Northwestern Mutual
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This is a typical commission only job, so you get what ever you put in. However, training is top notch. You get all the tools you need to be successful and you receive great support when needed. All you need to do is ask.
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Great Culture.

Fantastic culture and very welcoming group of coworkers. Management is amazing! The role itself is difficult but achievable if you know you want to do sales!
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  • Supportive environment
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Time and location flexibility

Cult like sales mentality

Northwestern mutual believes that whole life insurance is a financial secret weapon and will jam it down the customers throat. They've gotten into trouble before for recommending life insurance when it wasn't the correct product for the clients needs. They will hype the representatives up on selling life insurance and then they'll go out and sell it whether the clients need it or not. Working in the field is typical. You work for an egotistical millionaire as their secretary, trader, case prepped and analyst. It was too much work and responsibility. The work is better divided at the home office.




No work life balance.
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This here job is a very Decent place. If I had to say so myself it is very much not to shabby of a place to work at considering g all things involved.
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Great Culture

I loved the culture in our office. There were opportunities for growth and internal movement. Even going up to the corporate office in Milwaukee, you felt the sense of a good culture.
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Great place to work

Great place to work, everyone is very friendly and kind of operates as a big family. Time freedom, but required hard work. Be prepared to learn a lot about yourself and grow personally and professionally.
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Great office, team and culture--very little financial support starting

Wonderful office full of mentorship but extremely hard if you don't have savings to fall back on or aren't good a prospecting. You will work 70-80 hour weeks in the first five years most of the time if you want to succeed
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Productive workplace

Great company and working environment. It could be stressful but it depends on who you work with. Great corporate strategy and plans. Would recommend it to anyone
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Beware Company Culture

Northwestern is known for their amazing life insurance so I wanted to work for such a great company. The culture was not the same! You will be just a number in fact they have a strategy to hire an abundant amount of people and hope one sticks. There was very little coaching and the culture was listen to a podcast. They make you call on all your friends and family and plea to them afterwards for referrals.


Nice office


Management and culture good luck making money
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Productive and fun

I enjoy working here. Every day there is a new challenge to tackle, and the opportunity to help people prepare for their futures. Good pay and fun environment
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No money.

No pay, one meeting a week for $100.Require 100 of your buddies to sell too. Do not recommend unless you have a very strong “network.” Do provide a fun onboarding though.
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Not for me

Have to make a ton of comfortable phone calls to loved ones with the end goal of setting a meeting where you talk about their financial goals and how much money they currently have.
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Ok overall

The intern experience isn’t bad, as you do learn some things in the meetings, but it is tough to make money and you will have to call everyone you have ever known most likely.
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strenuous with little compensation

Great experience if you are looking to get into the advising industry, but as an intern, very little compensation in most cases. Gives you a great taste of the cutthroat nature of the industry.
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Commission only

Cold calling, hitting up relatives, no base salary. You’re selling insurance and “financial planning”. Most of the products don’t actually help people.
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No raise

The job is fine. Problem is working for one financial advisory. You are employed by the financial advisor and not NM. So raises are based on your one boss. I was hired with NO benefits. Was promised a retirement plan but it kept getting moved out to the next year.
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Find a different internship

All it is is cold calling, and ONE meeting a week that’s an hour where you’re “supposed to be learning how to be a financial advisor” and the rest is cold calling family members or people through mutual friends. Do an internship somewhere else where you will actually learnn useful knowledge that you can use in your future career!
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Fast paced

There are helpful people there, but it is a volume business. A lot of coaches and voices in your ear and can be overwhelming. Training is helpful in teaching you how to build a business, but it is good to explore what is out there in the finance industry
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Productive & Fun Workplace

Working at Northwestern Mutual has been a wonderful experience for me so far. The culture in the office is awesome & inclusive, & it is also a very wonderful opportunity to make money.
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Good Entry Level to Finance

Great for staff positions if you're looking to change careers or want an entry to finance. Benefits are okay for you, non-existent for dependents. The local leadership needs some guidance when it comes to vision and career growth, however.
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This was a great place to work if you want stability and a good work /life balance. Pay was decent to live off of and they offered room for advancement
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Based on 4,062 reviews

Ratings by category

3.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.3 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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3.7Career Opportunities
4.0Family Support
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