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Press release from Business Wire

Progressive to Hire More Than 100 People in Austin by End of September

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Auto insurance group hiring customer service, sales and claims phone reps</b> </p>

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Progressive to Hire More Than 100 People in Austin by End of September06:00 EDT Wednesday, August 03, 2011 AUSTIN, Texas (Business Wire) -- Outgoing people looking for a rewarding career should consider Progressive car insurance, named one of the Austin area's Top Workplaces by the Austin American-Statesman. Progressive, the fourth largest auto insurance group in the country, is looking to fill 101 new positions in sales, service, and claims at its Austin contact center by the end of September. In May, Progressive announced it was hiring 65 phone representatives in Austin. New hires will sell policies, answer customer questions, and help customers file claims after car accidents. Many open positions call for bilingual reps fluent in both English and Spanish. Jobs require a minimum of two years' post-secondary education or two years' work experience in a customer-service environment. “We are looking for energetic, customer-focused people who are passionate about finding new ways to solve problems and to meet and exceed our customers' needs,” said John Hoppes, national recruiting director at Progressive. “In return, we offer a culture that embraces innovation, diversity and risk taking, as well as perks like flexible schedules, a business-casual dress code, and an on-site fitness center.” All positions offer paid training, which can be particularly appealing to candidates looking to begin new careers as licensed insurance representatives. Some positions offer flexible scheduling options, such as the opportunity to work four, 10-hour days with three days off instead of a typical five-day work week. In addition to medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, Progressive employees also enjoy: potential bonuses based on company performance; an on-site health services facility and fitness center; parenting resources, such as a child-care subsidy and maternity services; tuition assistance; and a casual dress code. To find out more about jobs at Progressive in Austin or to apply, visit http://jobs.progressive.com. About ProgressiveThe Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy, and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach us whenever, wherever, and however it's most convenient for them—online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent. Progressive offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and homes. It's the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance, and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au. Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price, the Snapshot Discount, and a concierge level of claims service. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at (NYSE:PGR). Progressive PRLeah Knapp, 440-395-9928leah_knapp@progressive.com