I worked at Independent Producers of America as a contractor (Less than a year)
If you want to work in a flexible schedule and in a very friendly environment, that's the company you should consider.
You must have experience in the industry, otherwise you will take years to start making money. They don't have the time or will to coach you. There is a lot of training, but they are all about the products. The leads they provide are cold. You have to spent money on BNI type of networking events.
Advice to Management
If they want to increase the number of reps, they should develop a better leads source.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Independent Producers of America (Atlanta, GA) in March 2012.
My initial underdstanding of the company was based on reveiwing the company web site and introduction video after receiving a email from one of their representatives. An interview was requested on a certain date and time. I sent a follow up email to the representive to confirm but didn't recieve a reply. I called to confirm but there seemed to be some confusion due to what seemed to be a understaffed swicthboard operator and appointment scheduler who told me some of their representatives could make appointments on their own. A interview was set. I went to the interview. The interview only lasted a hour which was enough time for me to get a better understanding of the position. The interview itself was very informative. The postition was explained and my questions were answered and expanded on to give me a better perspective. The interviewer was very forth comming and honest. The office was nice. The work cultrue of those few I met at the office I can give no feedback on other than they seemed focusd on their work but polite. The interview was only interrupted once.
Reasons for Declining
There were three reasons I decline. First, as a insurance sales person (a position I wasn't aware I was interviewing for) you have to pay for a license to the state which is around $300.00 in order to sell life/heath insurance. The second reason was that it was explained to me that the trainning period lasted usually a minimum of a couple of weeks to two months for which there was no compensation. The last reason was that pay was commission based.
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