Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.7 1,244 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske

John E. Schlifske

(191 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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    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 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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    Sr. Budget and Expense Associate

    Senior Budget and Expense Associate (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI (US)

    ProsThis company is dedicated to the policyowner and it's employees. There are many perks given and the work life balance is great.

    ConsThe pay here is often lower then what you see a salary for a similar job with another company. They contribute that to the great pension plan that is offered along with the "free" lunch that is not so free since they add that cost in your total compensation package.

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

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    Great product, great training, behind the times technologically

    Associate Financial Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat product to believe in, work for individual representatives who are flexible. NM cares for their clients and the good reps are great to work for. If the rep really cares, it makes helping the clients easy.

    ConsTechnology is behind the times, and they are working hard to catch up. Dealing with clients who expect everything to be digital, mobile, downloadable can be difficult when the company isn't quite there yet.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company with a lot of room to grow

    College Financial Representative (Former Employee) Denver, CO (US)

    ProsYou will learn a lot on the job and through materials given to you at the start of the position.

    ConsCompeting with many colleagues and cold calling friends/family.

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

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    Great but not for everyone.

    Financial Representative (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA (US)

    ProsGreat supporting staff, Good training process and continuous training.

    ConsNot for everyone, if you are just graduated and have no family responsibilities, I recommend this business for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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

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