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Our success goes hand-in-hand with having a strong culture.

Our philosophy is simple yet effective: people who like what they do, do it better.

Our culture is honest, open and wholeheartedly focused on four key areas: Communication, Equality, Reward & Recognition, and Fun.

The Four Pillars

These pillars set out the experience of everyone who works here.

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Communication

We are extremely proud of our open and honest two-way communication. We ensure that everyone has the opportunity to voice their ideas and know that they’ll be heard. Our flat structure and open-floor plans allow fast and efficient communication flow at all levels.

Equality

Our inclusive, open-minded and respectful environment ensures that we support employees in achieving their career goals. You’ll be seen as an individual; valued and recognised for who and what you are – an amazing employee and an asset to our company.

Reward &
Recognition

It is extremely important to us that we praise our employees for doing a good job – we give constant feedback and say ‘thank you’, day in, day out. We show appreciation through a variety of financial and non-financial rewards; from bonuses and shares, to a thoughtful email, a shop gift card, and more!

Fun

Our philosophy is ‘people who like what they do, do it better’. Having fun and spending time with colleagues is encouraged; it makes life more enjoyable. There are many ways in which we foster fun, from team outings and competitions to Christmas and summer parties. Our Ministry of Fun ensures fun for all!

We are proud of our diverse working culture – it’s what makes us Admiral!   If you’re looking for a workplace where you can just be yourself, you’re in the right place!

Diversity & Inclusion

As a part of our ongoing commitments to our employees, we are devoted to providing a working environment that promotes diversity and equal opportunity and where there is mutual trust, respect for human rights and no discrimination.

We are very proud to be a diverse workplace and of all the fantastic work of our Diversity and Inclusion forum (a group set up to address positive change). In 2019 we set up six working groups, as part of the Diversity and Inclusion forum to ensure Admiral remains a safe, inclusive and diverse place to work.


Gender

We are proud to observe a near equal representation of men and women across the whole business and a board which is almost 40% female.

In 2018, we reported a median gender pay gap of 3.6% and a mean gender pay gap of 12.8%.

Ethnicity

There are people from 53 different nationalities working in our UK offices.  We are committed to ensuring race or religion does not act as a barrier to entry, nor a barrier to progression.  

There are 17 different religious or belief systems followed by staff at Admiral.  


Sexuality

We want everyone to be able to be themselves here.  9.35% of our employees identify as LGB+, 0.1% employees identify as non-binary/gender neutral and a further 0.1% identify as trans. 

In our annual staff survey, 97% of employees felt they were treated fairly regardless of their sexual orientation.

Disability 
We believe that disability is not a barrier to success within the company, including progression into other roles.  Just under 3% of employees consider themselves to have a disability or long-term condition.

We have a Disability Confident Status and are currently working towards a Disability Leader Status.


Social Mobility
The Social Mobility work-stream aims to highlight any barriers which disadvantages staff from particular social backgrounds, to remove these barriers where possible, and provide these employees with the tools to fulfil their potential.  

Also, for our entry level roles, we do not ask for any minimum educational achievement.  


Age 
Age is not a barrier at Admiral, where our employees range from 16 – 73.  We also realise that at different points in your life you may need extra support.  We offer paid time off for anyone over 50 for breast and prostate cancer screening, and the same for anyone who has a cervical smear test appointment at any age. In addition to this we also have a ‘care for dependants’ policy, where you might need some longer time off to care for older members of your family.
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Graduate careers: Omar's story

