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Infusing Hampton Talent at Allstate

Cultivating Family with Allstate’s Good Hands

As a Hampton alumni, Shaundra feels lucky to have found a company that embodies the things she loved about her university.

Twenty years ago, Shaundra was preparing to graduate with a degree in mass media/public relations from Hampton University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Virginia. Throughout college, Shaundra had set her sights on a career at a big PR agency, but after interning in human resources at Allstate the summer before, a recommendation from an Allstate and Hampton Alum, she was drawn back to the company and accepted a full-time role in HR.

Looking back, she couldn’t be happier with her decision. Just 8 months after she started, Shaundra moved in the Corporate Relations department. She worked her way up and now serves as the corporate relations manager for Allstate’s Capital Region. In this role, which she describes as her “dream job”, she in responsible for engaging audiences and protecting the reputation of Allstate in the Capital Region area (Maryland, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware).

Hamptonians, as they call themselves, are committed to finding ways to be successful while serving their community, looking out for each other and living into the family-feel of their school. Shaundra says she find the same atmosphere here at Allstate.

“There’s a family feel here and we all genuinely want to do good, both for the business and the community.” And when thinking about bringing on more talent from HBCUs and other areas of diverse backgrounds, Shaundra says, “the spirit to reflect the customer base and the communities we serve are always top of mind.

Shaundra’s pride in Hampton constantly shines through as she encourages Hampton graduates to consider Allstate and connects with employees from other HBCUs to continue driving the conversation around how to best enrich the organization’s talent and culture. Shaundra felt certain of what her path would look like but decided to take a chance of Allstate and she has never looked back. When considering about future graduates, she wants them to explore as many opportunities as possible, even once you’re at a company, something she has been able to do at Allstate.

Learn more about where your next step at Allstate will take you by exploring our careers site here.

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Innovation Means More at Allstate

Innovation Means More at Allstate

Allstate’s Innovation team builds foundational platforms that can then be further expanded to create standalone businesses or completely reimagine a core business. They have the freedom to not only formulate solutions but to go on to prototype and build new products. “In my current role, Allstate presents excellent opportunity to challenge the conventional thinking and drive opportunities that impact multiple industries. Risk Map, consumer digital platforms, and Autonomous Vehicle Risk projects are some examples of initiatives that serve as avenues to reshape the future of Allstate in a major way” says Sunil, Director of Product Engineering & Data Research. Sunil takes pride in Allstate’s ability to take risks and to bet on the Innovation Team to drive all four pillars of a successful innovation strategy- Business Strategy, Technology, Design and Go to Market execution. Bev, an Innovation Manager, has been with Allstate for a number of years but feels like she is consistently doing something new. Bev sees Allstate as an evolving company and believes that if others could see everything the company is doing, their impression of Allstate being just another insurance company would change.

Allstate has always been a leader of change – from seat belts to teen driving safety – and the Innovation Team is the evolution of the organization. Allstate is committed to making sure changes happen in house, rather than having change happen to the company and being reactive. This proactive attitude keeps the Innovation Team engaged as they drive Allstate toward new technology and new products. Ann, a Design Strategist, likes that the team has a start-up feel, focused on future-oriented concepts around predictive analytics & big data but has the resources a big company offers to actually allow her to create “the next big thing.” All four leaders expressed the need for tenacity and comfort around working in ambiguity for their team to function. Jason, Director of Innovation Strategy & Product Management, went on to say the team is made up of individuals that want to “solve the unsolvable.”

Having left a different job that he truly enjoyed, Jason made the change after seeing the dedication Allstate has to consumer and product technology. “I didn’t appreciate how much innovation happens at insurance companies. There can be a misconception that insurance companies are rigid and slow to act. I would encourage people considering innovation jobs to look past those stereotypes to see what groundbreaking work we’re doing. A lot of it is just getting started. Get to know us and see what amazing stuff is going on.”

Check out our open opportunities to join leaders like Jason, Bev, Ann, and Sunil as the future unfolds on the Allstate Innovation Team.

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Using Social to Drive Better Business Decisions

Using social to drive better business decisions

Learn how Natasha’s team collects & analyzes data from social media.

Allstate offers positions where people play around on Twitter and Facebook all day? Not entirely, but in a way, that is just a small part of Natasha’s every day job as a Social Intelligence Manager. The gathering of data and insights from platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, is an absolute necessity to make sure the content Allstate shares is valuable to our customers.

“I help people understand the benefits that social media can provide them. Social media sites aren’t just fluffy recreational platforms, but rather a place where we can gather great insights that will help Allstate meet customer needs. We gather these insights through a process called social listening.” -Natasha, Social Intelligence Manager

Social listening is how Natasha and her team know what people are saying about Allstate, Allstate’s competitors, campaigns, and products. They are listening to all channels where anyone can possibly have an influence, but that is just step one. The analysis and suggested action items are what drives business decisions.

Natasha’s favorite part of her job is learning about the variety of projects and initiatives from around the company. After going through Allstate’s three year Leadership Development rotational program, it was her proposal to expand Allstate’s social intelligence services thus creating her position of Social Intelligence Manager. Natasha and her team share their findings by putting out monthly social media reports, and they play a big role in developing and revamping social media strategies.

Learn how you can join a team of marketers using data & insights to drive better business decisions.

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A Network of Talent

A Network of Talent

Learn about Megan’s career development opportunity.

Have you ever thought it would be cool to try out a new job that you did not know anything about? Or try out a department that you are not familiar with? Allstate offers a Talent Share program where employees can learn more about something new by participating in temporary assignments that can last anywhere from three month to nine months. These Talent Shares are part-time or full-time opportunities where employees bring their own skills and competencies to a new team while developing themselves in the process.

Megan was in a trainer and facilitator role within Allstate’s Talent Acquisition team when she decided to participate in a Talent Share on Allstate Foundation’s Corporate Philanthropy team towards the end of 2016.

“I didn’t feel I had a robust network within the organization to proactively identify my next opportunity. A Talent Share opportunity gave me the chance to apply my knowledge and skills within a new department to see where potential next opportunities might exist,” says Megan.

With so many options for the next step in her career, Megan was excited to have the chance to test out a new area. Megan enjoyed her Talent Share so much that when a permanent opportunity on the Allstate Foundation’s team became available, she did not hesitate to apply and was granted the opportunity to work on this team permanently. In February 2017, she started in her new role. “I know my new manager feels like the Talent Share program is to thank for identifying me as a great candidate. Whereas she might not have considered me if she only saw my application,” explained Megan. This is just another way that Allstate supports the Good Work of its employees and provides opportunities for its employees to grow.

Learn more about how Allstate supports career development.