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Spring Venture Group Overview

Kansas City, MO
201 to 500 employees
2009
Company - Private
Insurance Carriers
Unknown / Non-Applicable
At Spring Venture Group, your contribution begins on day one. For our clients, we deliver an unparalleled insurance shopping experience. For our employees, we run a workplace fueled by creativity and grit.

We've been able to grow our ... Read more

Mission: - Remain intensely focused upon creating a great company

- Develop people and create opportunities for leaders

- Build an industry-leading insurance distribution platform

- Deliver world-class service to the ... Read more

Company Updates

  • How do you measure and uphold ethics in your business? Here at SVG, we go to extensive lengths to ensure all our employees engage with our clients ethically, agnostic of their role. Learn how Quality Assurance Manager, Billy Bartlett, helps infuse our company's ethical standards into our day-to-day operations. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQU2E

  • With an expected IT sector growth of 5% in 2018, finding and developing strategic IT leaders with the right skills and values will be critical to a company’s success.

    Learn what SVG’s leaders look for when hiring IT leaders: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQKFF

    The Future of IT Leadership | Spring Venture Group

    As the largest market in the world for information technology products and services, today's technology leaders in America are faced with high levels of competition and even higher expectations. With an expected sector growth of 5% in 2018, finding and developing strategic IT leaders with the right skills and values will be critical to a company's success.

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Spring Venture Group – Why Work For Us?


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Spring Venture Group is an inside sales and marketing company with product offerings in the areas of Health and Life Insurance. What makes us a unique organization is our emphasis on providing high quality marketing and leads to our sales advisors so that they can focus all of their efforts on being productive on the phone.

We create a customer experience that meets our clients needs while also saving them the most money possible. We believe that comparison shopping for the best rate is the strongest value proposition, and results in our agents having everything they need to close the sale and bring considerable savings to our customers.

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United Medicare Advisors is an independent insurance agency offering comparison shopping options to seniors seeking supplemental coverage to their Medicare parts A and B. We represent only top-rated insurance carriers like Mutual of Omaha, Aetna, Gerber Life and Humana.

Medicare can seem like a confusing topic to digest on your own. Our expert, licensed agents take the time to breakdown the basics of Medicare and help a client select the plan that best meets their needs. From there we utilize our industry leading technology to offer a client the plan they have selected at the very best price.

United Medicare Advisors is a d/b/a of Spring Insurance Solutions, with offices at 2301 McGee Street, 4th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64108.


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Arranging for your end-of-life needs is not always an easy task, yet neglecting to do so can result in additional emotional and financial stress on your loved ones. While you'd like leave as little burden on your family as possible during this difficult time, the reality is that we all can rack up significant bills as we approach and reach the end of our lives. From medical bills, legal fees, debt, and funeral/burial costs, your loved ones may incur serious costs as they are dealing with their loss. A final expense insurance policy can you give you the peace-of-mind that your family and friends will not have to worry about money in the wake of your death.

Open Market Quotes offers a great opportunity to take care of this need while also ensuring you get the coverage you want and can afford. Each insurance carrier on our panel rates health risks differently, allowing us to comparison shop a rate for you. By answering a few health questions over the phone, we can help you decide how much coverage you need all while staying mindful of your budget. We are unbiased when it comes to discussing different insurance companies, so you can rest assured that your licensed insurance advisor will have your best interests in mind.

All employees are eligible for full benefits at 30 days of employment with Spring Venture Group. 

Benefits Include:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401K
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Basic and Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Covered Parking
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Working with a great group of people at our headquarters located in the heart of Kansas City. 


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SVG Social

SVG Social develops events to “support the growth of unity between SVG employees through engaging activities beyond the confines of the office.” 

Company events run the gamut of categories including philanthropy, physical activity, mental stimulation, and pure, unadulterated party. Between attendance at Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC games, Spring Venture Group employees can be seen restoring a home with Habitat for Humanity or running a local 5K race. We strive to create an unparalleled level of employee satisfaction.


Agent Advisory Board

Our foundation for success and efficiency is constructed with communication as a cornerstone. The Agent Advisory Board is SVG’s solution for circulating frequent feedback throughout the organization.

