Inside GEICO’s IT operations: cutting-edge technology, challenging projects

By on April 22, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Posted in: IT @ GEICO, Working at GEICO

ITQianqianYuWhen looking for a career in information technology, job candidates search for a company where they can put their expertise to work with cutting-edge technology and contribute to challenging projects. That’s exactly why Qianqian Yu joined GEICO 10 years ago. She had previously worked for different consulting firms before making the decision to join GEICO. She wanted additional career opportunities in IT and to be a part of a growing company.

Qianqian works in GEICO’s billing testing and modernization department as a .NET developer. GEICO’s .NET developers are responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining GEICO’s newest billing systems in a Microsoft environment. They research and evaluate new software, frameworks and techniques, provide recommendations to improve billing technology, and train other developers.

Qianqian has advanced at GEICO to her current lead programmer analyst position. Her previous titles at GEICO include senior program analyst and lead architect. Her career at GEICO reflects the opportunities the company offers its associates to move to different departments to gain new experiences and insights.

If that sounds like the kind of company you’re looking for, it’s never too late to begin an exciting career at GEICO! Learn more about GEICO’s innovative IT department; visit www.geico.jobs and select Information Technology under the Opportunities tab.

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Five reasons to enter the GEICO #BrakeTheHabit video contest

By on April 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Posted in: Safety and Insurance Issues

GEICO’s #BrakeTheHabit video contest kicked off this month; we’re asking young drivers to tell us why they don’t drive distracted.

You should enter the video contest if:

  1. You are tired of giving your friends and family the evil eye for driving distracted.
  2. You’re a whiz taking videos (video camera, iPhone, Vine or Instagram)
  3. You want to use your 15 seconds of fame for good.
  4. You can’t believe distracted driving is still a thing, so enough already!
  5. You want to be a GEICO safe driving star and maybe the national Grand Prize Winner.

If you’re 15 to 25, we’re inviting you to tell your story in 15 seconds or less on video about why you focus on your driving and not every distraction that comes along.

If you’re not already convinced to enter, here are a few other incentives.

  • Each week, we’re going to pick a winner who will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. These clever, creative winners could be featured in GEICO’s National Anti-Distracted Driving Video on YouTube.
  • Plus, one talented winner will receive a grand prize of $500!

It’s easy to enter: just post your video to Twitter with the hashtag #BrakeTheHabit and mention @GEICO. Seriously. That’s it.

Let’s see what you got!

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GEICO Gecko channels the spirit of the Easter Bunny in Dallas

By on April 17, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends, Working at GEICO

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Sometimes the Easter Bunny comes in the form of a big green gecko. And that’s just fine with the kids at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

The Gecko (Alex Ramos) recently made the rounds with the help of GEICO associates who raised the funds to fill the baskets with colorful toys, coloring books and treats for the young patients.

This is the 11th year for the program, and associates have really gotten the hang of it. After buying and sorting vast quantities of popular items, they can fill and wrap a basket in a matter of minutes and get it safely packed on the delivery truck.

At the hospital the Gecko cheerfully takes over. As he winds his way through the corridors, children brighten up and can’t help but smile at the surprise visitor. And nothing makes the Gecko happier than putting smiles on people’s faces.

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Summer internships: Get your foot in our door

By on April 15, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Posted in: Working at GEICO

Summer InternsMany college students are still trying to track down the right internship; one that brings their studies to life and could possibly give them a career after they graduate. GEICO’s internship does just that: it offers hands-on experience and a look inside the insurance industry.

The best part is, if they perform well during the internship, our interns could be offered a full-time position that would start after they graduate. Who wouldn’t want an opportunity to work with the fastest-growing auto insurer in the U.S. AND also have a career waiting for them when they graduate?

If you’re intrigued, wait until you hear about the meaningful projects on which our interns get to work! They research insurance industry trends, analyze current business procedures, and propose new strategies for growing and retaining our business. They develop marketing plans, conduct competitive analyses and have the opportunity to present their final projects to senior management.

It’s not too late to apply; we’re accepting applications for interns in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. Most of our internships are open for college juniors and seniors. Check out www.geico.jobs/internships to learn more.

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Women ‘breaking bad’ in auto damage careers at GEICO

By on April 13, 2015 at 1:34 PM

Posted in: Claims, Working at GEICO

GEICO auto damage adjustersSome might call it woman’s intuition; that drive, enthusiasm and ambition that led GEICO’s Julia Chapman to give auto damage (AD) adjusting a whirl. Julia knew nothing about cars, but she loves a challenge – and she wouldn’t be the first or last female in her family to make her mark in a male-dominated profession.

