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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  • The internship just expects you to reach out to your friends and family to sell them insurance (in 302 reviews)

  • Little to no base salary, pure commission (in 109 reviews)

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  1. "Financial Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Representative
    Current Employee - Financial Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by great supportive leadership, positive, fast paced environment

    Cons

    100% commission, mentor's are often too busy to help, require vast knowledge as each prospect you meet with has a unique situation

    Advice to Management

    Provide U5 with more ideas on how to keep the funnel full find names/numbers.


  2. "advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    Amazing culture, great people to work with, top training, really care about their people being successful, income opportunity, feeling valued by leadership, doing good work in the community

    Cons

    not the right career for everyone, challenging, need discipline and mental toughness


  3. "Financial Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    You have a flexible schedule

    Cons

    The lack of time for product knowledge


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  5. "Excellent company, unlimited earning potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Unlimited earning potential is great for you, and making your own meetings is great for flexibility. The missions, visions, and values held by every advisor is genuine and their testimonials will inspire success.

    Cons

    The core aspect of this job, from your client's perspective, will be to sell policies through phone calls. People will be uneasy speaking to a stranger over the phone, which can be difficult to get past. Pretty strong "bro culture" at a lot of offices among younger reps can be off-putting.


  6. "good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    Reputable, highly rated company. Great products and services.

    Cons

    Low pay for staff positions. Lucrative only for financial reps.

    Advice to Management

    Treat support staff better as they make success possible for financial reps.


  7. "Program Support Sr. Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    work/life balance
    growth opportunities
    good review process

    Cons

    many changes
    layoffs and cuts
    benefit cuts


  8. Helpful (1)

    "OK Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    vacation time and flexibility in some areas

    Cons

    pay is low, company is changing and doesn't seem to care about employees anymore

    Advice to Management

    employees are one of your most important resources; you should take care of them


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunity of a lifetime"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    *Every financial institution I interviewed with before committing to Northwestern Mutual spoke first about income, compensation, benefits for ME. Northwestern Mutual was the ONLY company that spoke about helping others, long term trust, impact.

    *Every Simon Sinek, Tony Robbins, etc. video I see on culture is emulated in our culture. You feel like a family. When you see each other in and out of the office, you HUG. I know the people, their spouses. I can be vulnerable. I can be myself. It's truly a gift.

    Cons

    *It's not for everyone...this is a true test of character - of patience, trust, grit, integrity, spirit - it will hold up the mirror to your true self. You have to live life differently than 99% of your peers, which is hard to adjust to in the short term.

    *You will have to sacrifice heavily for the short term. This is not for the weak of heart. You will put in work for the first 5-6 years if you desire to live like no one else for the next 40.


  10. "Good Company. Still needs to work on valuing support staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    great educational opportunities, somewhat flexible work environment depending on the team you are on

    Cons

    they treat staff of advisors like they do not matter but this seems to be improving


  11. "Staff Perspective"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Wealth Management Advisor
    Current Employee - Associate Wealth Management Advisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Industry leading strength. Holistic planning approach with many years of experience.

    Cons

    Lack of variety in Career Path progression. Each adviser team operates differently.

    Advice to Management

    Do not always try to build from within. Attempt to source talent from other areas in order to increase strengths and market share.



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