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Updated May 25, 2017
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  • poor work life balance and lots of pressure (in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours and stressful clients (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "If you commit? the process works"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AXA full-time

    Pros

    Very caring and sharing management team........Ability eventually to be my own boss.
    Great products and client experiences...

    Cons

    A lot of work upfront.......but if you dive in, you reap the rewards.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, it feels like a second family!


  2. "Regional Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to advance your career within your same department or laterally to other divisions.

    Cons

    Company needs to improve its technology.

    Advice to Management

    Greater commitment in technology investment will lead to long term advantages


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing department a complete mess"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AXA full-time

    Pros

    Very flexible WFH if you're a diligent employee and discuss it with your manager.

    I can't speak to any other departments. Somehow they keep winning "Great place to work," so I can only assume other parts of the company are better.

    Cons

    Horrific culture. Jersey City office is half empty and no one smiles or says hello. Walking through the halls, I often had the experience of smiling and saying Hello and receiving only an odd look or averted eyes.

    Marketing is a sinking ship, the CMO was fired a year ago, the department was re-ogranized and broken up to report to the COO. She quit, and they named a new CMO the end of last year.

    Re-orged marketing twice in my short time there, but never changed out the talent. You can't just move around the puzzle pieces when things are so broken. Find the dead weight (there's lots of it) and/or the individuals who do not know who to be a part of a team (many fit the bill) and fire them. Bring in people who will actually get the job done - whether it's promoting top talent from within or searching from the outside.

    Marketing, as a function, isn't appreciated at all by top management, so the budget keeps getting smaller and they wonder why they don't get anything good out of them.

    Too many consultants -- every time you turn around there's another project that's being co-led by an outside consulting agency. They place NO trust in their own full time employees to get things done... then why are we here?

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen...


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  5. "internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AXA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    learning how to make an investment and control your cash flow

    Cons

    I want to learn more

    Advice to Management

    more organized


  6. "Financial Professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Financial Professional in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Professional in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at AXA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paid for what effort you put into the job. Great office of people in Dallas.

    Cons

    Feels like you never get anywhere professionally and succesfully. Feels a bit like a pyramid scheme.

    Advice to Management

    Great professional growth but the compensation plan needs a complete overhaul in order to motivate people to stick it out.


  7. "Things seem pretty hectic."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Associate in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Tech Associate in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are all really nice and helpful. Generous benefits and paid time off. There is a sense of teamwork and comradery when working alongside people here.

    Cons

    The training and on boarding process has been very hands off/do it yourself. Not much communication with your direct managers.

    Advice to Management

    Try to do better at getting new employees set up.


  8. "Busy & a lot to learn but love it!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at AXA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Energy, rewarding, hard work but you have the tools to be successful. Its not for everyone, it takes motivation, drive and the hunger to one day be your own boss and afford those things you may not be able to in a 9 to 5 job.

    Cons

    It is hard work, long hours starting out, you sometimes have to work a Saturday and there is always something new to learn because the financial industry changes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyable."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Professional in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Professional in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AXA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people that worked with the company were wonderful people. Such a friendly yet professional atmosphere. Job itself has an immense potential for advancement in only a few years. However not enough can be said about how welcoming and helpful upper management is.

    Cons

    Pile on massive workloads which you're responsible for completing on your own time. Full commission after 4 weeks in which you have to complete studying for a licensing exam (about 3-4 ours of studying a day on top of a 10 hour work day). Realistically, if you are not supported financially by someone else, it is very tough to get started in this business.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a training staff that can train the employees more efficiently, that way they have more time to grow their business as well as study for licensing exams.


  10. "Thoughtful and fast tracked career process"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AXA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people, mentoring and coaching readily available. Company allows me to pursue significance rather than just focusing on the numbers. It is a place where things are done in teams and people have one another's backs.

    Cons

    At this point I don't have any negatives to share. My experience because of the relatively quick promotion in the company has drowned out any possible negatives.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Scam!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Professional in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AXA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get sponsored to take the Series 7 exam. You can then use your license to get interviews at more ethical, prestigious, and respectable employers.

    Cons

    The management at AXA are a bunch of liars and crooks. They make absurd claims like you'll make $250,000 your first year. The pre-employment phase (PEP) is basically a slave labor racket which exploits the ambitions of recent college graduates. What they don't tell you in the "interview" process is that most people do not make it out of PEP and those who do make essentially no money for 5 months. Moreover, the amount of time and effort that they demand out of you during PEP is absurd considering that they pay you absolutely nothing. There are dozens of boutique firms in Manhattan where you can do the same exact thing and have significantly more autonomy. On your first day in the office, you find out that, in order to go on contract, you have to obtain licenses in multiple states which you have to pay several hundred dollars for out of pocket. Also, financial advisers at AXA are really just glorified insurance salespeople. The "advisers" at AXA push life insurance on everyone (even people who clearly don't need it) because that is where the most commissions are obtained. If you are interesting in selling stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, forget about working here.

    To be sure, private wealth management is a potentially lucrative field. If you are truly interested in the industry there are far more reputable firms that you can and should consider: Morgan Stanley, Meryl Lynch, UBS, Charles Schwab, Fidelity, Edward Jones, etc. Stay away from AXA.... far away!

    Advice to Management

    Since you pay your employees absolutely nothing, there are limits as to how much you can demand of them and what you can make them do.

    Quit acting like it is a privilege for PEP associates to work at AXA. You are privileged to have people working for you for free, not the other way around.


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