Julia’s mom owns a car dealership. Seeing her mom hold her own in a male-dominated industry inspired Julia, who will celebrate eight years with GEICO this year.

“I just loved watching her interact with people who had a lot of tenure, while she was the ‘new kid on the block,’” Julia said of her mom, “but she owned it, and she was willing to learn everything she needed to do to build strong relationships.”

During Julia’s final rotation in GEICO’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2009, she opted to work in the field, driving a GEICO-wrapped car, writing estimates and issuing claims checks. That meant moving from GEICO’s San Diego office – where she’d already completed rotations in sales, service, underwriting, planning and liability claims – to her assigned AD territory in San Francisco.

Julia completed three months of AD training, including the “boot camp” at GEICO’s AD school in McLean, Va. Her class of 34 included only two other females. She found this experience as rewarding as it was challenging.

“There was something about doing something totally new, in a male-dominated position,” Julia recalled. “I never felt I had anything to prove, but it always felt good when someone was impressed with my level of knowledge.”

Julia had fully transitioned from Emerging Leader to AD supervisor when her younger sister Elana Abramov – a recent college graduate with a biology degree – was rethinking her plan to apply for medical school. Julia thought Elana would also be great in AD. “I told her, ‘If you want a job with a solid company, come to GEICO.’

Elana applied to GEICO and became an AD trainee in 2013. She finished in the top five of her AD basic training class of 60 (including eight females). Elana didn’t know cars any better than Julia had, but working as a certified emergency medical technician while in college had prepared Elana for the rigors of AD training. “It was really challenging, but I loved it,” she recalled.

After six months at GEICO, hoping to fast-track her career in AD management, Elana applied to GEICO’s Management Development Program (MDP) and was accepted. She was promoted to supervisor 14 months from her start date. Elana currently works as an AD supervisor in Northern Virginia (Alexandria). Julia is now a Corporate MDP and Supervisor Prep Program coordinator working in Virginia Beach (her hometown).

Great support for women in GEICO AD

“I get excited talking to women who are applying for AD,” said Julia, who is still involved in AD hiring. “The skills that I feel come naturally to a lot of women are what I look for when I’m hiring for AD. You have to love people and know how to manage your time. With the challenge comes the sweetest sense of satisfaction.”

Watching GEICO AD careerists like Tatiana Royster (drive-in claims manager), Alison Johnson (Elana’s manager, recently promoted) and Richmond AD supervisor Candi Jett had a huge impact on Julia. “All of them have a natural tendency to care for people,” said Julia. “They have quiet competence and they are willing to stand their ground when challenged. They all have that feistiness, that spark, and they’ve earned respect for what they do.”

Elana’s greatest GEICO AD inspiration is, of course, her sister Julia, but her former supervisor, Lawrence Gibbons, also made a huge impact on Elana. “When I was an adjuster, he always proved to me that I know more than I think I know,” Elana explained. “He motivated me and explained things effortlessly when he was my supervisor, and still does today as my mentor.”

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Enhancing the RV experience

By on April 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Posted in: Safety and Insurance Issues

RV campingThere’s nothing like touring across this great land in an RV. But what if you could enhance your RV experience while on tour? With more than 485 campground locations throughout North America, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) allows you to roam across the country with ease, and find safe harbor at one of its 60,000 RV sites, packed with wonderful amenities like Wi-Fi, cable TV, swimming pools, mini-golf, bike rentals and fishing holes.

“GEICO and KOA are striving to enhance the camping experience and promote RV travel as an excellent way to spend time with family, visit great destinations and connect with other RV enthusiasts,” said Lorne Armer, vice president of brand development for KOA Inc.

Planning a trip? Check out KOA’s trip planner to find the KOA sites within five miles of your selected route. You can then select the desired location along your route and easily book a reservation in advance. It’s just one of the many resources KOA provides, giving campers and families the freedom and flexibility to choose any destination at their convenience.

GEICO provides campers similar flexibility where RV insurance is concerned, offering specialized coverage for RVs of all shapes and sizes, including towing, vacation liability and emergency expense coverages to go along with you. With GEICO and KOA on your side, you’ll be RVing with the best!

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Words from Warren: Mr. Buffett comes to town

By on April 8, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Posted in: Working at GEICO

By guest blogger Rick Hoagland, regional vice president, Buffalo

Warren BuffettRecently, my colleagues and I in GEICO’s Buffalo regional office were fortunate to be paid a special visit by none other than the Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett. Warren made the trip to meet associates and congratulate our region on an outstanding year in 2014.

