State Farm intern Reviews

Updated 16 August 2014
Updated 16 August 2014
1,595 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and encouragement to continue insurance education (in 88 reviews)

  • The company has a good work environment and works to help employees meet their needs (in 68 reviews)


Cons
  • As a side note - I had significant work / life balance issues as an agent (in 19 reviews)

  • No room for advancement with contract employees and lower pay with no benefits (in 34 reviews)

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  1.  

    A lot of room to move up within Systems

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

    I worked at State Farm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Pros as a Systems employee(at Bloomington Corporate South)
    - A lot of room for growth, promotions, raises, bonuses.
    - Jeans and t-shirts are daily wear(even some managers wear things like sports team jerseys. Obviously you want to dress nice for important days.)
    - Many people "work to live" instead of the other way around
    - 2 weeks vacation, 3 weeks after 5(?)
    - PTO for dentist appointments and stuff like that
    - Paid sick days
    - From what people said benefits were "decent"
    - Work from home days
    - Flexible hours
    - Pretty good salary and get raises fairly quickly.
    - Can apply to different positions at different locations
    - Leadership training
    - Will pay for MBA

    Pros as an intern:
    - $18-20 as a Systems Analyst intern.
    - 2 paid days off
    - Paid housings
    - Can start 401k (also I've heard internships count as time at the company and helps with retirement)
    - Many seniors got competitive full time offers.
    - Currently able to pick which location you want to work full time(Atlanta, Bloomington, Dallas, Phoenix)
    - Get to do real programming
    - Can be kept busy and not bored as an intern depending on team

    Cons

    Cons as a Systems employee
    - Most jobs in Bloomington(a.k.a. cornfield U.S.A.)
    - Afraid of making people worried so they keep a lot in the dark (a good example is the "Dual pair metroplex", either people have no idea what it is, or they're worried that everything related to the datacenter is moving to Dallas.)
    - Want to move people to hubs, but don't help their spouses that also work there
    - Some technologies are old and no one really wants to do them.

    Cons as an intern
    - Other IT interns at large corporations can be paid more.
    - Don't have any idea what you're doing before you get there
    - Many teams are not prepared for intern because they aren't sure what they're getting so they don't know what type of work to have planned.
    - People who would be returning interns still don't know if they have an offer for next year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reach out to interns earlier in internships, at the end I had many directors and AVPs ask why no one had any meetings with them, because interns don't realize that we can reach out to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company!

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

    I have been working at State Farm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great Culture
    -Everyone is there to truly help you
    -Great opportunities to move up
    -Pension Plan

    Cons

    -No cons honestly. I just wish I would have been hired after my internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun, learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern, Local Branch  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern, Local Branch in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at State Farm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot about auto insurance and what coverages save the most money and helped families switch to better programs

    Cons

    Dealt with tons of customers, cold calling with numbers that either do not exist or are wrong people on other line

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    State Farm is a great company to work for.

    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly  in  Melville, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Melville, NY (US)

    I have been working at State Farm as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    State Farm treats their workers very well. The agent I worked for was very demanding but still very understanding. The office operated very well and everyone got along.

    Cons

    As with all insurance, there are many unsatisfied customers that are angry when they call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give each agency more freedom rather than strict corporate rules.

  6.  

    Great company with care for their employees

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

    I worked at State Farm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Caring individuals
    Lots of room for advancement and job switching

    Cons

    Can be too much "red tape"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please show interest in your interns. Which most of them do, just a few directors need to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    Its good to be Intern at State Farm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT/Systems Intern  in  Irving, TX (US)
    Current Employee - IT/Systems Intern in Irving, TX (US)

    I have been working at State Farm as an intern

    Pros

    One can learn a lot at State Farm.

    Cons

    Its good environment to work but not as exciting as Disney or Southwest no parties no extra activities !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 for less than a 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
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for less than a 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
  11.  

    State Farm Systems Internship

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

    I worked at State Farm as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Overall everybody in the company was very nice. The pay is decent but not amazing as an intern. As long as you did everything you were told, you will get a returning offer from them.

    Cons

    The company is very old. Many employees has been there for a long time which is good because that means there is stability in the company and people like enough to stay. However, this also means that change is hard. In a big company with a lot of older folks, it will be hard for them to accept progressive changes to the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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