Generally, State Farm is a solid, stable employer offering good pay and benefits. Women are prominent in leadership, including executive. In my own career path I haven't seen any preferential treatment toward men and have numerous times gotten promotions and better bonuses than men in my area. The scheduling and time off policies vary drastically by department and are not at all family-friendly in the call centers. Mandatory overtime, time off blackout dates, inability to trade schedules and other issues have created a lot of frustrated employees. Paid maternity leave is capped at 6 weeks across the board.
In the past this has been a very solid company with great benefits and opportunity for advancement. Recently State Farm has taken on a new management style and for now it is not being handled well. Production and "efficiency" drives are creating a cut throat environment, and eliminating the pride in customer service that brought meaning to our careers in years past. For 2015/2016, I would stay away. Here's hoping this Company will recover, as it used to be a great place to work.
If you are willing to move every 5 years & can handle stress you will do well.
It's not how good you are at the job and how much knowledge you have in your job but if you are willing to take courses and do outside work activities that will get you promoted. If you are a young Mom with kids at home or just want to do a good job in your department, you will not be promoted. You also have to be mobile.
You can work from home once a week. If you have to change the work from home day for personal reasons, managers are very flexible and understanding. This is a relationship-based organization with employee's respect towards their family life. People will understand any adjustments you need for your family. It is noticeable that the organization has a very high portion of women employees and people say it is because they can work and still raise their children with ease. There are also enough number of paid personal time off, sick days, vacation days, and limitless doctor days.
It's still an old boys club environment, regardless of the current restructuring which is eliminating many jobs for both old boys and women. My leadership team is male dominated, lacking diversity. Very few people advance from my department - male or female. It's known as a place where old claims employees go to die. Several women have accepted lower level positions to leave the department. Men have successfully applied for lateral positions in other departments and have advanced from there.
The corporate environment, one that used to to be something to brag about and lead employees to commit to the company for 20-45 years, is a distant memory. They equally discourage men and women, equally.
I have worked here for almost 11 years total. I manage an agency and maintain high sales (usually up to $10K OVER my quota for the month) and also do all the marketing and training of new hires. I currently make $35K a year and receive 3% commission. I also only have two weeks vacation after 11 years. Maternity leave has never been discussed and neither has a raise in vacation time or salary. State Farm corporate is a decent company I'm sure but working for agents is a nightmare and corporate could care less.
I've been with this company for 10 years. They like to pride themselves on their diversity and worklife/family balance however realistically they are all about the bottom line. Hours and benefits seem reasonable when hired and it is only after you sign the employment contract you are made to understand that weekly overtime is mandatory. It is not uncommon to work until 11:00 PM (get yourself a live in babysitter if you have small children) however your leadership does not. Mid and upper level management is overwhelmingly male while employee percentage is overwhelmingly female. Addressing any grievances is little more than lip service and anyone who doesn't agree with their male dominated metrics driven management style is labeled a "non-team player" and is ushered to the door. This is an appropriate place to work if you are uninterested in a family or social life or career advancement. Its a great stopgap but not a great place to grow.
Be very careful about the agent you work for. Find out about any benefits up front. Also look into the office staff before accepting an offer of employment, for example look up the office staff on social media to see what kind of people you will be working with.
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