At Funeral Directors Life, 99 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 155 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.00. It was published on Jul 20, 2017. 5317 Visitors

What Employees Say

Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
100%
 
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
100%
 
We have special and unique benefits here.
100%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
99%
 
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
99%
 

What They Do

We asked Funeral Directors Life to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Funeral Directors Life is a preneed funeral insurance company that is helping funeral homes grow their businesses and serve families in a rapidly changing marketplace. We provide our clients industry-leading marketing services, training, consulting, custom technology solutions, and much more.

About this Company

Website: http://www.funeraldirectorslife.com/ Industry: Financial Services & Insurance
US Headquarters: Abilene, Texas, 79606 US Sites: 1
Major Locations: Abilene, TX, Texas US Employees: 168
US Revenues: $287.6 million Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1981

Funeral Directors Life has an open-concept, collaborative work environment that our employees love!

Perks and Programs

We asked Funeral Directors Life to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Onsite Wellness Center: Funeral Directors Life maintains an onsite health clinic and fitness center that serves our employees and their families. Our nurse practitioner provides standard care and treatment, health consultations, annual physicals, and much more. Our employees love that they no longer have to spend time in waiting rooms. Our fitness center is accessible 24/7 via fingerprint key entry and is equipped with weight machines, treadmills, free weights, spin machines, and fitness DVDs. We also offer fitness classes during lunch and breaktimes such as Zumba, Body Pump, Metabolic Burn, and Spin. Our classes are led by our Director of Wellness and volunteer employee instructors. We’ve held a hugely successful challenges, like the Summer Slim Down, New Year/New You to encourage employees on their health journey.
  • Benefits & Bonuses: Employees receive 100% company-paid health coverage with wellness program participation, 401 (k) contribution matching at 50% (up to $5000 annually), educational assistance at $1000 per semester, as well as life insurance, stock options, flexible spending accounts, and many voluntary benefits. Employees also have the opportunity to receive tenure and merit bonuses each year, which are awarded based on job performance and are equivalent on average to two to three weeks' salary. One of our most unique benefits is the death benefit. If a person dies while employed by our company, the average cost for a funeral service will be provided for the employee. Their surviving spouse or dependent children will receive a lump sum in the amount of three months' salary.
  • Prayer Team/Chaplain: One of our most beloved programs is our Intercessory Prayer Team, made up of well over 50 employees who have committed to pray for others as needs arise. Often, prayer requests come from policy holders who are facing difficult circumstances in life. “Most are very grateful that we would ask if we can pray for them," said one employee. "It takes them by surprise, I think, that we are not just here to take calls and process payments, but that we are here to make a connection and care for them as a person.” In addition, the prayer team leads a daily 10-minute devotional and prayer time that anyone can join. Employees may also consult with our corporate chaplain for individual prayer needs or guidance.
  • 30-Day and Mini-Sabbaticals: Every seven years, we have established a 30-day paid Sabbatical. In 2017, 130 of our employees (both inhouse and sales staff) have chosen to take 30 consecutive days off to rest, gain perspective, and participate in a service project or mission project that they really believe in. One employee who recently returned from her 30-day sabbatical said, "People couldn't believe that a company would offer 30 days off with pay. They were blown away! I got to spend time with my family and give back to my community. It was such an incredible blessing.” Between sabbatical years, Funeral Directors Life offers Mini-Sabbaticals in addition to regular vacation time. These two-week Mini-Sabbaticals are intended for rest, renewal, and the opportunity to give back.
  • All-Expenses Paid Trips to Luxury Locations: We love to recognize our top performing employees! Every year, all of our home office employees have the opportunity to win a spot on our annual sales incentive trip, a fabulous all-expenses paid trip to fun, exotic, and exciting destinations like Costa Rica, Aruba, Mexico, Israel, Hawaii, Tahiti and more! Home office employees are nominated by their supervisors based on outstanding work performance and service to others. In 2017, we took 20 home office employees and their guests on our trip to Costa Rica! While in Costa Rica, many employees chose to take time away from their luxurious vacation to participate in a special mission trip. Together, we built a home for a local family in 3 days, which was the highlight of the trip for most.
  • Monthly Company Luncheons & Fun Events: Every month, we meet as a company to share a meal together and recognize employees for going above and beyond with Performance Plus Awards. Employees can award two $50 awards or one $100 award per year to coworkers for outstanding performance. We also love to let loose and have fun each year at our company-wide summer DIG GIG and End of Year Party. At our DIG GIG this year, we were serenaded by opera-singing waiters who were flown in from Philadelphia’s famous Victor Café! Texas Ranger games are also a favorite. Employees get to fly in the company jet and enjoy a delicious dinner before the game. We also regularly host a happy hour at our outdoor gazebo to celebrate company milestones.
  • Leadership Training & Mentoring Programs: We love developing new leaders within our organization. For promising young college graduates, we offer the Leadership Development Academy (LDA), a paid internship designed to "bridge the gap" between college and career. All of our LDA graduates have been offered leadership positions in our organization, including one executive position! For current employees, we offer the Mentorship Program, which pairs employees with executive mentors to help our people grow and develop personally and professionally. For college students, we offer our Summer Apprenticeship Program, a paid internship that provides leadership training and guidance. Our goal is to instill a spirit of Christian leadership in each person so that no matter where their career path leads, thy will have a solid understanding of how to lead well.
  • “Helpers of People” Volunteer Opportunities: As a company, we believe it is more blessed to give than to receive. Through the Helpers of People Program, Funeral Directors Life matches up to $25,000 in charitable contributions of our employees, up to $1,000 per year per employee. In addition, we offer a Dollars for Hours program that donates $10/hour to charitable organizations for volunteer time served by our employees. Our employees also enjoy fundraising and volunteering for local and national charities every year, including the Mudslinger Fun Run (supporting youth sports), the Relay for Life, the Heart Walk, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, our local pregnancy resources center, Habitat for Humanity, the Children's Grief Connection in Minnesota, and many more.
  • Free Resources for Personal Development: We believe that learning doesn’t end with a diploma. In fact, we believe in being lifelong learners! Our employees love to participate in company-sponsored book studies (voluntary, of course!), which are a lot like a book club. Employees meet during lunch time to share and discuss a thought-provoking book on topics such as personal development, spiritual life, parenting, financial peace, and much more. We provide every employee with a Kindle Fire, free books, and a facilitator for book study discussions. In addition, we have established a corporate university that offers courses on life skills, personal skills, nutrition, health, and professional skills. Employees are awarded gift cards for completion of courses to encourage them to continue to grow and develop.
  • Fun, Collaborative Workplace: Programs and perks are great, but what about everyday life? At Funeral Directors Life, we enjoy beautiful, newly remodeled work facilities that feature open-concept work spaces and encourage camaraderie and team collaboration. Our employees also love their new ergonomic desks that raise up to allow for standing or sitting. Free fresh fruit is provided daily in our beautiful Work Café, where we regularly celebrate life events and company milestones. We also love our competitions, whether it’s a Friday kickball game, our Summer Slim Down competition, our annual salsa competition, or our March Madness mini-basketball tournament, just to name a few. We love to play together and to work together, which fosters a fun, collaborative, and productive work environment.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

