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RLI Overview

Peoria, IL
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (RLI)
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
RLI is a team of nearly 900 talented employees across the country whose priority is to help individuals and companies safeguard their assets by understanding and managing risk. A U.S.-based specialty insurer, RLI is a leader in the property, casualty and surety industries ... Read more

Mission: As a leading provider of specialized insurance, RLI is focused on building and managing a portfolio of innovative products and solutions that meet customer needs, and delivering results that surpass the expectations of shareholders.

Company Updates

  • RLI Named 5-Star Carrier

    Insurance Business America issue 5.07

    The magazine for America's insurance broking and advice community.


    RLI Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

    RLI Corp. reported Q2 2017 net earnings of $26.2 million ($0.59 per share). Operating earnings for Q2 2017 were $27.1 million ($0.61 per share).

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RLI – Why Work For Us?

RLI is a specialty insurance company that helps customers navigate the world of insurance and risk.

RLI is a specialty insurance company that helps customers navigate the world of insurance and risk. For half a century, we've been helping people and companies safeguard their assets through our innovative portfolio of property and casualty coverages and surety products.

RLI is not what you’d expect from an insurance company. From our products to our business model, our culture to our results — we’re different. And we find that doing the unexpected is one of our greatest strengths.

We hire smart, ethical people, make them owners of the business and give them the freedom to succeed. These are the principles that drive our success, and they’re the reasons we have been successful for the last 50 years.

We keep our eyes on the challenges our customers face, and find innovative ways to solve them — whether that’s offering products for underserved specialty markets, or enhancing and developing products that are new to the marketplace. We operate in all 50 states from locations across the country, with a diversified portfolio of property and casualty coverages and surety bonds.

We focus on underwriting for profit — a different kind of business model that has helped us build a strong, successful company. For decades, our financial track record has been stellar — a testament to our culture and validation of our reputation as an excellent underwriting company. Our insurance subsidiaries are rated A+ “Superior” by A.M. Best company and A+ “Strong” by Standard & Poor’s.

While recognition of our financial performance is important, we measure our success on the service we provide and the relationships we build with our customers and brokers. Insurance is a promise from start to finish. And keeping promises is our priority. We promise to deliver innovative products that meets each customer’s individual needs. We promise to strengthen relationships by promptly returning phone calls, answering questions, and looking for ways to improve. And we promise to quickly and proactively process claims, defend our insureds and get a fair resolution.

When you work with RLI, you can expect something different. And Different Works. 

A Specialty Insurer with 50 Years of Expertise Serving Niche Insurance Markets

RLI is a U.S.-based specialty insurer that offers a diverse portfolio of property and casualty insurance coverages and surety bonds. Since 1965, we’ve been making a difference, shouldering risks in niche insurance markets that give our customers the security to create, explore, grow and prosper. In 2015, we celebrate 50 years of innovation and helping customers safeguard their assets and livelihoods.

RLI’s history of innovation dates to the early 1960s, when Founder Gerald D. Stephens, recognized the expense of replacing contact lenses, and founded RLI — Replacement Lens, Inc. — a contact lens insurance agency. In 1965, he acquired the holding company that would later become RLI Corp. RLI was one of the first insurers of contact lenses. In time, it emerged as the largest insurer of its kind in the world.

Building upon this success, RLI entered the commercial property and liability insurance field and expanded into the direct writing of a commercial umbrella program. Over time, RLI has continued to diversify its product portfolio, focusing on niche and underserved insurance markets that require specialized expertise.

An entrepreneurial spirit and relentless focus on innovation are the foundation of our success and continue to differentiate us today. We consistently keep our eyes on the challenges our customers face, and find innovative ways to solve them — whether that's offering products for underserved specialty markets, or enhancing and developing products that are new to the marketplace. 

Our employees are encouraged to seek out opportunities, make things happen and do the unexpected.

