As part of this new blog series, we’ll introduce you to some of our associates to learn first-hand about what it’s like working in various GEICO departments. Our second post in this series is all about working in our sales department, in which you’ll meet Breanne.
Breanne M., sales representative in Macon, Ga. GEICO associate since 2011
Nearly two years after joining GEICO, Breanne continues to reach for the sky! In 2012, she was tenth in the overall sales ranking, and that is a goal she’s working toward again this year. This Mercer University graduate is not only a top-ranked sales associate, she is also studying to earn her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.
What is a typical day like in sales? Every call that I take is related to our sales application, but no two calls are ever alike. I enjoy the thrill of sales, the give and take, and the good-natured competition within my team.
What is the one thing you want people to know about GEICO? If you want it, GEICO will give you all the tools you need to go as far as you choose. The only thing you have to decide is how far you want to go, because this company rewards performance and grows its leaders from the ground up.
What is your favorite GEICO moment? In January, my team celebrated National Spaghetti Day! I convinced everyone to wear black felt moustaches – inspired by Mario Brothers – and my supervisor wore a chef’s hat and apron. I love that for as hard as we work in sales, we often “play” even harder. It’s fun to work for people who appreciate what you do.
What is your favorite GEICO commercial? The Caveman at the airport … he’s on the “moving sidewalk” when he passes a GEICO caveman ad on the terminal wall. Then he walks back, stares in disbelief and shakes his head. That has been my favorite for years!
GEICO is hiring great people. We’re looking for dynamic and driven sales professionals who can build rapport, listen to our customers, overcome objections and close sales. Currently, we have sales jobs in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, New York, Virginia and Texas. You can learn more by visiting our career site and watching our associate video.
American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent … they don’t have anything on us! GEICO’s associates are not only a talented workforce, they also have some serious pipes and dance moves. For many years, we’ve produced an annual music video to accompany our largest, internal corporate meeting.
Why our videos rock
Back in 2009, we started publishing these videos externally to our Jobs at GEICO channel on YouTube to showcase our associates and friendly, upbeat culture. Here’s why I think our videos rock and hope you’ll agree.
Our associates are fantastic. These are not paid singers or actors, but real employees from locations all across the country.
The Gecko makes an appearance. You’ve seen our lovable Gecko in commercials, now see him rock out on a guitar and bust a move.
Original songs. We don’t have a full-time songwriter position at GEICO; however, these original songs will surely have you singing along.
Warren Buffett cameos. The “Oracle of Omaha” even gets in on the action and will surely surprise you!
Now, without further ado, here is the 2013 GEICO associates music video featuring real employees, catchy lyrics and even a little Gangnam style.
GEICO Whoa Oh Oh
Previous years’ videos
Just in case you missed our earlier videos and have a few minutes to spare, here is a list of all of our videos for your viewing pleasure.
The featured article in our Spring newsletter took at a look at 10 of our favorite roadside attractions. Below are a few more unusual, quirky destinations. Share your favorites in the comments!
Cabazon Dinosaurs – Cabazon, Calif.
Come to a real-world Jurassic Park. Ms. Dinny, a 150-ton dinosaur, is the largest concrete dino in the world. You can even climb to the top of a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex. The concrete prehistoric creatures are just a short distance west of Palm Springs and can be seen from Interstate 10.
Leaning Tower – Niles, Ill.
You don’t need to travel all the way to Italy to see a leaning tower – at least not a half-sized replica. Built in 1934, Niles’ leaning tower is now the center of a park. The Midwestern tower is just 15 minutes from O’Hare airport.
World’s Largest Buffalo – Jamestown, N.D.
The 60-ton concrete sculpture has been around for tourists to see and take pictures with since 1959. In 2010, the buffalo was named “Dakota Thunder.”
Now, it’s your turn! Share the hidden treasures in your part of the country in the comments.
