Crampton enjoys May’s firsts – a daughter and a victory

By on June 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications

Richie CramptonBy guest blogger Kurt Wirth, marketing

The past couple of weeks have been exciting times for GEICO-sponsored Top Fuel driver Richie Crampton. After his daughter, Emma, was born on May 20, Crampton approached the upcoming Toyota NHRA Summernationals with a renewed vigor. In his rookie season, he notched his first career Top Fuel victory at the event on Sunday and hits the record books as just the second-ever Australian-born pro winner in NHRA history.

Crampton’s win came at an opportune time. His father, Al, was in town visiting due to Emma’s birth and standing on the starting line to witness the big win. “The timing was perfect,” Richie gushed. “I had a really tearful moment with Dad at the top end when he arrived down there. He’s the reason I’m racing. The sacrifices him and my mum made taking me to go-kart races and the drags back home when I was a boy, all the encouragement – I simply wouldn’t be here without them.”

The battle to victory wasn’t an easy one. The final round came down to a .029-point and .009-second difference against points leader Doug Kalitta. “I’m absolutely over the moon with this win,” Crampton said. “I already know I’m the luckiest guy in the pit and now we’ve proven it. This is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.”

Crampton was a member of the pit crew for GEICO-sponsored driver Morgan Lucas before getting the opportunity to replace Lucas behind the wheel last year. We’ll keep you updated as Crampton’s push for Rookie of the Year honors progresses.

I love a good underdog story; don’t you?

A sneak peak at your new mobile experience

By on June 5, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Posted in: On the Web

GEICO App screenshotMobile apps are supposed to make your life easier, and the new GEICO Mobile app will do just that! Our mobile team knows what you want and has listened to all your feedback. As an avid GEICO app user, I can vouch that the all-new app is all about you with updates that meet your insurance needs where ever you are!

Coming later this month, GEICO Mobile will offer new self-service features previously only available on the desktop. You can update your address, add or remove drivers and vehicles, and change coverage. We’ve also enhanced and added more claims features such as assistance in case of an accident, repair tracking and real-time roadside help.

You’ll even get a personalized experience—whether it’s an upcoming bill or a new set of ID cards, the most important information is easy to find.

Keep checking back or head to geico.com for updates as we put the final touches on our stunning new mobile experience!

Watch the promo video below to learn more about the all-new app.

 

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Combat complacency this hurricane season

By on May 30, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Posted in: Claims, Safety and Insurance Issues

Hurricane season kicks off June 1, but this week is about getting you, your family, and your property ready for what’s to come this season. National Hurricane Preparedness Week is the right time for you to get and stay prepared for one of Mother Nature’s most destructive forces.

Life by the sea can be quite pleasant – nobody enjoys the beach more than I do – but don’t forget that your family and your home are exposed to the dangers associated with coastal living. A hurricane may seem like a distant possibility, but don’t be complacent! The National Hurricane Center can keep you up-to-date on the latest storm developments with projected paths, wind speeds, storm surge and more. Nothing is more important than keeping you and your family safe!

If you’re a GEICO customer, GEICO’s Catastrophe Center is your resource for claims after the storm has passed. Ready to handle your severe weather claims needs, our teams will stay in affected areas until every claim has been resolved. And one last cautionary note: Keep a sharp eye out for fraud in the wake of any disaster, whether it is a hurricane, wildfire or tornado.

Here are a number of things you can do to make sure you’re ready when the hurricane hits:

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Memory of the Month: ‘Workin’ at the car wash, yeah!’

By on May 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends, Working at GEICO

CarWashEach month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.

One of the things my colleagues and I enjoy about working at GEICO is the company’s commitment to good corporate citizenship. GEICO employees support a wide variety of charitable causes – national organizations, like United Way, but also local groups that focus their efforts on the areas near our offices.

This support includes “sweat equity” efforts for groups like Habitat for Humanity and, to mention one near the corporate headquarters where I work, Greater DC Cares. But fundraising is a big component of our corporate citizenship as well, and that’s what’s going on here.

