Esurance Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
191 Reviews
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191 Reviews
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Pros
  • Somewhat decent work/life balance after you put some time into the company (in 15 reviews)

  • Company is growing - an exciting time to be a part of it (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life Balance : They will call you anytime in night to fix "Urgent" issue (in 15 reviews)

  • No work life balance, heavy workloads, and no light at the end of the tunnel as of right now (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun place to work, great opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Esurance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast growing company with excellent training program for new hires.

    Cons

    No cons so far, great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Growing company, great office atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Esurance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, always willing to collaborate and get the job done. Intelligent people, very approachable and willing to finish challenging projects no matter what. Benefits and vacation time are decent for the Bay Area company.

    Cons

    Work from home policies can be a little more flexible (currently up to one day per week). As the company is growing some things tend to take more time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited opportunity to grow and advance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I loved my colleagues, good work/life balance and flexibility, supported outside training and prof growth and development

    Cons

    Company has changed a lot since being acquired. Does not thrive the same as before. Low morale, high turnover, and in need of better mgmt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great entry-level place, but not much opportunity to advance in career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Esurance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -work/life balance
    -close to public transportation
    -fun but dedicated coworkers
    -wear jeans
    -great restaurants in walking distance
    -SMG are open to discussing specifics during town hall meetings

    Cons

    -compensation doesn't seem to be competitive
    -archaic system of punching in/out
    -small display monitors (depends on which department you're in)
    -disorganized systems and processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good folks, really depends on the department you work at

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst (Statistician) in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Actuarial Analyst (Statistician) in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Esurance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compared to many large corporate insurance companies, Esurance is definitely on the younger, hipper end. Great place for you to start a career and learn new things.

    Cons

    The company tries to make itself seem as a startup or compete with startup companies, but definitely is not good at it. As the company expands, it's becoming more corporate and less transparent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, great first job, but lacked in terms of company culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Esurance full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, pretty good salary, great people

    Cons

    Work-life balance was pretty poor, and the company culture is more insurance company than dot-com technology company. It was almost as if the company had an identity crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking about Esurance as an insurance product. It severely limits the user experience. Re-think it as something new, different, innovative.

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

    Best job of my life!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Esurance full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I had the privilege of working for Esurance during two huge rapid growth spurts, and I loved that they want people to step up, step in and help drive the company forward. Despite it being a highly regulated industry, they do some pretty cutting edge stuff. It is not at all political, and management has a healthy approach to leading the business.

    Cons

    Being acquired by Allstate has added some extra bureacracy. That said, most employees are not exposed to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on the people. And, stay real and authentic. Focus on keeping the special Esurance culture that you have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    A lot of work…a lot less appreciation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The company is growing fast right now so as long as you are not screwing up there is job security..at least for the IT department. There are a lot of talented employees that are good to work with and get the job done in spite of obstacles.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by mid level managers. Take a new idea to your manager and the answer is “we don’t do it that way”..the same idea when presented to your manager from their manager is the “best thing” and why aren’t we doing it?
    Overworked. No regard for your personal life when scheduling work. The new Work/Life balance project implemented over the last year basically just adds to your workload. They bring food in so you can work at your desk and thus get more work out of you.
    Lack of assessment and planning. Projects are implemented at a very fast pace without needed planning and testing. Works sometimes but other times it waste a lot of time and brings a negative outlook to the environment.
    People are treated as 2nd class resources. No recognition from management of a job well done. “Merit” raises, for the most part are just cost of living allowances and are handed out at the same rate for everyone. Job reviews are non-existent other that the self review which is required 2 times a year and then not mentioned or brought up in your manager’s review of you.
    Career development is nonexistent unless you are a “yes” man. Esurance has grown and succeeded “in spite” of these managers not because of them. Find a way to hear from the employees without the employee feeling like it will affect his/her job. Slow down and do it right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Its ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Location is great. Close to public transportation (Bart, Muni)
    - Large Company

    Cons

    - Outdated
    - Work Life Balance : They will call you anytime in night to fix "Urgent" issue
    - Good if you are happy with what you know. Not a type of environment where you can expand your skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about employees. Dont treat every issue/bug as "Urgent"

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fast-paced, dynamic workplace with exciting opportunities opening up all the time

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

    I have been working at Esurance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The firm is entering so many new lines of business (home, motorcycle, renters) that there are tons of opportunities for actuaries and analysts to step up and do very meaningful work in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    You really need to be a self-starter to work here. Because of the rapid growth, there's not a whole lot of hand-holding that goes on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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