AXA Advisors

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AXA Advisors Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
316 Reviews
3.3
316 Reviews
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AXA Advisors Chairman and CEO Henri de Castries
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can make a lot of money if you are truly dedicated and passionate about the job (or about the money) (in 8 reviews)

  • Creating your own work schedule/ Flexible Hours (This is not a 8-5 job) (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • No base salary, heavy sales focus, no formal training (in 8 reviews)

  • I would suggest buying a book of business, starting from scratch can be daunting (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Just an ok experience thus far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some pro's to working with AXA. I would say a major pro for me is being able to offer all services as a financial advisor. They lean a little more towards insurance products but thats natural for a company like AXA that specializes in Life Insurance and Annuity products. Decent and competitive Life Insurance products, good annuities for the right situation.

    Cons

    Despite AXA having a good Life Insurance product lineup their underwriting department is absolutely horrendous. I have never dealt with such a disorganized and unprofessional department in all my life. Compensation with the all commission route is really not that competitive and great. When you compare what they pay you vs what an independent advisor gets paid ..it really doesn't fit the bill for your tiny cubicle and what not. Middle management can be greedy, have conflicts of interest on what you sell and some of them are totally inexperienced and dont know what they are are talking about half the time, really just depends on your luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the constant negative reinforcement to your FP's and FC's when they have a down period and are struggling with numbers. Really just takes the wind out of a lot of people's sails. Stop district managers from micromanaging and calling employees during off business time. Own mistakes when they are made rather than deflecting. Fix problems with the underwriting department immediately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not a very helpful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Professional Trainee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Professional Trainee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at AXA Advisors (less than an year)

    Pros

    The interview process was easy and the Vice President who interviewed was extremely nice.

    Cons

    There is poor structure and you are just left to do what ever you want. There does not seem to anyone keeping track of what you do, this is frustrating.

  3.  

    Tons of calling, 60+ hours per week necessary for new advisors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Miami, FL

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited earning potential, flexible schedule (get what you put in), growing need for the industry, "be your own boss"

    Cons

    Very long hours needed to succeed, hundreds of cold calls per week to get going in the position, no one is interested in what you do for a living, career carries a bad reputation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pushing new reps to sell friends and family first. No one benefits in the long run unless that advisor stays in the industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    3.5 Rating at Best -- Coming from a once dedicated worker and AXA advocate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Salary for the first few years of building your client base. Wonderful management support in Texas. Young group of workers with personalities that mesh well. Great culture overall. Great support team to help you get service work and paperwork completed efficiently. Only in office for maybe two days a week within the RBG group. Otherwise, out in the field prospecting new clients. Has been a wonderful experience and great start to career to gain industry experience and open up doors to new opportunities. Great sales experience. RBG is encouraged to meet new leads face to face rather than cold calling. Developed experience in financial planning that will help with personal future goals, savings and investments. Great company products across the board.

    Cons

    Have to be extremely dedicated because a lot of times the negatives outweigh the positives in the first 5 years. Have to be a hard worker to get where you want to be in your career and to succeed a lot quicker than most.

    They nickel and dime you from the time you contract on. At different increments in your career you start having to pay for new things: software, E&O insurance, state insurance licenses, continuing ed credits, FINRA service fees, and more. They also never give you a heads up when new items will start being deducted from your check, you are just shocked one day when another $100 comes out of your check per month. After two years, I now have $700 coming out of my check not including med benefits. This is fine as long as your market isnt saturated and you're consistently selling.

    After two years and several additional starting advisors come on board, you begin to feel a little bit like a number. Management support falls off a bit and they almost seem to want to help the new people succeed at that point rather than the veterans with experience but still havent made it to their 5th year yet (so they still need help).

