Western and Southern Life

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Western and Southern Life Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
139 Reviews
2.8
139 Reviews
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Western and Southern Life Chairman, President, and CEO John F. Barrett
John F. Barrett
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company has a good training program (in 12 reviews)

  • Good pre-hiring program, and good training for new reps if the management will use it (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • If you don't get a book of business you will be jealous of the ones who have them (in 10 reviews)

  • 2 This company has a very high turnover rate (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Financial Rep

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Western and Southern Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Get a salary for the first 7 weeks. Very friendly office culture and good people to work with. Co-workers and other financial representatives are very helpful when starting out in the business.

    Cons

    management seems to be constantly changing. It seems like employee turnover is common in the office. Had very little guidance in my first couple weeks and had to rely on my personal market for most of my appointments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    An opportunity to succeed with limitless oportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Western and Southern Life full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The ability to succeed is based on your drive and passion for helping others achieve their financial and insurance goals. Limitless income potential, reward travel, world class benefits and retirement package and great training. The company will show you a proven track to run on to reach your goals an achieve success. Also I have seen the company give opportunities for upward mobility to people with talent.

    Cons

    Could use some technology upgrades to support their systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the branding image with Chris Collinsworth. We are starting to become better known due to the national media campaign.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shopped around with other companies and they have the best overall career package.

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Western and Southern Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    San Diego has been an exciting office to work in because they are growing so fast. I've only been here since December 2013 and already we are opening another office. I love the work-life balance, great training, managers are really supportive. Free laptop, mileage reimbursement, company provided E&O, desk, phone. Commission rates are pretty high too. They even pay for all my licensing fees. Love the new Chris Collinsworth branding, people are finally beginning to recognize who we are!

    Cons

    I wish there was more company provided leads. We have a couple sources but it would be nice to see more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the branding and invest more money into generating leads for the field offices!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Don't work there

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative  in  Saginaw, MI
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Saginaw, MI

    I worked at Western and Southern Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    First seven weeks paid training. Applications can be done on the computer.

    Cons

    Little training. Most people you meet have not heard of them. Takes a long time to get paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Waste of time

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    Former Employee - Sales Agent  in  Muncie, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Muncie, IN

    I worked at Western and Southern Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible & benefits( if you can say that they are high) staff was mostly nice

    Cons

    High fees, slow to no underwriting hard to get through, lack of training and management, dirty pretend to care liars

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new management as worried about the teams success as they are their own job. Stop spreading the management so thin so they can actually train and develop the staff. Get the staff matured nobody takes most of them seriously and you disrespected them so they have no respect for you. Get the upper district management out there and helping. They are never around then when they are no work is actually being done but they have no problem criticizing people. Professionalism around there is a joke. I realize you have to recruit people but if they want to quit let them don't go out of your way strong arming them to stay and not do all that's required to keep them which is the basics your supposed to do anyway. Get it together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Insurance Agent
    Former Employee - Insurance Agent

    I worked at Western and Southern Life full-time

    Pros

    Old, established, financially stable company.

    Cons

    No marketing support. 125+ year old company and lots of people never heard of them. They finally started a little advertising on the Food Channel and other less popular TV programs. Agents are expected to pay all expenses - computer support, E & O insurance, gas, mileage, postage, etc, etc. Company finds all kinds of reasons to take back commissions from agents' checks. Hours and hours of repetitious meetings and reports. Be prepared for 9 am meetings, call sessions, and then late night appointments. Customers don't come to the office. You drive to their houses. Some offices are better than others. The last one I worked in was the most negative environment I have ever endured. The employee turnover was like a revolving door. And, the unskilled management was happy to take all the credit they could for anything the agents actually did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use marketing money to support your agents locally. Don't enhance the petty gossip and rivalry. Strive for a team effort. Listen to your employees. When they have a good idea, encourage and support them in their endeavor. When an employee is on sick leave, don't act like he no longer exists! An employee signed card or even a mention of his name would be good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    it was ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Western and Southern Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    free lunch at the corp office, great co-workers

    Cons

    old school style business, no personal growth, definite disconnect with management and teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    disorganized going backwards company

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    Former Employee - Sales Agent  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Western and Southern Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    other agents were nice, cause they understood what a new agent was dealing with.

    Cons

    very stressful inconsiderate management. Too many negative things to even begin to say. if you are considering going there for employment I would suggest not to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a clue and go back to your old system where you had agents have regular clients that they got to know and cared about. now it's just about getting new clients signed up to make more profits. you guys are stupid.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good entry level job.

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    Former Employee - Sales Agent  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Western and Southern Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Six week stipend to start you off with working capital.

    Cons

    To much money spent on paper waste,meaningless promotion material. Dysfunctional implementation of Quantum Leap,but program helped with organizational skills and communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your workers and help with their expenses related to production. 1099 or w2.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Misguided, dated and out of touched Senior Management

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    Former Employee - IPS  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - IPS in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Western and Southern Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay - if you work in the IPS office you can ask for between 37,000-45,000

    Cons

    Poor marketing, operating systems, dated ideology, out of touch CEO and Senior Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a new job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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