GEICO’s everywhere (and we’re not sorry).

By on May 18, 2015 at 7:44 AM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications, On the Web, Working at GEICO

You have to be able to laugh at yourself, right? GEICO is everywhere: on TV, billboards, radio. You name it, we’ve tried it. This year’s GEICO video featuring and made by our very own associates pokes fun at just that.

Check out our “GEICO’s Everywhere” video and let us know in the comments what you think!

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GEICO IT Virtual Career Fair – Thursday, June 4th!

By on May 13, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Posted in: IT @ GEICO, Working at GEICO

Interested in joining the IT team that made GEICO an insurance giant?

GEICO is a proven technology industry leader. Our IT organization is rapidly expanding and hiring more than 300 IT associates in 2015. We are seeking tech pros looking to take that next step in their career. Whether you are interested in data science, development, engineering or analysis we have an opportunity for you.

With more than 2,000 IT associates, located in the Washington, D.C. metro area, we are a top employer for tech pros. We are utilizing emerging technologies to enhance our customers’ online experiences and improve bottom-line results. “It is a very exciting time to begin a career in IT” said Chief Information Officer Greg Kalinsky.

Are you ready to build innovative solutions?

On Thursday, June 4, from 12 Noon to 4 PM, we will be hosting an IT Virtual Career Fair. You will be able to connect with our technical recruiting team to learn more about the opportunities we have to offer. Register for the event here!

You can also learn more about our IT organization by visiting TheMuse, geico.jobs/IT and by watching our video below!

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New biker or not, make safety your top priority

By on May 12, 2015 at 9:07 AM

Posted in: Safety and Insurance Issues

Cycle Safety Gear‘Tis the season for cycles! As a rider, I find this time of year exciting and scary at the same time. Each motorcycle season brings out new riders who are eager to hit the road but ill-prepared to handle the challenges of operating a motorcycle safely. Unfortunately, many of the first-time riders that are involved in accidents are riding bikes that are not a good fit.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. I always ask other riders if they have taken a safety course. I don’t care if you are Evel Knievel, you can’t have too much training when it comes to riding a motorcycle. A motorcycle safety course will help you hone your skills and sharpen your riding techniques and strategies.

My motorcycle group had an unwritten rule that we lived by. We would always let any new rider that didn’t think a safety course was important go ahead of us, and meet them at the next destination. We didn’t want to take the chance that a rookie rider in our group would do something that endangered the rest of us.

We had a similar unwritten rule for anyone who didn’t want to ride with a helmet or the proper gear. Believe me when I tell you that a helmet is a motorcycle rider’s best friend. It’s the most important piece of safety equipment a motorcyclist can have.

Helmets protect you against all types of potential risks when you are on the road and increase your chance of surviving a crash, so it was always common sense for me. Plus, it is the law in many states. I could never understand why anyone wouldn’t want something that not only protects your noggin from injury, but also cuts down on wind noise, shields your face and eyes, and keeps those not-too-tasty bugs out of your mouth.

Protective gear such as leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles and gloves can protect your body and help minimize your injuries in case of an accident or a skid. Consider attaching reflective tape to your clothing to make it easier for other drivers to see you.

Enjoy the open road, and be safe out there!

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Treat your mom with GEICO goodies this Mother’s Day

By on May 6, 2015 at 3:29 PM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications

GEICO bobbleheadDoes your mom love GEICO’s advertising icons, GEICO commercials or the color green? You’re in luck! The GEICO Store has everything for the greatest GEICO fans just in time for Mother’s Day!

Check out my favorite items that are sure to put a deserving smile on your loving mother’s face:

  • Neon is in this spring! Does your mom drink coffee or tea every day? A neon GEICO mug will brighten her day and make her neighbors green with envy!
  • Is she a little clumsy? An easy-grip transparent acrylic tumbler with a bold-green lid will keep drinks from sloshing while she’s on the move.
  • Family game night her thing? Our collector’s edition GEICO Jenga® will entertain the whole family and keep everyone laughing.
  • For all those bookworm moms, the Gecko’s book, You’re Only Human, filled with life advice and other nuggets of wisdom will be the perfect poolside or travel companion.
  • Nothing’s cuter than a Maxwell the Pig plush toy; he’s always ready when your mom needs a hug.
  • If your mom loves the outdoors, a pair of GEICO neon green sunglasses will not only make her look as cool as a cucumber, but will also protect her loving eyes with full-spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection!
  • Want to keep your mom safe on the road? The GEICO Auto Rescue Kit has everything she needs including 8′ jumper cables, a flashlight, tire-pressure gauge, rain poncho, shop cloth, a reflective triangle, first aid kit and more!

