Sterling Life Insurance

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Sterling Life Insurance Reviews

Updated April 26, 2014
Updated April 26, 2014
29 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    My time at Sterling was OK but could have been better.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Bellingham, WA

    Pros

    Great and talented people work there. They work hard and truly care about the company. Good company to get a corporate experience.

    Cons

    There is not enough staff and the employees are overworked. The company culture is not the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Liven up the company culture. Happy employees makes a productive work environment. Hire more staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly, yet constant change.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    Great support from FSMs and MMs

    Cons

    SPP Bonus program change not fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    They promise leads but only provide recycled cold call lists. Very disappointing.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agent Producer  in  Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Agent Producer in Roswell, GA

    Pros

    None, even the benefits are the same cost as it t They are not honest about what they would be if they brokered their own plan. They are not an honest company with their agents.

    Cons

    They will lead you to believe they have enough business to keep you busy but what they are counting on is your willingness to cold call and walk into local businesses without any supplies or reimbursement for your car or computer. Basically you could do the same being an independent agent making much higher commissions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand behind what you promise agents. Without the agents you won't have many happy clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best job I have ever had helping people and with sucess!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Insurance Agent  in  Wenatchee, WA
    Current Employee - Insurance Agent in Wenatchee, WA

    Pros

    Support, Training, Motivation, and Success!

    Cons

    Cold calls for the first several months until you build a client base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice needed. They have it totally together!

    Recommends
  6.  

    Rocky, non communicative,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA

    Pros

    none, once had local office. Good benefits , but expensive

    Cons

    Lack of products, Price uncompetitive, Errors on paychecks and issues never resolved. local management incompetent. Lack of support in all area. Low commmissions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more products to market. Need local office and competent management. correct payroll system. Advertise some, as is there is no advertising, increase commission scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Insurance Agent  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Insurance Agent in Boise, ID

    Pros

    Flex time, own schedule for work

    Cons

    Leadership at the Boise office did not have good training for new agents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When I started I was told they would provide all my training, They did not provide any training

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    A Company in Transition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellingham, WA

    Pros

    Sterling offers a number of opportunities to contribute and to learn. The city is a beautiful place to live if you like the outdoors.

    Cons

    The company is in transition from one type of products to another and from one centrally located headquarters to a geographically distributed executive team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have at least one executive at the C-level who is at the Bellingham location more often than not. Headquarters feels orphaned from the vision of the "pivot".

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough business to break into

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales Agent  in  Longview, WA
    Former Employee - Field Sales Agent in Longview, WA

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers, helpful, small office atmosphere.

    Cons

    Tough economy to start a new career in unless you have another wage earner in the family. 100% commission in a very seasonal business. Limited product offering. New Agent incentives are earned strictly from earned commission. You invest personal training time and dollars upfront to get your license.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a minimal base subsistence salary for the 1st 18 months. Create a full product line offering that customer actually want.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    a.k.a. Sterling Health Plans

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fie Sales Manager  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Fie Sales Manager in Baton Rouge, LA

    Pros

    Very competitive in a growing Senior market.
    Management is very "hands-on" and competent.

    Cons

    Negative "stigma" of insurance industry in general can be difficult to overcome especially with timid Seniors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More marketing to increase brand and name recognition in the marketplace.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great place to work if you want to do a lot of work and not get paid for it!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Insurance Sales Agent
    Former Employee - Insurance Sales Agent

    Pros

    The balance between work and family life is great. You can get time off whenever you need it. The office that I worked for had a lot of great people in it. They give you great training, and it would be very difficult to get fired. The senior market loves Sterling, and you get a lot of business from word of mouth.

    Cons

    They have a very limited amount of products that you can sell, so when your not in open or annual enrollment for Medicare, it is very difficult to earn money. They are pushing door to door B2B sales as well as residential door to door sales. I had a few run ins with them not wanting to compensate me for my work. They are on a tight budget right now and don't spend any money on radio ads or TV ads, or any other marketing materials you may need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some money on advertising! The seniors think that Sterling is no longer in business! Also, give your new agents a base pay to help them through the dry periods. Also, you need to be consistent on how you are paying commissions to every one!

    Doesn't Recommend

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