Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
1,316 Reviews
3.7
1,316 Reviews
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Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske
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.  

    Amazing Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - College Financial Representative  in  Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - College Financial Representative in Greensboro, NC

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot, helped create financial security, and made great money

    Cons

    I wasn't really into the sales aspect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They were great!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging and rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative Intern  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The team at NM is incredibly helpful. You are given high levels of support and almost free reign (provided you prove yourself intelligent and trustworthy) to structure your business as you please. Expectations are high and achieving goals are adequately rewarded.

    Cons

    The learning curve is by far one of the most difficult you will ever encounter. You need to be good at critical thinking in order to succeed and really take advantage of all the opportunity here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    AMAZING

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Self employed, great training, great culture, amazing opportunity

    Cons

    commission is a 100% that is rough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on the numbers

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern

    Pros

    Great training program. Ability to make your on schedule. Learned how to effectively communicate and collaborate.

    Cons

    Hard position as an intern.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great people to work with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Financial Representative Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Best Experience ever

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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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
  11.  

    Excellent Sales Training

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    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

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