Creating a culture of equity and respect

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Northwestern Mutual continually works toward a culture that's diverse, inclusive, and empowering. Resources we provide to help our employees realize their full potential include:

  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Field Advisory Committees
  • Diversity and Inclusion Councils
  • Multicultural Affinity Summit

Learn more about our diversity and inclusion commitment.

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Elevating women as leaders, advisors, and clients

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While there have always been meaningful efforts to support and develop women in the company, in our field force and in the marketplace, those efforts were often independent of each other. Our Women's Initiative, created in 2019, brings a systemic focus to make Northwestern Mutual the choice for women to join, stay, and grow at the company. In September 2022, the first-ever Women's Summit in our corporate headquarters drew more than 1,400 women and allies.

With our clients we have enhanced awareness, deepened experiences, and engaged women in culturally relevant ways through multiple channels, including social media campaigns—breaking down barriers to reach as many women as we do men in our advertising and through our website.

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Our diversity gets recognized

Forbes' Best Employers for Diversity

(2018 – 2022)

Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality

(100% score, Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, 2015 – 2022)

Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

(100% score, Disability Equality Index, 2019 – 2022)

Top 100 Companies for Diversity

(Diversity Best Practices, 2020)

Employee Resource Groups Ranked Top 25 in Nation

(2021, 2022, Assoc. of ERGs & Councils)

Great Place to Work

(Great Places to Work, 2021)

Top 50 Companies for Multicultural Women in Leadership

(Seramount, 2021)

John Schlifske, CEO of the Year

(National Diversity Council, 2021)

Top 50 Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion

National Business Inclusion Consortium 2022

Culture of Respect eLearning Modules

Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards (2020 – 2021)

Diversity & Inclusion Award Winner

US Fintech Awards

Winner Economic Empowerment Category

Social Innovation Summit

Best Companies for Dads

(Seramount, 2021)

Nothing basic about our benefits

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Northwestern Mutual's Total Rewards—including our retirement benefits—rank in the top quartile for Fortune 100 companies in terms of overall value. It adds up to an employee experience like no other:

  • Competitive pay with performance-based incentives
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Wellness and health management program and resources
  • Life insurance, survivor, and disability protection
  • 401(k) employee savings plan and employee retirement plan
  • Flexible paid time off
  • Parental and caregiver leave programs
  • Career development and training resources
  • On-site medical centers
  • Fitness centers

Learn more about careers at Northwestern Mutual.

Keep Helping our employees lend a hand

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Empowering and developing employees

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At Northwestern Mutual, we're committed to investing in our people. Our Talent Market Navigator, an online hub launched across our corporate office, helps employees better plan their career path, highlight skills and experiences, and work more closely with their manager to identify and make the most of development opportunities ranging from leadership programs to peer-to-peer mentoring to educational assistance.

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