FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – GEICO is looking to strengthen its strong workforce in Fredericksburg by hiring 200 or more new Associates in Sales and Customer Service. GEICO offers great benefits and seeks people who have a positive attitude, enjoy helping others and thriving in a dynamic environment.
Thirty years ago, Mary Washington graduate Charles Brown, a resident of Fredericksburg, lived with his parents in a tough job market. Brown’s dad walked past GEICO’s new Fredericksburg office on his daily commute and strongly suggested Brown consider applying.
Like most future GEICO associates, Brown didn’t know much about insurance and thought he was far from qualified. But, he still applied, got a quick interview, and found a job within days.
“Back then, it was just a job to keep my dad away from my back,” Brown joked. “I thought I would be at GEICO for a few years and move on.”
Brown started out in sales and then took the opportunity to cross-train with the service team. A few years later he moved to a claims position.
“I had no – absolutely no – knowledge of the insurance business before coming to GEICO. Thanks to training programs and the support of my managers, supervisors and mentors, I was able to grow into three main roles in a relatively short time and thrive, ”said Brown.
Yet deep in his head Brown thought GEICO was somewhat temporary. However, that notion evaporated as he continued to experiment more and more with the GEICO culture and benefits.
“It was clear that GEICO would promote from within, have healthy finances and really focus on integrity. I realized that this business takes care of me – every aspect of my life. At that time, I was there for the long haul. I have probably held 15 different positions within GEICO, and in each of them I have been prepared and prepared for success, ”said Brown.
The culture and family atmosphere is what keeps Brown in Fredericksburg. GEICO gave him flexibility after his father passed away to help his mother, and after his daughter was born with Diamond-Blackfan anemia, he was able to be there when needed and provide support to his family.
“Between my family, my friends and my colleagues, I had this huge support network. In fact, every year we have a fundraiser / blood drive, where dozens of colleagues donate hundreds of units of blood and / or hundreds of dollars when selling baked goods. We’ve even registered people to donate bone marrow, ”Brown said.
When it comes to culture, Brown’s point of view is shared by many of his colleagues in Fredericksburg, according to Senior Vice President Don Robinson. “GEICO is not just a call center, there are literally thousands of different jobs within GEICO. Once you start with us, we do our best to train and develop you, promote you and create pathways for you to achieve your career goals. Almost all of our associates, even in our most senior management positions, started in an entry level position like I did, ”said Robinson.
Part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO is a stable company founded 85 years ago. The company’s Total Rewards benefit package includes coverage for health, dental and vision care, paid vacations and public holidays, parental leave, continuing education and tuition reimbursement.
When asked what he was telling people about GEICO, Brown replied, “The expectations are high, you have to be prepared to come to work and work hard. If you’re ready to do both of these things, grow, and seize other opportunities, the world is yours. You can do whatever you want: move around the country and in business. You will be able to find exciting new careers and develop yourself personally and professionally. And, along the way, you’ll make lifelong friendships.
Applications are now being accepted on GEICO.jobs/Fredericksburg.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second largest auto insurer in the United States, was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO employs more than 43,000 people nationwide. GEICO is constantly striving to improve lives by protecting people from unexpected events while saving them money and providing exceptional customer experiences. In addition to personal auto insurance, commercial auto and personal umbrella insurance are also available. Homeowners, Renters, Condos, Flood, Identity Theft, Term Life Insurance and other coverages are underwritten by unaffiliated insurance companies and are secured by GEICO Insurance Agency , Inc. Visit geico.com for a quote or to learn more.