$32,562 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Clerical / Operations $98,230 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Sales
$5000 Maximum match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$998 Average Tuition Reimbursement $2,000 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
The prayer team meets every morning to pray for our friends, policy holders, coworkers, clients, and leaders.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

19 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 6 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
4 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 2 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
4 weeks Paid sabbatical 7 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment
4 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Telecommute option (2% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)
  • Onsite Amenities (Health clinic Health consultations Vaccines Annual physicals 24/7 fitness center Fitness classes Kickball field Chaplain Prayer team Book studies Free Kindles Corporate university Free tickets to sponsored events Mentorship programs Open-concept work space Ergonomic work stations Work Caf Fresh fruit & snacks Free beverages Lunch & learns Incentive Trips Monthly luncheons Performance Plus awards Donation match program Outdoor gazebo Covered parking Onsite package/mailing service Dry-cleaning service)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)
30 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave.

FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS

  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

80 hours Paid time off to volunteer $730,742 Philanthropic donations in last year
$21,969 Total company-matched employee donations in last year Yes Recycling program

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
Employees take a little time out to pump some iron on their break.

DEMOGRAPHICS

 
We always have a great time cheering for the Texas Rangers!

How to Get Hired

We asked Funeral Directors Life for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Funeral Directors Life is characterized by a genuine appreciation for one another, friendliness and respect for our coworkers and a sense of mission in the work we do. We would rather hire a person with a good heart who fits our culture and can be trained on a specific skill set than a person who may possess a strong skill set but is not a good fit for our culture. We believe that you can train a person to improve job skills, but it is much more difficult to develop a person's character. In the long run, we have found that it is always better to invest in the right people from the beginning.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Throughout the interview process, candidates who demonstrate a positive attitude, a high level of integrity, and a strong work ethic become strong contenders. We also look for individuals who have a heart for service and who demonstrate a willingness to be helpers of people. Outstanding candidates demonstrate flexibility and versatility, an air of confidence, a humble heart, a spirit of passion, and good, sound judgment.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We are always looking for high caliber individuals with a variety of skill sets. One area where we are continually looking for quality individuals is within our sales organization. Our job description states that we are looking for helpers of people who believe that how they sell is as important as what they sell. We want to attract people who are looking for a career with purpose and who are dedicated to helping others and doing the best, most-respected thing in every circumstance. We are also continually growing our home office and sales management staff. The same goes for any position that we are seeking to fill. We are looking for people who want to help others, who serve from the heart, and who use their best judgment to do the right thing in every situation.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Interested candidates can always find out more about our company and our open positions on our website at www.funeraldirectorslife.com. Our website and social media channels share information about our corporate culture and our benefits and videos that feature our employees and what they have to say about working for Funeral Directors Life. We also have created a staff page that features all of our employees with their photos and a few fun questions so that you can get to know the people you might be working with. Interested candidates can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to learn more about our company and our culture. Go to http://www.funeraldirectorslife.com/about-fdlic/careers to browse our open positions and to submit a resume and apply online. We'd love to hear from you! 

hiring Outlook

208 Total job applicants 52% New hires by employee referrals
4% Openings filled by current employees 5 Recent graduates hired
9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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