Northwestern Mutual

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Northwestern Mutual Reviews

Updated 31 October 2014
Updated 31 October 2014
1,416 Reviews
3.7
1,416 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to learn sales skills

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual

    Pros

    unbelievable opportunity to own and grow your own pratice

    Cons

    the job at the end of the day is sales

  3.  

    Overall, it was good for experience. You get out of it what you put in.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Representative Intern in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Good earning potential. Great freedom and independence. They really allow you to do whatever you want during the day. They preach strong morals,( although I wouldn't say everyone there has them).

    Cons

    It is hard to find people to network with after you have went through your entire warm market. Also, the sales process can take awhile and it has a negative effect on interns because they only have 3 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    extend contracts for interns to help finish some business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Internship, but requires a specific personality.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good training, they are willing to put aside their time to help you, and it was a great learning opportunity. They are supporting you 100% and try to help you grow your business.
    Potential to make a ton of money with very good work life balance. You set your own hours and how much work you put in is truly what you will get out. Just beware of becoming "the insurance guy"

    Cons

    Not many controls to actually assure you are doing your job which creates an environment where some interns are hard working and others are lazy, and it drags down the whole intern office.
    Also, you must be very socially aggressive in your personality and talk to anyone.
    They try selling permanent life insurance to anyone and everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Northwestern Mutual Home Office is basically the best employer in the city of Milwaukee.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Underwriting Support in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Underwriting Support in Milwaukee, WI (US)

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great professional culture and atmosphere, great buildings and facilities, 24 hour workout room access, and free lunch!

    Cons

    There could be a little bit more diversity in management and upper officials in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More diversity please.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company that values employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst (Director) in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst (Director) in Milwaukee, WI (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern Mutual full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Values long-term thinking (rare in business today)
    - Great work/life balance
    - Terrific company that values employees and is supportive of the greater Milwaukee community

    Cons

    - This is changing, but historically not a meritocratic culture, which can be frustrating.
    - Moving toward a "Straight Talk" culture, but again not a historical strength so will take time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving culture towards New Era Behaviors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Great culture
    A lot of opportunities for success

    Cons

    Not a problem with the company, the industry is tough, which makes it a very challenging job.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Financial Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Representative in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great. The atmosphere within the company is outstanding. You work hard, but also play hard. The training you go through is second to none. You have the opportunity to work with the type of clients you desire and have the chance to control your salary.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be difficult at times. The pay can be inconsistent due to you are paid on commission. The job is tough because you are essentially running your own business and are responsible of developing your own clientele.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The internship program should be more challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern

    Pros

    Great experience I loved working with people

    Cons

    Its hard to sell life insurance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More mentorship

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company with excellent management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern Mutual as an intern

    Pros

    There's a great sense of camaraderie among the employees and interns. The training program prepares you for the field very well. The training program is run by current employees who give their outlook on what it takes to be successful in the career. Beneficial to hear from lots of people because what works for one may not work for another. The work is very entrepreneurial, so lots of flexibility with hours.

    Cons

    Facing rejection is tough, so really need to be motivated to continue on. Pay is commissions based.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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