“The Oracle of Omaha” is well known for dishing out sage advice. Among other pieces of wisdom, he has always stressed how important it is to never stop learning, to be patient and to give credit where credit is due. In a special Q & A session with our associates during his visit, Warren offered a few nuggets that stuck with me long after he had left.

When asked what he tells classrooms of college students who visit him in Omaha, Warren said he offers them a simple suggestion:

  1. Pick out one of their classmates who they admire and would “buy 10 percent of” if they could
  2. Write down the qualities of that person
  3. Try to be that person

Warren also spoke about the importance of providing outstanding service, echoing one of GEICO’s core operating principles. “The customer is all-important,” he said. “When a company starts thinking it’s more important than its customers, it’s just like having termites in the basement. Eventually the biggest mansion tumbles.”

With our associates taking Warren’s advice to adopt the qualities of peers they admire and always put customers first, there’s no doubt in mind that GEICO’s house will continue to be termite-free for years to come.

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Dial in to the road: do your part for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By on April 6, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Posted in: Safety and Insurance Issues

DistractedDrivingWith Distracted Driving Awareness Month underway, it’s the perfect time for a friendly reminder to keep your eyes up and “brake the habit” as we like to say.

If it’s raining, you wouldn’t even think of driving without running the wipers (I hope). Same if your windshield fogs up – you wouldn’t want to move until the defroster gets going because in both cases you’d be blind.

But if you glance down to read a text, an email or even that jury duty notice that came as snail mail, you’re driving blind. Pretty scary thought knowing you could miss the length of a football field if you take your eyes off the road for a few short seconds. Sadly, this occurs far too often with distracted drivers.

“But it’s only newer drivers in their teens and 20s doing it because they’re so absorbed in their phones …”

Not exactly a true statement – distracted driving’s a universal problem. Yes, younger drivers like me are more likely to use their phones while driving. But even those of you who may have taken your driver’s test in your dad’s AMC Hornet back when the Bee Gees and Donna Summer were topping the charts aren’t off the hook. Decades of experience behind the wheel doesn’t compensate for choosing to drive distracted.

And driver distractions stretch way beyond just phones. Other activities to avoid include shaving, styling hair, programming the GPS, eating and singing/dancing along to music to name a few. Don’t let rowdy passengers take your attention off the road, whether that’s a group of close friends or Fluffy, your miniature Poodle, who definitely shouldn’t be riding on your lap.

If you’re a mother, father, sister, brother, husband, wife, friend or neighbor, do your part to set an example by not driving distracted. And for our teens in the audience, show us how you plan not to drive distracted by entering our #BrakeTheHabit contest.

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When it comes to online talent communication, GEICO’s a social butterfly

By on April 2, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications, Working at GEICO

FBPost_PotentialParkAnyone looking for a job these days starts with an online search to get a glimpse at a company’s workplace culture. You watch all the YouTube videos, scan job board listings and comments, and maybe even follow the company’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ pages.

At GEICO, we, too, enjoy connecting with you on social media. We first began using social media for recruiting in 2008, and we continue to expand our social media presence, with you in mind.

So, accepting four new national awards from global research firm Potential Park, including a No. 4 ranking for social media interaction, at a special ceremony in New York City in February, was a huge honor for us. It affirms GEICO’s status as a leader in the social media recruiting space.

Potential Park’s newly released study of 127 major U.S. employers’ online talent communication in 2014, has GEICO also ranking No. 4 in the broader category of overall Online Talent Communication. With more than 25 percent of all traffic to the geico.jobs coming from mobile channels, we landed at No. 25 for Mobile Talent interaction. The GEICO Careers website (mobile optimized since August 2013) earned the No. 3 ranking. And we’re looking to keep the momentum from our award-winning efforts going.

If you’re in the market for a new job, and even if you’re not, (can’t hurt to keep an eye out for opportunity, right?) visit us at geico.jobs and interact with us on our Careers social networks:

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Geico.com goes back in time

By on April 1, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications, Odds & Ends

AFDimage15Feeling nostalgic for the 1990s? So were we, so we’ve brought back the 1997 version of geico.com today.

After years of adding online quotes for more than 20 insurance products, online self-service capabilities, text messaging, mobile apps, and much more, we’re going back to one of our original designs. We like to call it the “giant, flying, golden telephone” design.

We’ve even brought back download links to modern browsers like Netscape Navigator.

As you’ve probably already realized, it’s April Fool’s Day! This design will stay in our history books, but it’s exciting to see how fast technology has advanced since then. This website was created 10 years before the first iPhone!

Want to be a part of the next 10 years of technology and design at GEICO? Check out our Information Technology Careers and you could be part of our team.

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