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WoodmenLife Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, great benefits package, great corporate support (in 8 reviews)

  • Great products, good benefits, and the ability to work independently (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • 100% Commission, takes a lot of grunt work to build a book of business (in 4 reviews)

  • Basically left alone without a more seasoned veteran to lean on for joint fieldwork (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Forward Looking Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong Focus on Long Term Growth and the Technology to Achieve it. Not quarterly driven.

    Cons

    Still working out IT culture differences between "old school" and "new school" - as are all large and mid-sized companies!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the long term view - it differentiates WoodmenLife from other companies.


  2. "Decent Employer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Lots of long term employees
    125 years in business

    Cons

    Lack of openness to change
    Many long term employees mean lots of experience but it's mostly outdated, especially when it comes to technology
    Constantly changing direction

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction to go and stick with it
    Stop catering to every single persons complaints and focus on what benefits the company as a whole
    Make sure women are treated equally, especially in the IT department

  3. "A unique challenge"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lancaster, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited earning potential. If you are comfortable in full commission their pay structure especially in roll overs is good. Their financial strength is sound making their products on the safer side.

    Cons

    It's feast of famine. You are left entirely to your own in terms of lead generation and mostly to your own on product knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time using top earners success as a motivation tool and more time assisting new agents in the flow of lead generation and prospecting.


  4. "Sales Representative"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great member benefits. Most of the staff seem friendly. Flexible hours. Very patriotic. Do a lot of work in the community. Billion dollar company.

    Cons

    No base pay - strictly commission. Charge backs when your clients don't pay their premium. Lately it seems to be very difficult to get things through underwriting which means no I don't get paid.

    Advice to Management

    Provide base pay for at least the first year. Provide more actual product training. Give new sales representatives more than a week of training before they go into the community.


  5. "Not A Good Place To Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at WoodmenLife full-time

    Pros

    A lot of the people at Woodmen Life Aare great folk and work really hard at what they do. Offices and overall work environments ate pretty user firenldy for people .

    Cons

    IF you've got any sort of medical dondition, this isn't hte place for you. An associate of a fellow associate was fired a few months ago because of med condition even with dr. notes to prove everything was ok. Didn't matter and person was shown the door without even a change to get their things.

    Advice to Management

    The HR Department is lousy when it comes to handling things and needs to be chaned. Keep Ericka as she's really super nice and helpful and have a lot more leniency when people have med situations - especially when they take the time to get dr. notes and the like. The poliecies and how people get treated is reallly really awful and bad.


  6. "Production"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Trainer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Production Trainer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    WoodmenLife is one of the few fraternal organizations that's still going strong. They have a huge focus on their employees and their members.

    Cons

    Some of the technology is a little lacking, and the company is going through excessive amounts of changes at once.

    Advice to Management

    For management: I would say there needs to be a focus on your employees as individuals if you're going to be successful with them. The company would continue to benefit greatly from utilizing their personalities to do greater things.


  7. "Field Rep"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful co-workers/agents. Great chapter. Great admin staff. Great shirts/sweatshirts, etc to wear with the logo.

    Cons

    Terrible field training or lack there of. Digging up prospects has been beyond hard. Commission work is risky.

    Advice to Management

    Field training needs major improvement, and not dump someone out on their own after two days to learn EVERYTHING. A base pay needs to be offered to agents so they can survive.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Field Representative"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good selling experience in a tough industry. Company provides a lot of member and community benefits.

    Cons

    Organization is very political. Company run through new salespeople at a very rapid pace, as beginning years can be extremely lean. Many out-of-pocket expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more financial support to new salespeople's venture on your company's behalf. Do not lead new recruits to believe they can make $80K in the first year, as some recruiting materials lead you to believe.


  9. "Great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant, State Office in Magnolia, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant, State Office in Magnolia, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Great pay benefits. The company stands behind you. And gives you all the training you need and could want.

    Cons

    Nothing. If you are looking for a job that you benefit from hard work this is the job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Hard work


  10. "A shining beacon of hope amongst the Conagras and FDRs of Omaha"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Systems Test Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Systems Test Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at WoodmenLife full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Woodmen was one of those rare companies who really value their people. If you speak, you will be listened to. Staff are empowered to promote positive change, and like alot of others are saying work life balance was critical to Woodmen. The IT staff at Woodmen are some of the best I have ever worked with. 10/10 would work for this company again!

    Cons

    The only con is the long drive downtown if you live far. Which is certainly not the company's fault.

    Advice to Management

    To the VP of BT and all the directors and managers under him, keep rockin.


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