Woodmen of the World Life Insurance

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Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
24 Reviews
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24 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place if you just want a job.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Underwriting Support in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Underwriting Support in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, good pay and benefits. Care about employees and clients. I received pay increases and bonuses. Somewhat flexible.

    Cons

    No room to advance. If you are there less than 10 years you are considered a newby. I worked my way up pretty fast but topped out in about 1-1 1/2 years. No where else to go since there is no turn over or growth. Had to leave to get a better position. Systems and products are super outdated. Always asked for a new point of view but never took the advice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company IF you like insurance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance

    Pros

    The pros of working for Woodmen are the extensive training and support they offer. The potential to make a lot of money with the bonuses they offer is there IF, and only if you make A LOT of sales. They assign you an area manager that helps you and pushes you to succeed.

    Cons

    Can be very stressful. It's not for everyone. I would only advise this job to someone is very passionate about insurance and is willing to do what it takes to succeed. In my opinion it can be difficult to make a career out of this if you are not extremely passionate about insurance. You paycheck is 100% commission, so if you aren't selling, you are not making any money. And you have to sell a lot to make good money with Woodmen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more straightforward and tell potential employees about the true nature of the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Field Rep

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Representative
    Current Employee - Field Representative

    I have been working at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone in Omaha is very helpful. Training at home office is awesome.

    Cons

    No training through area and state managers. You are left on your own. There is not a clear direction of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at the area and state managers that are suppose to be training reps to be successful. They get paid to give the top notch training but never do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed reviews on a great company

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

    I have been working at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The home office people are most helpful and friendly. They can supply you with the education and training you need to become successful.

    Cons

    The state and area managers have a tendency to look at the field representatives as dollar signs. They don't care what your situation is because it's all about the bottom line. The Omaha office encourages people to work part time (Delta Contracts) but the State and Area level managers will still hold you to a full time work load requirement.
    Home office allows a part-time contract, & area managers should realize that. Just because THEY don't like to allow part-time workers, it isn't THEIR company to decide. When you have put the money/time into training someone, any policies sold is better than NO policies sold. When women have issues with their health/family/life circumstances, they should be allowed to take care of them, or themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Area/State managers don't know how to motivate field reps. Their meetings are all about numbers. Some people want to sell insurance to help people and the numbers are secondary. It would make more sense if the managers would be finding new clients for the field reps. Too much micromanagement from managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you work hard you can do well

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance

    Pros

    Awesome pay and if you do well there are great perks.
    Employee development, opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    No upward mobility.
    Sales job, not for the faint of heart
    Lack of diversity; hard to sell an all white company to a diverse community

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Special Rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pinehurst, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pinehurst, NC

    I worked at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Leadership, Good benefits, good family balance

    Cons

    Slow to Promote, hard time recruiting younger employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outdated!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great wellness!

    Cons

    Behind the times for technology and products. No chance for advancement. The current leaders aren't going anywhere so a lot of talent must leave if they want a chance to move up somewhere. People won't stay when they are topped out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have an issue with bullying. If you don't address it its going to bite you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to work full-time, even though they offer part-time contracts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Representative
    Former Employee - Field Representative

    I worked at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people you meet-a great concept-it is a non-profit, so they exist to serve their members with way more than just insurance. Many extra "benefits" that "for profit" companies simply couldn't dream of, because they are in business to pad their pockets along with their share-holders. Woodmen truly cares about their members. In general, they are very giving to reps-buying meals, prizes at state meetings-a real family feeling.

    Cons

    Home office allows a part-time contract, & area managers should realize that. Just because THEY don't like to allow part-time workers, it isn't THEIR company to decide. When you have put the money/time into training someone, any policies sold is better than NO policies sold. When women have issues with their health/family/life circumstances, they should be allowed to take care of them, or themselves. Most men just go to work, and come home, with little else to do except maybe the yard. When you are a field rep, that wasn't hired to come to an office for set hours, and when you do come in, everyone shares one office, how are you supposed to work with one phone in the room, & you never know when others may come in, too? You just end up visiting, & not really getting any work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some people in management positions that discriminate. All area managers should follow the rules that home office sets. If part-time contracts are ok with home office, then area managers should respect that. Or go open their own insurance company. Sometimes things happen within families that are temporary situations, & when resolved can result in a lifetime of future sales for the company. Women aren't supposed to have to choose between career & family. Funny, this particular area manager's wife doesn't even have a job at all. Double standard there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating yer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Representative
    Former Employee - Field Representative

    I worked at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The Financial rewards would have been great. Great community involvement opportunities if that is the type of thing you enjoy doing

    Cons

    I wasn't aggressive enough to make it work. You better be willing to call people who don't want to be bothered when they don't want to be bothered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly tell recruits how difficult it is to build your business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great organization, great benefits, great leaders and lots of new opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Human Resources in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Director of Human Resources in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Woodmen of the World Life Insurance full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pros of working at Woodmen include the great people, strong leadership in operations and IT, as well as the executive team..... and the opportunity to do innovative work.

    Cons

    As with other companies that are over 100 years old, there are several processes and systems that are not as current as they need to be for employees and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is important to continue creating an environment where people can do their best work. Continue to support that culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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