At RLI, we’ve created a business model that works: Hire smart, ethical people, make them owners of the business, and give them the freedom to succeed. Our employees are encouraged to seek out opportunities, make things happen and do the unexpected. 

 What makes RLI different

Our remarkable people. Our people are among the smartest and most knowledgeable in the business. They are experts at building relationships that last with our brokers and customers by providing outstanding service and creating ideal coverages with competitive premiums.

Our underwriting philosophy. We seek underserved niches in the marketplace and provide coverages that meet very specific customer needs. We eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy, give our underwriters authority and share the profits.

Our proven financial strength. We consistently deliver profit to our shareholders and are rated A+ “Superior” by A.M. Best Company and A+ “Strong” by Standard and Poor’s.

Our entrepreneurial culture. We recruit the most talented people in the business and then give them the freedom to try new things, to adapt and move quickly, to be nimble and flexible, and to explore new business opportunities.

Our shared rewards. We reward excellence, providing everyone with the opportunity to share in the financial success of the company. 

The rewards of working at RLI go well beyond financial compensation.

The rewards of working at RLI go well beyond financial compensation.

RLI employees enjoy opportunities for personal and professional growth, health and wellness benefits and financial incentives that include an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Our outstanding employees are the foundation of RLI’s success and we remain committed to helping them secure their long-term financial future.RLI has received recognition for creating a high-quality workplace in which our employees can thrive, as well as for our industry-leading benefits package. We are honored to be a recipient of these awards, as it reinforces our focus on attracting and retaining the best employees and rewarding results-oriented performance.

RLI named to Best Places to Work in Insurance List.

RLI was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance Magazine and Best Companies Group in 2014. At RLI, we strive to provide a creative and collaborative work environment that inspires innovation. From empowering employees to take the lead on projects, to sharing the rewards of our success, we're different and that's why we are more successful than most.

RLI selected as one of The Principal 10 Best Companies.

RLI was named to The Principal Financial Group’s 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security in 2010. This national award recognizes small and medium-size companies that provide their employees with exceptional benefits and long-term financial security. In addition to our healthcare benefits, award judges cited RLI’s retirement benefits as particularly impressive because of the multiple channels and choices it gives employees for investing in their future.Personal & Professional GrowthRLI encourages professional development course work in both insurance and job-related areas for its employees. We have made a commitment to employees to provide educational opportunities to help them enhance their skills and further their career advancement. RLI fosters a true learning culture and encourages professional growth of employees through participation in insurance courses, in-house training and other educational programs. RLI covers the cost for most programs and employees may receive a bonus upon successful completion of certain courses.  

At RLI, we're always looking to hire and develop tomorrow's leaders.

At RLI, we're always looking to hire and develop tomorrow's leaders. 

 RLI's college internship program takes place during the summer months beginning with orientation in June and concluding in August. For some interns, their internship may continue through the year or become a stepping stone to a full-time job at RLI.

The timeline for candidate selection, interviewing and placement for RLI's internship program is January through March. RLI looks for candidates with a proven track record of professionalism and success in their academic studies.

We typically offer paid internships in the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • Human resources
  • Actuarial services
  • Information technology
  • Claims
  • Internal audit
  • Communications/marketing
  • Risk management
  • FinanceUnderwriting 

An internship at RLI will allow you to:

  • Gain real-world job experience and training from seasoned professionals
  • Impact our business with meaningful projects and assignments
  • Build relationships through planned education and social activities

Whether you're looking for a summer intern experience or a long-term position, we invite you to consider the exciting internship opportunities available at RLI. 

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    As an intern I could not have asked for a better environment to learn and grow!
    Competitive pay for an intern, flexible hours, and they give you projects and responsibility according to your performance and your ability to work autonomously.


    Because there are many small branches, there are limited promotional opportunities without a willingness to move to different states.

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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at RLI (Atlanta, GA).


    They sat me down and asked questions why you want the internship. They were very friendly and wanted to get to know more about you. They are flexible and understanding with school schedule.

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