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Central Insurance Companies Overview

Van Wert, OH
501 to 1000 employees
1876
Company - Private
Insurance Carriers
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Central writes over 350,000 home, auto and business insurance policies in 20 states. We are represented by your local independent agent and your agent’s expertise, matched with Central’s innovative products and outstanding service, has satisfied ... Read more

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  • As the pace of change in technology accelerates, so too must the speed at which we're able to respond. Key to this is an enterprise architecture that enables our development teams to move quickly, innovate, and deliver world-class solutions.

    We're looking for an experienced, innovated, and highly technical Principal Software Architect to lead the effort in delivering this vision. We invite you to read further to understand the details of this position and how you can make a meaningful impact within our company.

  • Central employees lined the hallways to congratulate and thank President Bill Purmort as he arrived at the home office. Bill received the 2019 Jeff Yates Lifetime Achievement Award yesterday at the Big "I" Legislative Conference. Congratulations Bill! We are all so proud of you! Thank you for leading our Central team! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMPSw

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Central Insurance Companies – Why Work For Us?


Central Insurance Companies provides challenging and rewarding employment opportunities in many different areas. We employ approximately 590 employees who provide service for over 370,000 insurance policies through more than 480 independent agencies. We understand that our employees are the key to our past and future success and we are proud of the experience of our staff members. The average length of service for all employees is almost 16 years; 82 percent of our people have 5 or more years of service, 61 percent have 10 or more years, 25 percent have 25 or more years, and 17 percent have 30 or more years of service with Central.

The Central tradition is one of friendly, informal, yet professional service, and we continually work with our independent agents to provide policyholders the best insurance protection possible at a reasonable cost. We are committed to providing our employees the necessary developmental and technological tools to continue to meet our high service standards.

Central provides employees with a generous package of benefits which allows employees to effectively cover various life events as well as help them build a sound personal financial future. The following describes the various benefit plans in the most general terms. Actual benefits are subject to the terms, conditions, and exclusions found in the plan documents and their Summary Plan Descriptions. 


Medical Plan

Dental and Vision Coverage

Flexible Spending Plan

Life Insurance

Additional Life Insurance

Savings and Profit Participation Plan

Pension

Disability Income Programs

Vacation and Central Days

Flexible Work Options

Employee Development
Central’s core values include Integrity, Relationships, and Excellence. An important component of Excellence is the commitment to learning and development.

Central firmly believes that one of the best investments a company can make is to develop its employees actively. The insurance industry is continually evolving, and real success is based on not only meeting the needs of today but tomorrow as well. The tremendous emphasis on the development of employees assures that Central will be fully equipped to meet the exciting challenges the insurance industry provides.

Entry-level training provides a basic knowledge of insurance. This knowledge is accomplished through a combination of self-study courses, in-house workshops, and on-the-job training. Experienced personnel is readily available to answer questions and offer insight. Central utilizes an informal training atmosphere, recognizing that not all employees learn at the same pace. This awareness assures the trainee of an onboarding program that is challenging, flexible and best suited for the individuals' learning needs.

Central also offers all employees the opportunity to continue their learning after the initial on-boarding. Central's support and encouragement of employees who wish to enroll in a variety of professional insurance training and education programs is a significant benefit.

Development Plans
Employees have the opportunity to discuss further development with their manager or supervisor on an annual basis. A written development plan can help employees meet or exceed their performance standards, assist them in becoming familiar with new procedures, provide cross training, prepare them for additional responsibility, and help them maintain their level of professional expertise.

Institute Programs
Central is a strong supporter of the educational opportunities available through The Institutes (formerly the Insurance Institute of America and the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters). Interested employees can increase their insurance knowledge through self-study or class participation. Employees are allotted one hour of study time per week to prepare for the national exams. Reimbursement of the registration fee is available after the successful completion of an exam. In addition, Central recognizes program completers with an annual luncheon and an honorarium.

Workshops
In-house company workshops are offered periodically to assist employees with their training and development goals. Central has an extensive library of books, videos, and DVDs to assist employees in a variety of areas.

Responsibilities, Standards and Measurements Program
Our Responsibilities, Standards, and Measurements Program answers three essential questions for the employee:

  1. What is my job?
  2. What results are expected?
  3. How will my efforts be measured?

With result-oriented responsibilities identified and expected results outlined, managers and supervisors can measure performance objectively and compensate employees equitably.

Advancement Policy 
Central takes pride in its policy of advancing qualified employees from within its organization to positions of higher responsibility. We have a constant need for people who have the ability and desire to assume increased responsibilities. Our job opportunity program informs employees about open positions. The qualifications and duties are listed so employees can compare their skills and experience with those needed for the posted areas.

Performance Evaluation
Our performance appraisal program focuses on how well each employee performs the responsibilities of his or her job, not on personal attributes or characteristics. It provides employees and their supervisors with a formal way to discuss current job performance and mutually-agreed upon goals for improvement. It provides management with an objective way to reward employee achievement.

Salary Administration
The primary objective of Central's salary administration program is to attract, motivate, and retain the most highly-qualified individuals available to staff our company. Specific responsibilities and qualifications determine starting salaries, and individual performance and growth determine salary progress.

Central's Culture
Central Insurance Companies embraces a culture based on our core values of integrity, relationships, and excellence. These values define who we are and what we do, as individuals and as a company. 

Integrity. An insurance policy is essentially a promise to provide protection, security, and peace of mind to our policyholders. Central employees are committed to fulfilling these promises every day by offering quality products, operating a stable company with sound investments, and providing outstanding customer service.

Relationships. These are the building blocks of our company. We value the relationships we build with our policyholders, our agents, and each other. Central fosters a supportive environment for personal and professional growth, where each individual is valued for the unique skills and talents they bring to the organization. This is primarily why many of our employees have been with the company 10 years or longer.

Excellence. At Central, we continually challenge ourselves to achieve more. We believe in investing in our people through learning and skill development, encouraging innovation and creativity, and providing strong leadership from visionaries who truly care about each employee. Setting such high standards is how Central attracts the most talented people for our team and is what makes us an excellent insurance company.

Central Insurance Companies Reviews

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    I have been working at Central Insurance Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellant pay
    Great time off
    Friendly staof
    Growth

    Cons

    None, the company has a lot to offer everyone.

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Central Insurance Companies Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Central Insurance Companies (Atlanta, GA) in September 2015.

    Interview

    A phone interview followed by an in person interview at one of their offices. Very quick process. They are very education oriented and required copies of high school and college transcripts.

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Central Insurance Companies Awards & Accolades

  • Best Practices Award of Excellence, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big "I"), 2018
  • Ward's Top 50 P&C Performers, Ward Group, 2018
  • Ward's Top 50 P&C Performers, Ward Group, 2017
  • Pinnacle Award, Applied Systems, 2016
  • A.M. Best A Excellent, A.M. Best Company, 2019
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