Thrivent Financial Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Thrivent Financial President & CEO Bradford L. Hewitt
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance is good, pay is fair (in 12 reviews)

  • Thrivent is a faith based company (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • When you are not employed directly by the corporate office in Minneapolis, you miss out on the awesome corporate benefits package (in 5 reviews)

  • Health insurance is expensive, but that isn't surprising given the state of the market (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Advanced Customer Care Professional

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Customer Care Professional in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Advanced Customer Care Professional in Appleton, WI

    I have been working at Thrivent Financial (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, open door policy.

    Cons

    Feel like there is no way to advance unless you are perfect and just the image they want.

    Advice to Management

    You need to see each person as an individual who can bring a lot to the organization. You could be missing out on opportunities by being wrapped up on what you think is the perfect fit.


  2. Recruiter

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thrivent Financial

    Pros

    Excellent management, support and salary.

    Cons

    Lots of management change and sometimes not for the better.


  3. A place that will make a difference.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thrivent Financial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Knowing that you are working to make a real difference in people's lives, and have the ability to impact your community / organization that creates change.

    Cons

    Every organization is made up of real people. None of us are perfect, this no organization can be either. However, issues are addressed and rectified more effectively than at any other organization I have worked for

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good fight. You have a strong and important mission.


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  5. Great benefits, micromanged IT department

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

    I have been working at Thrivent Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New employees start out with 20 days of PTO and are eligible for other benefits right away. Company promotes self-development and offers 80% tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    IT department is afraid of change and innovation. Frustrating change management practices.


  6. Just Starting

    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Trainee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor Trainee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Thrivent Financial (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have not been working at Thrivent long enough to form a constructive opinion. So far so good.

    Cons

    I have not been working at Thrivent long enough to form a constructive opinion


  7. Best Job I Ever Had

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Thrivent Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing managers; amazing coworkers; opportunities for volunteerism; constant support to learn new skills

    Cons

    Slow to change; very religious


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits, bad career development

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

    I have been working at Thrivent Financial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great benefits, generous PTO, pension AND 401k -Long tenure and low turnover. People stick around. -Very big into volunteering and supporting local communities and abroad through Thrivent Builds -Values generosity and giving.

    Cons

    -Very slow to make changes. While taking precautions is great, what isn't great is having your division be in a never-ending reorg while telling employees "new job opportunities will happen" when they haven't and probably never will. -Moving up appears to only happen if you're friends with the right people or have a costly MBA degree which means Thrivent is missing out on it's own talent pool that come from very diverse backgrounds. -Doesn't even closely match up to other Financial Services that are HUGE supporters in the GLBT community such as Ameriprise Financial. Thrivent remains conflicted between its "neutral" position on "controversial issues" (not allowing foundation dollars to match gifts to organizations such as HRC) and it's own internal "Diversity and Inclusion" department. GLBT employees are not controversial. -Some people who work here claim they're working here because "Thrivent is a Christian organization." Thrivent is not a church, it's a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society who's membership is comprised of those who happen to share in the Christian faith.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fails to Heed its own Mission

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

    I worked at Thrivent Financial (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great for new employees and entry level: substantial PTO, career growth opportunities for entry level hires,

    Cons

    Despite their claim to be member-driven, they are money driven, which goes against the Christian principles they are supposed to represent.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes, managers are not connected well enough with the work done under them to understand what they should be doing. Simply going from one "program" to another is no way to manage a company. How many CI initiatives have you brought in that started out looking great but ended up collecting dust on the shelf? Where is the accountability for management?


  10. Work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Thrivent Financial full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    one of the best companies that I have ever worked for. They are one of the few fortune 500 companies that generally cares about there employees

    Cons

    it is christen. you don't have to be christen to work here but you need to be aware that its involved.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work and continue to care for your employees


  11. Helpful (2)

    Financial Advisor

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

    I worked at Thrivent Financial full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get experience and certifications. Not good for the long run.

    Cons

    do not attempt this job without having some money in a savings account. you have to pay to use their computer. It is required.

    Advice to Management

    clean up your image and focus on not having a high turnover rate. Pay a salary to your advisors in the beginning! You are losing great young advisors due to commission only positions. Having a high turnover rate is going to ruin Thrivent in the next decade. Make your employees out side of the corporate center a priority!!

    Thrivent Financial Response

    Jun 26, 2015 – Partner

    Thanks for sharing your concerns. It is important to recognize that there is a difference between the job opportunities that are "employees" vs. the opportunity to be a financial representative ... More



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