Free ice cream doesn’t seem like it has much to do with the business of insurance. But it does have to do with employee satisfaction, which is at the very top of the to-do list of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company’s president and CEO Larry Jansen.
Grinnell Mutual employs about 750 people, two-thirds of whom work in the company’s headquarters just south of the city of Grinnell. It is the country’s 114th largest property and casualty company.
“Our employees are our most valuable asset,” Jansen said. “We want them to enjoy working here.” Happy employees are a big part of Grinnell Mutual’s success and free ice cream is only one small perk. Larger scale perks include a free on-site health clinic and fitness center, myriad educational opportunities, employee referral bonuses, paid wellness and volunteer time off, and many others.
The company’s investment in its employees and in personal, customer-centered service for its member mutuals, agents, and policyholders has paid dividends. 2015 marked another record-breaking year in terms of underwriting results and surplus growth, the latter of which surpassed the half-billion-dollar mark. Total assets topped $1 billion last year.
Grinnell Mutual has earned an A rating from A.M. Best since 1991; has been named an Iowa Top Workplace for five consecutive years; and was recently named to Ward’s Top 50 Property and Casualty companies. The 1,600 independent agents in Grinnell Mutual’s writing territory offer a full line of personal and commercial property and casualty products such as auto, recreational vehicle, farm casualty, small business, crop hail, and more.
Grinnell Mutual also provides reinsurance protection and services to 250 partner farm mutual insurance companies, and is the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. “We play a significant role in protecting the financial security of home and farm owners, and we pride ourselves on being there for our customers at their most difficult times,” Jansen said.
Grinnell Mutual’s future looks brighter than ever and we’re always looking for great employees who value a family environment and who always put the customer first. Learn more about Grinnell Mutual at grinnellmutual.com.