Woodmen of the World Life Insurance

  www.woodmen.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 23 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

(no image)

Larry R. King

(9 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
23 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Good place if you just want a job.

    Underwriting Support (Current Employee) Omaha, NE

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

    ConsNo 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 Systems and products are super outdated.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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Field Rep

    Field Representative (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNo training through area and state managers. You are left on your own. There is not a clear direction of leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed reviews on a great company

    Field Representative (Current Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementArea/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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

  1. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    If you work hard you can do well

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNo upward mobility.
    Sales job, not for the faint of heart
    Lack of diversity; hard to sell an all white company to a diverse community

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Special Rep

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pinehurst, NC

    ProsGood Leadership, Good benefits, good family balance

    ConsSlow to Promote, hard time recruiting younger employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Outdated!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Omaha, NE

    ProsGreat benefits. Great wellness!

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

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

    Field Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsHome 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating yer

    Field Representative (Former Employee)

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

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementHonestly tell recruits how difficult it is to build your business

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

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

    Director of Human Resources (Current Employee) Omaha, NE

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Stable company with good work-life balance and community involvement.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Omaha, NE

    ProsGood, kind people, officially 38.75 hour work weeks, OK benefits, flexible work arrangements (telecommuting, part-time, etc.), covered parking, good bonuses, never had a staff reduction driven layoff in ~110 years of history. Stable work environment in the short term (10-20 years). Company recognizes that all legacy systems are antiquated and need to be completely overhauled.

    ConsWork-life balance can really tank in some high-stress projects and some areas of core operations. Lots of micromanagement in core operations. Unfortunately, membership (customer base) is in a slow and steady decline despite concerted efforts to increase sales. Company does not embrace the internet revolution or see a need to target a customer base other than southern, white, low income (people who are not tech savvy). Ultimately in the long term, likely to be consolidated with another fraternal organization or go out of business. However, Woodmen is stable in the short term, so there are many "lifers" there, who are working out their careers to vest their pensions. Voluntary turnover is very very low (~4%), which severely limits opportunities to move up in the organization. It is a common problem for people to be tapped out at the top end of their salary range for years, and to not receive any pay raises. They cannot move up b/c there are no jobs available, so they are stuck barely beating inflation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

Worked for Woodmen of the World Life Insurance? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.