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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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  • You will be asking them to give you numbers for close friends and family (in 341 reviews)

  • The turnover rate is very high because there is no base salary for full-time reps (in 128 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (38)

    "Amazing training and culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    Flexible and no cap on earnings

    Cons

    I love everyone I work with.

  3. "Financial Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to run your business the way you want to.

    Cons

    Extremely high standards, with strict minimums, not a a lot of time to experiment


  4. "Financial Representative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company atmosphere, freedom of making your own schedule, great deal of upward mobility in the financial rep/advisor position, really strong resources given to help representatives succeed.

    Cons

    No guaranteed salary, in a representatives first year, it is very hard to get their feet off the ground, especially if coming straight out of college. All compensation based leads to very low/inconsistent income for first couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Begin first year reps with a base salary to help them get off the ground after training. The incentives for performance are good, but often out of sight when just starting.


  5. "Fantastic Company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, fun work environment, wonderful people, outstanding, industry-leading products, innovative methods, encouraging coworkers, incredible training programs.

    I felt like my coworkers were not only my friends, but like an extended family.

    Cons

    Pay was too low. Unfortunately, people have bills to pay, and the compensation was not high enough. Otherwise, I would probably still be there!

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep up the fantastic work.


  6. "Great environment to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual part-time

    Pros

    People were willing to help and you never felt like anyone was trying to not help you

    Cons

    A lot of work out on your own


  7. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Intern in Mobile, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly and fun atmosphere. Potential to make a lot of money.

    Cons

    Very awkward sometimes calling on old friends, family and asking for more leads from them. Sometimes you annoy people but thats sales.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management gives you a lot of help and opportunities.

  8. "Senior Project and Change Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Specialist in Franklin, WI
    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Specialist in Franklin, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corporate culture, location, benefits, and career growth opportunities

    Cons

    I enjoyed working there. No cons.


  9. "Intern Interview"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very personable, but it is a lengthy interview process and require you to do some work.

    Cons

    It was difficult contacting people you have not spoken to in awhile.

    Advice to Management

    Na


  10. "Best in the industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong company, competitive, established, and takes care of its producers

    Cons

    Financial planning is a tough industry


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