You may be familiar with GEICO saving people money on their car insurance, but how about saving people from reality-show elimination? That’s the reality (pun intended) contestants are faced with as they compete in The Gauntlet, a new Web series powered by GEICO. In partnership with Roosterteeth and Blip Studios, The Gauntlet takes a lighthearted approach to reality competition shows and wraps it around your favorite video games.
How does GEICO fit into all of this? As contestants come up for elimination, they have a chance to save themselves by winning in the GEICO Gauntlet, an intense final competition where the winner lives to fight another day and the losers go home. In addition, viewers can watch GEICO bonus clips during each episode that provide extra insight into the competition and the contestants.
The 10-episode series is well underway, so be sure to catch up and root for your favorite contestant. You can find all of the episodes at http://blip.tv/the-gauntlet/, and feel free to join the discussion with @GEICO on Twitter using #TheGauntlet, or in the comments below.
GEICO’s college recruiters have great jobs! Their mission: scour universities for future business leaders who want to work for a company filled with opportunity and great people. Two of our newest associates, Emily and Caitlin, December 2012 grads from the University of Arizona, first learned about careers at GEICO during campus visits. They interviewed and were offered summer internships in our Tucson office, also known as Region 10.
After their impressive run as interns, both Emily and Caitlin were invited to stay onboard as university brand ambassadors; they attended recruiting and marketing events, and even represented GEICO during the U of A homecoming last fall!
Both grads exhibit the qualities we look for in candidates for our fast-track Supervisor Leadership Program: bright, driven, strong communication and problem-solving skills, business acumen, proven leadership potential and a positive attitude. All of the pieces seemed to fit, for both GEICO and these Wildcats – and you can hear first-hand about their journey from student to GEICO associate on the newest GEICO Careers podcast.
Winter’s upon us, and teens are facing challenging driving conditions the likes of which they haven’t experienced much, if at all. It’s the right time for parents and teens to talk about safe driving habits and how to stay focused on the roads.
To help start this conversation, check out GEICO’s newly-designed teen safe driving website on your home or mobile device – but not while you’re driving, of course.
You can get the latest information on distracted driving, impaired driving and everyday driving tips. While viewing our teen driving and crash test videos, why not test your driving knowledge by taking the crash facts quiz?
For example, which roads are the most dangerous for teens? What are the most important factors that cause teen crashes? Take the quiz and get your answers on the site.
Share your safety tips in the comments, and help us spread the word and educate teens about the importance of safe driving!
Every day, GEICO associates all across the country are charged with a delightful duty: providing excellent customer service. In fact, delighting customers is a big deal for the company – so much so that we’re not happy just delighting the customers we talk to on the phone.
Now, you can experience the delight of GEICO’s customer service all over the Web. Have just 10 seconds free in your day? Get a quick bite of delight with a “10 Seconds of Delight” video featuring Jim from GEICO customer service and some adorable guest stars. Want to dig deeper into delight? Check out a little magic trick from Jim, who can make the delight of GEICO customer service appear right at his fingertips.
There’s so much delight to come that we can’t possibly fit it all in one blog post. Keep an eye on the GEICO YouTube channel and Facebook page to ensure that you don’t miss your daily dose.
Each month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.
GEICO has always been about service to the customer, first and foremost. When it comes to delivering on the promise we make when policyholders purchase our products, we give them our best.
But giving is a big part of associates’ lives in other ways, too. As this photo suggests, we’ve had a long relationship with the United Way, which used to be known as the United Givers Fund. In fact, we recently concluded our annual companywide United Way campaign for this year, and delivered a big check (you know those “big checks” that people are always posing with – we do that, too) to a United Way representative. We also do more localized fundraising; associates (that’s what we call our employees) in each of our regional facilities have their own favorite causes that they support.
This is the right time of year to be thinking about giving. Not only is the word part of “Thanksgiving,” but we’re also coming up on the prime gift-giving season – also a wonderful time to do good for the less fortunate, which the folks in this photo appear to be contemplating.
