AUBG Job Fair Series: AIG
In the time leading up to the 26th Job Fair at AUBG, we will introduce you to some of the biggest companies to come to campus April 3. AIG is a global insurance company with operations in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions. A leading employer in Bulgaria and the region, the company shares what makes them a unique place for professional growth.
With roots that trace back to 1919, AIG is a global insurance company with operations in more than 80 countries and 54 000 employees. Our story began in China when American Cornelius Vander Starr started an insurance agency in Shanghai. With every new market and culture we explored, we deepened our understanding of risk and helped create innovative ways to deliver value to our clients. Today, based in New York, AIG is established as a multinational market leader. We provide a range of insurance products to support our clients in business and in life: general property and casualty, life insurance, retirement, and financial services.
AIG in Bulgaria
AIG is the first foreign insurer in Bulgaria which entered the market of life insurance 22 years ago, providing services mainly to corporate clients, but also individual products for private customers. In the autumn of 2013, the company started building a strategic center in Sofia (Sofia Center of Excellence) whose main focus is on supporting the operations of its European business units, as well as optimizing and improving the existing processes. Currently, we are a team of nearly 500 people, supporting our consumer and business clients from more than 10 countries in Europe in 4 main business functions: Claims and Claims Operations, Policy Servicing, Travel Guard, and Multinational. Our culture promotes operational excellence and expertise, process improvement, knowledge sharing, integrity, and engagement.
What AIG can offer
In addition to doing what is right for our clients, we are also committed to doing the right thing for our people and the communities where we work. In Sofia, we have managed to establish AIG as an employer of choice by creating a friendly, yet professional environment, where people are truly valued. We strive to offer our employees training opportunities and let them participate in development programs so they can grow both professionally and personally. Last year we received an award in "Employer of the year" national contest for our Career Development Framework – a program targeted at creating a personalized professional development plan for each employee.
We highly value work-life balance and make sure to promote it within Sofia Center of Excellence. Each employee is provided with the opportunity to work from home at least two days every month. We organize regular team buildings, family-friendly gatherings, sports events, and themed parties in the office.
At AIG, we also encourage our employees to give back. We provide Volunteer Time Off to our global workforce, allowing our people to provide hands-on support to the causes they care about most.
What we are looking for
When choosing the right people to join the AIG family, we are not looking for specific previous experience in the field of insurance. More than 50 percent of the new starters in the company are actually fresh graduates, and for some of them, AIG is the first job. For us, the successful candidate is someone who possesses the competencies which would let them learn and grow with us and turn into true insurance professionals. We are looking for problem-solving oriented mindset, analytical thinking, willingness to learn, and ability to work well in a team. Proof of our commitment to developing our employees is the fact that most of the current managers in the center have started on entry-level positions and have grown internally.
If you want to meet us, please come and say “Hi” at the AUBG Job and Internship Fair!
This article is published in partnership with AIG, a gold sponsor of the 26th Annual Job and Internship Fair at the American University in Bulgaria.