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Originally founded in 1931 as part of Sears, Roebuck and Co., Allstate became the largest publicly traded insurance company in the United States (NYSE: ALL) in 1993. Well known for its "You're in Good Hands" slogan, it became independent of Sears in June of 1995. Now headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, Allstate offers thirteen lines of insurance coverage, which include home, condominium, rental, life and auto. Allstate car insurance offers a comprehensive overview of their policies, such as discounts, coverage options by state, limits and deductibles, and customer testimonials. Allstate car insurance also offers packages with varying premiums and benefits, from their value package to their platinum package. Additionally, Allstate offers an array of Customer Care options for the convenience of its policyholders, which includes online registration, an option for reporting and tracking claims, and online account management and bill payment.
Allstate has developed user-friendly tools over the years to make finding an agent or selecting and tailoring a policy easier. For example, with Allstate car insurance, a policy seeker can go online and take advantage of Allstate's Interactive Guide to Car Insurance, in which the user can take advantage of Allstate's Bumper-to-Bumper Basics to assist in selecting a policy. In February 2009, Allstate initiated a Careers at Allstate social network fan page in an effort to increase the company's exposure to a new generation of young and emerging professionals. Allstate's social network page Employee and Intern Spotlight introduces the web site's visitors to actual employees of Allstate, who share information such as job title, stories, their history with the company, as well as whatever personal information the employee may have chosen.
In the late 1930's, Allstate was the first car insurance company to develop a rating classification system that gave better rates to safe drivers. In the 1950's, it opened its first drive-in claim office, which was the first of its kind. In the 1960's, Allstate played a part in convincing the government to make seat belt use mandatory. In the 1970's and 80's, Allstate played a roll in advocating airbag safety. Allstate set up the Allstate Foundation in an effort to establish community based programs, which includes the Teen Safe Driving program and the Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors.
To name only a few of its awards and recognitions, Allstate ranked #5 in Fortune magazine's America's Most Admired Companies in the Property and Casualty Industry in 2007, was rated among the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother magazine as a Hall of Fame Inductee (1990, 1992-2008) and Top 100 in Global 2000 Companies by Forbes magazine (2006, 2007).