Aside from gifts for friends and family, will you be giving to other worthy causes this winter? Tell us about it in the comments.
I have a lot of blessings to count at this time of year (and any other time, really). I’m basically healthy, happily married, and gainfully employed. I’m particularly thankful for my company right now, but not just because GEICO pays my salary.
The recent hurricane/superstorm reminds me that my company serves a critical role in times of trouble. Faced with tens of thousands of claims, our catastrophe team has worked tirelessly since Sandy hit to do right by our customers; to deliver on our promise of service. We were on the scene as soon as the storm passed, and while there’s still much to do, our team is committed to resolving every claim as quickly as possible and helping to restore some measure of normalcy to our policyholders in the stricken areas.
I’m thankful for the dedication of my colleagues who serve on and support our catastrophe teams. I’m thankful that my company is on firm enough financial footing to be able to absorb a blow like this without having to limit the service we provide in any way. I’m thankful that I can say I work for a company that helps people when they need it the most.
With a name like “Government Employees Insurance Company,” it’s no surprise that we’ve been providing federal leave cards since the 1950’s, when federal workers were the primary customers of GEICO.
Today, federal employees can track their leave on the go with an app from GEICO.
Simply download the app, enter your current sick and annual leave balances and accrual rates, and the app automatically calculates your annual and sick leave. And this year, the federal leave card app has been updated to account for overtime, and for increased leave time accruals between leave periods.
You can also send the information that appears on the leave record app via email. You’ll never miscalculate vacation time or sick leave again!
Looking for a new, free game to play on your iPhone or Android? You’re in the right place.
Our newest app, GEICO Tricky Traffic, takes you to Geckoville, where you’ll be the mayor. Test your driving skills with GEICO’s latest mobile game. Your job is to direct the traffic and guide every citizen safely to their destination while minimizing traffic congestions and accidents.
Your goal is to accumulate points, earn point multipliers by answering quiz questions, and collect badges by completing objectives. You can even post your scores to Twitter and Facebook.
Certain ages correspond with certain types of mail. The surest sign that you’re turning 50, for example, is not gray hair or creaky joints – it’s the invitation from AARP to take advantage of that organization’s myriad benefits for folks who’ve hit the half-century mark. And if you HAVE turned 50, you probably recall another piece of “milestone mail.” From 1940 until 1973, when an American male turned 18, he was sure to receive mail from the “Selective Service.” This would inform the young man of his draft status, letting him know how soon he should report to be assessed for military service.
These days, entering military service is a choice you can only make for yourself; back then, it was often made for you. And if you were “selected” for military service, very soon you’d probably receive another piece of mail – a solicitation from GEICO. Our company was founded to serve government employees (the “GE” in GEICO), including draftees and others in the military.
Both organizations have come a long way since those days. The all-volunteer military now includes many more opportunities for all who want to serve, especially women. And GEICO can now insure just about anyone in the U.S., not just those employed by the government. But one thing that hasn’t changed and never will is our affinity and respect for those in the armed forces.
We know what it takes to serve and the kinds of sacrifices those in the military have to be ready to make. We respect that kind of mettle; so much so that many of GEICO’s employees have military backgrounds. We are proud to serve those who serve the nation – and, often, to hire them once their military service is over.
Every year, as Veterans Day approaches, I get to thinking about what the military has meant to our nation, to my company and to me. I never served, but my father was a Navy draftee who served on a minesweeper during World War II – and whose sharp appearance in uniform caught the eye of a certain young woman who later became his wife and my mother.
So, to my dad and all the other veterans out there, thank you so much for your service to the nation. You make us proud – and some of us wouldn’t be here without you!
Each month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.
GEICO associates take their jobs seriously, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun every now and then – especially when Halloween rolls around. This time of year, you might find all sorts of ghouls and goblins, witches and warlocks wandering the halls. Not to mention the occasional cowgirl.
This one looks like she’s reading an ultimatum, or possibly describing the outlaw she and her posse are about to pursue!
So what are you planning to be for Halloween this year? Let us know in the comments below.