Core Values Highlight: Tech-Savvy

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Jul 26, 2018

From our first computer being lifted into the building to mobile apps, our technology is continuously changing and improving.

Tech-Savvy

The technological landscape is rapidly evolving. Things that may have seemed like science-fiction only a few years ago are now becoming an everyday reality: self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI), smart homes, robots, and more. In the 1950s, a single computer occupied an entire building; today, the world’s smallest computer fits on the edge of a nickel. The cell phone you carry around in your pocket is more powerful than the computers that first sent man to the moon in the 1960s. And tech is only getting faster, more powerful, and more revolutionary.

Part of being tech-savvy is recognizing opportunities in this ever-changing space and applying them to a specific industry and business model to make work more effective and efficient. That’s where the “savvy” part comes in—being cutting-edge is great until it doesn’t fit with the business’s objectives. Our core value of Tech-Savvy works in tandem with our other core values like Innovative and Sensible, Nimble and Reliable—a balancing act of both looking and leaping. Tech-Savvy is recognizing which opportunities are worth investing time and resources in and which bleeding-edge technologies are just a fad du jour.

Our leadership is committed to improving the user experience for both agents and policyholders, making it easier than ever to do business with Pekin Insurance.

 

Pekin Insurance Is Ideal for IT and Cybersecurity Professionals

Information Technology
Pekin Insurance has been recently selected by our peers as a Novarica Impact Award Winner for 2018 and was named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT in 2015. Our department continues to grow to support new systems and technologies, such as:

  • Cloud Computing (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) with AWS
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) With Scrum and Kanban Teams
  • Guidewire Platform
  • Predictive Modeling
  • IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Enterprise Data Warehouse
  • Interactive Reporting

That’s only scratching the surface! Last year was a huge leap forward in our transformative technological journey, and our strategic plans stretch out to 2020 and beyond. The great thing about IT is that you're never truly done transforming; there are always new technologies on the cutting edge to explore.

Our IT Department is moving toward a more agile approach to DevOps. The agile methodology enables us to involve the stakeholders more directly and increase our time-to-market speed. Big data analytics, dashboards and monitoring, automation, and cloud delivery will all play major roles as our IT model matures.

 

Cybersecurity
Every innovative opportunity to embrace technology also comes with a risk that needs to be mitigated. While it’s always more fun to think about the benefits and improvements that technology can bring, it’s also critical to recognize the darker side of tech: hackers who use phishing and malware to obtain personal information. With security incidents like the Equifax data breach of 2017, it’s more vital than ever to recognize these types of cyber threats and work proactively to prevent them.

Pekin Insurance has a growing Enterprise Security team to identify and protect against cybersecurity threats in our increasingly interconnected world. They work closely with the IT side of the house to ensure our infrastructure meets or exceeds industry best practices and our data is kept safe and compliant with HIPAA, PCI, and other regulatory standards. Pekin Insurance takes our customers’ privacy very seriously and is committed to safeguarding information that has been entrusted to us.

 

Tech-Savvy Business Professionals Are a Great Fit for Pekin Insurance

Pekin Insurance isn’t just a great fit for techies. All areas of the business benefit from tech-savvy solutions.

  • Are you looking for fewer manual spreadsheet-based processes and more automation?
    The implementation of our new Guidewire platform will eliminate the need for multiple spreadsheets and manual processes. Automation will reduce underwriting risk, make claims handling easier, and make billing more efficient. Our implementation of iPipeline for the Life products has improved efficiency and streamlined underwriting processes. Automation also makes everything faster, which ultimately improves the user experience for our agents and customers.

  • Are you an insurance professional who is interested in using interactive tools to better monitor business?
    We have taken huge strides forward in our Enterprise Data Management, such as interactive reporting and analytics tools that will allow our employees more time to analyze data and make informed decisions.

  • Do you always have ideas on how to streamline processes or make things more efficient by using technology?
    We are always looking for innovative suggestions from the people who know processes best—the people who are working with them!

