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State Farm Reviews

Updated Nov 20, 2019

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3.1
45%
Recommend to a Friend
36%
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State Farm CEO Michael L. Tipsord
Michael L. Tipsord
2,414 Ratings
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  • "Pay is not the best but the work life balance makes up for it(in 403 reviews)

  • "there are no benefits like medical dental or vision(in 232 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (437)

    "An Amazing Decline/Trust Your Gut"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at State Farm full-time

    Pros

    (At the time) Fair pay and predictable bonus structure They were pretty good at covering travel expenses and paying them back quickly Diverse workforce & diversity initiatives Fun and funny coworkers Opportunities for growth Again, this was all four years ago and has likely changed

    Cons

    (At the time and now, according to other comments) Arrogant to a fault Total lack of innovation & willingness to innovate Odd attachment to the company's past (which prevents progress) High number of veterans (20+ years) who are determined to get that retirement money, and therefore, are resistant to change and technology Heavy reliance on command and control management style Poor decision-making that... leads to losses of all kinds

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    Advice to Management

    When I was first hired to State Farm back in 2010, I felt truly blessed and fortunate. I felt I had found my work "home," and that I would be able to learn and grow over time, and watch my career develop. And guess what? It did. I held three different positions at State Farm, each "better" than the last in terms of challenge, growth, and pay. I used to brag to others about State Farm and actively try to recruit... them. I was a true believer and evangelist. State Farm was like an abusive relationship in that, there were times when things were good! Really good! And then, there were those bad times... Even though my career was progressing, I was met at every level with some of the most hateful, spiteful, narcissistic leadership you could ever imagine. Egomaniacs and control freaks of the highest order. It was almost like they didn't want us to succeed, for fear that we may take their jobs someday. The behaviors got so bad that I even told one of my managers, "There's no amount of money in this world that could get me to do your job. You all seem miserable." This was toward the end of our relationship, of course. In each role, my managers found something, anything they could to harp on, and once I fixed that, something new would pop up to "fix." It was a moving target. They never taught, they only scolded. They treated employees of every age like children, from age 21 to age 61. It was disgraceful. Others took the time to focus on my personality. My work product was excellent and above standard according to one, but they always shifted the focus to my "happiness." "Are you happy? You don't seem happy. Others are worried that you're not happy. Are you happy? Your happiness, or lack thereof, is affecting the team." When I'd ask clarifying questions like, "What makes you think I'm not happy?" "How is it affecting the team?" "Describe a time when you distinctly thought I wasn't happy..." they couldn't do it. Never could. It morphed into vague generalizations and hearsay (made up stuff). They could never give me actionable specifics, and therefore, I could never correct the "problems." At the time, I did not realize that I was witnessing the beginning of the end. Everything that happened to me was symptomatic of a company preparing to enter into decline. Instead of leadership banding together and figuring out how to fix it, they chose to eat their babies. And they're paying for it dearly now. The second part of this title is to trust your gut, and this is where I'll speak to current employees: When I quit State Farm, people thought I was crazy. I had a great title and pay. I had climbed through the ranks relatively quickly. The path was clear, but I wasn't willing to fight off psychopaths along the way. So I trusted my belief that I could do better for myself, and I did. You don't deserve poor treatment from anyone, and especially not your employer. Sometimes you have to vote with your feet. Although you will be brainwashed, threatened, and intimidated, State Farm is not the end all be all. There is life outside of SF. There are other industries. Regardless of what you do, you have picked up some valuable skills that are highly transferable in the marketplace. Don't give up on yourself. Start saving money and get out of there. You will survive and you will be better for it.

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    State Farm2018-03-09
  2. "Serves The Purpose..."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Elizabeth, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at State Farm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Microscopic base in case you live at home and have years to build a client base.

    Cons

    No real differentiator. Stringent rules exclude the likely switchers. Leads are not exclusive. You can starve if you don't have a chain of friends and family to help you.

    Advice to Management

    It's not so much the management as the industry. Its a slog

    State Farm2019-11-20
  3. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Agent Aspirant in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State Farm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Good advancement.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, oversold commission capabilities

    State Farm2019-11-19
  4. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Sonoma, CA

    I worked at State Farm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work and the agent was fair.

    Cons

    Can get busy and somewhat stressful

    State Farm2019-11-19
  5. "Seems to be a good company"

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    Current Employee - Claims Representative 

    I have been working at State Farm full-time

    Pros

    I just started the job

    Cons

    The location is very crowded

    State Farm2019-11-16
  6. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Agent 

    I have been working at State Farm full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The offices provide a great team work environment.

    Cons

    Although working remotely is an option its frowned upon.

    State Farm2019-11-15
  7. "Many hats"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Bloomington, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at State Farm full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for personal growth in learning new skills on the job. Mostly good people to work with internally.

    Cons

    No career advancement in analyst roles. Benefits could be better but they pride themselves on them.

    Advice to Management

    Work on real career pathing so that you don't have people in management roles eventually that are not good managers.

    State Farm2019-11-15
  8. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Claims Adjuster in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at State Farm full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of PTO and time off - very generous, room for growth if you're willing to be a "LIFER"

    Cons

    they play favorites, pay could be more for the type of work you're doing

    State Farm2019-11-15
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Special Investigatins"

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    Former Employee - Special Investigations in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at State Farm full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Remote worker Great immediate supervision Pay and benefits

    Cons

    Eliminating field footprint and moving to monster hubs.

    Advice to Management

    Remember where you came from!

    State Farm2019-11-11
  10. "State Farm Sales Team Member"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at State Farm part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working at State Farm you'll learn how to utilize CRM and execute sales tactics.

    Cons

    Not much room for promotion.

    State Farm2019-11-13
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