Representatives of each sales team bring questions and suggestions to the table for discussion with top leadership. Not only does this form a streamlined communication channel, it also permits voices from different levels of seniority to be heard in a setting that fosters creative problem solving and innovation.


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Spring Venture group now has full-time, seasonal positions open to join our inside sales teams. This unique opportunity is for individuals in any stage of their professional career looking to take part in our proven sales training program selling Medicare Supplement Insurance. The full-time, seasonal positions are for the period of July 11th through December 7th, 2016.

We are proud to state that this position involves no cold-calling and is not telemarketing. The Medicare Open Enrollment season is when thousands of people actively seek enrollment into a Medicare Supplement plan. There couldn’t be a better time to join our highly energetic work culture.

- Three weeks of paid training

- Represent industry-leading insurance carriers

- Prior experience (while a plus) is NOT required

If this sounds like a good fit for you, we'd love to hear from you. This team will not be very large, so we encourage you to apply soon!

Spring Venture Group Reviews

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    I have been working at Spring Venture Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been with this company quite some time, and I have watched it more than quintuple in size. In this review, I'm going to try to do a couple of things: first, go over the things that have been consistently good; second, address some of the challenges that our explosive growth has led to; third, try to give readers a good sense of what working for this company is like across several different departments; and fourth, address some of the criticisms I've found in other reviews that I think are unfounded.

    If you are a prospective applicant to SVG, the first thing to keep in mind is that this is a sales-driven organization. This company has consistently dedicated tons of money, human resources and IT development all for the purpose of making more sales and making them more efficiently. In my years here, I have never seen the company fail to make sure that the salespeople's lives are as easy as possible. One very positive aspect of our growth is that these kinds of investments are now being more consistently made into non-Sales departments.

    You'll see a lot of reviews reference the work culture at SVG as a positive. You may have even seen recruitment marketing that talks about things like our happy hours and company lunches. Those things are definitely great, and have remained fairly consistent, but to me the most important cultural hallmark of SVG is its management culture of caring about the things that really matter. If you're in sales, you're going to be given a ton of coaching resources to develop your soft skills, backed up with very deep metrics/analytics insight designed to help you get better at your job. If you're looking at joining one of our other departments, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere (wear what you want, curse however much you like, etc) that values individual contribution and input, including constructive dissent. Despite our growth, there is still a lot of room for and encouragement of innovative thinking.

    On the non-sales side, there are a few growing pains. I would describe the current environment as transitional--moving from a start-up to an established company. Up to the point that we were at about 300 employees, it was relatively easy to keep the agility of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants startup, but past that point, interdepartmental communication begins to degrade without structure. This is the time in a business' life-cycle that you start to need project managers, business analysts, etc. as staff whose full-time responsibility is to facilitate communication, process and coordination between growing departments. This is where we are at, and as with any transitional phase, the work environment across departments can be a bit uneven. I wouldn't recommend working here if you must have concrete and established guidelines to work inside of. By that same token, this is no longer a place to work if you thrive in completely uncharted territory. Right now, the people who excel here, and the kind of people we need, are those who are looking to step into a challenging, fast-paced professional environment where you have the opportunity to make gigantic contributions to what the company will look like and how it will operate years from now.

    Most of the reviews on here, especially recently, have a lot to say about the cons of working in sales at SVG. I worked in sales for years and then moved to a more technical role with the company, and having seen both "sides" of the equation I would like to try to separate the fact from the myth. The primary valid concern I see across many reviews has to do with the development of sales management as we've grown. Because of the amount of individual attention we give each agent (coaching, metrics, etc), sales teams are relatively small (~17 max). Additionally, SVG only promotes sales management from within and from their Sales Coach program. While we have been fortunate to maintain a high level of sales and sales management success while growing, there are a few cracks in the system that lead to complaints. For one, a Sales Manager is promoted just weeks before they begin directly leading a team, usually consisting entirely of brand new agents. Because of this short runway for a new manager, it can be difficult for them to start strong with their teams. Second, while I've never been a party to management promotion discussions, there is at least the perception that by taking into account sales success in the hiring process, we may at times run the risk of promoting Sales Managers who have excellent sales skills, but may be lacking in management skills. Add that to the short training runway for management, and it's easy to see why this might create situations where people feel the need to come vent on Glassdoor. All that being said, I've never met a single manager at this company that is any less than 100% devoted to the success of their team.