You’d be surprised how many weird insurance policies there are. Alien abduction insurance, for example, is real. GEICO doesn’t offer it, however, because we’ve been focusing our research on a much more practical product: Garden Gnome Insurance.
You might not think you need Garden Gnome Insurance. But, I’m sure the first victim of a garden gnome theft thought the same thing, until it was too late. You see, there are criminals known as “garden gnome liberationists,” and the “traveling gnome prank” has been made popular in movies and video games. They call it “freedom”… we call it an “insurance claim.”
But fear not, gnome-owner! For as little as 41 cents a day, our garden gnome insurance protects up to 10 of your small, decorative, ceramic, bearded characters from theft or pranks. Depending on the policy you choose, you’ll receive:
24-hour claim service if one of your gnomes is toppled as a result of severe weather or collision with an animal. Our claims representatives will actually come set it back up straight for you.
Replacement cost if your gnome is stolen or irreparably damaged – up to around $41 dollars, probably.
Get a quote for Garden Gnome Insurance (also known as lawn gnome insurance) today!
Disclaimer: GEICO does not offer garden gnome insurance, obviously. Mostly because it would be ridiculous, and also because it’s April Fool’s Day. But we do have 18 other, very real insurance products on geico.com. Happy April 1!
Each month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.
We’ve been enduring some unseasonably chilly weather around the nation’s capital of late, so when I came across this photo, I immediately wanted to step right into it. Just look at these happy GEICO employees, out in their shirtsleeves on a balmy day, getting ready to take this sweet ride out for a little lunchtime cruise. Meanwhile, here in 2013, on Monday morning I watched snow falling outside my office window most of the day.
Correction: what I meant to say is that I occasionally glimpsed that snow falling during those fleeting seconds when I had a free moment to look up from my work to see it. Yeah, that’s better.
And Tuesday, it was cold, cloudy and gloomy all day. March doesn’t seem to have gotten the message about going out like a lamb. Anyway, the suggestion of carefree, warm days with the open road beckoning isn’t the only reason this photo appeals to me. It also reminds me of my own learning-to-drive experience, which came behind the wheel of my father’s black VW Beetle.
They don’t make ’em like that anymore.
Does this photo jog any memories for you? Let us know in the comments.
It’s a pretty good feeling to work for a company that comes to people’s aid when they’re in dire straits. But sometimes, events occur that make me even prouder of GEICO than I usually am. For example, after Superstorm Sandy left the Long Island and New Jersey coastal areas in shambles, GEICO associates arrived on the scene immediately afterward to take care of our customers. I heard some firsthand accounts of those events from our associates and our customers that were truly heartwarming.
Another extraordinary event occurred this week, when GEICO announced plans to open a new sales and service facility in Indianapolis. Within a year, we expect to hire 400 new associates, and ultimately will employ more than 1,000 there. That is great news for GEICO, certainly, but that’s not really why it puts a smile on my face.
I think back nearly 30 years to Jan. 9, 1984 – my first day working at GEICO. I didn’t know a lot about the company at the time, and little did I realize then what a critical moment that was in my life. GEICO has given me a great career and allowed me to provide the wife I would marry later that year and the three sons we now have with a comfortable home and a pleasant lifestyle.
Thanks to the Gecko, the 400 people we’ll be hiring in Indianapolis probably know a bit more about GEICO than I did when I was hired. What they probably won’t realize for some time is how GEICO is going to change their lives for the better. And who knows? Thirty years from now, one of them might be writing a little essay just like this one, about another new GEICO office opening. And that person will probably be just as proud of GEICO as I am right now.
Interested in a career with GEICO? Submit your application online through GEICO’s career site.
Welcome to our newest blog series! Here, we’ll introduce you to some of our information technology associates so that you can learn what it’s like working in IT @ GEICO. In the first of this series, you’ll meet Carolyn and Dave … bright, driven members of GEICO’s cutting-edge mobile team.
