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Northwestern Mutual Overview

Milwaukee, WI
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Northwestern Mutual is recognized by FORTUNE as one the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2016. Northwestern Mutual has been a leader in providing financial security to clients for over 150 years ... 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

Highest Rated CEOs: 2015 (#8), 2014 (#4), 2013 (#5)

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

Company Updates

  • We are proud of our Internship. According to Vault Guide to Top Internships, 2017, NM is #1 Financial Services Internship, #2 Career Development, #4 Overall Internship and #10 Quality of Life.

    Build Your Career as an Intern

    The financial representative internship can help you build your knowledge, confidence and personal brand. Hear how one representative built a successful career that began during his internship.

  • Find out why we’re a great place to launch or grow your career, according to Training Magazine.

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Northwestern Mutual – Why Work For 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 nearly 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.

Read how we are helping clients reach their dreams and financial goals

We’re fostering a culture of inclusion where everyone can be their best.  

Attracting a Diversity of Talent

We believe that a diverse and inclusive work environment attracts and engages the best talent—people with unique ideas, points of view, and passions. We are committed to attracting the top talent through relationships, sponsorships, conferences, affiliations and career fairs across the nation.

We reach tens of thousands of professionals and students through our relationships with:

  • National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)
  • National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA)
  • National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Associate (NCAA)

Our Commitments

  • Through our Foundation, we’ve given nearly $290 million to communities across the nation over the past decade.

  • Our employees volunteered more than 32,500 hours in 2015 to community organizations.

  • Military Veterans have the values that will help to succeed in a career as a financial representative. We also support our Military Veterans through special events at our Annual Meeting and through our Employee Resource Groups (ERG).

    Learn more about military veteran success stories.


  • Northwestern Mutual ranks 100th on the 2016 FORTUNE® 500 and is recognized by FORTUNE as one of the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2016. 

At Northwestern Mutual, security is built on the lasting relationships our financial representatives establish with their clients.  Our representatives get to know their clients’ hopes and dreams so they can help them make life’s financial decisions with confidence. Working with some of the best-trained financial professionals in the business, clients benefit from a distinctive planning approach that includes protecting what they already have and high-quality products that perform for the long term.

We create meaningful employment opportunities and invest in our people.  We strengthen local businesses and economies.  We give back. And make a difference for families and children, thousands of whom have benefited from our national program to fight childhood cancer.  And each year, our employees and local offices donate time, talents and financial support to causes they’re passionate about. 

See our mission in action.

Becoming a Financial Representative

When you join our team of financial professionals, you will build lasting relationships with clients and help them to achieve their financial goals. In doing so, you’ll help solidify your own future as well. The career offers flexibility at a company where hard work is valued and rewarded. Your local network office wiill help you:

  • Build a practice from the ground up with support from mentors and training tools
  • Guide clients through a financial planning process which reflects our belief that over a lifetime, most people will experience many different financial needs and circumstances.  After assessing your clients needs, you will recommend and provide insurance and investment solutions to help meet their financial security goals.

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 Internship for 21 years in a row according to Vault Guide to Internships, 2017 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.

With 5,000 employees at our home office in Milwaukee and second campus in Franklin, WI, Northwestern Mutual is truly a community within a community. We offer our employees an innovative and challenging place to work with camaraderie and teamwork to stimulate your mind and build character.

We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which each employee can contribute creative ideas, seek challenges, assume leadership and continue to focus on meeting and exceeding business and personal objectives.  Northwestern Mutual appreciates the uniqueness of each individual and supports diversity within the communities in which our employees reside and our company does business.

Northwestern Mutual is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that welcomes and encourages diversity in the workforce.  We know that a culturally sensitive, diverse workforce is better able to serve our customers' needs and can produce better business results. We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which each employee can contribute creative ideas, seek challenges, assume leadership and continue to focus on meeting and exceeding business and personal objectives. This commitment to diversity will be reflected in company policies, procedures, activities and communications.

This policy applies to hiring, promoting, transferring, and other personnel transactions and conditions of employment at Northwestern Mutual.

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    Since starting, I have had world class mentors teaching me 1 on 1, and constant attention if I needed it. It's amazing how much people will go out of their way or sacrifice their time to help me learn. I have so much in a short 2 years. I cannot see myself every working somewhere else.


    You have to be a self starter! This career provides a ton of autonomy and flexibility...but the people that abuse the flexibility end up failing. It's important to be a self motivator to earn the money and freedom that you want!

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    Keep utilizing a "team culture". I love that I have a team I can go the extra mile for. It's also great being surrounded by people who are in the exact same spot as me. It's fun learning and bouncing ideas off of each other.

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    Although this is one of the top ten internship, they just want you to sell their insurance products to your family and friends. If you are comfortable doing that, this is a good place.

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Northwestern Mutual Awards & Accolades

  • Vault 2016 Top 5 Financial Services Internships, Vault Guide to Internships, 2017
  • Training Top 125, Training Magazine, 2017
  • 50 Best Companies for Diversity, Black Enterprise Magazine, 2016
  • Worlds Most Admired Companies, Fortune Magazine, 2016
  • 50 Best Companies to Sell For, Selling Power Magazine, 2016
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