Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
1,456 Reviews
3.7
1,456 Reviews
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Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO 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 56 reviews)

  • Unlimited earning potential, full autonomy with work (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • Will have to sell life insurance to friends and family which could be awkward for some (in 117 reviews)

  • There is no base salary so getting started is very difficult (in 46 reviews)

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  1.  

    "Best place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company culture is relaxed, friendly, and professional. Everyone employed by Northwestern Mutual has an outstanding work ethic. There is immense opportunity for financial growth with Northwestern Mutual. This company impacts so many lives on a daily basis and has extremely strong values.

    Cons

    Work never stops even when you are out of the office, so it's difficult to truly take time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Training

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    Great training program for new reps.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve for job transfers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best place to work in MKE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Writer in Milwaukee, WI (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome free lunch that offers the opportunity to network with people from all over the organization, tons of groups to join, co-workers are always friendly and wiling to help you

    Cons

    Somewhat conservative culture remains and technology is often a common problem -- despite efforts to change both. In the future, I'm sure the company will overcome these two obstacles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Huge learning curve but it was easy to come work for a company that was enthusiastic about their work

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative in North Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in North Sacramento, CA (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great office, enthusiastic co-workers, open door policy, helpful staff

    Cons

    Huge work curve, work-life balance is hard, 100% commission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company if you like a fast past enviroment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of upward mobility.

    Cons

    high stress due to commission based compensation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    Flexibility, need the connections to make things happen!
    As an intern you gotta hit the ground running

    Cons

    A LOT of stress if you're not in the market for a flexible, sales job.
    Hard to balance with college work, and ability to make calls

  8.  

    I will retire within this company

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    Current Employee - Director of Recruiting in Woburn, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Recruiting in Woburn, MA (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are incredible- always trying to help each other, the culture is top notch, and the quality of the company as a whole is incredible. The Woburn office in particular has the most incredible leadership team that is committed to helping each person achieve their own version of success.

    Cons

    People must be self-motivated in order to rise to the occasion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job inspiring new and existing employees and representatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Princeton, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative in Princeton, NJ (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work atmosphere was motivating and fun! Great for people looking for finance experience.

    Cons

    Too much personal networking necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more compensation in addition to stipends

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Recruiting in Schaumburg, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Director of Recruiting in Schaumburg, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome culture and their training program is outstanding!

    Cons

    Compensation was way too low for the hours they were demanding

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Working at Northwestern Mutual was a great experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Planner in Troy, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Planner in Troy, MI (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture. Great working environment.

    Cons

    Enjoyed working there. Great company!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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