When the weather’s warm, washing cars is a time-tested and proven effective fundraising method for GEICO employees, as these workers in our Virginia Beach branch office are demonstrating in this 1980s-vintage photo. I don’t know what cause they’re supporting, but I know they’re enjoying the opportunity to do good – while getting outdoors and splashing around in the sunlight.    

Things have changed quite a bit since this photo was taken – back then, the employee population in this branch office was about 150. Now, more than 2,500 employees work at a much newer Virginia Beach regional office, which opened in 1998. But you can bet that, as the weather warms up, they’ll be outside washing cars for a good cause again!

How about you – what’s your favorite fundraising activity? Let us know in the comments, or give us a clever caption for this photo.

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Military Mears: GEICO-sponsored driver’s car and fire suit reflect company’s affinity for those who serve

By on May 27, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications

MilitaryMearsNext time you’re watching a NASCAR race, keep an eye out for the 13 car – mostly white, with green, blue and military camouflage accents. Behind the wheel of that speeding beauty, you’ll find Casey Mears. And behind Mears and his racing team, you’ll find GEICO and a great commitment to serving members of the military.

GEICO’s founder, Leo Goodwin, cut his teeth in the insurance game at USAA, a company that targeted the upper ranks of the military. Goodwin could only advance so far in that company, however, because USAA required its top executives to have a military background.

Goodwin had great respect for the military, but had never served, so he left USAA and launched GEICO in 1936, initially to serve only government employees – including the enlisted ranks of the military. These days, GEICO insurance is available to just about anyone; the company has grown from Goodwin’s modest start-up to become the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S.

What hasn’t changed is the affinity for the military that was part of our DNA from the beginning. Our GEICO Military division in Virginia Beach is staffed by many current or former members of the military, who understand military life and who are dedicated to providing great service to our men and women in uniform. 

And the bold new look of Casey’s car is just one more reflection of our respect for the military. Now, if we could just get Casey to slow down enough so people could see it!

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Out to win at the Brickyard, again

By on May 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications

SebastienBourdais The Indianapolis 500 is considered one of the most prestigious auto racing events in the world, and GEICO and KVSH Racing will be looking to cross the “yard of bricks” in first place once again this year. This Memorial Day weekend, GEICO and KVSH Racing return as defending Indy 500 champions, this time with Sebastien Bourdais behind the wheel. Before signing a two-year deal with KVSH Racing, Bourdais produced four consecutive championships in the former ChampCar Series, and won the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

GEICO’s journey at Indianapolis has been notable. In 2002, driver Paul Tracy was stripped of his Indy 500 win after officials determined he passed another driver under caution, and vowed never to return – until the Gecko convinced him otherwise. Tracy’s return in 2009 was one of the top stories of the year and he netted a ninth-place finish. Tony Kanaan then piloted the GEICO car in the annual 500-mile race and finished fourth in 2011, third in 2012, and in 2013 handed GEICO and KVSH Racing their first win at Indy.  

You can gear up to show your support for the team by visiting the GEICO Store, where you’ll find GEICO Racing gear and lots of other GEICO goodies. GEICO’s fondness for Indy doesn’t depend on Bourdais’ performance this weekend, though. The office we opened there in 2013 just celebrated its first anniversary. It’s thriving – and if you’d like to race in and apply for a job there, we’re hiring!

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A day in the life: What it’s like in commercial sales

By on May 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Posted in: Sales and Service, Working at GEICO

By guest blogger Brittany Thompson, college recruiter

GEICO’s insurance sales associates are responsible for analyzing customers’ needs and tailoring policies to meet those needs and determining premiums. They are licensed professional agents who continually receive training and coaching to further their career opportunities. If you want an opportunity to learn about insurance coverages and underwriting, a sales career at GEICO could be for you.

DanDan, a commercial sales representative 2, provides a service to potential commercial customers and sells insurance coverages for vans, trucks and cars used for business purposes. Wanting to learn more about what Dan does at GEICO, I asked him a couple of questions that might be on your mind as well.

