Northwestern Mutual

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A Roller Coaster of an Experience

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - College Financial Representative
Current Employee - College Financial Representative

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

Pros

They offer fantastic insurance products and give you all the tools you need to succeed in training. They invest plenty of time into ensuring that you are ready to take on a rather challenging internship. There is also a lot of flexibility in the schedule and there is no overbearing supervision. This is great if you know how to get your work done, but I can see it being problematic for some people. It is also very rewarding when you are helping people out.

Cons

The corporate structure is a bit unusual and communications between different offices are not necessarily streamlined. This makes accomplishing some things (getting contracted) rather difficult. Additionally you need to like making phone calls. I didn't know what to expect coming in, but you need to sit in the office and make 100-500 calls a week to set up meetings to ensure you are working and getting paid. Pay is all commission (at least in the early years until you get some management roles). At times when you have lots of meetings, the job is rewarding, but there are other times when you are sitting in the office making calls and that's very boring and not fun. Cold calling blows. The also like you to start with your warm market (people you already know i.e. family, friends, old business partners etc.) and you need to be comfortable asking them to do business with you. If you don't get many referrals you can run out of people to call fast. Don't go into this thinking you are going to manage money, because it takes years to get to that point and the company is best at insurance. That's what they want you focusing on, especially early. Be ready for the emotional ups and downs that accompany this job, people will say no a lot.

Neutral Outlook
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    I have been an intern with Northwestern Mutual since March 2013.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    This is a company that will sponsor anyone who is willing to put in the effort and time necessary to do well. Some advantages include the following:

    - Great work environment
    - Friendly coworkers and staff members in the office
    - High potential for growth

    Cons

    It's a very challenging career. Often times you will been working even when you are at home. Some disadvantages include the following:

    - Challenging and high-pressure.
    - Can be extremely time-consuming and with little to no income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A small base salary could help new intern financial representatives stay motivated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great training program, helps you in all sales positions throughout your career.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Northwestern Mutual has some of the best insurance products and has one of the best and biggest broker dealers in the United States.

    Cons

    The older advisors never give up nor share their clients to help the new and talented younger advisors thrive in this business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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