Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    My network office has a wonderful corporate culture. They are focused on helping those within the organization as well as different charitable organizations in the community. They place a lot of emphasis on continued education and training for all employees.

    Cons

    I have found that there is a lack of consistency across the network offices with everything from a planning philosophy to recruiting techniques.

    Advice to Management

    Consistent communication with everyone. I've held a few different positions and I noticed that the reps get all the recognition and very little goes towards the staff or supporting team members.


  2. Great internship experience

    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

    * Free, healthy, delicious lunch every day * Numerous intern activities that are fun and engaging * Your intern contacts care about you and want you to be happy and learn as much as you can * Relaxed work environment that doesn't expect more than 40 hours/week out of you (at least at my team)

    Cons

    * Honestly, nothing comes to mind. Maybe a few too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  3. Associate Financial Rep

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allen, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allen, TX

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting position and was fun at times.

    Cons

    I found it ridiculous that all Agents did not have access to put their staff on the company health insurance plan if they were a small independent office.


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  5. Great Opportunity for the Right Personality

    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited earning potential Create your own schedule and have flexibility in time spent in office

    Cons

    full commission start by selling/ prospecting friends and family 3 week training


  6. Poopy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Asiitant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Asiitant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great Sales school. They also have a really awesome intern program that is one of the best in the country.

    Cons

    Even though you are on a 1099 and essentially independently contracted, if you ever decide to leave, Northwester takes you clients and residua incomes with that.

    Advice to Management

    Give more.


  7. I love it but I hate it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great culture, very centered around helping clients and each other grow and achieve financial success

    Cons

    Constant damage control, constant fear of dropping the ball since everything is in depth, reps are woefully uneducated and literally need staff to do everything for them, all they do is make sale and we literally have to take the reins from there since they don't even know how to fill out applications


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    Internal Recruiter

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Denver, CO

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training and development to become a solid recruiter, great culture and team environment.

    Cons

    Very low pay, a lot of pressure for not much recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your recruiters more. They are the cornerstone of your business.


  9. Financial Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Wilmington, NC

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Northwestern Mutual is excellent at ongoing education and training. Technology is always up to date and state of the art. Every single tool needed to build an amazing career and live an amazingly successful lifestyle are either given to you, or taught along the way.

    Cons

    Not many downsides other than the nature of the work itself. No joke, working at Northwestern Mutual is NOT for everyone. But for those who want to build something from the ground up and aren't afraid to work and get your teeth kicked in occasionally, will flourish.

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing. I had a great experience working with Northwestern Mutual. I regret that I didn't take full advantage of the opportunity I had. I would pay all office expenses out of pocket if I had the opportunity to work here again.


  10. Financial Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule that can be very lucrative with hard work and determination. Freedom to create and build your own financial planning business from scratch.

    Cons

    100% commission with no client base to start. Difficult beginning but payoff can be worth it. Need to have the right personality in order to be successful in this job.

    Advice to Management

    Very important to recruit the right people. There is extremely high turnover which can be very difficult for new hires.


  11. Marketing Coordinator

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work with a great team, for a company that truly cares about their clients.

    Cons

    No flexibility. This can depend on rep. Associates do not work for the company for the rep and are not guaranteed benefits. There can be little room to grow unless you work for another rep or the Network office for the Managing Partner.

    Advice to Management

    Help reps create more of a career path for associates so they are excited and engaged in their careers.



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