How do you feel about the training you’ve received at GEICO?

Every day at GEICO I learn something new and am always continuing to receive better training. With the right attitude you will find that the resources are there to help you succeed.

What’s your favorite thing about working in the commercial sales department?
Every day I am challenged to help someone whose circumstances are unique. I enjoy demonstrating my abilities as an expert as I give GEICO customers a reason to insure with us.

GEICO is hiring sales associates in many of our 15 offices around the country. Visit GEICO.jobs to learn more and apply online today!

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GEICO’s a hit in Houston

By on May 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Posted in: Working at GEICO

Houston OfficeBy guest blogger Alex Danoff, public relations

These are truly exciting times at GEICO. After successfully launching a new office just outside of Indianapolis in 2013, GEICO held a celebratory ribbon-cutting event last month to officially open the company’s new claims operation in the greater Houston area.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who also attended GEICO’s announcement event for the Houston office in December 2013, joined Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, GEICO Chairman and CEO Tony Nicely and GEICO Houston branch manager Tara Carthew as they cut the ribbon on the brand-new 138,000-square-foot facility. Many of GEICO’s partners in the community, as well as some 340 new GEICO associates, also attended the ceremony.

Will GEICO be expanding further in the future? While I don’t know of any specific plans, I wouldn’t bet against it, based on the company’s strong growth and extensive hiring efforts. I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned!

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Get fit, go green and happy graduation

By on May 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Posted in: Working at GEICO

Shannon Smedstad, GEICO Careers blogger

Each month, we share information from around the company via the GEICO Careers Now video series. Have you seen any of our videos on YouTube? Well, if you just answered, “no,” I’m here to encourage you to check out the May edition.

In this short, upbeat video, you’ll meet Victoria — a GEICO associate currently participating in our Management Development Program for college graduates. She’ll share information on how our associates are getting fit and going green, and how GEICO recognizes innovation and exceptional work.

We’re hiring great people.

If you are looking for a company that will help you develop personally and professionally, and will support your fitness and future … GEICO could be the place for you! We’re hiring motivated professionals for careers in sales, customer service, claims and auto damage, as well as IT pros and college grads for our leadership programs.

Check out all that GEICO has to offer at geico.jobs.

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Meet Charde, who assists geico.com customers

By on April 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Posted in: Sales and Service, Working at GEICO

By guest blogger Brittany Thompson, GEICO Careers

Are you interested in working in customer service at GEICO? As a customer service representative, you receive industry-leading training from the fastest-growing auto insurance company and become a licensed insurance professional. 

You then have the opportunity to delight our policyholders every day by handling their policy needs and educating them about insurance. It’s a rewarding career with plenty of opportunity for advancement! But don’t take my word for it; let’s hear from someone who’s actually working in GEICO customer service.

ChardeCharde has been with GEICO more than two years, and has been promoted three times. She is currently an Internet service representative 2, assisting customers online, handling their questions and concerns effectively and efficiently. I asked Charde a few questions to understand how she’s become so successful in her career. 

What are your thoughts on GEICO’s training?

The GEICO training helped out a great deal. My success is definitely a reflection of the training I’ve received. 

What’s your favorite thing about working in GEICO’s customer service department?

You never know what to expect! One customer may have a request that is fairly simple; the next may have one concern that requires more time and dedication. But they all need us, and that feels great to know that they rely on us. And we kind of hold their cares in our hands.

What do you see yourself doing next at GEICO?

GEICO has so many opportunities for advancement, so I hope to move into supervision and management.

What keeps you at GEICO?

The atmosphere and economic stability. Everyone is so friendly and upbeat. You have so many positive influences around you, it’s hard to have a bad day. With furloughs and layoffs happening all around, it’s good to know that GEICO is such a stable company.

If you’re motivated and friendly, and looking for a career where you can make a difference, check out the Careers section of GEICO’s website to find customer service positions in many locations across the country. Be sure to also check out our leadership programs in customer service. Come join our GEICO family!

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