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Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. Overview

Columbia, SC
501 to 1000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Insurance Carriers
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, cancer, critical illness and supplemental health insurance. The company’s benefit ... Read more

Mission: Colonial Life preserves and protects the vitally important things America's workers work so hard to build, even if unexpected events and challenging times get in their way.

This mission is fulfilled through:
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Company Updates

  • Stress can cause big problems with morale and productivity in the workplace, reports Nick Otto in Employee Benefits News magazine using new research from Colonial Life:

    Employee stress costing employers billions in lost productivity

    Stress isn't just affecting employees' personal lives, it's also killing their morale and productivity in the workplace - and costing employers billions in the process. More than 20% of workers spend more than five hours on the clock each week thinking about their stressors and worries, according to a new survey of 1,505 full-time U.S.

  • Colonial Life is proud to support Saluda Shoals Park's work to build a universally inclusive playground with a $50,000 gift.

    Colonial Life donates $50,000 to Saluda Shoals universally inclusive playground - WorkLife

    After more than a year of planning and fundraising, Saluda Shoals Park broke ground on the inclusive playground Thursday, Nov. 29. Projected for completion in spring 2019, the playground will provide an interactive and accessible space for children and families of all kinds to play together, in part thanks to Colonial Life's donation.

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Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. – Why Work For Us?

The perks of being part of our family…

We are a team of dedicated professionals focused on collaboration, inclusion and growth.

Our mission is to help people live lives that are as rich, as full and as productive as they can be. Taking care of our employees is just as important to us as taking care of our customers.

Here are a few of the things you can look forward to when you join our team….

Award-winning, inclusive culture: Our diverse team is here to welcome, support and motivate you every day. It’s why we’re a five-time Workplace Award winner in the “Best Companies Group.”

Growth opportunities: With positions available at Colonial Life as well as our parent company, Unum, there are endless opportunities to grow your career and achieve your potential.

Collaborative Work Environment: Whether your office is in our recently renovated home office or out in the field, you’ll find plenty of collaboration and freedom when you work with Colonial Life.

Competitive benefits: Good people are worth every penny. That’s why we believe in strong compensation to attract and retain the best talent.

Work-life balance: Happy people are productive people, which is why we encourage balance and time off to focus on the things that matter most.

Community Involvement: Love giving back? We do too. Be part of our initiatives to support three pillars of giving: education, health and wellness, plus arts and culture.

Corporate responsibility: Consider us a company with a conscience. We invest in making our communities better places to live, work and learn, as well as minimizing our environmental impact.

We care about our employees, and it’s important for us to show it. Along with empowering our employees to further their careers, we pride ourselves on offering a competitive benefits program that addresses a full range of individual needs. Some of our benefits include:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Voluntary insurance products
  • Health and dependent care reimbursement accounts
  • Employee assistance program
  • 401(k) and pension plan
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Tuition assistance

We also provide employees with the resources to help them stay healthy. Our on-campus Wellness Center enables our employees to access a complete workout facility, aerobics classes, wellness programs, seminars and more. Our on-campus Colonial Life Café offers healthy and whole-some choices every day, and nutrition information to help take some of the mystery out of healthy living.

Based in Columbia, SC Colonial Life is known as more than a company- it’s a staple of the community. Our team of home office professionals comes together to help protect America’s workers.

If you’re looking to grow your career, make a difference in people’s lives and work for a company that keeps your best interests in mind, consider a career with Colonial Life.

As a growing company, we’re looking for passionate and professional employees in numerous fields and at various levels of experience.

Entry Level Opportunities:

Seek to make a difference but not sure which business area to focus on? Take a look at the opportunities in the contact center. The contact center specialists are the bridge between the insured and Colonial Life and are here to solve problems in the clients’ best interest. Since contact center specialists work closely with many departments within the company, the job provides an overview of the company and can help one decide which business area to move to after 18 months!

Professional Opportunities:

We are looking for proven professionals with broad-business experience, those that have a passion for achieving results, willingness to own their career, and celebrate the contributions, diversity of perspectives and experience of their teams. Explore our various opportunities and grow your future at Colonial Life!

Leadership Development Programs:

If you're looking to jumpstart your career, our parent company, Unum Group, offers three distinct, robust programs providing the customized professional experiences required to become leaders at our Fortune 500 company.

  • Actuarial Development Program
  • Professional Development Program
  • Finance Development Program

There's never been a better time to be in the insurance business and be part of the Colonial Life family. Health care costs keep rising, and employers face tough decisions when providing employees with the benefits they want and need while containing costs. With Colonial Life, opportunities are limitless, and you’ll find the freedom of an entrepreneur with the support of an industry leader. You build a business that works for you and have a career that rewards you personally, professionally and financially.

Sales Representative: As a sales representative, you'll discover a meaningful career with unlimited potential. In this role, you’ll help employers manage the complexities of their benefits, while working with employees to protect what they've spent their careers building.

Sales Managers: As a Sales Manager, you’ll lead a team while leading the life you always wanted. In this role, you'll be responsible for recruiting, training and developing new sales representatives while growing a profitable business. You and your sales team will leverage our proven products and business solutions to show people the benefits of good hard work.

All sales representatives and managers receive:

  • Unmatched, extensive onboarding training that combines one-on-one coaching, joint field work and classroom training, including a series of courses designed to build your skills and help you earn more
  • Access to ongoing, advanced training programs and optional designations to strengthen your business over time
  • Lucrative financial opportunities, including commissions, bonuses, incentives and awards

Diversity and Inclusion is a key part of what we bring to work each day. We are focused on enhancing diversity and inclusion and have received recognition for that work.

We celebrate the contributions of every member of our team, and we value the diversity of perspectives and experiences that make us a stronger company.

Embracing diversity allows us to better understand the needs of our customers and reflect the communities around us. By welcoming the unique backgrounds and experiences of people from all walks of life, we benefit from an inclusive culture that encourages the wide range of ideas and viewpoints we need to solve problems and provide valuable service.

Embracing diversity brings out the best in our people. Every employee has unique contributions and a responsibility to share their view to help us learn and grow. The diversity of thought, experiences and ideas helps us to overcome challenges and realize what is possible.

Embracing diversity helps Unum/Colonial Life become more competitive. Our inclusive culture attracts top-notch candidates that value diversity and bring energy and creativity to our workforce. Customers who demand diversity in their partnership are drawn to us.

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. Reviews

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  • "Lakewood Ranch - Great Team Environment"

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    Current Employee - ASR-Business Advisor in Lakewood Ranch, FL
    Current Employee - ASR-Business Advisor in Lakewood Ranch, FL
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. full-time (Less than a year)


    I really didn't know what to expect when I started. I had some concerns about the 1099 role and all that comes with it. I have been working here at the Lakewood Ranch office for a little over a month. The support and training from the leadership group has been fantastic. I don't know exactly how other groups work but Justin Reynolds and his leadership team go out of their way to help me succeed. I have hit my first goal on target and have the leadership team to thank for it. Very positive, fun, and supportive sales environment!


    This position requires you to get out of your comfort zone often. If you are willing to work diligently goals can be met.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. (Columbia, SC) in May 2018.


    Warm and friendly, I was made to feel at ease and comfortable I was escorted and introduced by the staffing specialist. There were three staff members present in the interview and each took turns asking questions and providing very thorough information It was a very pleasant interview experience

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