Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated 12 September 2014
Updated 12 September 2014
1,314 Reviews
3.7
1,314 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good experience and paid well for an internship

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Rye Brook, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Rye Brook, NY (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Learned a lot and left with a good understanding about the insurance business

    Cons

    Discovered this was not a career I wanted to pursue, work was a little boring at points.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Good company to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great non corporate relationships; positive environment, constant encouraging management support;good work-life balance. The company has great moral value track and builds long term lasting relationships with clients

    Cons

    The take off of income might be difficult for some, benefits could be better. Could have more growth opportunities insuce

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Packed full of valuable experience, yet still a sales job to build from the ground up.

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    Former Employee - College Financial Representative  in  Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Former Employee - College Financial Representative in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, great people, fantastic products that do the clients right, great training as well

    Cons

    At its core, this is still a sales position. Not only a sales position, but a sales position where you must cultivate your own clientele. If you're not able to do that, and struggle to live the commission life, then you want to avoid this arena at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work culture, can be a little intimidating, but not due to management as much as the enormous pressure to either succeed at a high level or starve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Internship

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Wilmington, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Wilmington, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, great people, team based

    Cons

    Commission based, build your own client base

    Recommends
  6.  

    Good work atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    working with a lot of people created a good environment. There was always something to be done

    Cons

    Did not have any cons. Enjoyed the job and had a positive experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    AMAZING

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative  in  Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Milwaukee, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Self employed, great training, great culture, amazing opportunity

    Cons

    commission is a 100% that is rough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on the numbers

    Recommends
  8.  

    Challenging and rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative Intern  in  Greenville, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Greenville, SC (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The team at NM is incredibly helpful. You are given high levels of support and almost free reign (provided you prove yourself intelligent and trustworthy) to structure your business as you please. Expectations are high and achieving goals are adequately rewarded.

    Cons

    The learning curve is by far one of the most difficult you will ever encounter. You need to be good at critical thinking in order to succeed and really take advantage of all the opportunity here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    learned a lot in a short amount of time and confident for my future in the business world

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    Current Employee - Northwestern Mutual  in  Reston, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Northwestern Mutual in Reston, VA (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great views, great people, great environment and good learning place to start

    Cons

    All commission, slow start up, long term views, hard to make money if you are not really into the work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual as an intern

    Pros

    Great training program. Ability to make your on schedule. Learned how to effectively communicate and collaborate.

    Cons

    Hard position as an intern.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Rewarding but challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time

    Pros

    The people and culture are great. Management in the field and at home office are slow to change and adapt though.

    Cons

    Staff positions are limited. Work/life balance can be challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study what other companies are doing to keep up with the times. You can keep tradition but still evolve. Recruiters need more opportunities that include no just moving to Home Office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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