Rural Mutual Insurance knows how important farmers are to the Badger State. And with just over 64,000 farms in Wisconsin, Rural Mutual Insurance has dedicated itself since 1934 to doing everything it can to help Wisconsin remain America’s Dairyland.
As the top writer for farm insurance in the state, Rural Mutual Insurance is a financially solid company with an A+ rating, which comes from being a big company with a small-town feel. It is also a top writer of commercial insurance and provides personal, life and annuity products.
Since Rural Mutual Insurance is a Wisconsin-focused property and casualty insurance company, all premiums paid in Wisconsin stay in Wisconsin, says Dan Merk, vice president and CEO. “Our agents and claim specialists are your neighbors. It’s our responsibility to help keep Wisconsin strong.”
The company’s values extend to employees, says Mark Schuster, vice president of organizational development. Work-life balance, flexibility, an open-door policy and family-like environment are also part of the people-focused work culture. Merk says that while they may not have a pool table in the break room, the compensation and benefits packages are top-notch and people appreciate having the flexibility to handle family obligations outside of work, as noted by one employee in a recent company survey.
That employee commented, “I believe (they) … trust their employees but also understand we have lives outside of work.”
Rural Mutual Insurance employees are given the tools they need to make impactful decisions, says Jason Feist, vice president of customer acquisition and service. “They know everything they do makes a difference and they feel good because of that.”
At a Glance:
Company name: Rural Mutual Insurance Company
Years in business: 88
Company values: Integrity, commitment, empowerment, community-focused, customer-centered, work-life balance, accountability and hard work