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Allstate Chicago Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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Allstate Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Wilson II
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Pros
  • The paid time off allows for work life balance if you use it appropriately (in 376 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work from home in certain positions (in 74 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance / On call support/ No process followed (in 91 reviews)

  • Little advancement, no room for growth (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "Great Balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Actuarial Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Actuarial Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool Chicago Office
    Flexible Hours/WFH Ability
    Promotes Comradery

    Cons

    Easy to get distracted due to open seating, but that's office specific.


  2. "Leadership Development Program"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Leadership Development Program in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    LDP offers recent college grads a unique view into the different areas of Allstate.

    Cons

    At time it can feel like you don't have a lot of input into your own career.

  3. "Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Northbrook, IL
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is valued and important.

    Cons

    Overtime is sometimes required to perform job functions.

    Advice to Management

    More communication is needed.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Cat Field Adjuster"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Catastrophe Claims Adjuster in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Catastrophe Claims Adjuster in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allstate full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment. Good PTO and Benefits.
    Great adjuster training program(s) and continuing education.

    Cons

    Zero work life balance.
    Salaries do not adequately represent amount of work and time demanded by the company.
    High turnover.
    Career Advancement is not based on your evaluations but on how popular you are with field managers and upper level management.
    Allstate makes it impossible to hit your goals due to their evaluation system. This system is designed to keep you at your current level.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate pay increases. You fail by only raising pay due to the national average increasing. Pay adjusters more than the national average and competing carriers up front and your turnover ratio will decrease dramatically and will retain the talent that you trained in your wonderful program.

    It is well known that once adjusters go through the Allstate training program they are poached by their competing carries as they offer greater starting pay.


  5. "Product Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allstate (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent and they still offer both a pension and 401K plan where most other companies don't. They also have flexible work options.

    Cons

    Promotions don't always go to the best qualified people as there seems to be an atmosphere where who you know is more important. As a result, some in manager positions are not well equipped with people skills to lead/motivate their teams even though they may have great technical skills and they end up losing good people. Bonuses only go to higher level people even though the rank and file employees due the bulk of the great work there.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people into manager positions that have people skills. Let all employees be eligible for annual bonuses (excluding those tied to 401K contributions) based on company results.


  6. "Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allstate (More than a year)

    Pros

    Allstate hires very smart people. As a consultant I always felt valued and respected. Tom Wilson is a visionary driver and sets the bar high for the leadership which is a standard that trickles down effectively.

    Cons

    Large company problems...when working across business units it can be difficult to get decisions made because no one is sure who has the authority.

    Advice to Management

    What an impressive culture! Keep doing things the way you're doing them.


  7. "Quantitative Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and great people to work with

    Cons

    Seem to prioritize exam taking actuaries for all promotions even though they receive exam bonuses

  8. "Extremely Pleased - AIS/Information Security/Cybersecurity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    + A lot of opportunities in working with new technologies and processes to improve quality work as well as timely delivery.
    + Solid company with strong emphasis on being the "industry leader"
    + Very collaborative people working in the Information Security department
    + Emphasizes work-life balance

    Cons

    + Operates in a "silo" fashion which at times can slow down delivery of solutions and decision making process although teams are working to create greater transparency across the organization

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on harnessing the employer to employee relationship and reward for performance


  9. "Company committed to personal development and growth!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Commitment to work / life balance
    Meaningful work
    Values hard-working contributors
    Ability to advance career without leaving company

    Cons

    Difficult to address under performers with current processes

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on your existing top talent and working to recruit the next generation. As the industry changes, it's important to stay current on the new skillsets and providing your existing talent with the ability to retool themselves and stay relevant, without simply looking for the skillsets outside - Allstate is adopting this, especially in the cybersecurity space. Very exciting to watch it unfold.


  10. "ALL companies should look to Allstate as an example of what to do RIGHT."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allstate full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a company that truly values every single employee & wants them to succeed. It's an extremely "collegiate" environment where ideas are shared openly & honestly. Work-life balance is not just a buzz word tossed around but is a philosophy that comes from the top down. There's a reason you see people with 25+ yrs. experience at Allstate. It's because they love their job.

    Cons

    I honestly can not think of any negatives except that some team members may find it difficult to delegate "down" some of the work that could & should be done by support staff.


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