First Command Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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First Command CEO J. Scott Spiker
J. Scott Spiker
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Pros
  • I believe for the most part that many of the people that work here are good people (in 6 reviews)

  • Very stable, private company with attractive employee stock ownership opportunity (unusual since dot com bubble) (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • It was clear from day one that the only thing they want you to sell is whole life insurance (in 10 reviews)

  • Also there is virtually no opportunity for career growth at the Home Office (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    This company is the best in Financial Planning

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Killeen, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Killeen, TX

    I have been working at First Command full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    They believe in their mission. The pay unlimited. The manager of Killeen, TX is innovative and a leader. He is proactive and loves to coach. Branden is an amazing leader and is a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    Technology is behind the industry. Aging Financial Advisor force.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote young and talented Financial Advisors. Work on our brand image and continue to support the advisor force.


  2. One of the best companies I've worked for!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Agent in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Agent in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at First Command full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent support office, team and executive staff. Could not ask for a better team to work for and the manager was awesome!

    Cons

    There really was not any cons. We had to pay our own rent and staff to process paperwork. It would have been nice to receive some help from the home office.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Run, just run away

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Command

    Pros

    They actually paid bonuses and had gave Christmas gifts Well there's s gym and free parking..that's about the only pros I can think of.

    Cons

    Many click , very high school and good old boy system. Benefits very expensive (and this was before Affordable Care Act) No separate sick days or vacation days This company was formerly know as USPA&IRA... I could not recommend this company to a friend to work or invest with


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  5. Call center

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

    I have been working at First Command

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Need better insurance plan for employees

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop employees


  6. gud

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

    I have been working at First Command

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

    Pros

    very gud company to work for

    Cons

    nothing is bad about the company


  7. Depends on your DA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at First Command

    Pros

    Home office support. A good DA will make all the difference

    Cons

    Depends on your DA he/she may provide you with training and assistance, or not.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A career you can grow and keep for life!

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

    I have been working at First Command full-time

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

    Pros

    First Command is a results focused company that pays and promotes based on results! You can't ask for more than that, but they give more!!!!! The company is owned by the employees and profits are distributed to the advisors and employees every year above and beyond their contracted pay. I know of no other enterprise that shares the success with such direct proportion with those that create it!!!!! Thanks First Command!

    Cons

    If you are wanting to slide, get by, hide out, rest on your laurels, work less than others, are a socialist, you will not like it at First Command and probably end up leaving with negative star ratings. Please don't apply!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on making sure that we hire the RIGHT people and make sure that they stay the right people. Our mission is to important to accept complacency and tenure as a replacement for competence and competitive results


  9. Good for entrepreneurial minded individuals

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Belleville, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Belleville, IL

    I worked at First Command (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomous work environment, set your own schedule within constraints of clients' schedule, income based on your work performance

    Cons

    Long hours to get started up, requires self study and investigation, must be comfortable meeting strangers, must be a solid salesman

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time in training gateway advisors, not everyone enjoys learning as you go


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great culture thats working to modernize their systems and offering

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

    I have been working at First Command full-time

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

    Pros

    Culture is exceptionally strong - people care

    Cons

    Health care benefits are expensive. Systems are antiquated (but being modernized)


  11. Financial Advisor Interview

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at First Command

    Pros

    Great people, tell you exactly what you are getting into, lots of growth potential

    Cons

    Have to generate your own sales leads and client base



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