Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske
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. Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

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

    Pros

    Great culture and place for opportunity and growth!

    Cons

    Sometimes the pace can be slow but they are diligent in doing what's best for the policy owner


  2. Internship Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Gives you skills and tools to be successful, all you need to do is try and work hard.

    Cons

    Client building and sales process takes a while.


  3. Financial Representative Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Marshall, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Marshall, MN

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience running your own business. Requires you to develop excellent communication skills in order to succeed. Must be a self-motivated person!

    Cons

    Depending on the office, the level of mentoring differs greatly. You may also feel a but over your head if you do not have much of a financial background.

    Advice to Management

    Have monthly tests to evaluate the expertise of the interns. Some interns give false advice, which could make other interns look bad.


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  5. Good times

    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere as a Financial Rep, much encouragement, great sales school to improve one's understanding

    Cons

    takes time to get going as any commission based job does, can be intimidating at times due to the stress involved

    Advice to Management

    they have done a great job in preparing interns for full time, could use a little more detailed of a process for interns going full time


  6. One of the most admired companies.

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    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


  7. 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.


  8. 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


  9. Corporate strategy intern

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    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


  10. Financial Representative

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    • Senior Management
    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 ...


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.



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