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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated Aug 19, 2019

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Pros
  • "Backed by a giving company who cares about their employees and provide great training and development(in 208 reviews)

  • "Great people who care, flexible schedule, opportunity to grow and have impact(in 206 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (4)

    "Great place to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Associate Financial Representative 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere Great training experience Fair pay

    Cons

    There are no cons, my experience has been amazing

    Northwestern Mutual2019-05-21
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of support and opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Have to acquire your own clients

    Northwestern Mutual2019-08-19
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unbelievable and Unmatched Opportunity for Those with Growth and Entrepreneurial Mindsets"

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Edina, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ability to earn whatever income you want if you put in the work, all while helping individuals that you want to work with achieve financial security. The opportunity for personal growth and development is immense here. This job allows you to be a business owner with the resources of a Fortune 100 company and guidance of leadership and many senior advisors. Northwestern Mutual offers top-line products on the market.

    Cons

    Stressful job that requires years of very challenging upfront activity and learning. Must learn to handle rejection on a regular basis, as well as the natural ebbs and flows of a sales cycle.

    Northwestern Mutual2019-08-16
  4. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative 

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    -Huge earning potential -Good management -Fun, youthful culture -Great training program

    Cons

    -Very difficult career -Delayed gratification -Must be comfortable selling and prospecting

    Northwestern Mutual2019-08-17
  5. "Incredibly Hard Work, Incredibly High Payout"

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    Current Employee - Associate Financial Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    supportive office -- feels like a family. Same thing from Home Office -- very supportive, lots of training available, specialists available for any range of needs from tech to financial. Community awareness and nonprofit support throughout the year available and employees are active.

    Cons

    Very long hours. Advisors that succeed works as long as it take to do so, and so do the teams. Stressful work as well. You don't have to be a genius, but definitely need to be detail-oriented. There is rarely an item that isn't of critical importance when it comes to other peoples finances -- so, when successful, you're juggling a constant influx of critical tasks. Apparently this all pays out in a slower work life down...

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    Northwestern Mutual2019-08-06
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Not for the experienced"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice facilities, free lunch, new technology Booted Emilia S. (good luck KKR, you're gonna need it)

    Cons

    Blatant Age Discrimination. Layoffs hit over age 40 and majority were outstanding performers. (EEOC violation?) Massive outsourcing (India) - transient workforce, not dedicated. "Lord of the Flies Culture" replaced "do the right thing" culture.

    Advice to Management

    "Ed has taught not just me, but all of us, the power of being transparent," Schlifske said. Asked what he would hope to be remembered for when his time to retire comes, Schlifske said: leaving the company in better shape than when he started; maintaining its level of excellence; continuing to nurture leadership from within; and preserving the culture. Jsonline May 29, 2010 Nope, not even close.

    Northwestern Mutual2019-08-12
  7. "The best company with the best upside!"

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You are completely rewarded for the work that you put in! The upside is unlimited. You own your business with the amazing support of a top notch company and management team!

    Cons

    You need to be willing to work hard upfront to gain the flexibility that is very worth it!!

    Northwestern Mutual2019-08-03
  8. "Thank you Glassdoor"

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great products & reputation. High upside earning potential

    Cons

    Difficult getting started because it’s 100% commission

    Northwestern Mutual2019-08-02
  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Operations Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    able to advance, good head office for help

    Cons

    Every rep is different so you’ll have a different experience

    Northwestern Mutual2019-08-02
  10. "Good pay"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, make great friends for life

    Cons

    Not challenging, repetitive duties, micromanagement

    Northwestern Mutual2019-08-15
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