Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Being an AFR means working for the rep, not the company.

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    Current Employee - Associate Financial Representative in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Representative in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Depends on the rep,. if he is flexible, then it is great. Only having to report to one person is nice.

    Cons

    No HR if you work for the rep. If he says, you stay late/come in early or can't take time off, then that's it. No benefits at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have AFR's work for NM, not for the rep. If there was stability among the AFR's, there wouldn't be high turnnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company

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    Current Employee - College Financial Representative
    Current Employee - College Financial Representative

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    The culture is great. Everyone wants you to succeed and are willing to help you. This is not a regular internship. You actually do what real advisers do. I've learned a lot about the finance industry working with Northwestern. There's a huge opportunity to make a lot of money here.

    Cons

    This job is only commission based. It's a hard job especially reaching out to people to make appointments with you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    - Good food
    - Stable work environment
    - Room for growth
    - Location - right in the heart of Milwaukee

    Cons

    I loved everything about working here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved my job here!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great Learning Experience.

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    Former Intern - Financial Representative in Greenville, SC
    Former Intern - Financial Representative in Greenville, SC

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

    Pros

    - Sales School was excellent learning opportunity

    Cons

    - Cold calling for clients is hard with no experience or established network prior to the job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Financial Representative Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    There is help from people that are willing to help you everywhere you turn

    Cons

    Difficult, but if you put in the effort it will pay off.

  7. Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - College Financial Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - College Financial Representative in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great training program. Lots of support in network offices. Great risk based planning tools

    Cons

    High turnover rate. 100% commission based. Very stressful at times trying to hit goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give new reps access to the CRC. Spend more time teaching investment tools and products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Challenging and Rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - College Financial Representative in Columbus, OH
    Former Intern - College Financial Representative in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, highly regarded internship program, amazing onboarding and training, flexibility, the opportunity to work with highly competent and successful financial advisors, fantastic personal development (especially courage), and the chance to run your financial services practice

    Cons

    Must have a large network of contacts prior to starting the internship, must handle rejection on a daily basis and be able to battle objections on life insurance, requires a lot of energy overall, must have the courage to call people you've never met before

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be motivating and aggressive with representatives to keep driving revenue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Fast pace internship, very hard work, very little compensation.

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    Former Intern - Financial Representative in Morristown, NJ
    Former Intern - Financial Representative in Morristown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Life, Health & Accident License

    Cons

    $100 a week, hard to create clientele

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shadow representatives on separate clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Northwestern Mutual holds true to its values, and the culture and quality of this organization is amazing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, OH

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

    Pros

    Ability to set your own schedule, Be your own boss, the financial stability of the organization is amazing, the culture and values of the organization is the best that I have ever experienced, awesome office culture, co workers want to see you succeed, great training, great infrastructure, unparalleled sales process with the tools to make anyone successful if you believe in what you are doing.

    Cons

    You are 1099 and there are a lot of expenses that you have to pay that other companies would normally pay for you. you can make higher commissions elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall the management in my Network office is amazing and you have built a great culture for personal and professional development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Unappreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Certain pieces of Agency management are solid.

    Cons

    Managing Partner really only cares about the bottom line and bringing in sales people. Managing Partner allows management under him full autonomy, which depending on the manager is good but also bad. Limited upward growth, you need someone to get fired or quit. Senior Management wants there to be the appearance of caring for the worker bees but they have their agenda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your word about your care for the staff. Years of hard work and dedication are easily forgotten when the Agency can save a few bucks in salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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