By Greg Marsh on November 27, 2013 at 3:31 PM
Posted in: Odds & Ends
Kids, you won’t believe this, but once upon a time, televisions did not have flat screens, and if you wanted to change the channel, you had to get up and walk to the TV to do it. The only time the words “high definition” went together was when you were looking up the word “high” in the dictionary. Which was a book, not the Webster’s website, because the Internet didn’t … oh, never mind.
Back in those days, a fellow like the one in this photo, who was a contest winner, would be quite pleased and thankful to receive a fine appliance like this – even if the chap behind him appears to be unimpressed. And seeing as how it’s late November, I’m in a thankful frame of mind myself, and I thought I’d share some of the things for which I and my fellow blog authors are thankful.
For example, I’m thankful to work for a company that takes time out now and then to celebrate the achievements of its employees – or birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, etc. It’s nice to have some playtime in the workday once in a while!
Here’s what some of our other authors had to say:
“Ten years ago, I met my husband at GEICO. Today, we have two beautiful girls. I am extremely thankful for that momentous day, each and every day.” – Shannon Smedstad
“Like a lot of people, I’m thankful for my family, friends and health. Most of all, I’m thankful for all of the traditions that we’ve been able to keep going through the years. From gathering at the same place to eating the same homemade food while watching a full day of football, it’s my favorite time of year. This year, I can even be thankful that the Steelers will be playing on Thanksgiving! Sadly, I’m not thankful for the Steelers’ record this season.” – Nathan Erb
“I am thankful for my family, new baby niece and having such a great job. I am grateful this year for my easy transition to GEICO’s corporate office and the opportunity to work with such wonderful associates.” – Hope Buehler
By Guest Blogger on November 26, 2013 at 7:46 AM
Posted in: Working at GEICO
By guest blogger Brittany Thompson, college recruiter
This past summer, 14 university students gained real-world business experience as interns at GEICO’s regional office in Fredericksburg, Va. Our internship program offers a multitude of opportunities, as college students interact with management, complete projects that may be implemented at GEICO and build their leadership, time management and communication skills.
“I expanded my business knowledge and cultivated unexpected, incredible friendships,” said Theresa Livelsberger, an intern from Christopher Newport University. “I don’t think that any other internship could have provided me with such an in-depth and hands-on experience,” added Heather Rocholl from James Madison University.
Our team worked with interns from other Virginia schools as well, including the University of Mary Washington, Virginia Tech, Lynchburg College and William and Mary. We were also happy to have had students from Penn State and Appalachian State with us for the summer.
In addition to working on projects focused on sales, customer service and claims, the interns participated in experiential learning events. They traveled to The Martin Agency, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and an intern summit at GEICO’s corporate headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C.
In Richmond, The Martin Agency offered an up-close look at a successful business and advertising partnership. At IIHS, interns saw first-hand how GEICO contributes to protecting drivers by funding research for the improvement of vehicle safety. During the summit, GEICO interns heard from senior leaders and learned more about careers after graduation.
We are so proud of our interns’ accomplishments that we’ve extended several full-time job offers! Mark Boggs, one of our former interns, has already joined our Management Development Program, claims track. “I like that GEICO is very education-driven and is always looking to better employees. It seems like everyone is there to help and it allows for people to grow.”
GEICO will continue its internship program again during the summer of 2014. Hiring for interns in Fredericksburg starts this month. We are looking for rising juniors and seniors with strong leadership qualities, analytical skills and a desire to work in a leadership position after college. Interested students are encouraged to apply at geico.jobs/internships; the Fredericksburg program is job ID 1477. You can also connect with a college recruiter.
By Shannon Smedstad on November 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Posted in: Working at GEICO
Wondering how to use your love of numbers after graduation? Curious about what career opportunities there are for math majors? If you haven’t thought about a career in insurance, maybe you should.
Insurance is a complex industry overflowing with all sorts of numbers: loss frequency and severity, underwriting ratios, expense ratios, costs, profits, losses, rates and the list goes on. All these numbers need to be analyzed, organized and properly assessed, which is exactly why math majors can do well in the insurance industry.
CAREER PATHS FOR MATH MAJORS
Often times, math majors will consider a career as an actuary. At GEICO, we frequently hire math majors as Actuarial Assistants in our pricing department to help our company determine how we set insurance rates. Actuaries also work in our reserving department and help us determine how much money to keep in the GEICO “piggy bank” to pay out future claims.
