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WoodmenLife Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2019

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to work, headed in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer/Programmer Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I work with a lot of good people in the IT department. Woodmen is big on training, so they give you the opportunity to go to classes and conferences. Work life balance is really important to the company overall, and they do a good job of pointing out people who consistently put in effort that goes above and beyond. It's a fraternal company, meaning it's technically a non-profit, so things are done on a more long... term basis rather than a very short-term focused, publicly traded company. It's very comfortable to be here.

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    Cons

    They are pretty behind on a lot of technology, and the huge amount of people within 5-10 years of retirement is a little worrying. The IT department in particular is not always the best about hiring younger candidates with a little less experience. They'd rather have the more senior people, which makes sense to some degree, but does make it a little hard to fit in when you're in a younger age bracket.

    Advice to Management

    If things keep heading in the direction they're heading now, I see good things coming up. They've got a lot of potential and a lot of very talented people here willing to put the work in to bring us up to current standards. My advice really is to keep the focus on continuing to modernize our platforms and look at new ways to generate sales.

    WoodmenLife2016-12-02
  2. "Rep"

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    Current Employee - Field Representative in Florence, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time

    Pros

    Great company with good training. Potential is there to make great money if you can prospect and find the sales.

    Cons

    Ups and downs. Great weeks and then bad weeks. Difficult to find prospects at times. Underwriting can be painfully slow at times on the large policy's.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up underwriting.

    WoodmenLife2016-11-24
  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time

    Pros

    Great Company To Work For! Great Opportunities For Hard Working Individuals. Great Benefits! Great Training Program. You Work As Little Or As Much As You Want.

    Cons

    Commission only pay. No Base Salary.

    WoodmenLife2016-09-28
  4. "Regional Director (formerly State Manager)"

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    State Manager (Now Regional Director) in Murray, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WoodmenLife for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity in sales and possibly sales management with above average earning potential based on your own individual talents and willingness to work hard and smart. Don't have to have the college degree or PHD in order to be successful. Great fringe benefits package with a above average retirement plan that is based on earnings.

    Cons

    Getting paid for what you accomplish (some people don't accomplish much). Not having any control over who trains you in the business or even who supervises/helps you in your journey in sales.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to believe in your sales force and IMPROVE the quality and commitment of your Recruiters and Sales Directors.

    WoodmenLife2016-09-06
  5. "Field Representative"

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    Field Representative in Alexandria, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WoodmenLife for less than a year

    Pros

    Allows you to set your own schedule

    Cons

    Prospecting can be a challenge

    WoodmenLife2016-08-01
  6. "Not as expected"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WoodmenLife

    Pros

    Friendly environment and helpful coworkers

    Cons

    Wanted to learn more but the process didn't go as expected

    Advice to Management

    Need to come up with list of duties for interns

    WoodmenLife2016-07-06
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Recruiting Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independence, Make my own Schedule, income, fraternal company, community outreach, family feel. Support from management, commitment to service. They really do care.

    Cons

    No guaranteed salary but that is the risk/ reward relationship. Need updated sales process for Reps. Contract has a lot of moving parts - this creates opportunity but can be confusing or frustrating at times.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify and streamline contracts. More innovative whole life products. The products they have are good but need a few more options.

    WoodmenLife2016-05-27
  8. "Unlimited Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Representative in Decatur, AL

    I have been working at WoodmenLife full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great training, exceptional compensation when you make sales, but you have to make a lot of them. Great management support and encouragement.

    Cons

    100% commission can be extremely stressful. However, if this is something you're used to, great opportunity!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    WoodmenLife2016-05-25
  9. "Patriotic and involved in community"

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    Current Employee - Field Representative in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WoodmenLife part-time

    Pros

    If you are a part-time Field Rep, there is no minimum requirement, that is good, unlike other Insurance companies. But bottom line is this is all commission "job", basically you have to think this is your own "business". If you think that way, people are nice and helpful and Woodmen is non-profit, so people are more interested in listening to you.

    Cons

    If you cannot get out of your "employee" mind set, it is harder. Also Woodmen need more people who can work as a team in Pacific Northwest. Although this is your business, it is good to have people working together and build up the team and share the profit, so that more people will stay.

    Advice to Management

    Hope we can use Microsoft Office products and more nation wide internet marketing and sponsor, so that more people can see the name "WoodmenLife". Very few people know "woodmen" in West Coast.

    WoodmenLife2016-05-18
  10. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at WoodmenLife full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great workforce - people care about the company and the people who are served. Work/Life balance has historically been a primary foundation of the organization.

    Cons

    In recent years, work/life balance has slipped in some areas.

    WoodmenLife2016-05-12
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