Western & Southern Life Reviews

Updated May 28, 2020

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Western & Southern Life Chairman, President, and CEO John F. Barrett
John F. Barrett
225 Ratings
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  • "Benefits were not great, they do not pay for any licensing, working the book of business is dangerous because of chargeback(in 21 reviews)

  • "Micro management, treat people like grownups(in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (10)

    "Service Consultant"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western & Southern Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The management is excellent. I started in the customer relations center right out of college and this department gave me a chance to grow. Everyone from your team leaders to assistant managers, and all the way up have your best interest at heart. Don’t be shy come to management with new ideas. I was able to work hard get myself promoted in the department within my first 8 months. If you’re motivated and want an opportunity to grow, look no further

    Cons

    Jobs are on the phone but plenty of off the phone work if you work hard.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Greatest people I have ever worked amongst."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western & Southern Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, team building, encouragement, and help finding your place within the sales team. Always plenty of training, marketing material and support.

    Cons

    Training material often had many grammar errors, misspelled words, etc... and that did bother me that no one is proofreading material.

  3. "Great Benefits"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western & Southern Life full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, good pay structure, Fully funded retirement plan +401K

    Cons

    A little behind in technology.

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  4. "Working Smart is Rewarded"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Registered Representative in Orland Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western & Southern Life full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Freedom to create your own work environment. You can use your imagination and contact as many people as you like. There is no shortage of sales materiel, education and knowledgeable people to assist you. If you are determined and failure is not an option, you will find multiple roads to success. You have access to back office people and once you attend a convention you will never be satisfied to stay home. There is a family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Sales is not for everyone and selling something that people need but don't want is difficult and not enough people have mastered the ability to work through the tough times. It's not enough to know about products and how to dial a phone. Too much emphasis on grunt work. So many dials, so many appointments.... Should be more emphasis on thinking. Who do I know that this product will really help...

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  5. "Good Experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative 
    Recommends

    I worked at Western & Southern Life full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some offices are very much like a family, treat you with respect, work life balance, good commission structure.

    Cons

    Once I moved offices out of state, the culture is completely different.

  6. "Great Company"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western & Southern Life full-time

    Pros

    Good People, Lots of Room for advancement

    Cons

    Long hours, compensation could be better

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Completely disorganized and terrible management"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western & Southern Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    they pay you to study for the sie and the series tests

    Cons

    they have no execution of the training they are supposed to be doing. No experienced people in management to help you through with making the sales. No follow through from management at all. This was one of the worst run companies i have ever seen.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ok if you are willing to grind"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Youngstown, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Western & Southern Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Commission based gives you the opportunity to make more than a salaried position

    Cons

    Not a great trading program. Mostly just thrown into the field

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  9. "Dont waste your time"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western & Southern Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, and paid training

    Cons

    Literally everything else about the company is a con

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  10. "Good career choice for the right person"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Western & Southern Life full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Overall great place to work. Good work environment. Uncapped salary.

    Cons

    Finding your niche market can be hard and been able to get in front of enough people to sale. .Commission .Cold Calling .Training

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