Modern Woodmen

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Modern Woodmen Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
41 Reviews
3.6
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  1.  

    Lack of Training/Management/Supervision

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Nashville, TN (US)

    I worked at Modern Woodmen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits in the industry when it comes to 401k, pension plan, health, dental, vision insurance
    Fraternal system can lead your way into sales with daycares and schools.

    Cons

    After you are hired it is all about the next hire for your Region. Management is trying to get the new agents up and running so existing agents are literally on their own after a month or two. Compensation is 100% commission so with a small company that isn't well known it is very challenging to get in the door. No leads or "book of business" are handed to new agents so you are starting from the ground up from your contract date. Turnover is extremely high due to new agents not being able to make it financially within the first 3-6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Possibly reform the compensation package to attract new agents like signing bonus, salary, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Career Opportunity, Not for Everyone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Modern Woodmen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Control your own schedule, health insurance and pension plan provided, 401-k available with match, Fraternal Business Model allows you to give to the community, work with people of great integrity.

    Cons

    Home office employees lack understanding of what field force challenges are, Management favoritism/legacy building is rampant, Focus is on increasing # of managers rather than supporting existing reps and current managers, Product offering is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to recordings of agents calling the home office...you might be shocked how disrespectful some HO staff is and the inaccurate information given. Cut the number of Regional Directors in half, half of them aren't producing anyway, use the savings to increase agent and managing partner compensation/support. Managing Partners are the ones who recruit new reps, make that a more attractive position and provide more support to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Modern Woodmen as an intern

    Pros

    The Managers are very nice.

    Cons

    Strictly commission-based.
    Have to rely on family and cold-calls to get started.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to give some of your Reps a few of your clientele to get them started.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Endless opportunities but make no money

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Modern Woodmen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Long history...fraternal benefits...cares about the elderly

    Cons

    Straight commission, never any fresh leads, cold calling, lack of leadership from managing partner and regional director. Upper management uses and abuses "young" talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the company structure and get some marketing. No one knows who Modern Woodmen is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Modern Woodmen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid conservative well funnded company

    Cons

    Half the normal commissions with very poor lead assistance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless you supply good very fresh leads, you should pay higher commissions or at least a base salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good job to learn the business but hard

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Modern Woodmen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good training and support. The office where I was at has nothing to do with how the company as a whole is ran. I actually went to home office had a personal lunch with Kenny Massey, and he and the other home office staff were all great people.

    Cons

    You need to have a lot of money to back you, so when you have to spend it on advertising and tons of other expenses. Although I was a top producing Agent and in our monthly magazine, it was still a hard financial burden topped with a lie of family life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to help your new agents more, stop worrying about the people who kiss your ass to get on you good side, as they talk down about producing agents and try to back-stab them. I left due to this, and I busted my ass putting my family on the side and worked 80hr weeks and worked Saturday and Sunday. All the time. Good place to gain, but not to thrive from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company for a retired person or a used car salesman.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Conway, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Conway, AR (US)

    I worked at Modern Woodmen as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You are rewarded for success.

    Cons

    The older experienced representatives farm young talent to grow the business and then cut them loose when they have gotten every dollar out of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give new employees a stable work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay but poor training.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Modern Woodmen

    Pros

    Good compensation when a sale was complete. Good benefits package once probationary period is up, and if you can make a career out of it the retirement pension is very good.

    Cons

    Extremely slow to ever recieve first pay check (I went about 3 months), management is often involved in their own sales so they dont have a lot of time to sit with new representatives and teach them how to sell themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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