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Updated 13 October 2018
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Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John E. Schlifske
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Pros
  • "Unlimited income potential if you are willing to work for it" (in 131 reviews)

  • "All of the top performers are more than willing to help with certain skills or any questions you may have" (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • "They’ll often make you call on friends and family which can create sticky relationships later" (in 412 reviews)

  • "Need to be motivated everyday if you want to make sales, no base salary" (in 149 reviews)

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  1. "review"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ahmedabad
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Ahmedabad
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual (More than a year)

    Pros

    company is good to work in

    Cons

    have to work in night shift

    Advice to Management

    no advice


  2. "A great technology org and culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The new progressive leadership of Emilia and her team is taking this great company forward. Emilia is creating an environment of transparency, accountability and technical strength to move our digital transformation forward

    Cons

    Honestly none except the company needs more of what Emilia is bringing. Compared to other Wall Street firms NM is a very positive culture

  3. "Investment Ops"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Operations in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Operations in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Boss was very generous. Inviting atmosphere.

    Cons

    Downtown location. Can be difficult commute.


  4. "Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    Very good work environment, new growth opportunities.

    Cons

    None i could think of. They are going in the right direction

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in products and new technologies


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Financial Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Germantown, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Germantown, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I started 7 years ago with the company. I have always felt as though there are continued opportunities for growth as an advisor, and in leadership. I feel confident offering Northwestern Mutual products and services because the company consistently has the highest financial strength.

    The income potential is really unlimited, and as a financial planner, we can offer any product throughout the marketplace when it fits for the client. We are compensated on putting our clients needs first, therefore in building long term relationships, those same clients will continue to buy multiple times in their lifetime. I like knowing that I can be a trusted advisor, and my compensation directly correlates with securing my clients' financial future.

    I started this career while I was in college as an intern. I studied Finance in school, but had limited experience in the real world. Everything was taught through mentorship, training, and development. The mentors with the company have been amazing to work with, from the Managing Partner, all the way to each intern. Northwestern Mutual has also invested in my continued learning path while sponsoring my CFP designation.

    I put in a lot of time and energy to my career, but I also am able to make the time I need to support my family in all of the sports and activities we enjoy.

    Cons

    This career is never easy, and is not for everybody, but I have learned that you get paid what you are worth. If you don't put in your full effort, you will struggle. I have seen a number of advisors come in the door without a strong work ethic and they have not succeeded the way they would have liked. There is a business model to follow, and if you deviate from it, you will not survive.

    This business is too hard to be average. I have seen a lot of advisors who come in and aren't excited about the opportunity and they go through the motions of the "job", they haven't made a vision of this as a "career."


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Morristown, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Morristown, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    All of the work I put in up front paid off, and now I have a flexible work schedule and a lot of money coming in.

    Cons

    It's hard at the beginning and there are days when you want to quit, now looking back at those, I'm so glad I stayed!

    Advice to Management

    Explain the long term income more. I'm now making just north of 1.5 million a year and that wasn't something that I knew was possible when I first met with my recruiter.


  7. "Associate Financial Representative"

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    Current Employee - Associate Financial Representative in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Financial Representative in Denver, CO (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mother Mutual is a great company to work for, but you will only make so much money in a support position.

    Cons

    You are essentially working for a small company under a big umbrella. Therefore, as support staff, you only make so much money. However, some advisors pay their employees really well. It just depends on who you work for.

  8. "Financial Representative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual part-time

    Pros

    - benefits
    - flexibility
    - pto
    - culture

    Cons

    - not enough assistance from other FR assistants in office

    Advice to Management

    - better training guidance from HR
    - show all sources can be used and how for the 1st or 2nd week


  9. "College Financial Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great coaching
    A lot of responsibility
    Get to start your own business
    Opportunity to make a lot of money

    Cons

    Calling on family and friends
    Phoning was uncomfortable

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Great mentors wanting you to succeed


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Many opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Dallas, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you are a self-starter, a hard worker, persistent, thick skinned, care about others, and ambitious--this is the job for you. Not for the faint of heart. Most amazing people and such an important job, but hard. Very hard.

    Cons

    Starting out is very difficult. You will inevitably cry in your car at some point. You will make very little at first, but there is no ceiling on what you can make.

    Advice to Management

    some sort of base salary in the first year is necessary to keep talented employees getting started


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