Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to run own business.

    Cons

    Lags behind in some of the technology that other companies offer.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great experience, not for me

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

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful, helpful co-workers. Want to see you succeed. Interested in your personal growth as well as professional growth. Learned a lot of life skills.

    Cons

    dog eat dog, sink or swim in the business. You get out of it what you put in. Need extremely tough skin, self discipline and organization.

    Advice to Management

    Have technologies available that allow employees to succeed.

  3. Great company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good (not great) benefit package including health, dental and optical insurance. 401k with match and cash value plan. If you don't mind the snow and cold. the greater Milwaukee area is a great place to live.

    Cons

    Great pension plan was replaced by cash value plan which was disappointing but understandable. It is difficult to find a mentor within the company; however, that is changing.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

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  5. Decent Place

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

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented and flexible hours. depending on the department people are great to be around.

    Cons

    Hard to have a career there starting young- they look at years you have worked and not what you are capable of
    hard to get promoted
    don't pay as well as other companies

    Advice to Management

    Take chances on the younger employees, don't just look at years of experience either when hiring.
    Sometimes people who don't perform or are tough to deal with need to either be fired or not have people reporting to them

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, learning environment, best mentors/trainers in the industry, unlimited income potential, mobility between firms.

    Cons

    High pressure for sales, the independence can be your downfall, if you are not comfortable with calling friends, family, and random people this is not for you, you need your own list to phone which is great, but can cause anxiety.

    Advice to Management

    Great management, keep it up!

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not a very satisfying internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - College Financial Representative in Manchester, NH
    Current Intern - College Financial Representative in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people are very friendly and do everything they can to help you. The compensation is $100 a week and then its all commissions, so if you do well you can make a lot of money.

    Cons

    They pretty much just want you to sign all your family and friends to life insurance policies and then don't expect you to make it full time. They essentially milk you dry and then you have no real leads on a real career for your future. I do not recommend this job unless you have a very slimy personality, because to be honest it takes a manipulative and shady individual to be truly successful in this career. Horrible benefits and when you convert full time it is 100% commission and a lot of people fail. Would not recommend this job to a friend

    Advice to Management

    Work on your benefits package, give a base salary to help people out, and enough with the greasy salesman approach, I felt like such a scumbag working here

  8. I enjoy the experience I have gained

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefits Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Benefits Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

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

    Pros

    Benefits, independence, team oriented, able to express my opinions, feel I am able to add to the job

    Cons

    Limitations with growth, senior management is closed minded. direct boss is extremely open minded, but upper management holds us back.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be more open minded. More open to women taking on leadership roles and being treated equal in the work place.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunity

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

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Uncapped commission, best if you have a warm market, training and development is very important. Best risk management products on the market and in the industry. FOLLOW THE SYSTEM!

    Cons

    Hard work. No free lunch here. Balance schedule underwriting etc

  10. The training was great, the support was not

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

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training, learn from experts

    Cons

    Bad follow up/follow through. Not connected enough with new reps

    Advice to Management

    Stay connected with new Advisors

  11. Don't do this job right out of college

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

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very challenging job that forced me to mature in a short amount of time. I was practically my own boss right out of college.

    Cons

    All commission! Horrible when you have just graduated with low bank account balance. Loans and bills don't care wait for you...

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