Farm Bureau Financial Services

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Farm Bureau Financial Services Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
35 Reviews
3.4
35 Reviews
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Farm Bureau Financial Services

    Pros

    Positive, collaborative working environment with room to grow.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of anything negative.

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    Ok place to work at

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhattan, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhattan, KS

    I worked at Farm Bureau Financial Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly nice people to work with, and an ok environment. decent product to offer clients. is proactive in offering educational opportunities. had a decent cafeteria - not sure if still present.

    Cons

    meddlesome middle management. Pay is poor, but being in a college town will do that. not always committed to doing what's right, instead does what's easy at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for. Trust those on the front lines more. Continue the focus on educational opportunities. Don't be afraid to take chances.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    made it about 1 year and 9 months which was longer then 14 of the 18 i went through 2 month training class with

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    Former Employee - Insurance Agent in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Insurance Agent in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Farm Bureau Financial Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Training was excellent at Farm Bureau 1st year commissions were very generous

    Cons

    Price is a big obstacle here despite the upper managements rap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think upper management is well aware of the challenges to the new agents many of them still shave comfortably ever morning when they wake up in their big beautiful homes focusing on the few that can make it a career. My class was 0 out of 18. You better be a strong marketer with a master plan and an existing customer base that loves you or you will go away too.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Comany changes goals and does not fully disclose contract info

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Farm Bureau Financial Services as a contractor

    Pros

    Great oportunity to learn and continue education

    Cons

    Lack of support form management and tough products to sell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Farm Bureau Financial Services part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility. Very fun work environment.

    Cons

    Work is rarely consistent. Wish there was more training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Administrative assistant to a district manager

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    Former Employee - Fields Sales Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Fields Sales Administrative Assistant in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Farm Bureau Financial Services part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The job really depends on the manager you work for. Mine was easy going and flexible. The pay was just okay but I didn't care. It was part time and I shared it with a friend so we could cover for eachother, etc.

    Cons

    Outdated software. They still used lotus notes and typical corporation stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seemed like management positions had high turn over. Hard business to get into (insurance sales). Maybe offer more help to the agents and don't fluff the managers so much. They do very little.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to have insurance with. Great career if you do things right.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Farm Bureau Financial Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are your own boss. Providing knowledge and products that will benefit your clients now and as their life needs change. Managing your own office and staff.

    Cons

    I was on the edge of my managers area and received almost no support/training. I felt his philosophy was develop a system and if it works "great" for everyone and if not "well, we'll get someone else". I learned a lot about insurance and I learned how not to organize your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good and Bad with this employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Farm Bureau Financial Services as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Long running and stable company
    Lots of great people to work with
    Administrative team strong
    Some really good managers in certain service lines.

    Cons

    Upper management old school and short sighted in growth. They also have unrealistic expectations of their sales staff, so turnover on Sales side tends to burn and churn in certain regions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask your sales managers and staff what is working and what is not. Certain areas/demographics not able to reach your goals.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Windows 7 Migration Team in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Windows 7 Migration Team in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Farm Bureau Financial Services full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the people that work at Farm Bureau are very nice people and I liked working there.

    Cons

    Short contracts in which need to be lengthened. Many times people need contracts longer than 3 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make longer contracts for people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good solid company

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    Former Employee - Career Agent in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Career Agent in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Farm Bureau Financial Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good training but can be information overload.

    Cons

    smaller market share. doesn't advertise on tv therefore not as well known when compared to competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support the agents. don't try to make an income off your agents. give sales, branding, advertising to agents at no charge. Stop increasing the agent's expenses while decreasing the commissions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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