    Dont even think about taking time off. When you take time off, you dont get paid. And if you're having trouble making ends meet anyway then theres no way you'll be able to eat the next month. (When you sell a product in one month, you dont get paid on it until the next month.) So if you like to spend time with your family, friends, or take trips better think twice about this position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be different contract options available that help with each person's different situation. May be beneficial to review contract relevance at each year end as well. Some may not be ready to force 100% commission after just two years in the business. In RBG, if advisor is working in a colder district, it may have taken them longer to get to a comfortable position to be able to jump onto 100% commission. So evaluations at each year end may be the best way to determine readiness.

    Bonuses are wonderful. However, during second year, you receive the 12 month bonus and then have to wait 12 more months to receive another bonus (instead of 6 months). A bonus every 6 months needs to be put into place, especially with how much in expenses the company takes out of our check in that second year, and with the second year being the hardest in the business...hence, "Sophomore Slump".

    Lastly, when an employee expresses a need, you better listen....or else you will find yourself without that employee. In my case, you would be losing a really hard worker, team asset, who just got tired of the politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AXA Advisors

    Pros

    Great training experience, good staff, fun environment

    Cons

    zero on the job experience

  7.  

    Inside AXA Advisors - Simple Overview

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant - Sales Force Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant - Sales Force Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Support, Good Managers. Great group of people!!!!! Everyone gets a fair shot at the prize and is treated equally. Management goes above and beyond to improve sales!

    Cons

    No guarantee you'll find the High-Net-Worth clients you'll need to have a Job. Long start-up, unless you have access to wealthy contacts. Very difficult for anyone in need of a livable salary for first 1-3 years; benefits of making great money should kick in by year 5, but you do starve in the beginning and you pay for everything yourself!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give management, as they've stated, "We know everything!"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    People are very happy and help each other.

    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of potential and a lot of freedom. Work hard and make a great living or just try to do it and flounder, it is your choice.

    Cons

    The public is very smart and savvy on how to avoid salespeople, you need to be very creative and genuine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Success depends entirely on you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Create your own schedule
    Control your success
    Flexibility
    Incredible earnings potential
    One of the few companies that will hire you even if you don't have a series 6 or 7 and will sponsor you for the test.

    Cons

    100% prospecting and sales oriented.
    Must have a large natural market and be willing to tap into that market or be willing to spend an extraordinary amount of time prospecting (cold calling, canvassing, networking).
    Can take a while before commissions start rolling in.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hit and Miss

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Phila, PA

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good product mix to offer customers and there are some decent advisors that are willing to partner with you knowing that it benefits them and the company.

    Cons

    Ultimately you are on an island. For all the talk of great training, reputation, and support you are expected to do the classic "hit up your family/friends/previous co-workers" to get business and then work on referrals. You will find that on the insurance side that there is a long time frame before you get paid. very frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some ownership with the people you bring in the company because the place is turnover-city. Brutal the way people work hard and nobody seems to care if they stay: stop parroting the company line and the formula for success when it really depends upon the partnership of senior advisors working with new people to get them through the first 2 years while they develop their own personal markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    As long as you are aware there is no job security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor

    I have been working at AXA Advisors as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good training and the ability to earn an excellent income with hard work. Flexibility in working hours although you will probably work far more hours than in a traditional job.

    Cons

    You are encouraged to believe that you are starting your own business, but the business is always theirs.
    Selling life insurance and annuities produces renewals that are supposed to be with you as long as the business is on the books and as long as you are vested. There is a small pension, but the allure of the insurance business is that your renewals will be your true pension. The contract you sign says that at some point the renewals become "service fees". Even if you are still servicing the clients and have your licence, you must still must produce new business or they will terminate you and you will lose all "service fees". that you have built up over the years and "your" clients will be given to other agents or retained by the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New business should not be required of a representative after an agent reaches 65 and signs retirement papers. . If the agent is compliant and servicing his business he should not be required to go out and hustle new business. Terminating these representatives, not allowing the client to be serviced by their trusted adviser and absorbing their hard earned fees is tantamount to stealing. I would say that you should find a firm that actually lets you keep your clients as long as you are vested and able to service their accounts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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