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Meet Omar who started on our Analysts Graduate Programme in February 2020. Here he tells us about his journey so far and his hopes for the future at Admiral.  What were you looking for during your job search? I studied Natural Sciences at university, and despite focusing on life sciences for the bulk of my degree. I found myself enjoying my maths and computing modules the most and so I decided I wanted to focus on that after uni. Why did you choose the Data Analyst Grad Programme? I found that Admiral were one of the only places offering a dedicated analyst grad programme which was accessible to someone with my background (having not studied Maths, Physics, Computer Science etc.) Being able to dive straight into what I was interested in was a big pull for me.   How did you find the recruitment process? It sounds very cliché, but I really enjoyed the recruitment process. The written application was longer than what I was expecting and used to, but that was in place of any psychometric testing, so as a result I was able to send off my application, confident that it was an actual representation of who I was! Similarly, during both my interviews, I felt like the interviewers were interested in me as a person more so over any qualifications or specific knowledge. They weren’t trying to catch me out at all, so I felt comfortable to speak honestly during questions, openly saying when I didn’t know or couldn’t figure out what was being asked. What does your day-to-day at Admiral look like? I’m going into my penultimate month in my placement now with Acquisitions MI, one of the main data providing departments. Our main reporting tools here are SQL, Excel, VBA, and MicroStrategy and throughout the placement I’ve had a chance to learn all of them. Now I have a lot of flexibility in picking up jobs which focus on what I want to develop further. One thing that really surprised me about Data Analysis is the element of design that came with it. I honestly thought that the roles would be exclusively processing numbers (which there definitely is!) but a big aspect of my role is thinking about how the data is presented. I’m not much of an artist, and I found this hard at the start, but now I sometimes find myself doodling little sketches of dashboards or brainstorming potential design ideas. I like to break up the day with little pockets of doing something different when I can, usually it’s reading whatever book I’ve got from the Buy a Book Scheme during lunch, or sometimes a bit more of a structured training put on by the Admiral Academy or my department. What skills have you found most useful at Admiral? Communication! I’ve found it really important to be quick and transparent with your communication. If your work is going to take a week or two longer for example, a quick email explaining the situation goes a long way! I’ve never been met with anything but appreciation for the honesty.  Do you see yourself working for Admiral long-term? Absolutely! One thing that excites me the most about talking to more senior members of the company is the variety of the careers they’ve built. I’m looking forward to building my journey here. What would you say to someone sceptical of working for an insurance company? When I first joined Admiral, I had a very rudimentary understanding of what an insurance company actually does; but very quickly I began to learn about the differing roles in the company and how it all fits together. One of the most exciting things for me about the grad programme is the fact we take placements in 3-4 very different roles and get to spend a lot of time getting to grips with each one to find a niche that we enjoy and are interested in. Is there anything you would recommend to someone applying for the data analyst grad programme? When I first applied to the programme, I was apprehensive about the size of Admiral and worried that my work wouldn’t contribute much to the company. It quickly became apparent that this wasn’t the case, almost immediately after I joined my department I was able to start having a meaningful impact to work we do here and quickly built up a relatively high experience in some of the software we use. Now I’d say that the size of the company is a huge factor in the enjoyment I get from the work I do, giving you access to data and the ability to find trends and insights you probably wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. 

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Admiral Travel Insurance - From inception, through COVID-19 and beyond.

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Cosmin (INSEAD 2012) joined Admiral as an International Pricing Manager on our SPARK Leadership Program in 2012. He has had a unique journey which led him to start up and now lead the Travel Insurance department. We caught up with Cosmin to find out more about his experience. How did you end up launching travel insurance?My pricing experience gave me the confidence to know how to do something well, but I was looking for something a little bit broader to apply that knowledge to. That is what made me look at wider business opportunities and there was a good case for creating a travel insurance product. If you look at the travel market in terms of volumes, it's relatively small compared to motor or household, but if you look at the number of people buying it, it's around 35 million and there’s an interesting overlap in terms of profiles between our household book and potential travel book. This means that travel brings you a flow of new customers. We also had confidence in the claims data and wider research we had done. Travel insurance was the most popular product that people expressed an interest in buying from Admiral. Finally, I felt there was a lot of room to disrupt this market and challenge the status quo, which made it a really exciting challenge.How has COVID-19 impacted our travel insurance product?Our IT system is quite different from what you see in the market giving us a fantastic agility to adapt to changes. In the case of Covid-19, there were a few nerves in the beginning, but we addressed them as a team. We always think about the opportunities of any situation and take on the challenges as a team. After all, we are an insurance company, so we do know a little bit about risk! We need to look at what’s happening with Covid-19 from the right perspective – this is likely a one-off event that nobody has any control over that won’t happen again for another hundred years. Covid-19 won’t make travel less attractive in the long run and it increases the awareness around the need for a good travel insurance product. In the UK, there is already a higher demand for travel insurance and customers want a good product. We have already made changes to make it better, including giving people more flexibility with regard to cancellation. It allows people to cancel without any kind of penalty and covers them for Covid-19 related medical emergencies while abroad.The customer is always at the centre of what we do at Admiral. We have always adapted to change and disrupted the market - ever since our humble beginnings in 1993 - and that is what we will continue to do. I’m excited to see what the future brings!You can find out more about the journeys our MBAs have taken here or read more about our MBA Leadership Programs. Alternatively, follow our MBA Leadership page on Linkedin.

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