At Funeral Directors Life, 96 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 186 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.98. It was published on Jul 25, 2016. 2683 Visitors

What Employees Say

Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
100%
 
People care about each other here.
99%
 
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
99%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
99%
 
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
98%
 

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 prepaid funeral insurance company that partners with funeral homes across the nation to help them grow their business and serve more families in a rapidly changing marketplace.

About this Company

Website: http://www.funeraldirectorslife.com/ Industry: Financial Services & Insurance
US Headquarters: Abilene, Texas US Sites: 1
Major Locations: Abilene, TX, Texas US Employees: 168
US Revenues: $276.7 million Worldwide Revenues: $276.7 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1981

Our employees were blessed to be able to volunteer at an orphanage in Aruba alongside our clients on our 2015 sales incentive trip.

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.

  • On-Site Clinic: Funeral Directors Life is committed to the health and well-being of our employees...mind, body, and soul. To further demonstrate our commitment to health, we established an on-site health clinic that serves our employees and their dependents on the company health plan. Our clinic employs a nurse practitioner who is available for standard care and as a health resource to our employees and their families. Our on-site clinic has helped reduce health care costs and increase our overall efficiency while also making life easier and more convenient for our employees. Now, rather than waiting for hours to see a doctor for 15 minutes, our employees have access to a dedicated health care professional who works with them to achieve their long-term goals for healthy living.
  • On-Site Fitness Center: Our state-of-the-art fitness center is accessible to employees and their families 24/7 and is equipped with weight machines, treadmills, free weights and fitness DVDs. In addition, we also offer fitness classes throughout the day such as Zumba, Body Pump, Yoga, Metabolic Burn and Spin. Our classes are led by employees who have been empowered to step up and step out into leadership roles. They are passionate about health and fitness and enjoy sharing their passion with others. We also have a Director of Wellness on staff who is available to lead classes and work with our employees one on one to help them achieve their personal health and fitness goals. Throughout the year, we also sponsor fun fitness contests to encourage employees on their journey.
  • Prayer Team: One of our most beloved programs is our Intercessory Prayer Team, made up of well over 50 employees who have made a commitment to pray for others as the need arises. Often, prayer requests come from policyholders who are facing difficult circumstances in life, friends and family members of our coworkers, and funeral professionals that we serve. The prayer team members also lead a 10-15-minute prayer group every morning that anyone is welcome to join. Employees are welcome to consult with our corporate chaplain for individual prayer needs or guidance.
  • Sabbaticals: Funeral Directors Life offers two-week Mini-Sabbaticals for rest, renewal, and the opportunity to give back, whether that be through a service project, mission trip, or volunteer work. Every seven years, we have established a 30-day paid Sabbatical. In 2017, our employees will have the opportunity to enjoy 30 consecutive days off to rest, gain perspective, and participate in a service project or mission project that they really believe in.
  • Employee Recognition: We love to recognize our top performing employees! Every year, we offer our employees the opportunity to recognize a fellow co-worker for going above and beyond with a Performance Plus Award. The awards are presented during our monthly employee luncheons where we meet regularly to fellowship and break bread together. Employees can either award two $50 awards or one $100 award for outstanding performance. Our employees also have the opportunity to win a fabulous all expenses paid trip to fun, exotic, and exciting destinations every year. In 2016, we took 60 home office employees and their guests on our sales incentive trip to Cancun. Our home office employees are evaluated and nominated by their supervisors based on work performance and adherence to our company's strategic objectives.
  • Mentorship Programs: Funeral Directors Life offers many opportunities for advancement in the workplace, including our Leadership Development Academy (LDA), Mentorship Program, and Apprenticeship Program. The LDA is an 18-month paid internship designed for promising young college graduates. All five of our LDA graduates have been offered leadership positions in our organization, including one executive position! The Mentorship Program is similar, but pairs a current employee with mentors who help the employee grow personally, professionally, and spiritually. In 2015, five employees participated in the Mentorship Program, and all five were offered new leadership roles within our organization. In addition, our Summer Apprenticeship Program in 2015 accepted seven college student workers during the summer. Out of seven participants, four were offered full-time positions after completion of the program.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: As a company, we believe it is more blessed to give than to receive. Every year, our employees raise funds and participate in a variety of local events, such as the Mudslinger Fun Run (supporting youth sports), the Relay for Life, the Heart Walk, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, just to name a few. We also host an annual baby shower and bake sale for a local pregnancy center and have packed and shipped dozens of gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Recently, we’ve helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity, jumped in a frozen lake to raise funds for the Children's Grief Connection in Minnesota, and were honored to participate in mission trips in Aruba and Cancun during our annual sales incentive trips.
  • Personal Development: Our employees love to learn and grow and develop personally and professionally every year. To further our goal to help our employees grow in mind, body, and soul, we offer voluntary book studies, which are like a book club. Employees meet at lunch time to share and discuss a thought-provoking book on topics such as personal development, spiritual life, parenting, financial peace, and much more. Funeral Directors Life provides every employee with a Kindle Fire and free books for book studies. 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.
  • Helpers of People Programs: 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. We also offer a special Dollars for Hours program that donates $10/hour to charitable organizations for volunteer time served by our employees. One of our newest programs allows employees to donate up to 8 hours of time off to other employees who have a family or medical need. In addition, we have assisted many employees who were in financial distress through our Helping Our People Excel (HOPE) fund. Our employees also enjoy fundraising and volunteering for local and national charities every year.
  • Outstanding Work Environment: Programs and perks are great, but what about everyday life? At Funeral Directors Life, we enjoy beautiful, newly remodeled work facilities, which feature open-concept work spaces that encourage camaraderie and private work areas available for 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

$32,333 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Clerical / Operations $105,912 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Sales
100% 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 $1,000 College Tuition Reimbursement

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account

PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

  • Free snacks during the day
  • Personal concierge service
  • Fitness classes
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free beverages during the day
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Banking
This fun bunch had a great time being helpers of people at our local Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

17 days Paid time off after one year of full-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

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

60 days Job-protected maternity leave30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
42 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
*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

  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

ONSITE HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Breast cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

80 hours Paid time off to volunteer $647,272 Philanthropic donations in last year
$22,340 Total company-matched employee donations in last year

Diversity

  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits

Executive Diversity

 
We had a blast competing in the 2nd annual company-wide mini-basketball tournament sponsored by our IT department.

Demographics

 
A few of us took on the challenge to jump into a freezing lake in Minnesota to raise funds for the Children's Grief Connection and Hearts of Home grief camps.

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 shares 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

12 Job openings forecast for coming year 7% Job Growth
16 Average applicants per opening 224 Applications received
39 Positions filled in past year 72% New hires by employee referrals
8 New positions created 8 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 6 New graduates hired
7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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