AXA Advisors Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
298 Reviews
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298 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)

  • Salary, plus commissions flexible schedule and the opportunity to meet different people everyday (in 13 reviews)


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

  • And its commission based salaries for the most part so good luck building up that book of business to gain a decent earnings (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great Place to Build a Career

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

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial business model allows me to serve my client's best interests and grow my practice. AXA provides a platform for advisors to give feedback to senior management. The company also invests heavily to make us leaders in a digital environment.

    Cons

    Like any entrepreneurial business, the career requires a lot of hard work and can frustrate those who are not willing to commit the effort needed to create a successful practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in digital and technology so we can remain leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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.

  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you don't want to sell insurance, you're going to have a bad time!

    • 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

    DISCLAIMER: this review constitutes only my OPINION

    *Great place to start your career, and they're willing to hire almost anyone (even without your licenses)
    *Will help you get your licenses if you don't have them
    *Great position title if you want to switch jobs later on
    *Flexible work schedule. You work when you want to, but with that said, expect to work long hours if you want to succeed.
    *If you're self motivated, you will do not badly.
    *If you're self motivated, charismatic, and good looking, that is when you will make money.
    *Great coworkers (not including the managers-- see cons section)-- everyone understands the stress and frustrations of working with fickle clients. They will stand by you and help you as much as they can.
    *If you have a good manager, you will probably have a better time. That said, your chances of getting a good manager are pretty slim
    *You do make good money if you're good at what you do.
    *pretty good training: they teach you a lot if you have the time to sit in on all of the meetings
    *good benefits- commissions pay out at pretty high rates
    *our life insurance products are not bad in my opinion
    *Senior Executive Vice President was an amazing leader; I only wish the district managers were the same.

    Cons

    DISCLAIMER: this review constitutes only my OPINION
    ALSO: this is not a vindictive reaction to being fired; I have successfully hit quota thus far and expect to continue to do so in the future.
    NOW, WHERE TO BEGIN?

    *high turnover-- in my time there, I have seen too many people come and go. Because they hire everyone, most people are not actually fit for the job. Chances are you are not fit in the long term either (~90% industry attrition rate)
    *middle management is largely HORRENDOUS; they're driven by greed, which is understandable since this is a sales job at the end of the day, but they don't help you much
    *they bait you with success stories that have you chasing the dream that you are THE one to make it big, but one day the sobering reality will hit that you are probably not the one that will make the big bucks
    *they, in my opinion, bait and switch you (which ironically is an unethical action in the industry)
    Example 1- I was told I would be working in wealth management (which is not completely untrue), but if you want to hit quota, you usually begin by selling insurance (was not told this)
    Example 2- promise of two options when joining the company: option 1 included a salary, option 2 included no salary but larger commissions. When you finish your probation period, option 1 sometimes magically disappears.
    *our annuity products, in my opinion, are not the most competitive in the industry
    Elaboration- products look good on paper, but- in practice- are so-so. Most successful advisors don't sell AXA products (so I've heard)
    *forced to sell before you completely understand the product
    Example 1- sold my family members multiple products that were probably not the best options for them (partner may or may not be motivated by greed/quota pressures e.g. managers)

    The list could go on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DISCLAIMER: this review constitutes only my OPINION

    My Senior Executive Vice President was an excellent fellow. If only he saw what the managers were like. They're greedy, pushy, and don't care to help. If you're wondering why AXA Advisors has so many bad reviews, look at your middle management. Something is obviously wrong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad experience waste of time

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

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

    Pros

    Big company. Not many pros unfortunately. Great location.

    Cons

    many false promises to get you in. Didnt deliver promises. Left you alone to do business like independent not office support as promised. Push there products not real full service and brokerage as claimed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new manager. Get new life in the office. Do you really want to grow with new people? or just numbers game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome if your district and branch managers are good

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

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time

    Pros

    -This is going to depend entirely on which branch you're based out of but the leadership is friendly and there are always people looking to help anyone who's new.
    -Lot's of flexibility with hours and time off
    -Eat what you kill (commission; "pro" if you're good)
    -Unlimited earning potential

    Cons

    -Not a 40 hours a week/9-5 job. If you want to survive, you'll work at least 50 every week.
    -Eat what you kill (commission)
    -Lots of "no", you have to have thick skin
    -High rate of attrition (same as anyone in the business)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Take Initiative

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

    I have been working at AXA Advisors as an intern

    Pros

    Great people to work with and it's a nice balance between professionalism and having fun. As an intern you aren't disrespected and you can become part of the team if you want to be. Do your work, don't complain and they'll appreciate you, the work isn't too complicated. You can attend client meetings as well, but you have to ask-again take initiative. They are very lax with students and you can rearrange your schedule, they don't mind if you take a day off or two for tests or other things.

    Cons

    There isn't really much formal training so you have to quickly pick up things yourself and take initiative to learn. Also the internship isn't really on a track for a financial advisor role, I look at it more as a way to potentially get hired or make connections. Again if you want to learn things about being an advisor you have to take initiative and ask A LOT of questions.
    If you aren't into learning or selling insurance, this isn't the right place to learn about other investment services. Yes they do money management and other things, but it is very limited and again you to have actively search for someone who actually does those things and work with them.
    Sometimes it's hard to look at your day and say "wow I just gained an invaluable amount of knowledge", but then again you are just an intern.. This goes back to the grooming aspect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with interns to grow them into the advisors you want them to be. It's almost like you're expecting them to leave, when you should be courting them to stay. There are may areas for improvement that the branch can take:
    -utilize intern to make you more money, phone calls, scheduling reviews, gathering client information
    -Stress how much money you can make from a given client or case
    -Make them smarter and more knowledgeable than when they walked in by providing classes/presentations specifically for interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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