Northwestern Mutual

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Not a great place to start for a new grad.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Financial Representative  in  Dubuque, IA
Current Employee - Financial Representative in Dubuque, IA

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

Pros

Flexible schedule, comprehensive training, great work environment.

Cons

First of all, don't be too excited if you get an interview, or even an offer from NWM. They will literally take anyone who has any type of college education.
Commission sucks... tough to make any money in your first 1-5 years with the company.
When it comes down to it, this company is full of sales people. They are great with their words and they really sold me on the idea that I could make a lot of money selling insurance. But you have to be realistic and remember that (for the most part), people with life insurance don't need it, and people without it don't want it. It's a tough place to start, especially when you have student loans that need to be repaid. You don't get any kind of guaranteed compensation and even in the best circumstances (for instance, if you sell 20 lives in the first year), you still won't make enough to keep up with your bills.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Throw in some guaranteed compensation for your young grads and you might be able to keep some of them around.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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    It's not for everyone

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative
    Former Employee - Financial Representative

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You earn what you think you're worth. You have some flexibility of schedule. It's ever changing, not just a desk job.

    Cons

    They feed you a bill of goods saying you're "starting your own business" but then they micromanage you. It is a different atmosphere, you need to be a "rah rah" type to fit in. All commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management that I dealt with was not extremely mature. So I would say that it would be helpful to take a more "manager" role rather than a "friend" role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A Perfect fit if you desire to sell life insurance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Representative  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexibility. You can make time for activities outside of work.

    Cons

    You are a 100% commission based life insurance sales person. PERIOD. You are responsible for meeting sales goals and must attend frivolous and frequent meetings. If a client cancels a policy you must forfeit your commission (known as a rollback). Extreme adversity to start. Financial benefits of career will not be reaped until 15~20 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try harder to retain talent. Do not be so flippant with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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