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A Roller Coaster of an Experience

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Current Intern - College Financial Representative
Current Intern - College Financial Representative

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

Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    Former Intern - College Financial Representative
    Former Intern - College Financial Representative

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern

    Pros

    -Strong culture
    -Reps seem to take a lot of pride in the company
    -Potential to make great money
    -Pay scale is standard for the industry even though it's all commission

    Cons

    -Hard work
    -No guaranteed money
    -Lots of rejection

    Advice to Management

    Company runs really well. The issue is that pay is all commission, but given the industry there's no reason to change the pay scale.

  2. I had a great experience as an Intern.

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern

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

    Pros

    great for interns to begin a financial career

    Cons

    Selling to family and friends

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