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Review averages

  • 65 employees say

    Excellent (38)
    58.461538461538%
    Good (11)
    16.923076923077%
    Satisfactory (7)
    10.769230769231%
    Subpar (9)
    13.846153846154%
    3.70
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    100%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    2.50

Reviews for Northwestern Mutual

Reviews - What employees say

3.70 Employees say
2.50 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • There are no immediate changes I would make at this time.

What I like about the company

Because Northwestern Mutual places so much importance in company culture I have bonded with all of my coworkers. We are best friends, spend lots of time outside of work together, and are constantly encouraging each other to enhance performance.

One of the things that I love most about the company is that they focus on helping their customers and finding the plans that best fit their needs, rather than working towards the outcome that will generate the most money.

What I dislike about the company

To get into this career you have to invest a lot of money of your own. There are many exams you have to take that cost money, but once you pass you are reimbursed. It is also s very professional environment so you have to invest in a nice business wardrobe.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Northwestern Mutual
  • City
    Springfield
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Not specified

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
  • 27.Jul 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

On the surface, a position of kindness and concern is presented.

Support from management

Management has only one concern - their growth and advancement. There appears to be a fear in helping direct reports grow a career.

Teamwork

Peers groups tend to work well together, though there could be more acceptance of differing thoughts and views.

Freedom to work independently

Though promoted, this depends upon the manager working for/with.

Internal Communication

Mediocre communications on a good day. Honest feedback is rarely provided.

Gender Equality

There seems to be an effort to bring about more equality in the teams, though not as much in higher management levels.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Though this too depends on the team, most teams have an accepting attitude toward older colleagues.

Career Development

Appalling on a good day. After 10+ years, I never had a manager work with me to grow my career, even though I was always looking for more, and how to improve the quality of what I did.

Overall compensation for your work

Compensation and benefits package is good.

Office / Work Environment

Clean and open, amenities and supplies usually readily available.

Environmental Friendliness

Recycling bins on each floor. Lots of glass windows to allow in sunlight and minimize the need for additional lighting.

Work-Life Balance

Depending on the team and the department, there is a focus on maintaining a good balance here.

Company Image

The image appears to be declining, the company no longer promotes a family type mindset, rather now, how to produce even more regardless the staffing cost.

Job Security

No such thing as a secure job regardless on how committed one is to their responsibilities, you are "just" a widget producer.

Handicapped Accessibility

Access is available to all locations. Excellent job done here.

Workplace Safety

Safety appears to be a consistent thought, excellent job done here as well.

Challenging Work

There was always a backlog of challenging work to be done.

Inclusive / Diverse

There are strides forward with diversity over the past handful of years. Progress is happening.

Suggestions for improvement

  • All comments pertain to the Home Office in Milwaukee. The first thing for improvement, replace most all senior management starting with CEO. Getting some new blood lines in the organization may be a good start.

What I like about the company

The teams that I worked with.

What I dislike about the company

That management did not appear to have the courage to help their teams grow as individuals. In my book, managers are to demonstrate "servant-leadership", sadly, this was a foreign concept to the organization.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Northwestern Mutual
  • City
    Milwaukee
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Free (company provided) Meals is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • Better training for staff, more “team” oriented seating/cubes.

What I like about the company

Working for Northwestern Mutual has provided me with the most financial stability I’ve ever had. The work is satisfying, and the environment is very friendly, and close knit! I love being able to hang out with coworkers outside of work, as well as in work environments! There are lots of fun activities/events put on by the office, outside of work as well! Lots of volunteering opportunities and networking opportunities!

What I dislike about the company

The company as a whole is trying to push a diversity and inclusion campaign right now, and it feels kind of forced. It’s an honorable campaign, but it is such a big thing right now, it almost doesn’t feel genuine.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00
  • Company
    Northwestern Mutual
  • City
    Austin
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

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Review averages

  • 65 employees say

    Excellent (38)
    58.461538461538%
    Good (11)
    16.923076923077%
    Satisfactory (7)
    10.769230769231%
    Subpar (9)
    13.846153846154%
    3.70
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    100%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    2.50

kununu score comparisons

Northwestern Mutual
3.69
66 reviews

Industry average (Insurance)
3.43
46,812 reviews

kununu average
3.36
3,175,000 reviews