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Updated Aug 6, 2019

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LearnVest CEO & Founder Alexa von Tobel (no image)
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Pros
  • "a lot of the "amenities" of a start up office (nyc)(in 7 reviews)

  • "work / life balance is reasonable(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "LearnVest brand is completely gone (you are a part of Northwestern Mutual)(in 12 reviews)

  • "as mentioned above, Tech and Product seem to be battling for turf with Northwestern senior management(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Aug 6, 2019 - Associate in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Opportunity to learn and grow

      Cons

      Fast-paced but to be expected with a startup culture

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to jump into product-side work for designers

      Feb 2, 2019 - Designer NY Office in New York, NY
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      Pros

      I can only speak for the teams that I'm on, but I've had a great working relationship with product and tech. Projects are nimble and agile, but also complex and challenging in a good way. Surprisingly, a big design dept. Everyone is friendly and approachable. Leadership does it's best to be transparent and protect the rest of the pack from any politics. Lot of former agency leadership/talent. Lot of dedicated people leading the design. Dogs, snacks, beers, cold brew on draft, game room, comfortable common areas.. a lot of the "amenities" of a start up office (nyc) Pension vests in 3 yrs

      Cons

      The heavy corporate bureaucracy is often felt. We have to use office 360 .. There's two cultures, one that of NY tech hub and one that of the MKE Hq. Starting to accept it and perhaps learn from it.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Love the culture in this office!

      Jan 10, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Dog-friendly, flexible work time, nice co-workers, easy to commute location

      Cons

      Work pace is a little bit slow.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Nice idea, poor execution

      Jan 10, 2019 - Senior CopyWriter 
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      Pros

      -Snacks, some cool people, flexible and relaxed office

      Cons

      It's now Northwestern Mutual, there is no more LearnVest

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Meh

      Dec 12, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      The team I was on was awesome

      Cons

      Management wasn't always aligned "You must enter at least 5 words for cons"

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Are you kidding?

      Oct 25, 2018 - Business Development in Milwaukee, WI
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      Pros

      Snacks, games, pets in the office.................

      Cons

      Really LV employees get over yourselves! Milwaukee NM is tired of hearing your woes. You were bought for a reason and that is your new mission. Come work in Milwaukee to help transform NM & Milwaukee into a technology hub or go work somewhere else. NM is far from perfect. But, it is what it is and LV employees need to stop complaining, join your new culture or get the heck out. And, stop bragging about your expense accounts, fancy hotels, restaurants out, etc. on NM's dime including all the free airline miles so your families can go on free vacations. You have no clue about what Milwaukee home office employees have been dealing with in regards to 'strategic expense' management

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Culture is changing

      Aug 18, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
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      Pros

      The mission and work is noble, exciting, and motivating, especially if you believe in financial planning. The "front line" employees in Arizona work hard and are great teammates and colleagues. It's exciting to be tasked with transforming the way a massive company, NWM, approaches planning and engages with clients.

      Cons

      Lots of us came to LearnVest because of the value they placed on CFPs and financial planning. Well that seems to have gone by the wayside because the most recent few promotions have totally disregarded that value. We recently had an open position in AZ for an Assistant Director role. Lots of people were interested because being a small office, new opportunities don't come up often. Lots of planners were interested in applying but were told that the Sr Director said "it's really hard to "skip a level" in an organization." Basically, if you're not already in management, it'd be really hard to get this new role. So a lot ofpeople didn't apply - we figured a manager would get promoted which honestly made the most sense. They are all CFPs, they know the work, the people, and have put their time into the company. Well that's not what happened. The person who got the role went from managing no people to managing 30 people. Not only that, but he has no planning experience, no experience with the software, and no ties to the specific work that he will now be leading. I guess that when the entire operations team is considered "leadership" they automatically qualify for things like this??? This is in no way an insult to the guy who got the job but it's a huge insult to literally every other employee in the office who would actually be qualified to do the job. The future of AZ is a bit bleak because we are loosing our connection to planning and CFP values.

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Pull The Plug

      Aug 22, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The free snacks, food and celebrating are endless.

      Cons

      Due to the acquisition by Northwestern Mutual, the remaining LearnVest employees live in paranoia that their jobs are going away so the culture has turned to fear and a need to justify their work. If you are looking for career growth or tenure, look elsewhere.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Financial Analyst

      Aug 21, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great perks, benefits and work environment!

      Cons

      High expectations but little training opportunities

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    10. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Stay away - far far away

      Jul 20, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Learnvest existed at one time and was, at one point, an enjoyable place to work. It is now NorthwesternMutual. However, there is still some little bit left of a startup feeling as opposed to the boring monotony of NorthwesternMutual - although every day it becomes more a life insurance company. All the positives that were sold to Learnvest hires no longer exist. So know you're signing up for NorthwesternMutual.

      Cons

      NorthwesternMutual's business of offering financial planning is 100% a cover for them pitching life insurance - their main business. This has been commented on in the personal finance subreddit as well as other media outlets. Its somewhat disingenuous. Learnvest no longer exists. The technology that was Agile, and fluid is now... well the technology is antiquated at best. From the 60s and hacked to work with Kubernetes and Docker is more in line with reality. Stability is not a known thing at NM. Expect your network connection to have no internet multiple times a week. Expect to be locked out of your system multiple times a month. Expect having to call Milwaukee from your personal device to get any of the above rectified. Expect having NO access to personal email. Expect nearly any website not relating to NM's business to be blocked. Expect a very conservative workforce that you'll be reporting too in Milwaukee. Expect terrible health benefits - the current benefits were rolled out as an utter disaster and the former CEO of Learnvest had to fight, literally, for benefits that weren't a step back a decade. Learnvest was acquired so that NM can have a presence (marketing perhaps) in New York. Their business model has no concept of what a vibrant cultural environment - like Manhattan - is like and pushes very hard against it. The company as a whole is very conservative, for lack of a better word, and you should be aware of that going in.

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      10 people found this review helpful
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