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  • Home office support shuts down at 4:30pm (in 5 reviews)

  • I don't have anything negative to say (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Management is Very Self Serving"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Modern Woodmen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fraternal company that is structured to be member focused.

    Cons

    Regional directors run thier regions like private kingdoms. They make and change the rules of the road at will and there is no consistency. Legacy building via nepatism is rampant and doesn't look good for the long term outlook of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on members and the representatives who work with them everyday. Perks for the regional directors are already rich, managing partners need more support.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Very misleading local management, but a great company at best"

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    Former Employee - Financial Sales Representative in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Financial Sales Representative in Springfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have the best insurance and fraternal benefits for their clients by far in this industry!
    CEO Kenny Massey is an awesome man to work for. If he knew how things were ran in SW Missouri, he'd have a fit and heads would roll.

    Cons

    They call themselves at the regional level "not-for-profit" when they are anything but. Local managers breed an environment of harassment and bullying. They have lied to everyone that has come to work and said that they would give you money to help pay your bills if you need it while you are learning. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Wish I had started with a different insurance company when I first got into the business 3 years ago. I wouldn't be financially strapped right now if I had. They charge you for everything including a laptop that when you leave you must return to them even though you're required to pay $100/ month for it. After 2 years, you still have to return it.

    Advice to Management

    Watch your Regional Directors and management closely. There is a reason why 19 out of 20 new hires quit. I was the agent of the year in 2014 and quit due to lack of support. Your agents should not have to compete for business with their direct suprvisors. They supervisors already get a commission off of what the agents are making, so why should they be allowed to send the "small commission" accounts to the people struggling to make ends meet, while they sit back fat an easy enjoying there guaranteed salary???

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Clerk
    Former Employee - Clerk
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and flex hours were great. PTO, holiday pay Etc. Chapter 22 activities are also something that the company does that is wonderful.

    Cons

    They don't give you the training you need to exceed with the company. Instead they give you a trainer that's never around to help you or is always in "meetings".

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees yourself or at least give your employee a trainer who can actually help them.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Okay if you're ambitious and know a lot of people"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Modern Woodmen as an intern

    Pros

    Small, family-friendly, not-for-profit, not many requirements for interns once contracted

    Cons

    No help with prospecting clients, very difficult to earn anything because 100% commission


  5. "Insurance Agent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training of subject matter (policies, universal, whole life and term insurance.

    Cons

    Absence of a viable prospect program.

    Advice to Management

    Test vendor market assistance in locating and referring clients.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Representative"

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Rock Island, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Rock Island, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Modern Woodmen (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company values. All about customer service. Pride themselves in helping others

    Cons

    Just more organization. Better formal training.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of Training/Management/Supervision"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits in the industry when it comes to 401k, pension plan, health, dental, vision insurance
    Fraternal system can lead your way into sales with daycares and schools.

    Cons

    After you are hired it is all about the next hire for your Region. Management is trying to get the new agents up and running so existing agents are literally on their own after a month or two. Compensation is 100% commission so with a small company that isn't well known it is very challenging to get in the door. No leads or "book of business" are handed to new agents so you are starting from the ground up from your contract date. Turnover is extremely high due to new agents not being able to make it financially within the first 3-6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly reform the compensation package to attract new agents like signing bonus, salary, etc.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Good Career Opportunity, Not for Everyone"

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Modern Woodmen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Control your own schedule, health insurance and pension plan provided, 401-k available with match, Fraternal Business Model allows you to give to the community, work with people of great integrity.

    Cons

    Home office employees lack understanding of what field force challenges are, Management favoritism/legacy building is rampant, Focus is on increasing # of managers rather than supporting existing reps and current managers, Product offering is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to recordings of agents calling the home office...you might be shocked how disrespectful some HO staff is and the inaccurate information given. Cut the number of Regional Directors in half, half of them aren't producing anyway, use the savings to increase agent and managing partner compensation/support. Managing Partners are the ones who recruit new reps, make that a more attractive position and provide more support to them.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Modern Woodmen as an intern

    Pros

    The Managers are very nice.

    Cons

    Strictly commission-based.
    Have to rely on family and cold-calls to get started.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to give some of your Reps a few of your clientele to get them started.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Endless opportunities but make no money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long history...fraternal benefits...cares about the elderly

    Cons

    Straight commission, never any fresh leads, cold calling, lack of leadership from managing partner and regional director. Upper management uses and abuses "young" talent.

    Advice to Management

    Update the company structure and get some marketing. No one knows who Modern Woodmen is.


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