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GEICO Chevy Chase Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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  • No work life balance not competitive salary (in 117 reviews)

  • Have to love working at a call center (in 129 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GEICO full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are good, and there is annual profit sharing. The staff is good at training and getting you up to speed quickly. If you show that you are capable, you can acquire more responsibility in a short amount of time. The work-life balance is decent.

    Cons

    Despite being able to acquire more responsibility, actual promotions and pay raises are hard to come by. The management favors insurance industry "lifers" and those with an actuarial background over employees that have more diverse experience. Management is reluctant to spend money on new technology even when there are obvious needs for upgrades in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Be open about how employees can advance their careers. Spend less money on marketing and advertising and invest more in improving facilities and workplace technology.


  2. "Good starting posotion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate II in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Actuarial Associate II in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of entry level position available. Structured actuarial training and exam program

    Cons

    limited advancement position, and diversity of projectsion

  3. Helpful (3)

    "IT Management Nightmare"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable Benefits
    Great co-workers
    Constantly innovating
    Nice profit-sharing

    Cons

    Middle and Senior Management have no clue how to get the best out of staff.
    Reviews have little relevance to what you actually accomplish.
    Salaries are lower than the surrounding area.
    Benefits have been on a continual cutback for several years.
    No AWS, no work at home
    Shortage of parking
    HR policies are designed for a call center environment. Professional staff are managed like clerks.
    Moving to a bull-pen physical working environment

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees as your stepping stone to a better management position.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "A great company if you want to do nothing all day and get paid for it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Systems Analyst II in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Applications Systems Analyst II in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are willing to help you out. Everyone is super laid back and the company is really stable to work at.

    Cons

    I work in IT and they are behind in that regard. They are also very slow to promote and only care about putting people from the executive leadership program in management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, I have a Masters degree in IT and I still can't get to promoted to management because I wasn't part of the executive leadership program


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Systems Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer (Contractor) in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer (Contractor) in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. Large heterogeneous IT Infrastructure, (Win32/Linux), allows for horizontal learning in many aspects of technology. Good managers. Solid contract $ hourly rate.

    Cons

    A lot of stovepipe systems make it hard to integrate. Not a lot of engineering processes in place. No reasonable parking available. Had to use Metro from Annapolis, MD.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to integrate and eliminate stovepipe systems. Leverage Cloud opportunities where possible. Introduce more engineering processes to overall approach.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "If you have another option, for your sake, take it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are nice enough (mainly because they sympathize with your plight since they are stuck in it too)

    Benefits aren't bad

    It's a secure company with strong financial backing so there won't be massive layoffs ever

    They don't really fire people - too much turnover they can't afford it.

    Profit sharing can be nice (though it doesn't vest for 5 years - so don't think you'll keep much of it until you suffer through it)

    Cons

    Environment is just flat toxic now - this year alone at least a dozen people in my area alone left. Another few expressed, quite openly, that they were trying to get out. I was happy for every last one of them. I hope the rest managed to escape.

    Pay isn't great for the area.

    You will be CONSTANTLY micromanaged (and don't suggest any issues with the micromanaging, because they'll say you just need more - the perverse logic used here).

    If you have any suggestions for how things could be done better, you will be shut down immediately by management.

    As advice, do not ever use your PTO (from holidays or vacation days etc) - IN ADVANCE NO LESS - and tell someone you're not feeling well. They will force you to use sick days in the process, EVEN IF YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM ADVANCE NOTICE, and it will strike your dependability. Do not let your wife have children (strike against dependability) until you have FMLA.

    Advice to Management

    Please get fresh blood INTO management. There are at least three generations between the CEO Tony Nicely and most of the associates. Nicely berated an employee who suggested telework. Even went so far to say that they wouldn't see eye to eye and it might not be the best fit. Then went off explaining how his father and grandfather never missed work, even after a heart attack, or being blown up, or falling down a cliff (I wish I were kidding about this) and he expects the same. And everyone who doesn't is part of an over entitled society. And that our friends and family really don't want us around as much. Because his don't.

    Senior management has decried from on high that most of any forms of modernization, including relaxing dress codes, updating hardware for analysis, telework, and more are just unnecessary and not good, but micromanaging is ESSENTIAL. It's literally like they read every piece of business literature out there and said they were going to do the opposite just to be petulant.

    In summary, this is the best piece of advice I can give to management: You say associates are your top priority - act like it. Focus on employee retention instead of cycling through trainees. Figure out why employee morale is so low and why people are leaving. Just because you want to be the low cost provider, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice employee satisfaction. In fact, you can save money by keeping employees happy and cutting back on training and recruiting new ones. You can save money by giving the benefit of flexible work which most employees see as being worth a $ amount in salary - and it will save you on paying for parking and metro as well as just raw building space, power, etc. You can save money in a lot of ways, but don't save it by short-changing your most basic asset.


  7. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst II in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst II in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Low stress.

    Cons

    Commute, lack of telecommuting options

  8. "A good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GEICO full-time

    Pros

    Innovative and collaborative team... a good place to work, with manager taking care of the team as much as possible. Strong opportunities for growth. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    The upper management still seem caught in the 1970's.

    Advice to Management

    Managing IT professional needs more flexibility from senior management.


  9. "It's all about who you know"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Full time gets benefits, as long as you kiss butt you can get ahead quickly, you can make a lot of friends, there is a lot of food days, salary is alright... better than most jobs starting out...

    Cons

    You won't get promoted unless you are liked by management; again it's all about who you know, regardless if your numbers are the highest on the floor or not. Because there is always a food around, you get fat really quick and there is a saying of the gaining the "geico 40" within your first year..... people, especially upper management team are really catty and petty.
    Also there is very little work/life balance. Geico is a horrible place to work if you have a family.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together, treat people right. Promote those who deserve it and not your friends. It's not proper and everyone knows what you are doing.


  10. "Great First Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training and professional development opportunities; room for movement upward and outward within the company; low stress; work-life balance

    Cons

    Salary is OK but not great; conservative leadership; very few opportunities to work from home;

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible with scheduling;


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