Employee Insights

Employee Insights: Meet Michael Painter, Allianz Life

by Michael Painter - August 18th, 2015

Sometimes you need to ask for help. And what is amazing here is that you can ask anyone! Everybody is willing to help you out if they can; it’s just part of the culture which I have really come to appreciate.

Allianz-Photo of Michael Painter at the office

Much More than a Summer Job

Walking through the Allianz front doors on June 1st to begin my internship I knew I was about to start a new job, but what I didn’t realize was that I was about to start a whole new chapter in my life.

On the first day I was totally immersed in the culture of Allianz learning about the brand, the motto, the values of the company and everything else that goes along with it. I was astounded by the care and respect for the customer and each other all throughout the company, from upper management all the way down. How could I NOT want to work for this company?! By the end, I was totally ready to make my contribution to this amazing culture and sail through this “blue sky of opportunity”. This all sounds really nice, but how would this play out in the day to day work?

Showing up the next day, I still didn’t know what to expect. What would I do all day? Would I really be doing something meaningful? When I got there I was immediately I was thrown into a project. There was no getting coffee for the managers, no filing papers, this was analysis that my team needed and it was up to me to do it. That’s meaningful work if there ever was!

I have to say it was a little overwhelming at first. In school I always had the answers, but here I didn’t have a clue how to do most of the projects in the beginning. Needless to say this was a big adjustment, but one of the most important things that I have learned from this internship is that it is okay not have all the answers.

Allianz- Photo of Michael talking to colleagues

They do everything they can so that you can learn something and be successful. And they want you to be successful not just an employee, but also as a person.

There is so much emphasis on volunteering and building community that is about so much more than doing your job well. The people here even go beyond just helping you out when you need it. Everyone truly cares for you and wants you to have a great experience, from your manager all the way up to the executives.

What do you like most about your job?

Sometimes you need to ask for help. And what is amazing here is that you can ask anyone! Everybody is willing to help you out if they can; it’s just part of the culture which I have really come to appreciate.

Allianz-Photo of Michael talking to colleagues

This experience has given me my first glimpse into the “real world”. It has been the first step to bridging the gap between my education and the rest of my life, and through it I’ve learned many valuable lessons that will stay with me forever. Beyond the day to day work, I have also made so many memories that will last a lifetime. From playing Spikeball with my manager, to eating ice cream with the Chief Actuary, to volunteering at Junior Achievement, this internship goes far beyond a summer job. And it’s only half over! Who knows what will be in store for me in the next 5 weeks?

Written by Michael Painter

Michael is currently an intern at the Actuarial departmeWalking through the Allianz front doors on June 1st to begin my internship I knew I was about to start a new job, but what I didn’t realize was that I was about to start a whole new chapter in my life.nt, Product Development, Allianz Life. He is a Junior double majoring in Actuarial Science and Math at the University of St. Thomas. Michael enjoys reading, playing volleyball and doing things outdoors (camping, hiking, fishing etc.) in his free time.

Michael Painter

Intern at the Actuarial department

Michael is currently an intern at the Actuarial department, Product Development, Allianz Life. He is a Junior double majoring in Actuarial Science and Math at the University of St. Thomas. Michael enjoys reading, playing volleyball and doing things outdoors (camping, hiking, fishing etc.) in his free time.

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