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Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company Overview

San Diego, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Public
Insurance Carriers
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Preferred Employers Insurance ("Preferred") is Berkley's successful specialty workers' compensation insurance company in ... Read more

Mission: We are totally focused on being the preferred workers’ compensation insurance solution for California business.

We bring the right people together to deliver services that matter. Our success is measured by satisfied customers and consistent ... Read more

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    Preferred Employers Insurance wins "Best Places to Work" for 5th Consecutive Year

    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Diego Business Journal has named Preferred Employers Insurance, A Berkley Company, as one of the Best Places...

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Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company – Why Work With Us?

Here's why we believe you'll want to work with us.

We are focused on our purpose.

Our purpose is to provide customers with the best combination of medical provider services and affordable workers' compensation insurance that is available in the great state of California. Our team members come to work everyday knowing that we strive to know more, do more and care more for our customer's employees who get injured on the job or become ill at their workplace. Business owners appreciate our medical management expertise because it helps their injured employees heal back to health so that they can return to work as quickly as medically practical. It's a quality of worklife offering with Preferred...everyone wins.

We value everyone's contribution.

Speaking of quality of worklife, everything counts and everyone matters at Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company. The San Diego Business Journal has selected Preferred as one of the "Best Places to Work" in San Diego County four years running. Our valued employees are involved and it shows up everyday as both satisfied customer user experiences and positive employee engagements. Thank you Team!

Our leaders lead by example.

Leaders practice what they preach around here...honesty, integrity, compassion, open communication, appreciation, and working diligently to provide great customer service.
Our company work environment and culture ensures that everyone is treated with trust, respect and dignity in every interaction. Our leaders are real serious about promoting diversity and inclusion as well as making sure that Preferred's workplace is both positive and productive.

We are not afraid of change.

The insurance business is undergoing significant change worldwide and we are excited about it. We believe the coming modernization of insurance processes and procedures will greatly benefit both customers and employees by making the complex topic of insurance simpler and more efficient for all parties involved. We've committed significant resources and time towards employee training and development so that our teammates can be the best they can be in this continually changing world of work.

We connect with the best team members and insurance brokers we can find.

We recruit new team members and brokers judiciously taking the time to get to know them by evaluating their professional skills and doing the best we can to hire for fit into our positive, diversified and inclusive company. Remember, everything counts and everyone matters with Preferred so it is very important that we have the right people in the right jobs at the right time to ensure our continued success.

Life At Preferred

Work / Life Balance

Preferred Employers provides an on-site state of the art work out facility including cardio machines, TRX, rowing machines, free and machine weights as well as shower facilities.

Daily Fresh Fruit is provided to kick start your healthy day or for an afternoon pick me up.

Our Wellness Team maintains a regular schedule of events and activities throughout the year for our employees including Fitness and Nutrition challenges with Nutritionist and Fitness Training, Laughing Yoga, Massage Monday, Stress Management Relaxation Classes and Body Comp Screening. Additionally, employees may participate in a Fitness Rewards Program and are eligible for monthly drawings. A series of Lunch & Learns are conducted quarterly covering a range of health topics by certified nutritionists and doctors.

Throughout the year, tickets are made available to a variety of local sporting events. Tickets are customarily provided on a first come/first served basis. Employees are also invited to attend special events hosted by the company. These include quarterly lounge events, annual summer event, local baseball game event, a holiday party and periodic surprise appreciation events. We also provide once a month surprise meal or snack onsite at no cost to our employees, via food truck, local bakery delivery, etc.

Employee Discounts

Discounts on personal cell phones, computer purchases, movie tickets, local attractions and more.

Employee Recognition

The ‘Cause for Applause’ recognition program was implemented to thank and reward outstanding employees for demonstrating ‘above and beyond’ behavior. This program has several tiers the ‘Kudos’ is a public shout out to anyone in the company that is posted on PEEP (Preferred Employers Employee Portal) for all to see, ‘Peer to Peer’ for colleagues to recognize and reward each other with a gift card, ‘Leader to Staff’ for managers to recognize and reward a staff member with a gift card, ‘Spot Bonus’ for managers to recognize and reward a staff member with a letter of recognition and a net spot bonus. The ‘Presidents Award’ is awarded to a person or team that exemplifies Preferred Employers Insurance Core Values on behalf of the of their team and PEI, certificate and net bonus are presented in front of the organization.

Convenient Location’s

Preferred Employers Insurance San Diego is conveniently located at the 15 Freeway and Aero Drive in San Diego, CA.

Preferred Employers Insurance Walnut Creek is conveniently located in Walnut Creek across the street from the BART station, in the California Plaza right off the 24 and 608 freeways, one mile from the heart of downtown Walnut Creek.

Both locations have great selection of restaurants and shopping located near our facilities. If you don’t want to go out we offer fresh fruit daily, healthy snack and drink options in our vending machines, located in our facility breakroom.

Time Away from Work

Preferred Employers Insurance recognizes nine paid holidays and one floating holiday for its employees in addition to time off for jury duty and bereavement leave.

