Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Great company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Very positive and motivating people to be around.

    Cons

    It is sales. If you can't do sales, there are not many ways to be successful here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for the reps travel to the convention.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. I worked as a financial representative

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative in West Chester, OH
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in West Chester, OH

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Not a whole lot. Good training though

    Cons

    Sooooo much cold calling. Expected to make 40 new calls to prospects every day. Very hard job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Summer Internship

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    Former Intern - College Financial Representative in Champaign, IL
    Former Intern - College Financial Representative in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    The main focus of the internship is on the intern's growth and achievements throughout the program.

    Cons

    Contacting potential clients can be stressful and the work can seem dull at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication between interns and representatives would be an improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Best company in the industry. Job is very difficult but pays huge rewards.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Huge income potential, very flexible, you are your own boss

    Cons

    They preach freedom, yet consistently micro manage your every move until you are successful. For some like me, it's too much to handle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees breathing room if they show they need it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great work environment

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Excellent training
    Unlimited earning potential
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

    No base salary
    Personal benefits are limited (high deductible health plans only)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Good company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Nice people, competent management

    Cons

    Hard to advance within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire management from within not from outside

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Greensboro, NC
    Former Intern - Intern in Greensboro, NC

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

    Pros

    Real work experience, work with actual professionals. It was fun and it was interesting to see how life insurance policies are sold. office culture is nice, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Selling life insurance is not easy, many people are not looking to buy a 30 year insurance policy, not much room for personal growth and training could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns some more training, let them be a little more involved in the actual work rather than just letting them watch and learn.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great company, culture, training and opportunity. Not for everyone. Definitely survival of the fittest.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The training is worth it alone. I have business owner friends that would love to learn my systems and business processes. Good mentors. Good product and process

    Cons

    It's eat what you kill. Many don't make it. Work life balance is bad early on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Real estate market analyst

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    Current Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very collaborative workplace with extensive interaction with senior management. Broad work experience in all real estate product types and geographies. Both fixed income and equity investing provides exposure to JV development. Great work-life balance, benefits, and quality of life.

    Cons

    Probably below industry-average compensation, however this is partially offset by great health and retirement benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    They promise you the moon and the stars and slowly over time you realize this isn't what I signed up for.

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Unlimited upside. Work for yourself once you get through the first 6 months - great work life balance if you become successful.
    Training is great, prepares you for the industry and they will pay for series 6, 65 etc. although everything they pay for they charge you as income. literally everything. phone, office, books, paper, copier.

    Cons

    Sometimes you almost feel like prey with older reps trying to work with you to get leads and get half the commission. They don't necessarily work with you just do the work for you so its not conducive for learning.

    Once again they charge you for everything you use and do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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