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Nice People - Odd Company Policies

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Capitola, CA
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Capitola, CA

I worked at State Farm

Pros

Friendly supportive staff. Cordial work environment. Upper management followed company rules so if you read the rules you knew what was expected of you.

Cons

We had to pay for the coffee in the break room, and the policy for sick days was very, very strict. If you missed one day without a doctors note, you were docked the days salary. Seriously, who goes to the doctor for a cold or other minor illness. The result of this policy was that people came to work sick. Which got everyone else sick. Very unproductive policy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A free cup of coffee goes a long way my friend when it comes to goodwill with your employees.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Excellent place for you to prepare for your retirement

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bloomington, IN

    I have been working at State Farm

    Pros

    Hardly ever any layoffs. Little oversight from a share holder board (please check for ownership type information, you would be surprised). Company funded pension + 401k. So, there is little attrition. Good town for young families. Friendly with veterans and GEDs.

    Cons

    Low attrition makes nepotism very prevalent. Families work here for 2 or 3 generations. If you don't have high school friends here, you are at a disadvantage politically. Things move in glacier time. Education is seldomly critical. Ivy League types better not apply. Very risk averse. A lot of people show up for retirement rather than work. Once you come here for 2 or 3 years, you may find you become un-marketable out there. So, if you will come here, make sure you try extra hard to stay up to date about the outside market trends.

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    Great for experience in insurance, but nowhere to move up

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    Current Employee - AGENT STAFF - TEAM MEMBER  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - AGENT STAFF - TEAM MEMBER in Houston, TX

    I have been working at State Farm

    Pros

    - Good training with industry professionals
    - Will teach you how to sell
    - You'll become confident selling to all ages and backgrounds
    - Understanding of people's financial situations
    - Lots of support from your agent. After all, you're making him money

    Cons

    - There is no promotion, nowhere to be promoted to
    - It's up to the agent how they want to pay you. They could be generous with a salary, or commission based.
    - TONS of down time some days and others you'll just be cold calling all day.
    - Management at levels higher than agents tend to think of you as useless and don't understand why the agent couldn't do your job.
    - Management higher than agent level also doesn't care a bit about the relationship or being a "good neighbor" they only want numbers to go up.

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