California Department of Insurance

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Updated May 18, 2015
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  1. Associate Insurance Examiner

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance full-time

    Pros

    One of the pros of working for the Department is the people that work there.

    Cons

    The downside is the slightly low salary relative to other financial service jobs.


  2. Stable

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Insurance Examiner in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Insurance Examiner in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty easy workload. Very little stress.

    Cons

    You tend to get complacent. The salary is just okay.


  3. Rating and Underwriting Market Conduct Analyst

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

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stable environment with opportunity to gain experience in all lines of insurance

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are limited

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities for growth


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  5. Nice place for entry level experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Department of Insurance

    Pros

    Good working environment. Very friendly people. Good for retirement people and stable life.

    Cons

    Limited motivation and potential. No other cons that I can think of this moment.


  6. well organized

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Department of Insurance full-time

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

    Pros

    This is the entry and development class for the Insurance Examiner series. Incumbents are assigned duties and responsibilities commensurate with their respective background and training. Positions are permanently allocated to this classification when a major portion of the duties performed does not include the more responsible, varied and difficult assignments found in the Insurance Examiner series.

    Cons

     Demonstrated accounting knowledge and experience, and ability to read and interpret financial statements.  Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Possess good organizational and problem solving skills.  Ability to work as a team member and be flexible and responsive to various tasks assigned.  Willingness to travel and work away from the headquarters office including out-of-state travel.  Experience in the use of computer application programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, etc.


  7. Family style work environment with opportunity for growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Retirement benefits and job stability. The leads and coworkers are very helpful and will bring you up to speed. This department fosters a positive work atmosphere.

    Cons

    The State budget affects promotion opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the leads to lead and lead from the back as a supportive manager. (Some managers are already doing this.)


  8. There's only so much you're allowed to learn..

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

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back, easy 9-5, excellent benefits, TONS of time off, plenty of state holidays, union-mandated 5% annual raise, plenty of young professionals to network with and get to know

    Cons

    No challenge/growth, little opportunities for promotion - you have to promote outside of your unit or wait 5-7 years to promote. Team workload inequitably distributed.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate tasks better. Be a mentor and encourage promotion.


  9. very friendly place to work, great people, great benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    no OT, no stress compare to other insurance companies

    Cons

    can't work at home, hours are fixed

    Advice to Management

    would like to have more exposures to other areas of work


  10. The Department of Insurance is a great place for work/life balance, but a difficult place to find work fulfillment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Attorney in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Department is a solid place to work if your primary concerns are job security and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for career advancement. Job skills are not very transferable, unless you are interested in a career in the insurance industry. Because the Insurance Commissioner is an elected official, many job duties are heavily influenced by politics.

    Advice to Management

    There is a significant need for training and better management of day-to-day operations. Some management are unable to make decisions on issues, which directly results in inefficiencies and confusion about the Department's objectives.


  11. Helpful (2)

    It's very rewarding working with many senior analyst.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst Student Assistant

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get a big picture of the insurance industry and insurance companies
    Learn to anaylze the operation, asset adequency and liability risks for insurance companies
    Build excel modelling skills and actuarial analysis skills
    Get to know the state insurance laws and calculations for nonforfeiture values

    Cons

    No full time opportunity provided
    The internship period is about one half year
    Not get into very detailed actuarial analysis

    Advice to Management

    Probably rotation opportunities among life insurance, annuity, medicare areas will be helpful for students to discover their interests.
    A trainning programs on the State law, main calculations and models



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