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WoodmenLife Reviews

Updated Oct 8, 2019

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WoodmenLife CEO Patrick L. Dees  (no image)
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8 Ratings
  1. "Good Start up and Learn business then move on"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Greenville, SC

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

    Pros

    Not for Profit.. Charity Work and giving back to community . Enjoyed giving back.

    Cons

    Find your own business always and more support from management.... Mostly help new Agents and after about 1 year your own your own for most part then management off to next new agents.

    Advice to Management

    None, They do what they want to.

    WoodmenLife2019-01-23
  2. Helpful (2)

    "low pay"

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    Former Employee - Insurance Sales Agent in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WoodmenLife full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work culture and a good company

    Cons

    pay is very low and needs fixed

    Advice to Management

    Train and increase your commissions

    WoodmenLife2018-12-09
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Director of Culture & Development"

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    Current Employee - Director of Culture & Talent Development in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pros of a WoodmenLife career are limitless: leadership, total rewards - benefits, wellness, retirement, etc, development, culture and so much more.

    Cons

    Currently, I would say the cons are technology and diversity, however the organization has a current strategy for both and is committed to both.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build your talent.

    WoodmenLife2018-07-12
  4. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time

    Pros

    Great managers to help get your book of business started. Outstanding bonuses and incentives to hit quotas. Overall good experience. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    This position has a commission and bonus compensation structure. There is no base salary which can be difficult at times

    Advice to Management

    None

    WoodmenLife2018-04-26
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Things that are good are good but issues that are bad are horrible."

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    Former Employee - Web Programmer in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WoodmenLife full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The new president of the company seems to be very progressive and driven in moving the company forward out of the the 19th century (and a lot of it still indeed is in the 19th century). The company does do a lot for the community in way of volunteering money and time however I feel like that fact is so exploited that I wonder if its just for publicity.

    Cons

    There are a lot of dated systems, technology, and managerial processes within the company. The board and presidential direction has a good vision but what gets communicated down the pipeline tends to get twisted and warped by management into a more self serving direction. A lot of times transparency and questions are encouraged in company meetings but then immediately criticized in team meetings behind closed... doors and out of ear shot of executives. There is a VERY high tolerance for malicious behavior in the company. Little action is taken to improve the behavior of bad management practices and real change is never measured and continuous excuses are made by the company on behalf of the employee to the extent that other employees are told to anticipate the bad behavior and account for it. The technology at the company is extremely outdated (I think its from the 70s). Reps don't have a way to communicate policy information via email. Certificates are still submitted through pen and paper applications and (until recently) even typewriter applications. Security of customer and employee data is a very real concern because of a serious and obvious lack in technology upkeep. There is an ongoing effort to account for these issues however the projected trajectory of the project is years to complete. I fear that by the time the project is completed they will only be outdated all over again. Technology is not a stagnant thing.

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    Advice to Management

    To the Executives: Reconnect with your lowest level employees more than once a quarter. Let them have access to you without their managers looming over them and remind them what kind of company you are running and the values you hold because your message is getting lost and twisted in middle management. Upper Management: Hold bad managers accountable for their actions. Quit explaining abusive managerial... behavior with excuses like "they just care too much and don't know how to show it". Update your processes and put an actual system for getting measurable results of work into place. Stop only caring about the quantity of work and start also caring about the quality of work.

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    WoodmenLife2018-04-27
  6. "Community Outreach Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WoodmenLife full-time

    Pros

    Excellent working enviroment and employee support.

    Cons

    Potential upward movement is limited.

    WoodmenLife2018-04-16
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Choose A Different Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time

    Pros

    Financially stable, new CEO seems driven to move the company out of the past and into the present, flexible schedule, lots of long term employees who bring plenty of industry knowledge to the table, nice wellness center and off street parking garage,

    Cons

    Little care is given to newer employees (who have been with the company for less than 10 years). Their voices go unheard, their ideas are rarely considered, and they will never find long term employees to be open and welcoming. Technology is vastly outdated (from the 80s maybe) and while there is an ongoing effort to modernize, they are only putting themselves into the first ten years of the 21st century. Women... in the IT area are treated differently than men, some forced into sceretarial roles. Deplorable behavior is tolerated regularly from the bottom on up. Policy violation is rampant and, depending on who you are, punished at different levels of severity. Policies are sporadically enforced. Promotions happen because of who you know or your length of tenure, not what you know or your capabilities. Company culture is stuck in the 1950s. Some employees are granted more time off/sick time than others, while other employees are required to account for their time off down to the quarter minute. With all the long term employees getting ready to retire, the company faces a devastating blow of sudden lack of knowledge and abilities.

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    Advice to Management

    Start treating people equally. Start treating all genders/gender identities with respect, dignity, and thought. Listen to the younger employees - they are the future. Be more open to change. Listen when people critique you and change for the better. Start hiring and training younger people now - don't wait until it is too late and all your employees retire. When you hire the younger generations, make an effort... to include them, make them feel welcome, try to understand the generational differences, especially when managing them. Enforce your policies equally.

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    WoodmenLife2018-05-11
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Get out. Lost in time."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WoodmenLife full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fraternalism is quaint. Nice parking and wellness center.

    Cons

    This place is so far behind the times not just technically but culturally and burdened by having so few new faces that can break through, be accepted and thrive. The most ordinary ideas or methods used today can receive the most vehemous opposition from the long term staff that can at time resemble a mafia. People who are top performers elsewhere get chewed up by a culture that is so backwards and burdened with... constant reflection on past mistakes. Long time staff view talented newcomers as threats to be eliminated even to the point of lying about them repeatedly till they leave or are gone. Membership slides unabated. Operations loses money as only investment income keeps it profitable. HR consultants are "planted" throughout to observe and report up and training is used to gather info to be used against people. The latest attempt to modernize technology is four or more years old and years away from completion with no end in sight. 40 percent of the book of business is universal life sold in the 1980s. They are a business time bomb about to implode as they likely will all lapse or be redeemed at once. Everything is about protecting the surplus while cutting costs and closing camps and protecting the culture. Even though it is a nonprofit, public filings show execs near the top floor isolated with million dollar salaries.

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    Advice to Management

    Since every attempt to modernize and turn sales around has failed over the past several decades, consider merging or selling out while you still can bring a graceful end to the org.

    WoodmenLife2018-05-03
  9. "Loved the freedom of the job but you have to be driven."

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    Field Representative in Paducah, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WoodmenLife

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, pay if you push yourself, bonuses, the relationships that you build with your coworkers and clients will always be there and help you.

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming, time consuming, you are always have to check your computer and send information in, even if you are on vacation.

    WoodmenLife2018-01-23
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Look the other way if you are considering working for this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package for representatives

    Cons

    100% commission which are some of the lowest in the industry Little support from management

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. Employees are treated like cattle being led to the slaughter. Management preaches that they will support you and train you, but drops the ball on both parts. They hide behind their fraternal programs, but the bottom line is they are like any other insurance company, nothing special. Based on the low commissions and lack of support for their representative they fall into the bottom... tier of insurance companies to work for. They push their generous bonus program on you when recruiting, but the reality is only the top 5% of representative actually benefit from it in a significant way. If you plan on doing any investment work this is not the company for you because of very limited product selection and low commissions. The best part of the company is their benefits offered to representatives, but this is probably not the reason to work for them since other insurance and financial companies have the same or better benefits packages. As for a management career, it's all about who you know and not what you know. There is limited support for managers and not much financial benefits. Most reps make more than their managers. The bottom line is you would probably being doing yourself a favor by looking at other companies.

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    WoodmenLife2017-12-22
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