One key to an actuary’s career success is passing a series of exams. For actuaries working in property and casualty insurance, like GEICO, the exams are through the Casualty Actuarial Society. We will help support you throughout the exam process by offering paid study hours, financial support and even first-time passing bonuses!
Many insurance companies will also hire math majors to work as analysts within a variety of departments. GEICO hires motivated college graduates with a mind for math, finance and economics as analysts in underwriting, product management and other key areas.
Big data, little data – in insurance, there’s a mountain of data to keep math majors engaged and challenged. If you’re thinking about careers in math, then we want you to think about working in insurance. Better yet, think GEICO.
LAUNCH YOUR CAREER IN MATH AT GEICO
We’re hiring math majors for entry level actuary and analyst careers in our Washington, D.C., area corporate headquarters. Math majors can also get on the fast-track to management by joining one of GEICO’s leadership programs, offered in major office locations across the country. Apply today by completing GEICO’s online job application and uploading your resume.
By Guest Blogger on November 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Posted in: Marketing & Communications
By guest blogger Tony Blue
“Guess what day it is?” The catchy phrase used by the camel in GEICO’s “Hump Day” commercial has taken the country by storm; it has generated more than 17 million YouTube views. The TV spot is part of GEICO’s “Happier Than…” marketing campaign, which highlights the happiness of those who save money with GEICO. It has spawned a multitude of Hump Day spin-off videos from professional sports teams, television news crews and any cute kid with a big voice and a camera phone.
GEICO is bringing its “Hump Day” phenomenon to a town near you on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The company will be hitting select locations across the country to encourage its fans to take a superimposed photo with the GEICO “Hump Day” camel. Participants will receive a free “Hump Day” T-shirt while supplies last.
“The ‘Hump Day’ commercial has been a tremendous success,” said Vince Giampietro, GEICO senior marketing manager. “We are excited about the opportunity to come out and engage our fans on a more personal level.”
Look for our teams from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these locations:
- Dupont Circle and Gallery Place Metrorail stations, Washington, D.C.
- 34th St. and 7th Ave., New York, N.Y.
- Market City Cafe, Cherry Street, Macon, Ga.
- Circle City Monument, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Broadway between 4th and 1st Streets, San Diego, Calif.
- Bishop Square, Downtown Honolulu, Hawaii
- Sundance Square, Ft. Worth, Texas
- Downtown Kissimmee, Kissimmee, Fla.
- The Virginia Beach Town Center, Virginia Beach, Va.
- West Broadway Blvd. and South Church Ave., Tucson, Ariz.
- Willard and Wisconsin Avenues, Chevy Chase, Md.
By Hope Buehler on November 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Posted in: IT @ GEICO, Working at GEICO
In this installment of our IT blog series, where we introduce you to members of our information technology team so that you can hear what it’s like to work in IT @ GEICO, you’ll meet David, a senior programmer analyst in our D.C. area headquarters.
David D., Sr. Programmer Analyst II, Mobile Web Infrastructure
GEICO associate since 2005
With his 10-year GEICO career milestone within reach, David continues to explore the possibilities inside and outside of GEICO’s IT department. What drew him to GEICO was the commitment to being a low-cost provider. He believes this business model creates a culture that is more open to ideas and innovation … more so than any other place he has worked.
HOW INNOVATION AND MOTIVATION DRIVE DAVID’S CAREER GROWTH
Before GEICO, I worked at a bank data center. I remember telling my co-workers that GEICO’s advertising is transforming the auto insurance industry. Just a few years later, a GEICO recruiter said he had the perfect job for me, and for once it was actually true!
In 2005, I started working in Information Technology at GEICO on the software that monitors the health of all our servers. After a few years, I moved to a different department working on the software that uses the monitoring information to ensure that outages are resolved and avoided.
Eventually our CIO, Greg Kalinsky, introduced the “Innovation Project,” seeking ideas from everyone. One of my ideas was selected for an executive presentation. In preparing this presentation, I had the opportunity to meet with associates at all levels within the company. Afterward, a position opened up on our Mobile team and I began working on another innovative project using mobile technology.
I am focused on learning more about the insurance industry and overall business operations at GEICO. With that in mind, I recently started a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter course offered at GEICO. My time here has helped me realize that you can be a dynamic player and have major influence on various aspects of the business.
