Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated 22 September 2014
Updated 22 September 2014
1,329 Reviews
3.7
1,329 Reviews
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Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske
John E. Schlifske
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are one of the few that make it (5%), there is unlimited income potential (in 54 reviews)

  • Unlimited earning potential, full autonomy with work (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Will have to sell life insurance to friends and family which could be awkward for some (in 107 reviews)

  • No base salary, commission based work is one of challenge for me (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing Experience

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    Former Employee - College Financial Representative  in  Greensboro, NC (US)
    Former Employee - College Financial Representative in Greensboro, NC (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot, helped create financial security, and made great money

    Cons

    I wasn't really into the sales aspect

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    They were great!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Being a Financial Representative is a good experience.

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Positive working environment, Team based

    Cons

    No base salary, compensation based

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sounds easy, but the job is far from easy. It will push you to your limits.

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative  in  Lancaster, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Lancaster, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Great office people. Best life insurance company. Build your own business.

    Cons

    Commission pay only for advisors. Extremely high production expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give Reps a base salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Summer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern

    Pros

    Chance to increase your networking skills

    Cons

    Not much emphasis on financial analysis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good commission based sales job.

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern  in  College Station, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern in College Station, TX (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are interested in starting a career in sales then Northwestern Mutual is an excellent place to work. The company has some of the best products in the industry and a very comfortable culture and work environment. Not focused on cold calling.

    Cons

    Aside from the interpersonal experience you will gain, most skills won't translate well to positions in other companies outside of sales. Also, expect to begin developing your client list through your own personal network including family, friends and past co-workers -- this has the potential to be uncomfortable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Starting employees off with a salary and transitioning into commissions based compensation after a year would be a great way to attract talent and allow employees to develop their client lists.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced and good learning environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Culture, training, and the ability to grow

    Cons

    Good company overall with a strong culture

  8.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Representative  in  Provo, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Provo, UT (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with. The company as a whole is very sound, and a company I felt I could trust. Great products.

    Cons

    Very difficult to balance family life with work. Getting started is very difficult. You are expected to prospect to family and friends a lot. No base salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide some sort of base salary to help reps get started.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great, but challenging work!

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Kansas City, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, large degree of autonomy, good support system and coaches, high potential for income.

    Cons

    Income is completely inconsistent (all commission and bonuses), Building clientele can be challenging and trying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Professional Company

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    Former Employee - Associate Financial Representative  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Financial Representative in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Many opportunities if you're interested in selling financial products and insurance.

    Cons

    No cons this is a good company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I have been a full-time Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual for less than a year.

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    Current Employee - Financial Representative  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Northwestern Mutual provides some of the world's best training to new reps. The office environment is comfortable and very easy to work in, and flexibility is a great perk.

    Cons

    The life of a Financial Rep is not an easy one. There is no base salary so getting started is very difficult. As a rep, I have to call on potential clients everyday and this can be a daunting and difficult task.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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