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State Farm Intern Reviews

Updated 10 December 2014
Updated 10 December 2014
1,805 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance and encouragement to continue insurance education (in 106 reviews)

  • Great training program, plenty of opportunities to advance and great benefits package (in 82 reviews)


Cons
  • As a side note - I had significant work / life balance issues as an agent (in 28 reviews)

  • No room for advancement with contract employees and lower pay with no benefits (in 41 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not what I signed up for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern, Local Branch
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern, Local Branch

    I worked at State Farm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have no idea if all branches function the same. This one had very flexible hours, and the pay wasn't anything to complain about. Pleasant co-workers.

    Cons

    Deceptive interviews. Took this over another internship, based off of the job description. They describe it as a 'marketing campaign internship', and will give you a few token projects .. but you basically spend 80% of your time cold-calling people. I found this task to be quite unpleasant, as most people don't appreciate being telemarketed to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the sales aspect in the job description. I'm sure you can find people who will want this internship, and function better than those like me who are dissatisfied.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Don't get sucked into State Farm by the salary during training.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Agency Intern in Murfreesboro, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Agency Intern in Murfreesboro, TN (US)

    I have been working at State Farm

    Pros

    State Farm is willing to invest in their employees by paying a salary to interns in training to become an agents. This is not common in the the insurance industry. They put you through very good training during that time. As an insurance company it is a very solid, stable and conservative company.

    Cons

    They treat agency interns brutally.They are very unforgiving of mistakes or failure to meet goals regardless of reasons. For part of your training they'll put you in an agents office who may or may not be concerned with your development. Who may or may not be competent themselves. The "family friendly" facade is just that - a facade. You better hit your goals and you better invest every last dime you have when you get your TICA contract. Even after working laboriously and spending your own money, if you are not hitting goals - regardless of whether your rates are competitive or not - they will send you walking. TICA stands for TEMPORARY Independent Contract Agreement. So after a year, if you aren't doing what they want you to you are out, no questions asked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The DAFO side of State Farm should look at the content of the character of their interns in addition to results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in West Lafayette, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in West Lafayette, IN (US)

    I have been working at State Farm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They were really flexible with my the days and hours I could work and the people were very nice.

    Cons

    The people were great but the internship was lacking. When I was told about the position I was under the impression that there would be selling involved with the internship and "real world" experience. I did not do anything except set up appointments and sit in the back of the office doing nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a real internship and give the intern more to do than just making appointments….

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at State Farm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    working hours revolved around my school time. Easy work. calm and tranquil environment. build a close relationship with workers. some events are fun. pay was a little above minimum but i was only a intern. great place to learn if interested in insurance

    Cons

    Telemarketing is a must. Boring at times. Individuals will be rude. with out licensing you really cant do much but transfer calls, file papers, and telemarketing. since each agent sets up pay and commission it is a bit troublesome to get the pay you want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really needs a better claims and faster response when calling headquarters. It always takes over an hour on wait time to fix problems and customers get upset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very competitive with products, likes life side, but cut throat tactics between agents and stealing people from area.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Life Specialist to Agent Intern in Hickory, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Life Specialist to Agent Intern in Hickory, NC (US)

    I worked at State Farm full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great brand name equals easy reknown. Easy for people to identify with.

    Cons

    If people already had a bad experience with a different agent, which there are a ton of agents then damage may be irrepairable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thin the herd of agents, push for team work, customers first, and not killing your fellow agents. Get a territory assigned demographically if already dense- spread out the offices- its rediculous!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Easy internship and relatively unexciting.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Bloomington, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Bloomington, IL (US)

    I worked at State Farm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people that work there are great and always happy to help.

    Cons

    Living in Bloomington, IL is not ideal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge your intern pool more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company, Need Better Focus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Columbus, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Columbus, GA (US)

    I worked at State Farm part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Promote quality interactions with clients
    -Focus on strengthening company from within the agent's office
    -Good benefits

    Cons

    -Not enough underwriters/service workers in the Alabama/Georgia area
    -Poor communication within the company
    -The "agent centered" mindset is not up-to-date
    -Need to update customer service techniques (more stuff online)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help agents grow by allowing them to excel at what they do best in their market- selling Life Insurance isn't everything.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Internship Program - Not so great entry-level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at State Farm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The internship program in 2009 for college undergraduates was an amazing learning experience, I was a marketing intern in the SF Bay Area. They paid for our company cards, travel to the internship competition and opportunity to present for corporate. Great experience learning about marketing strategy and how interact with executives! Heavy recruiting for entry-level positions.

    Cons

    Entry-level positions were only in claims roles that were not well paid or suited to any other interests.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cushy place w/good work/life balance but slow advancements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Bloomington, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Bloomington, IL (US)

    I worked at State Farm as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    State Farm has a great work/life balance - from workplace events to the State Farm Park, etc. etc.
    Benefits and compensation are good, and there is a good corporate culture of valuing loyalty to the company.

    Cons

    If you're like me and like to be challenged and thrilled each day at work, this is not the place. Things move slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interns want to learn so use them! But don't just stick them w/paper pushing - that'll turn off your brilliant potentials because they'll want to seek out more exciting opportunities.

  11.  

    neutral experience, nothing much valueable taken away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at State Farm

    Pros

    first intern out of freshman

    Cons

    repeated and boring work all over the 10 weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more feedback

    No opinion of CEO

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