Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.6 1,253 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske

John E. Schlifske

(194 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are one of the few that make it (5%), there is unlimited income potential (in 54 reviews)

  • Unlimited earning potential, full autonomy with work (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Will have to sell life insurance to friends and family which could be awkward for some (in 107 reviews)

  • No base salary, commission based work is one of challenge for me (in 40 reviews)

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    "Great, supportive company for those interested in building their own financial/insurance practice"

    Associate Financial Representative (Former Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsIf you are interested in building a business in the insurance field, this is an amazing company. You get total flexibility and have lots of support from your local and national offices. There are weekly coaching classes, lots of educational opportunities and the Carolina Condrey Group has an amazing office with lots of supportive reps there willing to take time to coach.

    ConsYou need to be seriously committed to put in some hard work or all the perks won't be there for you. It's a very sales driven environment, if you're not willing to cold call, this is not the place for you. While they place cold-calling at the bottom of your list, they encourage much more efficient sales tactics initially, it's still something to consider.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Northwestern Mutual committed to their clients

    Associate Financial Representative (Former Employee) Downers Grove, IL

    ProsCompany values are excellent and always try to do what is best for the client.

    ConsIf a field employee, perks are up to the rep, none for the most part, just a paycheck.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeach your Reps to manage their employees not just selling the product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Best culture there is

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIntegrity, sales philosophy, and mutuality

    ConsCommissioned career is hard for a lot of people

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing a great job and investing in new tech

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    Associate Financial Representative (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsReal World Sales Experience. It is pretty structured so you know what you are getting yourself into. Part learning product part cold calling.

    ConsPersonally, I got thrown in a room and was told to dial. I don't know if that is the usual but many people are adverse to it. It is 100% a sales job do not be fooled by fancy graphs and sophisticated products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSalary for people who are just starting out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, Great Experience, Uncomfortable Approach

    Financial Representative Intern (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe company environment is absolutely awesome. The whole office is friendly and approachable. You work closely with a mentor that basically shows you the ropes of the business. Even as an intern, you get treated like you're a full time employee already a part of the company.

    ConsIn terms of work progress, it is either a hit or miss. If you have many connections you dont mind asking to meet with to talk about their finances/goals, then the job may be for you. If you have a hard time approaching your connections to talk about such a matter, it may be difficult to make sales.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Collaborative Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsGreat people, everyone is very helpful. You can call up a perfect stranger and they will help. Excellent benefits. People in the home office still have a pension which is almost unheard of. Very good work life balance.

    ConsConsensus driven organization. Until everyone agrees you don't move forward. Also very old school in use of technology. Meetings are still held face to face and working from home happens rarely depending on the department you are in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should do what it takes to keep good workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great product, great training, behind the times technologically

    Associate Financial Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat product to believe in, work for individual representatives who are flexible. NM cares for their clients and the good reps are great to work for. If the rep really cares, it makes helping the clients easy.

    ConsTechnology is behind the times, and they are working hard to catch up. Dealing with clients who expect everything to be digital, mobile, downloadable can be difficult when the company isn't quite there yet.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company with a lot of room to grow

    College Financial Representative (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsYou will learn a lot on the job and through materials given to you at the start of the position.

    ConsCompeting with many colleagues and cold calling friends/family.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This is hard work, man!

    Financial Representative (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe energy in the office is electric. If you come in through the internship the mentoring is top notch and give you the knowledge to succeed.

    ConsNo leads. Ever. All on your own.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement does a fantastic job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great training, friendly management, tough career.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible Schedule. Great Experience for learning how to interact with others and network. A great first place to work!

    ConsThis business is referral based. You have to be willing to get up after being put down.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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