FBL Financial Reviews

Updated May 12, 2015
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  1. Agent

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agent
    Current Employee - Agent

    I have been working at FBL Financial full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, being your own boss, controlling your own income

    Cons

    quotas drive your decision making as a new agent, inheriting a book requires time and help to service


  2. Programmer III

    Former Employee - Programmer III in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Programmer III in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked at FBL Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, great benefits

    Cons

    Growth path not clear, some of the managers are clueless about what their employees do, salaries below market

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more


  3. Helpful (2)

    Solid company, opportunities vary by department

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Marketing in West Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at FBL Financial full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice campus, mostly solid management, stable company, family-like atmosphere

    Cons

    Pay doesn't keep up with competitors, promotions are relatively few, some areas have little to no opportunities for advancement


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Nice benefits, good salary, other characteristics were variable

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked at FBL Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good cafeteria benefits plan
    Competitive salary
    Health insurance, sick leave
    Employee wellness program and excellent fitness center facilities, instruction and coaching
    Caring, team-oriented employees, seniority with high knowledge and skills

    Cons

    Job and culture changes occurred with high management turnover at all levels in the company
    Superficial differences seem to be seen as characteristics of employees with leadership ability or potential
    Some management lacked the depth of understanding, leadership and management skills to be effective
    Age discrimination was frequent and one employee proved it in lawsuit
    Age discrimination was a factor in the 2009 lay offs, but the outsourcing of a department hid the high percentage of older employees let go
    Support for employees who lost their jobs was low, no outplacement help

    Advice to Management

    Increase diversity
    Value consistency


  6. Lower stress, lower pay

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in West Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at FBL Financial

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    overall modest work hours, flexible, stress free, friendly, competent bosses, modest commute time if you live in the area, work/family balance

    Cons

    Pay in the investment area below average. Career path unknown. 2% pay raises implemented in 2011, well after the worst of the recession. No bonus structure which further exasperates pay discrepancy.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Laid back work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Employee in West Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at FBL Financial

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance at FBL Financial Group Inc. was excellent in terms of very little over-time. Opportunities for professional development are a plus and the company will contribute to the costs at a fairly high percentage. The culture is fairly laid back and there is a fair amount of interaction between the management and employees.

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are on the lower end. Vacation is particularly lacking considering the lower level of base pay. The bonus system is measured on a company basis instead of by department, which distances employees from an actual goal and instead seems like a random occurrence.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on.


  8. Accounting

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Accountant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Accountant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at FBL Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Accounting is one of the most important business processes. With it, we know what are the gains and losses of companies, and at the same time to determine the decision.

    Cons

    the only disadvantage that could affect accounting is not automated processes to bring the volume of transactions.

    Advice to Management

    The people who run the accounting area, should be trained to fill them, since each error translates into money.


  9. Good learning opportunity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FBL Financial

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great benefits package (insurance coverage better than most, employee responsible for 20% of insurance cost but company provides for a good portion of that 20% by giving you credits in the cafeteria plan)
    - Great coworkers - very friendly and helpful
    - good training opportunities offered in-house
    - bonuses awarded for obtaining industry certifications
    - plenty of parking and very wide parking spaces

    Cons

    - employees may be treated differently depending on what department they work in and therefore job satisfaction can very greatly between departments.
    - pay below average for industry & location
    - 50 + hours annual average per week required for all employees in my department



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