    Now to address some of the complaints I see as less than valid. Generally, the complaints you'll read on here from salespeople fall into two categories: lead quality and lead distribution fairness. I have worked in sales at other organizations before, some of which had a truly toxic culture of favoritism, inefficiency and greed. This is not one of those companies. First of all, our marketing department spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a day on bringing in leads to our agents. Naturally, these leads will vary in "quality," but in no respects is this cold-calling at all. Having done cold-calling elsewhere, I get a good laugh out of people thinking even our "worst" leads are anything close to cold-call quality. Lead distribution is a tricky subject to address without getting into proprietary information but here's the quick and dirty: the company management responsible for lead acquisition and distribution (even some of the IT guys) receive bonuses based on company performance annually. As a sales-driven organization, that means as many people selling as many policies as possible. It would be counter-productive, culturally as well as financially, for there to be any kind of conspiracy to unfairly manipulate lead distribution. Experienced salespeople know that sales is feast and famine on an individual level, with a lot of luck involved. Despite this, like baseball players, salespeople can be a superstitious bunch because being decent at sales means always believing that you're going to make the sale through your own talent. When sales fall through it's really easy to blame bad luck (or poor work) on some cabal working against you, without whom you'd be 100% successful 100% of the time. I'll add to this that when I left sales and had access to all of the "secrets" behind the scenes I was really underwhelmed at how many entertaining conspiracy theories from the sales floor ended up being true (zero of them). Long story short, if you work in sales at SVG, ignore the conspiracy theories, let the losses roll off your back and celebrate the wins. You're going to win a lot more and a lot more easily here than you will at almost any other company and make a lot of money in the process.

    In sum (and thanks for making it this far), SVG is fantastic place to work. If you're going into sales, you're going to have an entire company comprised of data scientists, developers, sales managers, customer service reps and so on who are all committed to making sure you sell as many policies as you possibly can as easily as possible. If you're looking to join the company in a non-sales role, understand that while there are growing pains, there is a huge amount of opportunity to leave a significant mark on a company that is well on its way to being the top Medicare insurance distributor in the country.

    Cons

    I put everything in the pros box oops.

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Spring Venture Group Photos

Spring Venture Group photo of: We volunteer once a month at Harvesters Community Food Network.
Spring Venture Group photo of: Our sales teams took the Game of Thrones a little too serious...
Spring Venture Group photo of: Our all-company happy hour party before our busy season kicked off!
Spring Venture Group photo of: Tony, one of our managers, was highlighted for his conservation efforts for honey bees!
Spring Venture Group photo of: Jeffery our COO, has a weird hat collection, minimal ping-pong skills, and an exceptional sense of humor.
Spring Venture Group photo of: One of our new hire happy hours at Up Down in KC!
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Spring Venture Group Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Spring Venture Group.

    Interview

    Applied online, emailed back and forth with an employee with SVG, filled out an assessment, went in for a job interview/shadowing. The online assessment was a bit like a timed IQ test- some vocabulary questions and logic questions.

    Once I got there, the guy who conducted the interview had a style that was a bit off the cuff- cussed a few times and had to leave the room to retrieve a list of interview questions he forgot. None of the questions really shocked me or seemed to deviate too far from the norm. I actually thought the interview went well and the vibe I got exiting the interview was that he thought I was a good candidate.

    The job shadowing seemed super unnecessary, considering I ultimately wasn't called for a second interview. I was given little instruction other than to sit with an employee for "15, 20, or 30 minutes or whatever works for you."

    After that I checked out with the receptionist and was told they would follow-up. Received an email about 45 minutes later saying they "went with another candidate." It was a brief and streamlined process, but the job shadowing seemed like a waste of time.

    Interview Questions

    • What is you greatest accomplishment?   1 Answer
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Spring Venture Group Awards & Accolades

  • Forty under 40, Ingram's Magazine, 2014
  • Best Companies to Work For in Kansas City, Ingram's Magazine, 2014
  • Best Places to Work in Insurance, Best Companies Group, 2016
  • Best Companies to Work For in Kansas City, Ingram's Magazine, 2017
  • Forty Under 40, Ingram's Magazine, 2017
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