Northwestern Mutual

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience. Not for everyone.

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment and culture to work in. Everyone wants to see you succeed and it shows with the way more experienced reps are willing to help you. Best advice to give is do joint-work AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Best way to learn early on and start to get a hang of the job. One of the best things I took away from this internship was all the personal finance knowledge you learn for yourself along the way.

    Cons

    Some days are tough. Clients blow off meetings, no one answers their phones, etc. Easy to get discouraged. It's like baseball: even the best reps only bat about .300 when it comes to succeeding. It will start to feel like your friends and family are the only people you can get through to. The great work/life balance is almost a con as well. If you aren't a self-motivated type of person, there may be too much freedom for you. Very easy on those bad days to close up shop and go do something else, because no one will tell you you can't. You literally get what you put into this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have nothing but good things to say about the managers I met and worked for. The only reason I didn't stay with Northwestern was to experience a different kind of internship before I made any career decisions. Class act organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Financial Rep Intern

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

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Great Education

    Great Improvement in Communication

    Cons

    Not consistent pay

    Tough to get started

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Financial Representative in San Diego, CA
    Current Intern - Financial Representative in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Pays for training, also offers commission on those you sell the insurance to.

    Cons

    They want you to ask friends and family to buy their insurance. Better than cold calling but may ruin relationships.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Financial Advisor Intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Intern - Financial Advisor Intern in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    -Great work life balance
    -Ability to set your own schedule
    -Opportunity to earn a very high income
    -Most people are willing to help you get ahead

    Cons

    -Commission only
    -There is a bit of a learning curve for people that do not have a whole lot of sales or customer service experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Turn and burn, but beneficial

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

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

    Pros

    Great training, sense of enthusiasm and competition while still being friendly.

    Cons

    For internships it was almost expected that you will leave within months after calling all friends and family, but you leave with great training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, it benefits everybody

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a mess in my office. The managing director and others in the office really do not understand teamwork.

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Lots of work to keep you busy

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Have to get licensed in order to make okay money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Financial Representative Intern

    • 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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, work hard play hard mentality

    Cons

    commission, seemed to be mainly interested in "who you know" to get references for sales

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

    Financial Representative

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly people

    Cons

    Commission based, some times have to work weekends

  10.  

    College Intern

    • 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

    Pros

    Real work! The job is not the kind of thing that I want to do being that I have a finance degree (and graduated with honors). You can definitely make a ton of money here with the right skills and a ball busting work ethic.

    Cons

    It's a sales job plain and simple. My office does not put a lot of pressure on me, and I like the people I work with, but the job more or less makes you feel like an ambulance chaser.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the training and development of college interns. I hear all the time that most of the best representatives come from the college program. I think more and better reps would come out of the program if you would really buckle down and develop them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Financial Representative

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

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

    Pros

    Create your own hours and schedule, rewarding, strongest company in the industry, fantastic support and learning environment, reps are treated very well, created a simple, repeatable process. As part of the College program I highly recommend it because the experience and knowledge you gain about being a professional and about financial services is invaluable. However, I do not see myself pursuing this career post-graduation.

    Cons

    Commission, no base pay. It is very challenging at beginning of career to build your book of business (no leads are provided, they are all self-generated). In order to create any success, you must call every person you've ever met at the beginning. If this is a problem for you, you will not be able to make it in the first few months. Full time reps very often end up working 40+ hours a week, you definitely don't leave work at work, it comes home with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Base pay would be very helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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