Favorite moment at GEICO
There are a lot, but it’s not hard to choose. My favorite GEICO moment, by far, will always be the time I met the woman who became my wife.
Career advice for job seekers
I’ve heard a lot of good advice in my time here, but the best was probably, “You are responsible for your career.” Several people have said it and it’s true. The world is rarely laid at our feet. We must rise up and go meet the world. The greatest opportunities at GEICO, or anywhere for that matter, are likely not defined and contained within a degree, job or course. They reside in how we manage ourselves and how we treat those around us.
If you have a passion for technology and innovation, GEICO’s IT team could be the right fit for you. We’re hiring in web and mobile development, analysis and testing, for our Technology Development Program and much more! Watch our brand new IT video to hear from other members of GEICO IT divisions.
By Mary Manyahilhal Melvin on November 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM
Posted in: Marketing & Communications
GEICO’s annual safety contest is now underway! This year, we’re challenging students to use their creative skills to help spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving through two new contests – music video and T-shirt design.
High school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to create their own “Don’t Drive Distracted” music video using one of GEICO’s soundtracks and adding their own original lyrics. The GEICO music tracks can be downloaded from the GEICO Music Video Contest website, where you’ll also find contest rules and submission instructions.
All students (grades 1-12) can submit a T-shirt design that depicts how to prevent distracted driving. The design can be hand-drawn or computer-generated. You’ll find contest rules and submission instructions on the GEICO T-shirt Design Contest website.
Judges will select one national music video winner who will earn a $1,500 cash prize and one national T-shirt design winner who will receive a $500 cash prize. Additional cash prizes will also be awarded to finalists.
And remember, distracted driving not only involves texting, but also include talking on the phone, eating, grooming, and adjusting the radio or GPS navigation system while driving. Contestants can use any form of distraction to convey the message that it’s dangerous.
Do you or your teen, niece or nephew have what it takes to be the grand-prize winner? Deadline for submissions is Jan. 24, 2014. For more information about guidelines, rules and submission, please visit www.geicosafetycontest.com.
By Greg Marsh on October 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Posted in: Odds & Ends
Each month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.
I work at GEICO’s corporate headquarters, just on the Maryland side of the northwest boundary of Washington, D.C. This building opened in 1959, but because the company was growing so rapidly, we needed additional space quickly, and the headquarters was expanded with a large addition just five years after it opened. My office is in this “new” part of the building.
As it was in the 1950s and 1960s, so it is today. In fact, growth and expansion have characterized GEICO throughout its 77 years. When I started here in 1984, we had four regional centers that handled all of GEICO’s business nationwide; one was here in the corporate headquarters, the others in Georgia, New York and California. Since then, GEICO has built and opened six new regional centers – one each in New York, California, Florida and Georgia, and two in Virginia (not to mention the ones in Texas and Arizona, where we occupied existing buildings) – where a total of more than 15,000 associates, more than half of our current population, now work.
We insured fewer than 2 million policyholders in 1984; this year we’ve passed 12 million policies in force – and opened a new sales and service facility in Indianapolis. Throughout the years, we’ve seen a LOT of scenes like this photo here, in which an intrepid woman makes her way to work across a temporary wooden bridge, walking past the headquarters addition under construction on a chilly morning in 1964.
What do you suppose she’s thinking?
By Guest Blogger on October 28, 2013 at 3:23 PM
Posted in: Working at GEICO
By guest blogger Alex Danoff
Between college campus visits, community career fairs and other on-the-ground outreach, GEICO’s efforts to locate and recruit the best and brightest candidates are, put simply, extensive. But even so, there are many outstanding candidates we can’t reach in person.
ATTEND GEICO’S VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR ON FACEBOOK
To help all candidates, from all across the country, learn more about the exciting opportunities at GEICO, we are hosting an interactive, virtual career fair for college students and grads on Facebook. The event will be Nov. 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
GEICO’s college recruiters will be at their keyboards and ready to “talk” about entry-level careers, including the company’s two fast-track leadership programs. Job seekers can connect to a recruiter by “liking” GEICO Careers and then posting a question on the wall, or by sending a friend request to a recruiter to initiate a one-on-one chat. GEICO will provide a list of all open positions via a live “We’re Hiring” tab, and offer potential new hires a look inside the company through photos and videos.
