Human Resources/Social Media Intern (Former Employee) – Torrance, CA – July 20, 2016
I'm only one month into the Aflac Torrance Summer 2016 internship program, but I only have good things to say about my experience so far!
As an intern, our responsibilities are to recruit/interview potential candidates and schedule the qualifying candidates to come in for a first interview. We are also responsible for managing the office's social media pages (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook).
Because my career goal is to become a recruiter, this internship is perfect for me! I've gotten some insights on cues and hints on what does or does not make a person a good candidate.
There is a total of 10 or 11 interns, I believe, but I love working with them all! The office set up doesn't make it so we're each in a cubicle cut off from everyone, the environment is open so we're all face to face which I appreciate. I'm also very appreciative of our supervisor because of her straightforwardness, she's helped us each improve our weaknesses as the weeks have gone by and is also very helpful and really nice! The agents who work in the office are all also very friendly with each of us, and willing to help us if we need it. You can tell how much they all love their jobs too, which definitely makes for a good work environment.
I gave the "compensation" 3 stars, because the internship is unpaid, however I'm mainly here for the experience, not the money. Despite the compensation, I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in recruiting and/or managing a social media account for a business!
Aflac is an awesome company to work for. However, it is very hard work. It is basically running your own business. Therefore you must be dedicated and hardworking for it to pay off. The biggest thing in this business is to be extremely organized. The pay is great once you get to the point of helping people when you sign them up for one of Aflac's many policies.
Sale Associate (Current Employee) – Fullerton, CA – July 14, 2016
Aflac espouses a culture of integrity and support, from customer claims to support for its associates.
I found the people I worked with genuinely cared about their customers and those they worked with. While the culture was competitive and driven towards consistent excellence, people went out of their way to help each other.
The hardest part of the job was the daily grind of cold-call sales. The people I worked with made this enjoyable. Plus, sales training was excellent.
excellent training, supportive environment, income potential
Agent (Current Employee) – Traverse City, MI – July 13, 2016
Made 50 cold phone calls a day, drove around for 2-4 hours prospecting, and followed up to approaches previously made. Then I would input the data into Everwell. Time management helped with keeping everything on track. The Management or Regional Sales Coordinator was super to work with. All of the agents within our district were easy to work with. The hardest part of the job was not getting paid on a weekly bases, it was strictly commission only. The most enjoyable part was meeting new people and working with other agents.
Associate (Current Employee) – Monroe, LA – July 12, 2016
This is not a regular job. Aflac provides you with training but you are an independent sales agent meaning you are responsible for your own income. If you do not go out and make cold calls on your own and try to sell their products you WILL NOT succeed in this business.
Insurance Agent/Producer (Current Employee) – Colorado Springs, CO – July 12, 2016
I enjoy my employment with Aflac. I truly believe in the company and everything I do for them. As an Independant agent, I qualify businesses that are willing to offer supplemental insurance to their employees, so they are able to offer some financial security at a discounted rate on all policies. I enroll employees and help them file claims.
Productive, hard working, and fun work environment
Insurance Agent (Current Employee) – Decorah, IA – July 8, 2016
It is nice being my own boss, but time management is the key to success. I have learned a lot about sales and the insurance business. My co-workers are great and the management is great as well. The hardest part of the job is to get decision makers to understand the need for Aflac and how important it can be for the employees. The most enjoyable part is being able to help people and knowing I am making some part of their life more comforting.
You often feel like you're working for free. UNPAID training is REQUIRED, and is 60+ hours. Some managers seem really helpful, but some are only interested in who can make them money. They get commission from your sales too... You're told sales experience isn't necessary but it's completely, 100% a sales job. Leads are NOT given, as you're lead to believe in the initial interviews. Once you're trained, you're very much on your own, or sometimes paired up with another sales person with just as little experience as you.
Associate (Former Employee) – Naperville, IL – July 5, 2016
First 'end of quarter" I was there, my manager asked if I wanted to "learn" how to write policy... Well that "learning" was writing myself TWO BEEFED UP policies. He gets 5% of that AND made his Quota and got an bonus. I'm stuck paying the bill.
RECRUITING LIES: When recruited, I was told "No Cold Calls. " "We can't handle the business we have." First thing I got from my District Sales Coordinator was a list of businesses for cold calls. Four months later I have ZERO warm leads. My manager took me on a few enrollments, but did all the work - I still have very little idea how it all works.
Hundreds of calls and call backs later, I get through to Decision makers maybe 1% of the time. They are always busy, not interested, no time.... I'm supposed to keep pitching to them, but really, how many time do I need to hear NO???
Management is very encouraging to invest in "opportunities" - but hey, it doesn't cost them anything if you lose and they get an override if you make sale.
People just are fed up and confused with the PPACA (Obamacare), and can't deal with more insurance decisions. Headlines already predicting massive increases for 2017 and people don't want more expense.
Policies do help people, and customer service is great.
The AFLAC sales force is made up of good people but I met all of my goals and didn't make enough money to survive. The company is very top heavy and the head office goes to excessive lengths to get out of paying claims. Not a very good selling point.
Aflac is great company, for sales training and relationship building
Sales Associate/Consultant (Current Employee) – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – June 28, 2016
If you would like to succeed you have to be hungry. There is nothing fun about prospecting on foot 50+ plus companies a day but, you will learn discipline and communication skills to better your personal net worth.