Carolyn T., lead application systems analyst GEICO associate since 2010, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alum
Carolyn came to GEICO through the IT track of our Emerging Leaders Program, after graduating with a double major in information technology and finance. Today, she’s leading a team of analysts, working on challenging projects, discussing concepts and designs, mentoring other associates … and having fun along the way!
What is the most exciting project that you are working on?
My team is constantly striving to provide our customers with the best mobile and tablet experience when interacting with their policies. Our projects stem from our research conducted on emerging technologies and methodologies.
What do you like most about GEICO?
I love working with the people on my team and providing them with career growth opportunities. Technology is constantly changing and our management team can utilize that to provide our team with fun, exciting projects while enhancing our customer’s experience at the same time. In addition, GEICO’s culture is to promote from within, and there are development programs for those who would like to one day be in IT management.
What other activities are you involved in?
I attend college career fairs and give classroom presentations to students in order share my experiences and advice for transitioning from college to work.
What is your favorite GEICO moment?
Seeing our CEO, Tony Nicely, dance with the Gecko at our annual meeting!
What is your favorite GEICO commercial?
In the current rotation of GEICO commercials, my favorite one is “Happier than Dikembe Mutombo.”
Dave K., senior programmer analyst GEICO associate since 2009, Penn State alum
After graduating with a degree in management information systems, Dave began his GEICO career. Today, he’s an iOS Developer on our mobile team, working to ensure our customers have the best possible mobile experience.
What is a typical day like for you in IT?
I spend much of my time coding and then testing with different iOS devices. When we have enough new features, we begin the update process. I then work with Apple to submit and update our apps on the AppStore.
What is the most exciting project that you are working on?
Every project I work on is exciting and interesting! Recently I helped implement a fully automated architecture to build and deploy our apps to our developers and analysts. This drastically cut down on the time it takes to fully test code and allows us to deliver more functionality at a faster pace.
What do you like most about working at GEICO?
The people I work with are some of the greatest people I have ever met, along with being the biggest influences in my career. GEICO is a family and I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support.
Are you involved in any GEICO volunteer events?
I volunteered for a Habitat for Humanity project and helped rebuild houses in southeast D.C. It was a very rewarding experience, and it was very interesting to work with my colleagues in a much different setting than we usually do.
What is your favorite GEICO moment?
A few years ago, we had a lot of snow and were outside on our breaks helping the Gecko sled with the neighborhood children on a nearby hill. The kids loved it and it was quite comical to see the Gecko sledding!
Working in IT @ GEICO offers analyst and developer career paths, the ability to utilize the latest technologies, and the chance to work with an industry-leading team. You will learn a lot, be challenged on a daily basis, and have the opportunity to build a lasting IT career. Learn more and apply today at geico.jobs/IT.
As part of our newest blog series, we’ll introduce you to some of our associates to learn first-hand about what it’s like working in various GEICO departments. Our first post in this series is all about working in our claims department, where you’ll meet Michael and Bonnie.
Michael D., liability claims in Marlton, N.J. GEICO associate since 2007
Prior to beginning his career in claims, Michael graduated from Rutgers University with a business degree in finance. Today, he’s in our supervisor preparation program, and is responsible for mentoring and coaching other claims associates, analyzing claims data to make strategic business decisions, and auditing complex claims and personal injury cases.
What do you like most about your job? I enjoy interacting with our customers and assisting them in their time of need. A car accident can be stressful … I want to show them that we are here to help in any way possible.
What do you want people to know about GEICO? GEICO is not only the fastest-growing major auto insurer; it’s also a company that provides many different job opportunities across the country.
What is your favorite GEICO moment? I was a part of a new claims system rollout and traveled to our Macon, Ga., location to assist. It was a great experience!
What is your favorite GEICO commercial? My favorite commercial is definitely the “Easier way to save” one with the pet possum.
Bonnie B., liability claims in Virginia Beach, Va. GEICO associate since 2011
What does a recreation and leisure studies grad do after college? Why, work at GEICO, of course! Bonnie launched her career with us soon after graduation, and has been learning new skills, assisting customers and getting involved ever since.
