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Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Amazing training and culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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!

    Advice to Management

    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.


  2. "Financial representative intership"

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    Former Intern - Financial Services Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Intern - Financial Services Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Outstanding training, lots of help and support from experienced financial advisers, flexible schedule

    Cons

    100% commission, no benefits, you have to find your own clients


  3. "Great Company"

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    Former Intern - College Financial Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Intern - College Financial Representative in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Northwestern Mutual is a great company. It truly strives to help its clients achieve financial security and put them in a great position for the future.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to get started in this company because its 100% commission based.


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  5. "This position gives an incredible opportunity to people who want to help others protect their families."

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    Current Intern - Financial Representative in Grandview Heights, OH
    Current Intern - Financial Representative in Grandview Heights, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This position is super flexible and is great for self-motivated workers. It gives you an opportunity to help people secure their financial security and create lasting, meaningful relationships with all your clients.

    Cons

    This position is not for people who can't be self-motivated. You have to put in a lot of work in the beginning to be successful but it's worth it in the end.


  6. "Financial Representative Intern"

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    Current Intern - College Financial Representative in Grandview Heights, OH
    Current Intern - College Financial Representative in Grandview Heights, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Knowledge is abundant and resources are endless. There is access to a full spectrum of financial services, leaving the specializations up to you. Senior planners offer expertise and are more than willing to help, you just need to ask.

    Cons

    If you are not ready to be an entrepreneur, or don't have a large pool of resources to pool from, that being contacts, start up can be discouraging. Need to persevere and be willing to market yourself day in and day out or you will not be successful. Your potential is where you set it, hard work pays off and is a rewarding experience to know you are helping individuals reach their financial goals.

    Advice to Management

    Reach out to the young advisors and maybe even start them off with a couple first tier clients to avoid a potential discouraging start.


  7. "College Financial Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - College Financial Representative in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Intern - College Financial Representative in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern

    Pros

    Get to create your own schedule
    Improved small talk skills
    Very supportive employees
    Unlimited Earning potential as a career

    Cons

    "Warm calling" is not fun
    Pretty much insurance salesman until you sell 10 policies
    Little income for the summer unless you can sell policies

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Very warm and helpful environment.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Representative"

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Paducah, KY
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Paducah, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The ability to work your own schedule. Take off when you have too and you are not micromanaged. Learn how big business is created and the financial keys to being successful.

    Cons

    Structure is what you make it. If you don't have any then this isn't the job for you. People simple don't like to talk about death.

    Advice to Management

    None/ the company does great work and I'll be a customer for life


  9. "Financial Representative"

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    Current Intern - Financial Representative in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Intern - Financial Representative in Tallahassee, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is an overall great atomsphere

    Cons

    The hours can be demanding


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Learn many new things
    -Improves people skills

    Cons

    -Calling 40+ people a day (friends and family)
    -Very hard to start off
    -Almost all commission
    -Most people fail out in the first year


  11. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Allows you to make a positive impact on everyone you meet

    Cons

    no cons i can think of