Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
1,289 Reviews

3.7
1,289 Reviews
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Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are one of the few that make it (5%), there is unlimited income potential (in 54 reviews)

  • Unlimited earning potential, full autonomy with work (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Will have to sell life insurance to friends and family which could be awkward for some (in 107 reviews)

  • No base salary, commission based work is one of challenge for me (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Wealth Management Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I interned in wealth management department. I had the opportunity to learn from investment specialists and financial advisor who always took their time to answer my questions

    Cons

    I did not get paid

  2.  

    Great team environment.

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    Former Employee - Back Office Professional  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Back Office Professional in New York, NY

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of fun if you enjoy a challenging sales setting.

    Cons

    Initial startup can take time to gain traction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    World Class

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Income, Flexibility, Environment, Passion, Helping others.

    Cons

    Pay fluctuates. Nothing else really.

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    Awesome Environment

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative  in  Buckhead, GA
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Buckhead, GA

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The people you work with are absolutely great and are very willing to help. They truly want you to succeed

    Cons

    I really cannot think of any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Financial Representative Internship

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative Internship  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Representative Internship in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -good introduction to professional work environment
    -learn about insurance products
    -good way to get foot in the door into insurance and finance
    -passionate team and company
    -very structured training process
    -nice office
    -great mentors available

    Cons

    -strictly sales internship (either you love selling or you hate selling)
    -cold calling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -make it more clear that this is a sales internship to attract people who are interested in sales

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best culture, leadership, and training

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative  in  Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Peoria, IL

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

    Pros

    Work environment, visible leadership, mission, vision, values

    Cons

    If you aren't willing to put in the time and effort then it's not for you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience, but prepare to work hard.

    Former Employee - Financial Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, comprehensive benefits package, and fabulous long term potential

    Cons

    Be prepared for a lot of people to tell you no and just move on. Work hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Sales Training

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Personal and business development, learned great sales skills and business development

    Cons

    Depends on your local management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Best Experience ever

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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

    I was an intern for about 6 months and then a full time rep for 6 months. Honestly, it was the BEST experience I've had. Yes, you do call people and try and set meetings with them to go over their finances, insurance needs, etc. You are basically a financial planner. It really opens your eyes to what people need opposed to what they don't have to protect their futures. I loved working with Northwestern Mutual, especially their values. They live each day to embody their vision, and the other reps I worked with were amazing. Everyone is always trying to help you and better you, and also give you feedback when necessary. If you're good at it and stick it out, you can make a ton of money too.

    Cons

    Work life balance doesn't exist in the early part of your career. You struggle the first few years, but if you stick it out than you can make it big. Working strictly off commission can get hard at first too, but again, stick it out long enough and it all pays off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep bringing up reps and showing them the right way to go about selling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Northwestern Mutual Internship

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual for less than a year

    Pros

    Invaluable learning experience for college student, opportunity to make sales and commissions, looks great on a resume

    Cons

    low stipend pay could be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    did a great job teaching the interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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