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RLI Overview

Peoria, IL
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (RLI)
Insurance Carriers
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
RLI is a leading U.S.-based specialty insurance company that helps customers navigate the world of insurance and risk. For 50+ years, we've helped people and companies safeguard assets through a diverse portfolio of property and casualty insurance and surety ... 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

  • We're so proud to be named by Glassdoor as one of 20 companies where employees are the happiest.

    20 Companies Where Employees Are the Happiest - Glassdoor Blog

    Being happy in your job can take many forms: great coworkers, competitive compensation, flexible work time, challenging projects. However, one trait that all happy employees share is a positive work-life balance. Feeling like you have a healthy amount of both achievement and enjoyment are crucial to being happiest at work and in one's personal life.

  • RLI is happy to announce newly promoted leaders in our Claim department.

    “All of these professionals bring a wealth of experience to their positions. Their industry knowledge and commitment to exceptional customer service will be instrumental in positioning our claim operations for future success.”

    -- RLI Insurance Company President & COO Craig Kliethermes

    Read the full press release:

    RLI Announces Claim Department Leadership Promotions | RLI Corp

    Nic Mesco, Assistant Vice President, Claims has been promoted to Vice President, Claims with executive leadership responsibility for RLI's Casualty product claims. Mesco joined RLI in 2013 as Claim Director and was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 2016. Prior to joining RLI, he was an attorney at Tressler LLP.

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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. 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. We’re not what you’d expect from an insurance company. From our products to our business model, our culture to our results — we’re 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 focus. We seek underserved niches in the marketplace and provide coverages that meet very specific needs. We eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy, give our underwriters authority and share the profits.

Our entrepreneurial culture. 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.


Our history of financial stability allows RLI to attract the best and brightest employees to join our team of professionals. Hiring such talented individuals allows RLI to achieve results that are the envy of our industry.

Introducing the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) at RLI was an innovative decision made more than 35 years ago. We share the business profits with our employees and make them owners in the business.

Owning the business creates a sense of urgency and importance with our employees. Employees feel a sense of pride and ownership as they work to make a real difference in our success. They are challenged and empowered to profitably build our business. Those with skills, knowledge and a thirst for success excel at RLI.

This is how we’ve become known for our history of creating new opportunities, building value and developing successful businesses. In recent years, RLI has added a number of new underwriting operations. RLI Marine, RLI Re and RLI Professional Services Group are some of the examples of recent product expansion and growth efforts.

“Employees benefit from RLI’s focus on profitability as the true measure of success. Growing our businesses, increasing effectiveness and managing expenses brings profit to the bottom line. Sharing the rewards with our employees has always made sense to RLI.” Craig W. Kliethermes, President & COO

RLI’s underwriting focused business model has yielded an impressive 21 straight years of underwriting profit supported by a combined ratio 17 points below the industry average. Even more impressive — RLI has paid and increased dividends in each of the last 41 years.

Since 1991, on Ward’s 50 top-performing insurance companies — one of only three companies from more than 3,000.


We remain true to our underwriting principles and are dedicated to deep-rooted core competencies that protect our A+ ratings. RLI has a strong balance sheet and consistently delivers profits to its shareholders.

  • Rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best for financial strength
  • Rated A+ (Strong) by Standard and Poor’s
  • Named to Ward’s Top 50 for 27 consecutive years (one of only three companies to be recognized every year since the list’s inception)
  • Increased dividends in each of the last 42 years


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.


We succeed because we operate differently than most insurance companies. Our business model is underwriter focused. We seek out the industry’s most experienced, talented underwriters to serve our unique niche markets. We give them the autonomy, freedom and support to create innovative solutions within the specialty lines they know best — and the opportunity to financially share in their successes.


RLI encourages professional development course work in both insurance and job-related areas for our employees. We have made a commitment 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.

“We recruit the most talented people in the business — our ownership culture encourages and rewards the entrepreneurial spirit, giving every new hire the opportunity to take a running start into their career.” Jonathan E. Michael, President and CEO RLI Corp.


Personal and professional growth

  • Nationwide employment opportunities
  • Tuition reimursement
  • Professional development programs
  • Insurance educational programs

Financial incentives

  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
  • 401(k) - 100% vested and automatic 3% company contribution
  • Annual profit sharing incentive plan

Health programs

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Life insurance equal to two times base salary
  • Short-term and long-term disability benefits
  • Health and wellness initiatives


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:


Human resources

Actuarial services

Information technology


Internal audit


Risk management



 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.

RLI Reviews

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    Amazing service-focused community-like culture, smart people to work with, terrific (and sometimes surprising) benefits, interesting product lines, overall a cool company. I'd highly recommend RLI as an employer!


    None at all - it's a great place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Keep your focus on building and protecting the company culture, innovation, service mindset and exceptional talent. I love it here!

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RLI Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at RLI (New York, NY) in March 2018.


    First I had a video call with the recruiter then I had 2 rounds of face to face interview. It was all about projects in previous years.ittle bit technical.
    People were nice to me. They even gave me a bottle of water. All smiles and didn't make me feel nervous.

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RLI Awards & Accolades

  • 20 Companies Where Employees are the Happiest, Glassdoor, 2018
  • 2018 Plan Sponsor of the Year, PLANSPONSOR National Conference, 2018
  • Ward's Top 50 P&C Performers, Ward Group, 2018
  • 2018 Elite Women in Insurance, Insurance Business of America Magazine, 2018
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