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GEICO Reviews in Woodbury, NY

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
915 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • the company offers a profit sharing plan which is the main driver to employee retention (in 203 reviews)

  • Great benefits that start on day 75 (medical/dental/vision/life) (in 103 reviews)


Cons
  • When originally hired shift made for difficult work life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • If "Be the low-cost provider" is improperly administered it could become "penny wise and pound foolish" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Positive experience but highly competitive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GEICO Sales Representative in Woodbury, NY
    Former Employee - GEICO Sales Representative in Woodbury, NY

    I worked at GEICO full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and opportunity for growth. Fair salaries. Generous company as far as free perks - company picnic, movie tickets, discounts. Easy to schedule time-off. Diverse and intelligent workforce. Market leader in every sense of the word. Definitely a "winning team."

    Cons

    A lot of rules. Very competitive culture surrounding profit sharing. This motivates the sales team to find ways to skirt around the rules to meet and exceed their numbers. It also creates a culture of exclusion which weeds out any employee who seems a threat to the highest profits possible. Not for everyone. If you are a highly competitive, reasonably intelligent and conservative person, you will probably do well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your drive for numbers may be exceeding your humanity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good stepping stone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GEICO Sales Representative in Woodbury, NY
    Current Employee - GEICO Sales Representative in Woodbury, NY

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

    Pros

    good to advance get your feet wet

    Cons

    treats employees like a number training needs to be more discreet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train more detail for sales.have motivational classes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Don't work here unless you like being treated like a slave.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GEICO Sales Representative in Woodbury, NY
    Current Employee - GEICO Sales Representative in Woodbury, NY

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing,
    These people love to eat-if that's your thing

    Cons

    -Constant changes, including your schedule, your position, your hours and they don't care if it impacts the rest of your life in a negative way.
    -Mediocre pay
    -micro managing
    -stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of spending a billion plus $ on advertising, cut down (the commercials are overwhelmingly annoying and repetitive) and pay your employees more so turnover isn't so high

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Robotic and monotonous

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Licensed Insurance Agent in Woodbury, NY
    Former Employee - Licensed Insurance Agent in Woodbury, NY

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

    Pros

    The only positives that came from working at geico are the people you work with and the annual profit sharing.

    Cons

    Everything else is a con.
    Poor supervision.
    Incompetent upper management.
    The building and facilities haven't been updated since the 60's minus a few new water fountains.
    Goals are a joke.
    Bonus structure is a joke.
    If you like being a robot and a number and hearing a beep everytime you want to take a breather then this job is for you.
    I've never worked for a worse company.

    Oh and FYI because someone has a degree it doesn't make them good at being a sales supervisor. The management development program is also another joke. All in all. If you enjoy your life now don't ever apply at geico.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human. Lower expectations and let agents be themselves. No one takes a call center job serious.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty good times, a lot if bad times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Woodbury, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Woodbury, NY

    I worked at GEICO full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    100% co-workers are going to be the best part, never stayed long enough to receive profit sharing but does seem to have great benefits to it and growth opportunities are available (if your numbers are at super high levels)

    Cons

    management team does give a lot of wrong answers to question employees ask and will get penalized for. company goals are consistently changing and increased to be extremely challenge You can pretty much get " up to and included termination" which might cause you to have anxiety on daily basis the pay is decent for only having a high school diploma but not sure those who have Associates degree or better will be comfortable, management will fire you at any point and everything comes to a stop instantly if numbers are not met, NO JOB SECURITY!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train management in the sense to have the same knowledge & understanding of procedures actual insurance to better support staff, value employees more in the sense that they know and feel more comfortable that they can come to work and feel that they still have a job failure will happen and pressure can cause failure too

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career....just not finish one.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auto Damage Field Adjuster in Woodbury, NY
    Current Employee - Auto Damage Field Adjuster in Woodbury, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Profit sharing. Bonus.

    Cons

    Numbers numbers numbers...including timing how long/ often you use the restroom. Politics. People who will do anything to smear the name of good people for their own self promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investigate your claims dept MDP supervisors in Woodbury before you get a wrongful termination lawsuit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Geico the little lizard is a slave driver

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Woodbury, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Woodbury, NY

    I worked at GEICO full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits. People you work with a

    Cons

    Timed bathroom breaks for the week. Repetitive tedious environment. Followed strict call maps that excluded common sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has Both Good and Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Service Representative in Woodbury, NY
    Current Employee - Claims Service Representative in Woodbury, NY

    I have been working at GEICO full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits start from day one, good job security, financially strong company will never have to worry about layoffs. The company dedicates alot of time and money into training their employees.

    Cons

    it is held against you if you use your time off unapproved b/c this is a customer service based company. If you have a family, taking unexpected time off may not work in your favor. management clearly favors the company over their own family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    many experienced employees are limited when it comes to getting promoted within the company. many are faced with taking a pay cut or a demotion in order to move up within the company. choosing new hires who are in a 'prep' program over experienced employees is forcing them to look elsewhere because they have limited options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    not a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Liability Claims Representative in Woodbury, NY
    Former Employee - Liability Claims Representative in Woodbury, NY

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

    Pros

    decent salary, all i can say good about them

    Cons

    No work life balance, management picks on certain people, promotion is too competitive and no constructive feedback, management against their own employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Turnover is high for a reason! !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Woodbury, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Woodbury, NY

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

    Pros

    The best part of the job is the pay, profit sharing, and fellow employees. I like that when people fall ill or have a death in their family they will raise money in support. The experience will give you skills that you can use elsewhere.

    Cons

    I wish I had listened to the reviews and never applied to work here. It's true you aren't anything but a number. One small mistake could bring you from a 5 rating to a 1 rating. The goals are extreme and they constantly change for the worse. I used to love my job. I loved having challenges. Why fix what's not broken. Micro manage everything and favoritism is shown. What's not ok for you will be ok for someone else. So much for the operating principal of integrity. You can't have a family and work here. A doctors note doesn't mean anything. You better pray to God your out for 3 days in a row to qualify for fml. There is no consistency in the answers that you receive from management. If there's a question about anything each supervisor or management will give you a different answer. They train you to speak in certain ways on the sales end to mislead the customer. When I started of course there were guidelines in place but now the "professional" agent is becoming robotic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why ask employees what do we think on our intranet and then force us to be silent when we speak up? Revamp the dependability, understand we have families, and give hard workers a fair chance of being promoted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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