Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.6 1,252 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske

John E. Schlifske

(194 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    "Great, supportive company for those interested in building their own financial/insurance practice"

    Associate Financial Representative (Former Employee) Raleigh, NC (US)

    ProsIf you are interested in building a business in the insurance field, this is an amazing company. You get total flexibility and have lots of support from your local and national offices. There are weekly coaching classes, lots of educational opportunities and the Carolina Condrey Group has an amazing office with lots of supportive reps there willing to take time to coach.

    ConsYou need to be seriously committed to put in some hard work or all the perks won't be there for you. It's a very sales driven environment, if you're not willing to cold call, this is not the place for you. While they place cold-calling at the bottom of your list, they encourage much more efficient sales tactics initially, it's still something to consider.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing company to work for

    Financial Representative Assistant (Current Employee) Boca Raton, FL (US)

    ProsKnowledge that you learn. The training is great and very helpful. The home office provides the best service, if you are stuck on anything they can help

    ConsI cant think of anything that i would consider a con. if you are an assistant, the pay is kind of low.

    Advice to Senior Managementyou will grow no matter what. talk to reps who have been here a long time and get ask for great advice.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Comapny

    Financial Advisor (Current Employee) Pensacola, FL (US)

    ProsGreat training, advanced support, and great products

    ConsIf you dont want to be a business owner then this isnt the company for you

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Associate Financial Representative

    Associate Financial Representative (Current Employee) Richmond, VA (US)

    ProsGreat culture and work life balance

    ConsNot alot of growth opportunity

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Northwestern Mutual committed to their clients

    Associate Financial Representative (Former Employee) Downers Grove, IL (US)

    ProsCompany values are excellent and always try to do what is best for the client.

    ConsIf a field employee, perks are up to the rep, none for the most part, just a paycheck.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeach your Reps to manage their employees not just selling the product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Sales (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsGreat management, support & pay. Flexible hours and a very fast paced upbeat enviorment

    ConsNo cons really, you have to work hard! Thats about it

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Best culture there is

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIntegrity, sales philosophy, and mutuality

    ConsCommissioned career is hard for a lot of people

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing a great job and investing in new tech

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    Financial Representative Intern

    Associate Financial Representative (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsReal World Sales Experience. It is pretty structured so you know what you are getting yourself into. Part learning product part cold calling.

    ConsPersonally, I got thrown in a room and was told to dial. I don't know if that is the usual but many people are adverse to it. It is 100% a sales job do not be fooled by fancy graphs and sophisticated products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSalary for people who are just starting out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, Great Experience, Uncomfortable Approach

    Financial Representative Intern (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsThe company environment is absolutely awesome. The whole office is friendly and approachable. You work closely with a mentor that basically shows you the ropes of the business. Even as an intern, you get treated like you're a full time employee already a part of the company.

    ConsIn terms of work progress, it is either a hit or miss. If you have many connections you dont mind asking to meet with to talk about their finances/goals, then the job may be for you. If you have a hard time approaching your connections to talk about such a matter, it may be difficult to make sales.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Collaborative Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI (US)

    ProsGreat people, everyone is very helpful. You can call up a perfect stranger and they will help. Excellent benefits. People in the home office still have a pension which is almost unheard of. Very good work life balance.

    ConsConsensus driven organization. Until everyone agrees you don't move forward. Also very old school in use of technology. Meetings are still held face to face and working from home happens rarely depending on the department you are in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should do what it takes to keep good workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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