Allstate Megastar: Anurag Saxena

Allstate Megastar: Anurag Saxena.

Product Manager, ASPL

A belief that has shaped my life's trajectory is that 'sometimes you have to keep moving to hold your fort and not get washed away by the overbearing wave of opinions'.

After completing my engineering from Kurukshetra University, Haryana, I aced the placement interviews and got placed at an esteemed MNC. It was exciting but I wanted to do more, be more, and go beyond.

Ideation and experimentation has always been a part of my DNA, and when I learnt that there were opportunities to work with Allstate, I let my innovative instincts decide where I want to be. What attracted me the most was the fact that Allstate has been around for almost a century, and as one of the largest US Insurers, it was clear to me that my role in technology will be engaging.

Allstate has operations, technology and analytics teams in two of India's leading cities – Bangalore and Pune. I joined Allstate in Bangalore in 2014 and quickly came to speed working on technology solutions for the protection business.

Being a Product Owner within the Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence with exposure to Robotics Process Automation not just sharpened my technology skills but also gave a boost to my domain acumen. Some of the things I have been able to achieve here were clearly not possible anywhere else, such as attending the NASSCOM GCC event in 2018 with the top leadership team and leading a Startup Challenge for all employees.

Life at Allstate has something new to offer every day. And the fact that our leaders are accessible and they encourage people to pursue their interests and hobbies, strengthens my belief in the company's focus on long-term growth and a shared purpose. Therefore, it doesn't come as a surprise that Allstate has won several industry awards, including the one for learning and development practices through the use of social media and employee engagement.

Allstate is truly a 'Great Place To Work' because the depth of activities touch and motivate each and every member of the team. The past 5 years spent at Allstate has allowed me to live life to the fullest. It feels great to be recognized for good quality work and Allstate has an amazing rewards and recognition program that culminates into a memorable trip called 'Reach For The Stars'. We have a plethora of culture building events and activities, including our own music band and cricket and football teams.

My mind is always buzzing with quirky ideas and seeking inspiration to do something new. So my view on "keep moving to hold your fort" has translated into something far more meaningful at Allstate. I have started to see it as holistic growth in everything I do, from being a member of our internal consulting group to working with the India Innovation team and mastering the art of solving the mystery of the infamous Rubik's Cube in less than 5 minutes to riding 650km on my bike, from Bengaluru to Dhanushkodi, in one day.

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