What are your main responsibilities as a telephone claim representative? I handle first-party injury claims when our insureds are hurt. This requires me to investigate car accidents, specifically those in which there is a liability dispute (meaning it’s not immediately clear who was at fault). It’s my job to gather all the facts and come to a final decision based upon the evidence obtained.
What do you like most about your job? Every day, my job provides me with the opportunity to interact with a variety of people and situations. Each accident is unique and rarely occurs the same way. I play a vital role in uncovering fraudulent claims and do my best to protect the company against fraud.
I also get the chance to work with our insureds – who were badly injured in accidents – and follow them through the recovery process until they are well again. Throughout the recovery process, I build relationships and feel great joy, as they do, once their treatments are complete.
How are you involved within your office? I am on the Virginia Beach marketing team, and help spread the word about GEICO to current and potential policyholders, and anyone else within the community that we can reach out to. I am also on the Distracted Driver Committee. Our latest campaign involves reaching out to local high schools and encouraging students to pledge to stop using their cellphones while driving.
What is your favorite GEICO moment? My favorite moment occurs on a near daily basis, when I see the involvement of the company in the community. GEICO is involved in many major sporting events, charity events, organizations, etc. Every time I see that involvement, I feel a great sense of pride in my company.
Working in claims requires the tenacity to investigate complex situations, the ability to build trust and relationships, and the skill to efficiently resolve and manage simultaneous cases. You can learn more about careers in insurance claims by visiting our career site and watching our associate video.
Each month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.
GEICO associates work hard to provide our customers the best service possible. But after the bell rings (Yes, we used to have a dismissal bell here at the corporate headquarters back in the day – and you sure didn’t want to be blocking the exit when it went off!), we like to play hard, too.
And GEICO supports our athletic endeavors; the company sponsors a variety of activities for its associates. During my time at HQ, we’ve had bowling, tennis, soccer, softball, basketball and golf leagues at one time or another.
These days, our softball teams are coed, but back in the 1960s, not so. These ladies were a force to be reckoned with when they took up the bats and gloves. Looks like they had a darn good time in the process, too.
Take a guess at what these women were thinking in the comments.
Imagine being parked on a quiet street visiting a friend for a couple of hours, and returning to find your car is gone! How likely is your car to be a target? That depends on what kind of car it is and what you do to reduce the chances of it being stolen.
For car thieves, speed is the name of the game; the quicker they can get into your vehicle and get it on the road, the more attractive it is to them. Any measures you can take to slow down car thieves and joy-riders will make your vehicle a less appealing target, say the auto insurance experts at GEICO.
“As long as there are cars on the road, auto theft will always be a concern for car owners,” said Steven Rutzebeck, director of GEICO’s special investigations unit. “However, there are a few simple tips you can follow to help minimize your chances of being a victim.”
GEICO recommends the following measures to protect against theft:
Lock your vehicle’s doors at all times, even while driving.
Never leave your car running and unattended, and don’t leave your keys in the car. Close all the windows, doors and the sunroof.
Make sure no personal items are in plain sight and remove all valuables from the vehicle if possible.
If your vehicle doesn’t already have an anti-theft system, have one installed. Thieves are more likely to break into cars that do not have alarm systems; they are less likely to steal vehicles that can be tracked. Many insurers offer discounts for vehicles equipped with anti-theft systems.
At night, park your car in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings.
If you park on an incline, leave your car in park or in gear with the wheels turned toward the curb. This makes it harder for thieves to tow your vehicle.
Know who you’re dealing with. Most auto thefts are committed by professionals who often target high-performance cars and popular models whose parts are interchangeable. They usually turn the cars they steal over to “chop shops” or to third parties that export them to other countries.
Watch out for the “bump-and-rob” move. Carjackers may intentionally bump your car from the rear and then steal it when you get out to examine the damage.
If confronted by a carjacker, do not resist. Cars can be replaced; you can’t.