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  1.  

    Top Heavy IT Department

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    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Allstate full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - The pay and benefits are very much in line with industry standard, if not a bit above.
    - Work from home options are available, and PTO offered (based on experience) is well-above industry standard.
    - There is a ton of work to be done on a wide-reaching set of technologies, so there is potential for career / knowledge growth.

    Cons

    - The onboarding process that I experienced was, by far, the worst that I have ever seen. The most that will be done (after an hour of scrambling because you weren't expected) is to sit you at an empty desk with no explanation of the Allstate processes, systems, etc. Any questions you may have are not answered or, if you do get an answer, you'll be told "Welcome to Allstate", with knowing silence to follow.
    - The IT department (for which I worked) is very top heavy, with most everyone in a leadership position having been with the company for their entire careers. There is no room for other perspectives other than the way things are done at Allstate.
    - The IT management I worked with/for was very much in the mold of wanting to take credit whenever things were going well, and to pass blame off to subordinates whenever things were not. While I do not question the fact that they are managers (i.e. - they have a title), I do question whether they are truly leaders.
    - It is assumed that if something is spoken in Northbrook (HQ), that everyone at every other business location is aware of what was spoken immediately. This is despite the fact that most conversations happen within cubicle farms and no other communication outside of that is offered, in the moment or in follow-up.
    - Your nights and weekends are considered expendable at a moment's notice and without question. While generous PTO is offered, the opportunities to take that PTO are far and few between.
    - The IT department is very process-driven, to the point where you will be handcuffed from doing anything truly meaningful. It appears that the thought is to manage people with limited knowledge through processes and systems, but it severely handcuffs people from getting a lot of work accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is something seriously amiss within the IT department at Allstate. The entire department should be analyzed for improvements to both staff and processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lazy company, not aggressive with sales or commission

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Miami, FL

    I worked at Allstate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You work with a small team and your agent can give you mentoring if you want to stay in the biz

    Cons

    Not aggressive with pricing or sales/commission. Could easily be the second biggest company if they were more aggressive with sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find hustlers, pay them what they are worth, even if its straight commission make it at least first 6 months earnings (usually 5-10% of policy premium)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Mixed feedback

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales

    I worked at Allstate full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits (insurance, vacation, wellness, etc.). HR was very pleasant to work with, they are very organized so entry into the company from an admin perspective was simple. Pay was reasonable for the position.

    Cons

    Comp structure in sales was never clearly articulated for the requirements of the job (sales), which, as I was in a new division was very much a work in progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way to many layers and complex organizational structure. Company seems to cater (or pander) to its agents, which, would be logical if the revenue generated was driven equally across the agent network. However, since the bulk of the reveue is driven by such a a small # of agents (80/20 rule), the sensitivity to the agent network overall, inhibits the company from really leveraging technology and other distribution channels. Trapped in an 80 year old culture/mindset.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Normal for a big company

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    Current Employee - Licensed Sales Producer
    Current Employee - Licensed Sales Producer

    I have been working at Allstate

    Pros

    Decent pay. Agency owners are nice people.

    Cons

    No benefits for agency staff. Strict underwriting guidelines make it hard for LSP's to hit targets. We spend more time chasing paperwork than new clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good to work for, until...

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Allstate

    Pros

    Worked in IT for 21 years...good job stability until times got tough for the corporation. Promotions within were good, pay was good, benefits were expensive but good.

    Cons

    Promotions usually went to those that presented themselves well...not always to the best workers that provided results. Management not always interested in your career desires. Laid off after 21 years of dedicated service. My career was over after a 10 minute meeting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to get rid of good employees over money. Pay and keep the performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financial Rep

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    Former Employee - Financial Consultant/Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Consultant/Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Allstate full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are on your own with little help getting set up. Worked mainley with new agents . So tge had no large boojs of clients. All the senior agents were filled with sub producers. There was on Financial rep that covered 40 offices him self and 6 sub producers. A lot of these sub producers were fixed life only and not 6 and 63 lic.

    Cons

    Get rid of the sub producer way of doing bussiness. give every financial rep 5 to 6 offices. Some new some large. In PA it was the haves and the have nots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had one good office that I was able to get away from a sub producer who was only 8k to 10k in gdc. The next year working with me 6 and 63 lic. We did 100k in gdc. If I had one more office like that I still would be there. The rest of my area was new agents that were doing 3k to 6k a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Highs and Lows.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allstate

    Pros

    Overall very friendly/nice people. Great benefits. Home Office has awesome amenities. Pretty good flexibility (but depends on department - can vary greatly).

    Cons

    Very political. Some leaders are power hungry and passive aggressive (rather than dealing directly with a work issue, they might instead block a person's career development or something to that effect). The company is huge and very slow moving overall (certain departments have a lot of bureaucracy that doesn't help the end goal).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should not be able to use their power to play favorites and place their their personal feelings about people higher than a person's performance when it comes to reviews. Also applying the work/life balance policies would be much better for everyone. Let go of some of the process/bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    hours are very flexible now

    Cons

    relying on company for good rates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help us to retain customers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Poor

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Insurance industry is long lasting and will contribute to a safe career

    Cons

    Fragmentation across the industry and neglecting to keep up with competition with IT world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider building a better office environment and keeping energy high pace to match those of top tech firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    too much politics

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Allstate

    Pros

    There are good people there.

    Cons

    managers are like robots, no one wants to stick their neck out and make a decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on some meaningful goals and get everyone in the organization working together to achieve them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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