GEICO
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GEICO Reviews in Chevy Chase, MD

Updated Apr 1, 2014
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3.2 48 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

GEICO Chairman and CEO Olza (Tony) Nicely

Olza (Tony) Nicely

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great Place for Entry Level Employment

Senior Systems Engineer I (Current Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I have been working at GEICO full-time for more than 3 years

ProsOpportunity to move between departments
Provides Training
Tries to keep up with new technology

ConsNot open to newer management styles
People stay in this company for very long time..making it difficult to move up the management chain
No Work from Home Option

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be more open to newer management styles
Need to focus more on basic employee concerns/needs to increase efficiency
Need to act on ideas faster

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company. Great People Depends on what Department you Land into

Senior Systems Engineer I (Current Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I have been working at GEICO full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBenefits
Stability
Corporate Culture
Lots and lots of training provided related to your field.

ConsConservation
No proper furniture for employees. Almost all the Chairs are 15 years old
No Work from Home
Performance Appraisal is done at the end of year and is solely based on team lead's perception of your work.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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HR Policies needs a major improvement

Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I have been working at GEICO

ProsProfit Sharing - Nearly 20% of annual salary
Retirement Plan
Vacations

ConsNo Work from Home for Tech Crowd
Conversative HR policy. Some leave approvals need CIO's approval
Self Centered Managers in IT Department
Poor Infrastructre for Employees

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the complete IT Management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good to gain experience, but not great to stick around.

Senior Programmer Analyst (Former Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I worked at GEICO

Pros1. Less stressful job.
2. Good Benefits.
3. Stable job.
4. Good verbal recognition.

Cons1. Poor compensation package.
2. Minimal hikes how much ever hard work a person puts in.
3. Talent is neither recongized nor rewarded.
4. You are promoted only if you suckup to your boss's as*
5. Very slow environment and outdated technologies.
6. Associates are treated as crap, you see rats in Cafeteria and Bathrooms smell horrible.
7. Upper management is bothered only about Customers, not associates.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange everything, right from Infrastructure to Technologies to people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not bad

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I have been working at GEICO

Prosgreat family atmosphere, good talent, great benefits, good for you if you are laid back

Consunderpaid for the amount of work

Advice to Senior Managementrevisit your promoting and salary increase methods

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good stable place but slow and middle management is the worst

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I have been working at GEICO

ProsSenior management is great. A lot of smart people who have worked their way up the ranks. Good culture of supporting people's career development. People who started on the phone are now in high leadership positions. Supportive environment. Not a lot of egos. Everyone is pretty down to earth. Well-run, stable company where you don't worry about layoffs

ConsLOT of dead wood. People tend to stay at GEICO forever and promotions are too reliant on tenure so it is very difficult to move up. Smart young people make lateral moves or leave. IT middle management is the worst. They have a stranglehold on everything and make it difficult for other departments to do anything. Lots of "ownership" issues and lack of communication. Good company. It's unfortunate that good, energetic people have nowhere to go but out because people sit at their desks until retirement.

Advice to Senior ManagementRely more on merit than tenure. Recognize the value of an outside perspective. Put more resources behind innovation.

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Eh

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I have been working at GEICO

Prosfairly easy overall; people are nice on the whole; a good place to fall asleep and or have babies; not too much overtime

Consthere's only social pressure to do work; no one gets fired; expectations are unrealistic for non definitive positions (anything beyond call centers), htere's no real punishment when you don't meet those expectations; poor communication and very little freedom; underinvestment in technology and employees

Advice to Senior Managementinvest more in technology and people; give up a little more control, especially at corporate headquarters; overly focused on being the low cost provider to the detriment of employees; certainly costs more in the long run

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to start your career

Research Supervisor (Current Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I have been working at GEICO

ProsIf you're looking to get into the research / analyst field GEICO is a great place to start. They hire entry level people, give good initial training, and if you're good you will move up quickly.

ConsBeyond the first 3 to 4 years the room to move up is limited, especially if you don't have a desire to move into management. There is no career path for analytical work and after those initial years if you're good you'll know as much as you're going to learn there at GEICO, plus once you have the experience to allow you to get a job elsewhere the salary becomes very uncompetitive.

Advice to Senior ManagementThink ahead, stop trying to solve growth for the end of the year and plan for a long term future. Put more value in your analytical employees, if you could keep anyone beyond 5 years you'd be in a much better place.

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Decent Place to Work - I Would Recommend

Product Manager (Current Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I have been working at GEICO

ProsAn enjoyable place to work, the people are intelligent and engaging. Definitely a team atmosphere and they properly train you to do your job. You are given a lot of responsibility and it feels good to see your proposals flow through to the bottom line of one of Warren Buffet's favorite companies.

ConsThe building amenities leave a lot to be desired. Definitely not a deal breaker, but we could definitely use an upgrade. Especially after seeing our offices in other parts of the country.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue doing exactly what you are doing now. The entire management team from Tony to Bob Miller to Don Lyons regularly impresses me on a consistent basis.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's what you make of it & can be quite rewarding.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chevy Chase, MD

I have been working at GEICO

Pros- Benefits package is solid.
- People are nice and there's a sense of team.
- The company is very supportive both of associates and in our local communities. You can do your job, but also get involved in lots of other activities (volunteering, sports, cultural events.)
- There is a lot of work to do ... so I never feel bored. My days go by rather quickly.
- Great brand recognition.
- Ethical company; part of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

Cons- There are lots of policies and procedures, and specific ways of doing your job which can seem rather inflexible.

Advice to Senior ManagementRethink the "core business course requirements" - there are lots of people with four year, liberal arts degrees, that love the company, who could make great supervisors or managers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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