Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
1,472 Reviews
3.7
1,472 Reviews
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Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske
John E. Schlifske
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Unlimited income potential, office culture, ten week program (test drive the industry) (in 56 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Will have to sell life insurance to friends and family which could be awkward for some (in 119 reviews)

  • There is no base salary so getting started is very difficult (in 46 reviews)

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  1.  

    great company!

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    Former Employee - College Financial Representative in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - College Financial Representative in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A top internship program in the nation. Very good training! Supervisors are responsible and helpful. Flexible hours but you don't slack off because everyone else works so hard here.

    Cons

    Too much focus on sales. I didn't actually get to learn a lot other than sales techniques. You don't make a lot of money if your sales numbers are bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Bring more CFAs, CFPs and MBAs who have had experience in the finance/investment realms into the firm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great leadership, good work-life balance, tons of help.

    Cons

    Only paid on commission. Could be more engaging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Great company where you get out what you put in! wonderful atmosphere and great poeple workign beside you.

    Cons

    High expectations right off the back, really high standards

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard, Fustrating, Difficult Work - Rewarding, Honest, Proffesional Career

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The ability to grow a career, and build a business. The ability to truly help people. The influence and respect that is earned within the community overtime. Residual Income. Management, Associates, and Corporate are full of great people who want to help you succeed. Knowing that when I retire I will have a pension as a part of my portfolio. The culture and ethics are something to be proud of. The pros go on and on.

    Cons

    Mentally the most demanding work I've ever done. You will constantly face rejection especially when starting your career. I don't care how thick your skin is constant rejection is difficult and it hurts. I work anywhere from 50 to 70 hours a week, like any business the first three years will require you put a lot of work and hours to succeed. Starting this career, know that you will be broke. You may be lucky and start your career like a Rock Star and make a ton of money, however that is usually not the norm and if your in it for the upfront money and not the long game than chances are you will fail. With all that said, this is most rewarding work I've ever done. I will retire with Northwestern Mutual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great! Sells sells! You must dial the phone and create your own prospects.

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Make your own schedule. Great balance of work/life

    Cons

    A little stressful but you have a great foundation you will do will in the business. It's a lot of fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    "Best place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company culture is relaxed, friendly, and professional. Everyone employed by Northwestern Mutual has an outstanding work ethic. There is immense opportunity for financial growth with Northwestern Mutual. This company impacts so many lives on a daily basis and has extremely strong values.

    Cons

    Work never stops even when you are out of the office, so it's difficult to truly take time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best place to work in MKE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome free lunch that offers the opportunity to network with people from all over the organization, tons of groups to join, co-workers are always friendly and wiling to help you

    Cons

    Somewhat conservative culture remains and technology is often a common problem -- despite efforts to change both. In the future, I'm sure the company will overcome these two obstacles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company if you like a fast past enviroment

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of upward mobility.

    Cons

    high stress due to commission based compensation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I will retire within this company

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    Current Employee - Director of Recruiting in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Recruiting in Woburn, MA

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are incredible- always trying to help each other, the culture is top notch, and the quality of the company as a whole is incredible. The Woburn office in particular has the most incredible leadership team that is committed to helping each person achieve their own version of success.

    Cons

    People must be self-motivated in order to rise to the occasion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job inspiring new and existing employees and representatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Recruiting in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Director of Recruiting in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome culture and their training program is outstanding!

    Cons

    Compensation was way too low for the hours they were demanding

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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