

    Oct 7, 2014CEO

    Wow! Rarely do we get such detailed, specific and thought out comments here, so thanks for that. And thanks for the feedback. Whether it’s positive or negative, we value the input from former ... More

  10. Passion driven company and great people to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, IL

    I have been working at Accuquote full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Owner and leadership are passionate about protecting as many families as possible.
    Entreprenuerial culture values employees ideas and offers opportunities to contribute talents.
    Work-life balance is a definte plus.

    Cons

    If you have an interest or talent in another area, let someone know. Opportunities exist to contribute in other departments or on various projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Accuquote Response

    Aug 18, 2014CEO

    This is the type of review that makes me proud of the company we've built. It's so rewarding to learn that my passion is rubbing off on the other people here. And knowing that you're a current ... More

  11. Once a promising company, now seems to be on its deathbed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Wheeling, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Wheeling, IL

    I have been working at Accuquote full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a company with absolutely great potential: the CEO has true passion for what the company does, paired with a fantastically talented staff, though current leadership appears to lack ability to influence and impart vision in a wider scope to their respective departments. The people we work are the absolute best asset the company has --- you won't find another company with more dedicated employees that WANT to make a difference in the world at large with what they do!

    Cons

    Senior leadership does not appear to connect with or understand their subordinates at a respectable level. Often times, the day to day difficulties seem lost upon most management and the obstacles faced (and overcome!) by most employees are apparently disregarded by "higher-ups". Healthcare costs are high, holiday time off is at the absolute bare minimum, no matched 401k, and generally sloppy management of departments feels rampant. Recent mass layoffs have rocked the foundation of the company and there is a general feeling of instability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify, simplify, simplify. You have too many initiatives and no clear vision or direction. This was a great company once, and can be again! Your employees are what made this company grow at an incredible pace early on, and THEY are what can set it back on track. Listen to their complaints, heed their concern. If someone says they're overworked, they likely are. Above all else, compensate equally, give credit where credit is due! Extremely talented people have left for better opportunities based on that alone. Best of luck in the future!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Accuquote Response

    Aug 18, 2014CEO

    Thanks for your feedback. You're right about the passion and talent that exists at AccuQuote - both are plentiful. And our dedication is, in my opinion, what sets us apart; we are relentless about ... More

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