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Northwestern Mutual Overview

Milwaukee, WI
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Brokerage Services
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for over 161 years. Through a distinctive, whole-picture planning approach including both insurance and investments, we empower people to be financially confident. We combine the ... Read more

Mission: We combine our unsurpassed financial strength, solutions and expertise with time-tested principles, a comprehensive approach to planning and a financial representative’s long-term commitment to listen to, guide and encourage you.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2018 (#67), 2013 (#41), 2011 (#22), 2010 (#11), 2009 (#5)

Top CEOs: 2019 (#89), 2017 (#90), 2015 (#8), 2014 (#4), 2013 (#5)

Company Updates

  • Hear from our EVP of Career Distribution:!

    It's not who you know, it's how well you know them

    It used to be said, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." Social media is adding a new twist to this old saying.

  • We are focused on continually shaping the future. Learn why!

    Futurist teams will create the future of your organization

    Every person in every single organization needs to focus on the future. People who can forecast emerging trends and help businesses remain relevant in perpetuity will always be in high-demand.

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Northwestern Mutual – Why Work With Us?

As achieving financial security becomes more complex for people, a few simple truths are becoming even more powerful. Relationships are built on trust. Our lives and businesses matter.  And we’re much stronger together than we are apart. These beliefs launched our company 160 years ago. Today they’re hardwired into our DNA and are just some of the reasons why people turn to Northwestern Mutual to help secure their financial lives.  Why are we so passionate about helping people achieve financial security? To start with, it’s not about profits. As a mutual company, we don’t have stockholders. It’s because we love building brighter futures for our more than four million client, financial representatives, employees and communities. We do it unlike anybody else.  We believe in doing what’s right. This is evident in the way we do business, in how we work with clients, in the values we hold and in the way we’re working together to strengthen local communities.

Recent Awards and Accolades:

FORTUNE® 97(FORTUNE® 500, 2017)
One of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies (FORTUNE® Magazine, 2017)
Best Places to Work #67 (Glassdoor, 2018)
Highest Rated CEO's (Glassdoor, 2017)
Top Companies for Women Technologists – Leadership Index (AnitaB.Org, 2017)
Best Places to Work – 100% Corporate Equality Index (Human Rights Campaign, 2018)
Vault 2016 Top 5 Financial Services Internships (Vault Guide to Internships, 2017)
50 Best Companies for Diversity (Black Enterprise Magazine, 2016)
50 Best Companies to Sell For (Selling Power Magazine, 2016)

Northwestern Mutual is a great place to experiment, learn and grow a career. When you join us, you’ll be part of a team focused on helping people become financially secure. We offer the strength and scale of a Fortune 100 company combined with an entrepreneurial culture. Big ideas don’t happen when you feel boxed in. Our agile, collaborative work environment enables you to do your work how and where you do it best.

We emphasize empowerment, teamwork and innovation—all in an effort to solve problems in a digital world and create an industry-leading digital platform.
Innovation is essential for delivering not just what’s needed now, but also for what people will expect in the future. We’re focused on creating a distinctive digital experience. We’re building muscles around experimentation—generating and testing new ideas as we create our digital future.

Northwestern Mutual's internship offers hands-on experience through teamwork and collaboration, as well as individual work assignments. Interns participate in a wide range of learning and development activities including job shadows, attending various speaking engagements and events designed to expose interns to other areas of the firm. Working in teams, interns collaborate with each other on assigned case studies, to be presented at the conclusion of the internship program.

From the minute you join us as a summer intern, our focus is on providing you with opportunities for learning and professional growth. You will have an opportunity to network with senior leaders, attend company-sponsored events and participate in community volunteer events. You will gain first-hand experience in learning what
it's like to work and live in the city of Milwaukee with access to all the city has to offer.

Make a career change for the good 

The best way to make a living? Helping others live better.   

 Start your career as a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual  

At Northwestern Mutual, we know the most rewarding careers empower everyone around you. As a member of our field force, you will be provided with all the tools and solutions to help you achieve your definition of success. It’s not just any job. It’s a career change for good. 

When you work for Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative, we empower you to empower others. That’s why we provide you with the tools and solutions you need to help you be at the center of your clients’ financial lives:  

  • Exclusive access to our risk products and proven planning solutions—from life insurance, disability income insurance, and education funding options to retirement planning, estate planning, and business planning. 
  • The opportunity to offer services that have been helping clients achieve financial security for 160 years—one with strength, values, and a track record of diversity and inclusion. 

 Learn more about our financial representative career:   

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Becoming a Financial Representative Intern

As a financial representative intern, you’ll get real-world job experience as you discover a career with flexibility and rewards. 

Teamwork. Training. Hard work. Fun. It’s part of what has made the Northwestern Mutual internship program a Top Ten Financial Internship for 24 years in a row according to Vault Guide to Internships, 2020 Edition. When you join our financial representative intern program, you’ll be supported by a team of people in one of our local network offices that will:

  • Help you master our personalized planning process to provide financial solutions tailored to each client’s needs over his or her lifetime.
  • Help you build on your classroom learning and develop lifelong skills.
  • Work with your school schedule with internships that are available to full-time students either full-time during the summer or part-time during the school year.

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Find a Northwestern Mutual office location in your area.

Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for 160 years. Our 7,000+ home office professionals are split across two campuses: Franklin and downtown Milwaukee (HQ). We’re continuing to grow, and we believe diversity makes us stronger as we help shape the future of financial security. Help us get to know you by applying for open positions.

In the Fall of 2017, we expanded our campus in downtown Milwaukee overlooking Lake Michigan. The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons includes a state-of-the-art employee Learning Institute, and features a natural light-filled, 21st century work environment. This signature development reinforces our commitment to job growth, attracting top talent and drawing new business to Milwaukee.

Northwestern Mutual Reviews

  • "Helping people on their road to financial security."

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Omaha, NE
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (Less than a year)


    An amazing feeling knowing you're truly helping people.


    It can be difficult when you are starting out, but if you put in the effort this career will be rewarding.

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Northwestern Mutual Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview


    Financial Representative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chico, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Northwestern Mutual (Chico, CA) in July 2018.


    Easily communicated 3 interview process. Takes about 1 month total from start to end. There is behavior and skill-based assessment that is completed online prior to the first interview to see if you are the right fit for the company. Overall smooth sailing interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • How can you bring value to Northwestern Mutual? How did you hear about us? What do you know about Northwestern Mutual?   Answer Question
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Northwestern Mutual Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work, Glassdoor, 2018
  • America's Best Employers for Diversity,, 2018
  • Forbes 2019 Best Employers for Diversity, Forbes, 2019
  • Vault 2016 Top 5 Financial Services Internships, Vault Guide to Internships, 2017
  • Training Top 125, Training Magazine, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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