JOIN #SOCIALJOBCHAT AFTER THE ONLINE FAIR
The recruiters will then take the conversation to Twitter on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST by co-hosting a Twitter chat with SUNY Stony Brook’s career center. The hour will be spent discussing best practices for using social media to find job leads and connect with employers. Students, alumni, career professionals and job seekers are encouraged to attend, and to follow and use the hashtag #SocialJobChat in their tweets.
By Shannon Smedstad on October 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM
Posted in: IT @ GEICO, Working at GEICO
Welcome back to GEICO’s tech series! Here, we’ll introduce you to some of our IT pros so that you can learn more about how we use cutting-edge technologies. In this first of a two-part article, you will meet two exceptional women working in IT @ GEICO.
Alex S., programmer analyst 3 – digital design & communication
GEICO associate since 2012
After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with a degree in new media-interactive development, Alex launched her career at GEICO’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Today, she is responsible for Web content creation, the customer experience via GEICO’s front-facing websites and brand consistency across all of GEICO’s Web properties.
Tell us about a project that you recently worked on? This summer, I collaborated with my team and our HR department to redesign and develop our GEICO Careers site to be “responsive” and work across all browsers and devices. The goal was to make our recruiting efforts mobile-friendly for job seekers, and the new site launched in August.
What do you like most about your job? Working with a great team of very talented developers.
How would you describe your job in three words? I would definitely say creative, face-paced and challenging.
If you could tell someone ONE THING about GEICO, what would it be? Be prepared to have all your friends tell you when they see anything GEICO related!
What is your favorite GEICO commercial? Happier than Dikembe Mutombo – I laugh every time I see it.
Terri S., director of multi-line system integration
GEICO associate since 1991
After more than 20 years, Terri has seen firsthand how technology has changed the way GEICO does business. Today, her main focus includes developing and implementing Web applications that provide the best user experience from a “self-service” perspective.
What is the coolest project you are working on? Currently, we are preparing to deploy a brand new Internet sales application for our motorcycle line of business. The ways in which GEICO can use technology are simply limitless!
What do you like most about GEICO? There are so many opportunities for career advancement and transformation at GEICO. To use me as an example, I graduated from Towson University with an Accounting degree and then began at GEICO as a COBOL developer. Now, I’m developing large-scale J2EE and .NET applications.
What is your favorite GEICO moment? When I presented GEICO’s Internet strategy to Warren Buffett during one of his annual visits … it was an experience I will never forget. I still get nervous thinking about it!
Whether you’re interested in careers in architecture, networks, mobile technology or Web development, GEICO has IT jobs to challenge and inspire you. Watch our new IT video and apply today at geico.jobs.
By Nathan Erb on October 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM
Posted in: Odds & Ends
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Don’t feel like picking up a pre-designed costume with a cheap plastic mask at the store this Halloween? Make your alter-ego a piece of pop culture with one of these do-it-yourself ideas. Then, share your ideas in the comments.
Daft Punk – Easiest to pull off with a friend, grab a helmet and suit and go as the French electronic duo that you’ve been hearing all summer.
Breaking Bad – With the series recently coming to an end, Breaking Bad characters are sure to be popular. Try this look to transform into Heisenberg.
Grumpy Cat – If you’re a fan of Internet memes, dress up as one of 2013’s most adored cats (even if the feeling isn’t mutual).
Ron Burgundy – With Anchorman 2 just a few months away, a suit and a mustache will turn you into Will Ferrell’s character.
GEICO characters – This is the GEICO Blog, after all. The Gecko is an obvious choice, but you can be even more creative and try Maxwell the Pig or the “Hump Day” camel.
Once you’ve got the costume put together, keep these safety tips in mind as you head out this Halloween:
- Don’t let your kids go Trick-or-Treating without a guardian nearby, and stick to well-lit areas.
- When Trick-or-Treating with your kids, bring a flashlight with you and make sure everyone wears reflective clothing so that you’ll be easily spotted by drivers.
- Tell your kids to only eat candy that’s wrapped and unopened.
- Never let your kids enter a stranger’s home (and make sure you follow this rule as well).
- Holidays like these inevitably mean that people will drinking and driving. Don’t be one of them; take a taxi if needed.
What costume ideas do you have? Share them in the comments!
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