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

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 187 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.16. It was published on Jul 10, 2018. 9505 Visitors

What Employees Say

Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
99%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
98%
 
Management is competent at running the business.
98%
 
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
98%
 
People care about each other here.
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 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: 175
US Revenues: $275.9 million Worldwide Revenues: $275.9 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1981

Together with our clients, sales professionals, and employees, we built a house for a family in the Dominican Republic in 2 1/2 days

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 fitness center that serves our employees and their families. Our fitness center is accessible to employees, spouses, and children over the age of 15, available 24/7 via fingerprint key entry. The fitness center is equipped with weight machines, treadmills, free weights, spin machines, and fitness DVDs. We also offer fitness classes during lunch and break times, such as Hammer & Chisel, Body Pump, ReFit, and Spin. Our classes are led by our Director of Wellness and volunteer employee instructors. We’ve held hugely successful challenges like the Live Fit Challenge, Hammer & Chisel 60-day Challenge, and New Year/New You to encourage employees on their health journey.
  • Onsite Nurse Practitioner: Our Onsite Wellness Clinic employs a nurse practitioner who provides standard care and treatment, health consultations, annual physicals, vaccines, and much more. Each employee is encouraged to create a personal Health Action Plan every year that lays out personal goals for health, fitness, diet, rest, and stress management. Having a nurse practitioner onsite has reduced time spent away from work in waiting rooms, which our employees appreciate.
  • Benefits & Bonuses: Employees receive 100% company-paid health coverage with wellness program participation, 401(k) contribution matching at 50% (up to $5,000 annually), educational assistance at $1,000 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 Group/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 policyholders who are facing difficult circumstances in life. “I asked one woman who was going through a difficult time if we could add her to our prayer list," said an employee. "She was so grateful, and it opened up a conversation that blessed me even more than I blessed her." 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.
  • Sabbaticals: Every seven years, we have established a 30-day paid Sabbatical. In 2017, 130 of our employees (both in-house and sales staff) chose 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.
  • Luxury Incentive Trips: 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 and are allowed to bring a guest on the trip. In 2018, we had 23 Home Office employees qualify for our trip to the Dominican Republic! While in the Dominican, 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 2 1/2 days, which was the highlight of the trip for most.
  • Leadership Programs & Advancement Opportunities: 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. Mentorship Program participants often find new leadership roles in the company after completion. For college students, we offer our Summer Apprenticeship Program and internships that provide leadership training and guidance. Many Apprentices and interns go on to become vital, full-time members of our team.
  • Fun Company Parties and 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. At the end of every year, we also hold a company-wide meeting, a half-day motivational event that focuses on well-being for mind, body, and soul. We begin the morning with a company-wide workout session, followed up with motivational speakers, panel discussions, and table discussions. We also host two annual company parties -- the DIG GIG and the End-of-Year Party. At this year's DIG GIG, we gathered for an informal mixer where employees were able to enjoy live music and socialize--it was a big hit!
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Through the Helpers of People Program, Funeral Directors Life will match up to $1,000 in charitable contributions per year per employee (up to a total of $25,000). In addition, the company will donate $10/hour to charitable organizations for volunteer time served by our employees. This year, two employees organized a new program called "Simply Hands and Feet" that organizes weekend service projects to benefit other employees. For example, employees recently spent a Saturday painting a fellow employee's house. Many others volunteer for local and national charities like the Mudslinger Fun Run (supporting youth sports), the Relay for Life, Heart Walk, Meals on Wheels, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, our local pregnancy resources center, Habitat for Humanity, the Children's Grief Connection in Minnesota, and many more.
  • Personal Development: Our employees love to participate in voluntary book studies, 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. In the last year, we have done book studies on Losing Control and Liking It by Tim Sanford, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell, Know Your Why by Ken Costa, Pigeon Religion by Dr. R.T Kendall, and Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. 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.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

$34,669 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Clerical / Operations $101,631 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
$999 Average Tuition Reimbursement

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
Our Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer Flores, is available to provide health care to employees at our onsite clinic

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 (4% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks
  • 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 Workspace, Ergonomic Work Stations, Work Cafe, Free Fresh Fruit, 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)
30 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)
*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)

Community and Environmental Impact

80 hours Paid time off to volunteer $964,819 Philanthropic donations in last year
$27,321 Total company-matched employee donations in last year Yes Recycling program

Leadership Diversity

 

Workforce Diversity

 
Our open concept offices are bright, cheerful, and inviting

DEMOGRAPHICS

 
Our company softball team poses before a game in the city league.

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 as well as videos that feature our employees and highlight what they have to say about working for Funeral Directors Life. We have also 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

39 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 4% Job Growth
8 Average applicants per opening 300 Total job applicants
18% New hires by employee referrals 20% Openings filled by current employees
9 Recent graduates hired 9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
17% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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