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Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
11 Reviews

2.8
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Zippy Duvall
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  1.  

    Pretty Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance

    Pros

    The do have values as a company - and they have a good moral and ethical base. Working conditions are good and benefits are great

    Cons

    Automation challenged - management stopped in place for about 25 years and have only recently started to make up ground. Lost marketshare also. Finally - politics from farmers who want to control the insurance company and manipulate it to generate memberships in the non-profit side are the biggest threat to the long term viability of this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more strategic and less tactical - make investments based upon clear bold visions and not reactions to board meeting comments made by unprepared farmers. Politics can kill this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run as far, and as fast as you can

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Macon, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macon, GA

    I worked at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Training opportunities, some paid tuition, perception is key. Facilities are good, fast food places are now available in the immediate area. The policy handling technology was recently upgraded to a more recent system to better care for the customers.

    Cons

    1960 dictator management style even to those salaried employees. 45 minute lunch break, instead of an hour. Trying to get out of the parking lot is crazy, like no place I've ever seen. At 4:30 pm it is quitting time and you hear people running down the stairs and running across the parking lot to get out, that tells me they don't want to be here, so why would you. The "liked" employees get away with more, get more raises and less flack then those not liked as well. Good Old Boy company. Salaried or hourly you are still expected to show up by 8am and not leave until after 4:30 pm each day. If you are relocating to live in Macon, GA you better take a good hard look at the area, crap schools, high unemployment, and very low high school graduation rate, crime rate is high for a small town, if you buy a house you will loose money on the investment. You are an employee, don't ever think GFB cares about you or your well being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up your company is loosing money, loosing customers, and loosing employees. Cotton States management has descended upon this place and it is headed in the same direction. A.M. Best rating is Good, (B+) downgraded in 2012 and not changed in the last 2 years, with the outlook rating as Negative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many great, service minded people led by arrogant, clueless senior leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Macon, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macon, GA

    I worked at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance full-time

    Pros

    decent training opportunities, very strong benefits, good equipment and facilities, great co-workers, pretty good processes that allow care and service to customers

    Cons

    management stuck in the 60s mentality without any regard for growing people, succession planning or anything except their own legacy or self interests. very top down, dictator like management where employees are simply told what to believe and think. the top quality employees often rise above that but it continues to be the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leave and allow others to take over. be inclusive and really care about others and not just your own interests.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company

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    Former Employee - Sales Agent  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexable schedule, Great Perks, Management Awful

    Cons

    Too many to list, Management

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good overall experience...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Agent
    Former Employee - Agent

    I worked at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed working within the community where I lived and the ability to provide products and services people need. If you build a good book of business the pay is very good compared to other local careers.

    Cons

    The company spent so long not making any changes that they had to make a multitude in a short period of time and many of them were short sided, poorly communicated and it created a ton of stress on the field without much support. The growth potential within the company is limited strictly because its a one state company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more input from larger counties and agents that produce when it comes to making changes. Be transparent about your plans and goals so the field doesn't feel left out, misguided and unimportant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Enjoyable and an environment that now fosters change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Macon, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macon, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance

    Pros

    The benefits offered, opportunity for advancement throughout the company, work environment is pleasant and comfortable, management respects all employees and open door policy.

    Cons

    Parking facilities and ability to exit at end of day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to embrace change and use of technology and work to keep all employees informed of changes and direction of the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    never again

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agent  in  Gray, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Gray, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance

    Pros

    Its reputation in the community

    Cons

    micromanaging, changes how your commissions are paid, don't dare to question your pay or you'll be fired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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

    Good and bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance

    Pros

    Good place to work decent balance of work and social life. Management was helpful, great learning experience if you have just gradauted from college.

    Cons

    Not much potential for career growth, slow paced which is good if you are still in school. Some of your co-workers require alot of baby sitting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire individuals that are computer savvy so those of use who do know about computers do not have to spend our entire day babysitting others

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    stay away from farm bureau

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Career Agent  in  McDonough, GA
    Current Employee - Career Agent in McDonough, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance

    Pros

    The benefirts are very good, Health insurance, 401K, time off, holidays, etc. Mr. Duvall has recently taken steps to bring in new management for the insurance company. My only hope is that it is not too little too late.

    Cons

    Salaries are not comparable with others iin the field, no one who ultimately will make decisions. Management is a bunch of good ole boys who don't have a clue how to be managers. They are extremely overpaid and don't want to rock the boat by thinking!! The only employees left are those that are too old to go elsewhere or too dumb. All the good agents have left to go elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Management knows that they are light years behind in technology which will take years to catch up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Life Insurance Hucksters

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Agent  in  North Metro, GA
    Current Employee - Agent in North Metro, GA

    I have been working at Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance

    Pros

    There are nice people (agents) and Homeowners insurance premiums are very competetive.

    Cons

    Agency managers are compensated on how much Life insurance is sold and presured by District management to do Life Insurance only as the District mangers bonus depends soley on Life Insurance.

    The Life company based in Mississippi is inept, slow and lives in an era long past. Southern Farm Bureau Life are the dinosours of Insurance. The premiums are extremely high when compared to other higher rated company's, making it hard to sell. When it is sold, the lapse rate is off the charts, putting more pressure to sell just Life. Agents are subject to a week long sales "training"in Jackson Missippi and plied with free booze at a nearby hotel every night. The entire property casualty division seems to be nothing but a front and loss leader for overpriced Life Insurance.

    Unfortunately for customers the agent turnover is as high as 200% annually in some counties yet the company does nothing because the agent body count is meaningless as long as the focus is to foist overpriced Life Insurance on the public.

    The computer system is 30 years old. The company has just realized they need to do something and after 3 years of hand wringing finally selected a vendor to update the system. The project "Optimum" will take another three years to implement. Most paperwork is still actually done on real paper. shipped back and forth between the 151 counties and Macon. In many counties the agents must do ALL the tedious paperwork policy changes, run MVRS, uUpdate mailing addresses, and countless other time consuming paperwork that is normally automated by other companies leaving little time for them to actually get to know their clients. They are however required to produce Life by any means neccessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Southern Farm Bureau Life, the company is stagnant, innefficient and way too expensive on Life premium rates. Stop the emphasis on Life and promote client / agent relationships. Can the old guard the tired life insurance huckster is not what the public wants.

    If a county agency loses too many agents lets look at the agency manger. If it's widespread lets get rid of theDistrict Manager!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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