Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske
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Pros
  • Unlimited income potential and overall good company (in 56 reviews)

  • Unlimited earning potential, full autonomy with work (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • You first must meet with people in your initial network whether it be friends and family in order to gain new business or referrals (in 119 reviews)

  • They offer you no base salary and give you minimums to hit (in 46 reviews)

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  1. One of the most admired companies.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Northwestern Mutual is an easy going company, you are able to make your own hours and more or less be your own boss.

    Cons

    It does require a good deal of work to be successful and if you do not produce you will be let go, as with everywhere

    Advice to Management

    More assistance


  2. Northwestern Mutual

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Middleton, WI
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Middleton, WI

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The atmosphere is what I am looking for and the compensation seems reasonable for the amount of work put in.

    Cons

    Unless you have strong market compensation can seem sketchy week to week.


  3. NM recruiter review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    varies by office but management isn't great


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  5. Corporate strategy intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Very friendly staff and free food is certainly a plus. Good pay as well for an intern

    Cons

    Not a very stable training program. Very learn on your own type environment. Worth applying despite the cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great intern program going. Lunch meetings with upper management is very effective for training young workers


  6. Financial Representative

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    Former Employee - Associate Financial Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Financial Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great company and great product.

    Cons

    100% commission based. Hard to make a living in the first year.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. I do think some insurance companies offer more incentives to new recruits ...


  7. Don't move for job, but it will be worth it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    Very educational, high potential to learning and success. Great leaders

    Cons

    I moved to Cleveland from Columbus and within the first week of training they wanted us to start reaching out and setting appointments. Don't get stipend or contract signed until training is over.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent to new recruits.


  8. Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    I had a lot of fun

    Cons

    It was difficult finding clients


  9. Helpful (4)

    Financial Representative

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Eau Claire, WI
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Eau Claire, WI

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual

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

    Pros

    High integrity company that puts policy holders first and is in business to pay out claims. Offers the opportunity to build a financial practice with industry leading insurance products and is a top contender in the investment world as well. Flexible hours as you set your own schedule. 3 weeks of training, they paid for the hotel and food. This was a very exciting environment to work is, as it is sales and there were many like minded individuals in the office.

    Cons

    There is no base salary, commission only. I don't see this as a negative necessarily, but it was very challenging for me personally because I did not have a strong financial foundation in place when I started. If considering a career here, save up about 3 months of expenses prior to start date to take some pressure off of yourself.

    Advice to Management

    My management went above and beyond to help me be successful.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Campus Recruiter

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    Current Employee - Campus Recruiter in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Campus Recruiter in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I have absolutely loved my time working for Northwestern Mutual. I work for one of the larger agencies in Illinois, and it has truly been a joy. They are constantly training and developing employees, and I work for a team that truly cares about my success and wants me to go far in life. Northwestern Mutual has more of a family atmosphere for me than a work atmosphere. Anytime I meet an employee from around the country it is like we have known each other for years. It's nice to have a large network around the United States that you can learn from.

    Cons

    It is a mostly male dominate industry, but with a lot of training, we hope to grow and learn as we recruit and lead women into the financial services industry.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Financial Representative

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Integrity, Longevity, Good Reputation, No Bailout, Retains 96% of clients, positive outlook, training, structure, support, pension

    Cons

    No salary - straight commission

    Advice to Management

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