Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
1,504 Reviews
3.7
1,504 Reviews
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Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Unlimited income potential, office culture, ten week program (test drive the industry) (in 56 reviews)

  • Unlimited earning potential, full autonomy with work (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • Will have to sell life insurance to friends and family which could be awkward for some (in 119 reviews)

  • There is no base salary so getting started is very difficult (in 46 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Northwestern is an amazing company and is a perfect opportunity for the right person

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company culture is very ethical and welcoming to new members, annual meeting is a blast, if you follow the system provided - you will succeed. Uncapped earning potential, excellent training, complete control of your entire schedule with the exception of mandatory morning training meetings.

    Cons

    100% commission, a lot of work for no pay if prospect does not buy, hard-selling environment, depending on how you manage your schedule - could be a significant amount of travel time to get from appointment to appointment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    excellent job, maybe offer expense allowance to those who hit awards in their first year, allow members to obtain 6 & 63 much earlier than 6months in, consider more team building exercises

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great! Sells sells! You must dial the phone and create your own prospects.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Make your own schedule. Great balance of work/life

    Cons

    A little stressful but you have a great foundation you will do will in the business. It's a lot of fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best place to work in MKE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Awesome free lunch that offers the opportunity to network with people from all over the organization, tons of groups to join, co-workers are always friendly and wiling to help you

    Cons

    Somewhat conservative culture remains and technology is often a common problem -- despite efforts to change both. In the future, I'm sure the company will overcome these two obstacles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    "Best place to work!"

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    The company culture is relaxed, friendly, and professional. Everyone employed by Northwestern Mutual has an outstanding work ethic. There is immense opportunity for financial growth with Northwestern Mutual. This company impacts so many lives on a daily basis and has extremely strong values.

    Cons

    Work never stops even when you are out of the office, so it's difficult to truly take time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Training

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    • 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

    Pros

    Great training program for new reps.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve for job transfers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    NWML

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temp in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Temp in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and allow for a great Work life Balance. the employees are nice, friendly and are always there to help out if its needed.

    Cons

    there are no cons that I can think of for NWML.. Leader ship is great, excellent Work life balance and office culture is wonderful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I will retire within this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Recruiting in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Recruiting in Woburn, MA

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are incredible- always trying to help each other, the culture is top notch, and the quality of the company as a whole is incredible. The Woburn office in particular has the most incredible leadership team that is committed to helping each person achieve their own version of success.

    Cons

    People must be self-motivated in order to rise to the occasion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job inspiring new and existing employees and representatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Financial Rep

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule
    Compensation if you work hard
    Training

    Cons

    A lot of rejection
    Tough market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Internship.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Internship is a great opportunity to learn what hard work is all about. You learn a lot about yourself and even if you don't succeed, it will look great on your resume.

    Cons

    It takes a lot of time to become successful. Not necessarily a con, but be aware.

  11.  

    This place is awesome!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    From the moment I walked into Northwestern Mutual i k ew this place was special. Everyone is so helpful and supportive. I can't wait to get into the office every day.

    Cons

    This is a challenging career. It offers many rewards if you follow the system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your heavy involvement with new financial representatives. It is the gold standard in the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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