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might be a great fit for Pekin Insurance!

 

Reasons to Consider Working for Pekin Insurance

1. Stable career field plus innovative technology
In today’s economy, it’s rare to find an employer in a field that has a stable outlook and that also has exciting technological opportunities. Competition to work for tech start-ups is fierce, and the outlook for success can be risky—you never know if your start-up will be the next unicorn or a bust.

Job security for the insurance industry, however, is growing; people will always need insurance. We have been in the insurance business since 1921 (almost 100 years), so we have experience remaining reliable in a shifting world. As much of the workforce retires, new opportunities open for career advancement. The insurance industry is transforming with innovative emerging technologies, which makes it an ideal place to keep your skills sharp and up to date.

2. Flexible working arrangements
From summer hours to flex hours to telecommuting options, Pekin Insurance offers the flexibility that you look for in a career. Tech-savvy solutions like teleconferencing and cloud-based apps to communicate with your team and store your work mean it is easier than ever to work from anywhere.

Take a look at the full list of benefits that Pekin Insurance has to offer.

3. Spend more time doing what you love
As Pekin Insurance continues to update our systems and processes, people are spending much less time on manual administrative tasks and more time doing what they excel at. We’ve all had at least one job where we were stuck in spreadsheet purgatory or spent more time doing menial tasks than what we were actually hired to do.

At Pekin Insurance, we have recognized many opportunities to bring automation to our workflows and built roadmaps to address remaining gaps. To be honest, there are still many areas of improvement, but that is true no matter how mature your systems and processes are. That process of continual improvement makes this an exciting time to work at Pekin Insurance and gives you the chance to be at the forefront of change and bring your ideas and expertise to the table. No matter which career path you choose, Pekin Insurance has the tech tools to make yours a fulfilling journey.

4. Fast-paced environment
Most people think the word “insurance” is synonymous with slow and boring. But here at Pekin Insurance, we’ve been making technological improvements at a rapid-fire pace. It’s never been a better time to be part of the insurance industry!

Our list of independent agencies continues to grow as we expand business into new states and products. We’re adapting to new software such as Guidewire and iPipeline. Over the last year, our IT force has grown exponentially to keep pace with all the technological enhancements we’ve been building and implementing. You are unlikely to be bored with a career at Pekin Insurance!

5. Supportive culture

Small town values with big city opportunities
If you feel lost in a large company with thousands of employees or would like an exciting career in a smaller city, Pekin Insurance provides options for you. Our headquarters is in Pekin, located in the heart of central Illinois. Many of our employees have a short commute from Peoria or Bloomington or one of the surrounding small towns—all with a terrific cost of living!

Not located in central Illinois? Ask a recruiter about job openings in our service office locations.

Connect with others in a tight-knit company culture
Maybe you have worked at a company where you felt like you just didn’t fit in or the organization didn’t value your personal growth, so you know firsthand how important company culture can be. Whether you are getting to know your new coworkers over lunch in the at-cost cafeteria, volunteering alongside them at a local charity, or enjoying a company-sponsored event after hours, you’re sure to find a supportive team of hard-working individuals at Pekin Insurance.

We’ve mentioned some of the competitive benefits, but here are a few extras worth mentioning:

  • There are a number of fun activities coordinated by the Pekin Insurance Employees Activity Committee.
  • The mentorship program is a valuable chance for newcomers to get up to speed quickly, especially if you are just starting out in your insurance career.
  • Improve or stay up to date with your technology skills at any of the online or in-house training courses. Reimbursement and bonuses are available for certain certifications and career-enhancing classes.

We are not a cutthroat tech start-up or a place where people step on others to climb the corporate ladder. Pekin Insurance is a friendly place to grow and help others.

 

Ready to Join Our Team?

If you’re excited to join the tech-savvy team at Pekin Insurance, visit our Current Job Openings page to see which opportunity is right for you.

(P.S. – We’re so tech-savvy that you can even apply directly with LinkedIn.)

 

 

    

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