Take a tour of the GEICO Store to see dozens of other gift ideas! Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome moms out there!

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Three things beginning bikers need to know

By on May 4, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Posted in: Safety and Insurance Issues

Cycle SafetyOne of the biggest challenges I see with new riders is that they often buy too much bike. If you are in the market for a bike, please consider the size and performance of the bike when deciding which bike is best for you. There are so many different body types, engine sizes and performance features available. It can leave the most experienced motorcycle rider a bit overwhelmed.

The first thing you need to decide is what type of bike do you want? Will you be on the highway or off-road? Do you plan to take long-distance trips or stay on local streets? Your answers will help you decide the type of motorcycle that’s best for you.

Secondly, understand that engine size will be one of your biggest decisions when choosing any new bike. Don’t make the mistake of purchasing a powerful motorcycle that is way beyond your riding skill-set. Motorcycle engine sizes are measured in cubic centimeters or “cc” for short, ranging from 50 cc to more than 2,000 cc. Bigger engines produce more power and go much faster. Beginner riders should start with a smaller engine size. Once you’ve gained riding experience and confidence, you will know when the time is right to move to another bike that may offer more performance and power.

And lastly, a motorcycle’s weight and seat height are two other key factors that even experienced riders must consider. You should be able to sit on a motorcycle comfortably with both feet planted firmly on the ground. That stability gives you better control of the bike if it starts to lean over. Your bike should not be so heavy that you can’t keep it safely balanced. Before buying, you should sit on a variety of motorcycles to test your comfort level.

For additional resources on motorcycle safety, please check out a safety video from AMA Daytona Sportbike Champion Martin Cardenas. For more information, please visit www.geico.com/information/safety/motorcycle/.

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GEICO recognizes teens for drug and alcohol prevention programs

By on May 1, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Posted in: Safety and Insurance Issues

GSA GFBy guest blogger Christine Tasher

Fueled by lots of teenage energy and exuberance, award ceremonies took place in several Maryland and Virginia high schools last week when GEICO recognized students’ efforts to promote good decisions – on the road, on dates, at school and in the community.

Working with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), GEICO provided $1,000 awards to five student groups to help them continue their work on drug/alcohol prevention efforts.

Winners of the 23rd annual GEICO Student Awards:

  • GSA HCAcademy of the Holy Cross, SADD Group, Kensington, Maryland
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School, SADD Club, Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Gar-Field Senior High School, SADD Club, Woodbridge, Virginia
  • T.C. Williams High School, Above the Influence Club, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Unified Prevention Coalition Youth Council, Fairfax County, Virginia (will receive award June 8)

Student groups are judged on their leadership, effectiveness, innovation and involvement of both the student body and community in their efforts to prevent underage drinking.

Winning groups have implemented a variety of awareness initiatives including: signing pledges to refrain from alcohol and drug use during prom season; actively using social media to promote healthy lifestyles; organizing alcohol-free teen social events; and hosting re-enactments demonstrating the devastating effects of alcohol.

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Memory of the Month: Let’s play two!

By on April 28, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Posted in: Working at GEICO

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

Be still, my heart. I’ve been playing softball for at least 35 years now, so scenes like these really appeal to me. Back in the day – and I’m guessing that day was around 1970 – teams of GEICO associates would take on other local company teams in various sports, including softball. And GEICO still supports its associates’ endeavors in softball and other sports, at the corporate headquarters and at other locations.

GBlackThese days, we have so many softball players at HQ that we have our own eight-team league, and if you go to the right park on a Monday evening, you’ll see many a GEICO-ite rounding third and heading for home, like the chap in the older photo here. But unlike in that picture, where all the players were men, you’ll also find women enjoying today’s coed league. In fact, that’s one of my teammates in the color photo, tagging out an opposing baserunner during the 2013 GEICO League playoff championship game.

We won the title that year.

And again last year.

Will we pull off the three-peat this year? Too soon to tell … but I like our chances!

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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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