After studying human resources and finance at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, I accepted a position at Travelers in the Human Resources Leadership Development Program (HRLDP). I chose Travelers because it offered the best post-graduation opportunity in HR. There were a number of other companies with HR rotational programs, but none seemed to have the senior leadership involvement that Travelers has. The leadership team really cares about the program and is involved with the opportunities.
I worked in Compensation for six months and then moved to the Benefits department. I’m currently working on redesigning the 401(k) plan, analyzing our health care benefit pricing, planning for annual enrollment and calculating pension benefits. As part of the HRLDP, I’m building a solid base of knowledge to take into whatever specialty I eventually choose.
Every day here is different. I typically arrive at work around 8:15 a.m. and start catching up on emails. I work on tasks I’ve already been assigned, as well as make time for various ad hoc projects that come up. No matter what I’m working on, I feel like I’m doing important work. Every project matters here. In addition, I usually have at least one team or project meeting each day. Even though I’m busy, I try to go out for lunch twice a week. It’s a good opportunity to keep in touch with my current team or the team from my last rotation, as well as the other people in the HRLDP.
I think Travelers is a unique company rooted in competency. We don’t sell products based on gimmicks or discounts. The prices are anchored in predicted costs and losses. Sales are based on intelligent underwriting. This concentration on doing the job intelligently filters through the organization. I’ve never worked in an organization where everyone is so good at what they do.
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