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COUNTRY Financial Reviews

Updated November 6, 2018
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COUNTRY Financial CEO Kurt F. Bock
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  • "End up building your book of business for existing Agent" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Company browser is behind the times and there is no wireless internet" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Underwriter"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Current Employee - Underwriter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many employees have been around for years. I started with Country Financial over 20 years ago right out of college. I have stuck with this company due to their culture, pension plan and opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    I wish flexible work such as working 4 days a work (10 hours) would be promoted rather than traditional 5 day work week. If this is an option, I'm not aware of it.

    Advice to Management

    When showing new job postings, please consider those that are more remote as in not located at major hubs such as Atlanta, Bloomington. Many remote workers would like to know if a new job may fit their skill set but often these jobs are posted at a location when they likely can be done from someone working from home. Making it clear if a job can be done remotely would be a big deal for many employees who feel left out.


  2. "Great corporate culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at COUNTRY Financial full-time

    Pros

    Promote from within Employee development i

    Cons

    Nothing I would change I

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course I I.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Representative"

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay you a small salary to learn how to sell insurance. The home office employees are great and helpful

    Cons

    If you are not part of the old boys club you will not succeed. They will encourage you to quite. Your clients will then go to fatten up career representatives

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone with a fair opportunity. I was at Country Financial for 5 years I made all of my benchmarks when I was ready to convert I would be making $700 a month I found out that a book was given to career reps that didn't do 1/8 of my production. They were part of the old boys club. Opportunities are not equal.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great company culture"

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    Current Employee - Digital Analyst in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Digital Analyst in Bloomington, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Visible, encouraging leadership
    Endless development and advancement opportunities
    Strong traditional and fringe benefits (401k, Pension, health/life/vision/etc., competitive pay - especially for the area /// flexible work situations, good work/life balance, company events & gifts)

    Cons

    The pace at which we evolve our business processes and tech investments is definitely improving but is still an area we need to improve in.

    Advice to Management

    Continue empowering employees to make decisions and know that their work matters. Additionally, stay (fairly) visible and present in the office to maintain relationships.


  5. "OVERAL GREAT PLACE"

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    Current Employee - Underwriter in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Underwriter in Bloomington, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Friendly Management
    Great Environment

    Cons

    Behind on Technology
    Only one building is fully updated


  6. "review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful to everybody

    Cons

    Straight pay with no commissions or bonus.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Associate Customer Care Representative in Bloomington, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Customer Care Representative in Bloomington, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COUNTRY Financial full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work area, mostly nice and professional supervisors. Pay is good for the market.

    Cons

    The business model is really bad. Their Financial Reps (agents) had VERY high turnover! You would spend your whole day apologizing for customers not being able to reach their rep or fixing reps mistakes. Twice I heard co-workers say something derogatory about other races.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your model, it isn't working. It's more like a pyramid scheme than an insurance company! Let alone a "financial" company.

  8. "Will Make a Career Here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people. Promote growth within the company.

    Cons

    Somewhat behind in the times.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Financial representative"

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    Former Employee - Rep in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Rep in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COUNTRY Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good products sold by the company

    Cons

    commissions are lower than industry average

    COUNTRY Financial Response

    Sep 28, 2018 – Agency Recruiting Intern

    Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you liked our product offerings, providing quality coverage is important to us! COUNTRY is proud to offer a competitive compensation plan for our... More


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Outdated and sad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at COUNTRY Financial full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and work environment overall. Decent benefits. Hours aren't bad. You can stand when you're working at your desk.

    Cons

    We are behind on the times and out of touch in numerous ways, and there doesn't seem to be a strong or urgent desire to modernize. Our pace towards modernization is dreadfully slow. Are we ever going to catch up? Until we hire people outside of Bloomington, we will not change. We need to get more people in the door who can challenge the status quo of "we've always done things this way." There are different ways to get things done that can be more effective. We also need to get the right people into the right roles. Several people on my team don't have the right qualifications for their positions, and it brings our whole team down. The business does not collaborate, it's a my way or the highway mentality, and the level of control they have over IT is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Be welcoming to new opinions. If you can't give people opportunities that are on par with what the rest of the industry is doing, this is problematic. What is motivating people to stay when the things they're working on have already been figured out by our competitors and other industries? What is there to be excited about in an environment like this, where you're just trying to catch up but not doing anything new or innovative? Empower people and put them in positions where they can create meaningful change.


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