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Press release from Business Wire

Progressive Car Insurance to Hire 120 People in Austin by End of Year

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Employees enjoy flexible work schedules, fitness centers and a casual dress code</b> </p>

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Progressive Car Insurance to Hire 120 People in Austin by End of Year10:00 EDT Thursday, October 13, 2011 AUSTIN, Texas (Business Wire) -- Flexible work arrangements, including working from home and compressed work weeks; performance bonuses; a casual dress code; on-site medical facilities for employees and their families; and fitness centers are just some of the amenities that make Progressive car insurance a popular employer in the Austin area. Progressive plans to fill approximately 120 positions in sales, service, and claims at its Austin contact center by the end of December 2011. “People stay at Progressive because they are happy,” said Katie Koch, recruiting director at Progressive. “We provide employees with opportunities that make it easy to grow and succeed, and our culture offers them the flexibility to balance the demands of home and work. For example, more than 7,100 people took advantage of our health clinics in 2010 and nearly 20 percent of our employees have memberships to our on-site fitness centers.” Phone representatives will sell policies, answer customer questions, or help customers file claims after car accidents. The jobs require work experience in a customer service environment and a stable work history. All positions offer paid training. In addition, employees also receive medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits. Progressive employees also enjoy: aerobics, spinning and yoga classes; massages; quiet rooms for relaxation and meditation; a world-renowned contemporary art collection; potential bonuses based on company performance; parenting resources, such as a child-care subsidy and maternity services; and tuition assistance. To find out more about jobs at Progressive in Austin or to apply, visit http://jobs.progressive.com. About Progressive The 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 PRBrittany Senary, 440-395-7249bsenary1@progressive.com