Jackson National Life Distributors

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Updated May 17, 2015
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Jackson National Life Distributors President & CEO Michael A. Wells
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  1. Great job out of school. Not without its flaws!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jackson National Life Distributors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    License Up. If you want to get into Finance, Jackson is a great place to start. They invest in their employees and will sponser you to get your financial licenses. They will even reimburse certain amounts for future education.

    Money. Out of school I made $50k my first year. By the time I left, I was approaching $80k. Great place to get going.

    Training. They have their act together and help with sales, product and service training. The brightest people I met were the ones that taught me.

    Cons

    Politics. Of course its corporate. Certain people get promoted, and others that are more qualified do not. I considered the people at Jackson my family, but could not support certain actions taken by senior management. If you like climbing the corporate ladder by "knowing" certain people and kissing up, you will be welcome.

    Middle Management. 4/5 of them will micromanage. They have nothing better to do and make way to much money for their own good.

    Diversity. It's a white man's world.

    Advice to Management

    You are investing in your employees, good job. Stop micro-managing and increase transparency on why certain decisions are made. People feel empowered when they are kept in the loop.


  2. Recent changes not for the best

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parker, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parker, CO

    I worked at Jackson National Life Distributors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, motivated people. Good pay at entry levels. Exposure to senior managers through the mentor program. Relatively young organization.

    Cons

    New leadership team promotes politicized atmosphere; it's not what you do, but who you flatter. Growth has slowed and it is obvious that there is less opportunity for advancement. The organization is hemorrhaging talent. Lack of diversified backgrounds in the senior team - only former wholesalers. Lack of respect for competitors - always referred to as stupid or talk of hating them. Very immature.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to alternative ways of thinking. Stop being so complacent. Share rewards with someone other than the external wholesalers.


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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jackson National Life Distributors full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Advancement and salary is unlimited-as are the politics

    Cons

    Politics and favoritism is rampant. If you are in with the "cool kids" which now includes management then you are set for an easy road-if not be prepared to hussel and work twice as hard as your neighbors for the same opportunities and recognition. It is still very much a "white boys club" so if you fall in that category....lucky you!

    Advice to Management

    Management should not be able to have personal relationships with those they have direct supervision over- the favoritism is apparent and disheartening to those truly trying to advance based on talent and hard work. Upper tier management are fantastic wholesalers they have mastered the art of dangling a huge carrot on a long stick.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Amazing opportunity if you can stomach the competition and pressure.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RVP
    Former Employee - RVP

    I worked at Jackson National Life Distributors full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity, training, competitive culture, amazing sales support, best sales desk in the industry, Great mid-level executives leading the sales desk, if you really are good, this is a great place to shine because it will immediately create transformational opportunity.

    Cons

    Changes in the sales structure and focus has caused Jackson to lose their way. Executive management seemed to be getting more out of touch. Communication from Sr. management has suffered over the years.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to communicate your vision to your employees. You used to do that really well, which made people believe they were part of something special.


  6. Used to promote from within. No more opportunities.

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Jackson National Life Distributors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great employees
    -Great place to start a career
    -Great training

    Cons

    -Terrible work/life balance
    - Pay not in par with industry standards
    -Sales driven organization

    Advice to Management

    - Stop being greedy. You are losing top talent to other organizations. Too much favoritism.


  7. Internship, JNLD Sales Support

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

    I worked at Jackson National Life Distributors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, work conditions. Very good benefits, open door policy.

    Cons

    Job openings in the down economy. I was in a smaller department, which made it difficult to advance. Should be very different now with the better economy.

    Advice to Management

    Open door policy, mentors


  8. Give and Take

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - External Wholesaler in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - External Wholesaler in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Jackson National Life Distributors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    elite management. Work hard and you will see $$ rewards. You eat what you kill

    Cons

    capacity. 4th quarter could be dicey with limits to production

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on the human nature of capitalist employment


  9. Great overall company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Jackson National Life Distributors full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Likes to hire from within and is positioned to provide all the necessary training for your success.

    Cons

    Very little room to be your own person with strong focus on corporate goals. If this isn't your personality then you will probably not enjoy the work atmosphere.


  10. Great place to start in the financial services industry with career advancement opportunities but pay is below average.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Internal Wholesaler in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jackson National Life Distributors full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Career Development - If you are willing to relocate
    Training
    Opportunity
    Friendly co-workers
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance
    College like atmosphere
    Product changes


  11. Losing their way

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

    I have been working at Jackson National Life Distributors full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great and extremely talented people. Senior Management is easily accessible and truly has an open door policy. Use to be a good amount of opportunities for advancement, but unfortunately that has fallen by the wayside.

    Cons

    Room for advancement outside of sales is pretty much non-existent. It has become a typical corporate rat race and promotions are hard to come by. There is really no work/life balance as they work you to the bone with minimal appreciation. Salary for no -sales associates is extremely disappointing which is starting to have an impact on hiring quality individuals and forcing associates to leave to inferior firms inspire of the risks. Also need to work on diversity at upper levels.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget how Jackson became so successful audit was from promoting those who worked hard and we're highly motivated. Don't dismiss the talent you currently have because of the current abundant job pool.



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