New York Life
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Good pay, always ask questions

This company is product driven. If you become an agent prepare for the reality that you were sold on becoming one. Read your contract! There will be so much eager energy to get you on and get started, but the minute you slip that energy will shift. Hold your partners accountable! Their job is to help you. There is a LOT of "cannot dos" without authorization or approval even running your social media. Just be ready to have your creativity taken away from you.




Poor management, controlling, bad communication
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  • Ability to learn new things
  • Time and location flexibility
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Look past the sales pitch

Pick your partner wisely, they pitch it as a guaranteed base salary but it is 100% contingent on sales and performance, they discuss leads but even when you start to get them you get very very few. Yes there's an office but you have to pay for your own parking, and your office space. Basically, expect to get nickel and dimed, and you're going to have to call your entire warm market, ignore them for your first year. Plenty of opportunity to make money but go into it with at least 6 months of cash reserve saved up and the expectation that is going to be the hardest thing you've ever done for the first few years. Ignore them trying to make you get the 6 and just get your series 7
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Salary posting is ridiculously misleading

You do not get a salary at all. They require a new agent to make $1,500 in commissions before the individual can trigger their full-time contract. Even when you’re full-time, you’re not given a salary. The salary postings are ridiculous. It is tough to make the sales or get meetings; only take this job if you’re able to have access to wealthy family members or friends. It’s all about connections, and If you have them, you’ll be miserable struggling to find potential clients.


Ability to work remote, Flexible schedule


Salary is not good, only individual with connections to wealth can succeed
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Extremely professionals and easy going peers and managers.

The best place I've ever worked. Lot of respect for everyone. Work ethic is paramount. Every meeting is fun. It is an extremely clean and organized place, which, as an OCD, I loved it. They encourage and educate you to be the best person and professional.


Continued professional education and full support from managers.
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Deceptive Company

You will end up owing this company money. It is a great place to go into debt. The company has a horrible business model, and the turnover is like nothing I have ever seen.
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Great Company

Great company and amazing benefits. Sadly the people running the Dallas branch are people with outdated thinking. Coworkers were the best part. Good luck!
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Good place to work

Good place to work so far management seems to care about the employees. Many courses available to agents and managers are always looking for ways to help improve the business
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Great work life balance

Sink or swim environment. A lot of empty promises from management from start to finish. Claim if you work hard you’ll always be given the resources to succeed and that just is not true. Some people are given business year round while some build their entire pipeline by themselves with no marketing resources or any other resources besides pre made social media post.
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Not good

Good for getting licensed after that something just feels off about that place. Want you to sell to family and friends. They tell you there’s 2 different incentive plans but that isn’t the case
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Productive and Welcoming Workplace

To help you reach your goal, managers and a supporting team are constantly on hand. It's a welcoming, respectful, and encouraging place to work... Great Company!
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Remote work

Honestly - not great - wanted me to call my friends and family to get me to sell them life insurance when they barley even trained me - avoid if you can
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Customer Representative

Fun place to work. Company does care about work-life balance and career advancement. Benefits were really good. Would recommend people to work for new York life.
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No thank you

Would not recommend, they make money off bringing new agents in, signing your family up and then watching you wash out so they don't have to pay you residual commissions
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If you love typing/ten key with subpar pay, horrible management & no advancement at all, this job is for you.Trying to get overtime, which is easily available, is extremely challenging. Especially if you have a certain manager.
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Horrible place to work

Don’t work here. They’re unethical and liars and will fire you in a second. It’s a horrible place to work and you work for free. If you value your work life balance, don’t work here.




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Great place to work

Great flexibility and work life balance. Pay is dependent upon sales, as the position is fully commission based. Be prepared to get out into the “field” and hustle to build a client base
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Good Place to work if you're a people person

You have to grind to make a decent living but you have all their resources at your disposal. Management and Agents are helpful.If you are paired up with a caring manager, you'll be alright.
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A very respected company. Great training. Very positive culture

It's a great company if you can handle commission based life insurance sales. You get what you work for. Company has a great culture. A bit conservative when it comes to financial strategies. But that might be also the reason it is still the largest mutual life insurance company in the country.


Great training and support from the company.


Commission based
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Used car sale attitude, I don't like

They are training people to push insurance down people's throats. They have an internal competitive culture. Constantly telling everyone what everyone else makes and pushing incentives rather than what is right for the customer. Not my cup of tea.
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Great place to work overall

Job environment is great, you get good training, Partners and Managers always ready to assist, with a good work culture. Job is mostly prospecting, so if you can at least be proficient in that you'll be fine. If not then you'll be having some difficult months. That's most of the industry.
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Based on 3,493 reviews

Ratings by category

3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.4 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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3.6Career Opportunities
3.5Family Support
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