Our vacation policy provides employees to accrue hours monthly for use when time off is needed for vacation or other personal situations. Preferred Employers Insurance recognizes the benefit of employee loyalty and has developed a schedule of vacation day accruals based upon the length of each employee’s tenure with the company.

Employees are also granted Sick Time on an annual basis, to be used for their own sickness or the sickness and care of dependent family members.

Make-up Time

Preferred Employers Insurance understands and provides flexibility. Our make-up time policy allows hourly employees to make-up time away from work for personal appointments. Our policy allows employees to make-up 3 hours or 2 occurrences per month.



Preferred Employers Insurance offers high-deductible HSA/(Health Savings Account) option. The high deductible plan with the HSA allows employees to make pre-tax contributions to pay for eligible medical expenses. We also offer a Prescription Drug coverage with three tier of co-pays based on the type of drug (i.e. generic, brand-preferred deduction). Preventative and diagnostic services are covered at 100%.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Employees can save money on many health care (medical, dental, and vision), and dependent care expenses through Tax Advantage Reimbursement Accounts. These accounts allow the use of pre-tax dollars to pay for certain health care expenses (not covered by any other plan) or eligible dependent.


A comprehensive dental plan is offered at no cost to employees. Family members may be added for a reasonable premium deduction. Preventative and diagnostic services are covered 100%.


Coverage is provided through Cigna and is employee paid. Annual eye exams are included.

Disability Insurance

Short-term and long term disability coverage is provided by the company at no cost to employees.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

All employees are provided with benefits paid by Preferred Employers Insurance.

Life Insurance

Paid for by Preferred Employers Insurance, our life insurance benefit is equivalent to 1.5X your annual earnings. Additional life insurance may be purchased by employee. Spouse and dependent life insurance is optional and paid for by the employee.

Retirement and Savings Plan

The W.R. Berkley Corporation provides a generous Profit Sharing contribution to each employee’s 401k account annually. Upon eligibility, the plan guarantees a contribution of no less than 5% of an employee’s salary each year. The contribution increases based on Preferred Employers Insurance’s overall profitability and performance.

Employee Assistance Program

Our EAP provides confidential support, information and resource referrals for a variety of issues – both work and personal. The program includes three free counseling sessions for household members and adult children.

Public Transportation Reimbursement Program

Preferred Employers Insurance reimbursement program reimburses employees up to $72.00 per month for utilizing public transportation to and from work each month.

Employee Referral Program

Employees are eligible for an Employee Referral Bonus upon a referred hire successful 90 day review with the company.

Career Opportunities

Interested in joining a successful, dynamic and customer-oriented organization that strives for excellence? Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company offers employees the tools and development opportunities they need to succeed on both a professional and personal level in the great state of California.

Career Development

These courses are to allow all PEI employees to learn more about each function of our organization. Classes are lead by our Executive Leadership team and include Underwriting, Claims, Finance/Actuary, Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing and Risk Advisors Management. We also offer various onsite leadership courses lead by internal and external resources.

Computer Based Training

Online courses for a variety of topics are available to all employees as company required or personal development.

Onsite Training

We host onsite training via internal and external trainers. Classes may include leadership training, time and project management, Customer Service, Teamwork, Professional Communications and more.

Learning Library

Various departments provide a library of books and videos for you to increase your knowledge and development.

Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition reimbursement is offered to employees – up to a maximum of $3,000.00 per calendar year (undergraduate or graduate) – who continue their education through approved business processes with accredited educational programs and facilities.

Seminars/Learning Events

Employees are encouraged to develop their technical land professional skills participating in training seminars at the expense of Preferred Employers Insurance. This may include: public seminars, vendor training, webinars, audio conferences, and/or purchasing resource materials.


Our ‘Preferred Employee Volunteer Program’ Mission Statement

PEVP is our employees organizing events to volunteer and contribute to the health and vitality of our local communities in various ways, while engaging in fun, promoting enthusiasm and excitement within our workplace.

  • Ronald Mc Donald House
  • Senior Moments At Monument Crises Center
  • Humane Society
  • American Breast Cancer Society
  • Walnut Creek Human Society
  • Father Joe’s Village
  • Beach Clean Up
  • Food Drive, Sock Drive
  • Holiday Gift Drive

Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company Reviews

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    "Collaborative, Challenging, and Energizing"

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    The people that work here care about their jobs and the others around them. The company, as a whole, is performance-driven, dedicated, and they like to have fun in the process. As an employee, you will be challenged and cared for at the same time. The leadership believes in their staff. They trust each employee. They want each employee to grow. They truly do what they can to provide the best experience for each person while at this company. Tenures are quite long, and for good reason.


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Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company Photos

Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company photo of: PEI Club Sports Team
Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company photo of: Our staff celebrating 20 years of success. Happy Anniversary, PEI!
Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company photo of: PEI at the 2018 SDBJ Best Places to Work Celebration
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