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California Department of Insurance Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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  1. "Student Assistant Intern"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at California Department of Insurance (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice working environment;
    If you have a good supervisor like mine, you will have some real stuff to work on;
    Develop your statistical and computing skills;

    Cons

    The salary is not competitive.


  2. "Doing well for a state agency"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    More open to change than most state agencies, with a focus on consumer protection. Various branches that merge well together and bring about a lot of action that help people throughout California. Law enforcement professionals are dedicated, hard workers. Lots of intelligent people working here.

    Cons

    The bureaucracies of state service and tradition still slow this place down. They're trying to catch up with the 21st century and emerging technology. Top level executives aren't completely opposed to the idea of this, but they get stuck in their ways and are more resistant to change when it comes down to making a decision. If you work on a small team, there's no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more adaptable and flexible. Improve onboarding process so employees, especially the minority generation, are more likely to stick around.


  3. "Progressive state department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The IT environment is quite progressive compared to other state agencies since the department does not rely on the general fund. Thus the department has more purchasing power and more state of the art equipment.

    Cons

    Too much red tape similar to other state departments. Similar to any public sector agency.


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  5. "Associate Insurance Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance full-time

    Pros

    One of the pros of working for the Department is the people that work there.

    Cons

    The downside is the slightly low salary relative to other financial service jobs.


  6. "Stable"

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    Current Employee - Insurance Examiner in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Insurance Examiner in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty easy workload. Very little stress.

    Cons

    You tend to get complacent. The salary is just okay.


  7. "Rating and Underwriting Market Conduct Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stable environment with opportunity to gain experience in all lines of insurance

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are limited

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities for growth


  8. "Nice place for entry level experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working environment. Very friendly people. Good for retirement people and stable life.

    Cons

    Limited motivation and potential. No other cons that I can think of this moment.


  9. "well organized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Department of Insurance full-time

    Pros

    This is the entry and development class for the Insurance Examiner series. Incumbents are assigned duties and responsibilities commensurate with their respective background and training. Positions are permanently allocated to this classification when a major portion of the duties performed does not include the more responsible, varied and difficult assignments found in the Insurance Examiner series.

    Cons

     Demonstrated accounting knowledge and experience, and ability to read and interpret financial statements.  Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Possess good organizational and problem solving skills.  Ability to work as a team member and be flexible and responsive to various tasks assigned.  Willingness to travel and work away from the headquarters office including out-of-state travel.  Experience in the use of computer application programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, etc.


  10. "Family style work environment with opportunity for growth"

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    Current Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Retirement benefits and job stability. The leads and coworkers are very helpful and will bring you up to speed. This department fosters a positive work atmosphere.

    Cons

    The State budget affects promotion opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the leads to lead and lead from the back as a supportive manager. (Some managers are already doing this.)


  11. "There's only so much you're allowed to learn.."

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

    I have been working at California Department of Insurance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back, easy 9-5, excellent benefits, TONS of time off, plenty of state holidays, union-mandated 5% annual raise, plenty of young professionals to network with and get to know

    Cons

    No challenge/growth, little opportunities for promotion - you have to promote outside of your unit or wait 5-7 years to promote. Team workload inequitably distributed.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate tasks better. Be a mentor and encourage promotion.



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