AXA Advisors Reviews

Updated 25 October, 2014
Updated 25 October, 2014
301 Reviews
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Pros
  • You can make a lot of money if you are truly dedicated and passionate about the job (or about the money) (in 8 reviews)

  • Salary, plus commissions flexible schedule and the opportunity to meet different people everyday (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • No base salary, heavy sales focus, no formal training (in 8 reviews)

  • And its commission based salaries for the most part so good luck building up that book of business to gain a decent earnings (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Growth, development, rewards.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    AXA Advisors is the place for you if you care for things like autonomy, mastery and purpose. I love being able to set my own calendar and focus on brave goals with the great help of our manager. Success comes inevitably if you learn to follow your calendar and keep performing your best every single day. A great place to play an Entrepreneur role in a world of financial services. This gives me an opportunity to be my own business owner and represent myself to the clients as my company. Which is a great advantage and another great trait in the financial world.

    Cons

    The Entrepreneurial part might be as good as it might be bad. For example you gotta pay rent for your own cube and/or assistant and stuff like that. Personally I do not mind that at all but putting it in 'Cons' is my gesture to all those who might not appreciate this fact as much as I do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
    ― Albert Einstein
    My advice would be to stay supportive but keep reminding other reps their true duty as a Financial Advisor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    perseverance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Representative in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Registered Representative in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    if you work hard you'll be rewarded for it. Unlike regular employment even you exceeded what was asked of you, you don't get much in return, but in AXA its WORK HARD AND GET REWARDED. lot of perks!

    Cons

    you need to pay for your business and everything it entails. if you don't have a sale that month it means no compensation too. So this job is for the tough ones

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best career for the Right Person - You Can Make A LOT of Money and You Get to Help People at the Same Time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Buffalo, NY (US)

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can make six figure income in your first year. This is truly a career, not a job. You have some control over your schedule. Each and every day you get to help people plan for their retirement and their children's education. You also get to help client's manage their investments and assist them with their insurances. There is a lot of opportunity for growth within the company.

    Cons

    It is a lot of hard work upfront. However the longer you are in the career, the easier it gets. There is a lot of training in the Buffalo branch early on, which can take up some time. But this is worth it because the managers help you get up and running very quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worth it if you can hack it ...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AXA Advisors

    Pros

    Like any great company AXA has some challenges, but overall it's a great place to work. Excellent training. Great support from my district manager and a good office culture.

    Cons

    It's very challenging to stay motivated getting having to hear the word "no" more often than yes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let any weak people through the doors ... it doesn't help when I want to be around others who really want success.

  6.  

    Great Place to Build a Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Columbia, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Columbia, MD (US)

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial business model allows me to serve my client's best interests and grow my practice. AXA provides a platform for advisors to give feedback to senior management. The company also invests heavily to make us leaders in a digital environment.

    Cons

    Like any entrepreneurial business, the career requires a lot of hard work and can frustrate those who are not willing to commit the effort needed to create a successful practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in digital and technology so we can remain leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Karr Barth/AXA Advisors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Bala Cynwyd, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Bala Cynwyd, PA (US)

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Karr Barth is one of the top AXA offices in the country for good reason. The training is second to none; coming from another broker/dealer and new to the business, the training I received and continue to receive at Karr Barth is amazing. Management does an extremely good job assisting new advisors in launching their business.

    Cons

    Being an advisor is extremely difficult--no one at Karr Barth will try and hide that from you. It is difficult for good reason, however. Other reviews cite having to pay for licensing or tapping your "natural market" as negatives. Launching a business that holds a tangible value has a cost up front. However, having ownership over your own business allows you the freedom to be as successful or unsuccessful as you want to be--there is no ceiling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing and Recruiting Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing and Recruiting Intern in Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing and Recruiting Intern in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I have been working at AXA Advisors as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I assist the Marketing and Recruiting Director in all aspects of the job. She is an extremely creative and talented social media guru. She has been very trusting in assigning me with important, time-sensitive projects and has taught me valuable skills in all aspects of the job. Schedules are very flexible. State-of-the-art training program prepares new employees to be extremely successful.The branch provides this training for free and hosts weekly training seminars on how to utilize social media to spread brand awareness.

    Cons

    You definitely have to work hard to be successful, but they provide the stepping stones one would need to prosper here. The hard work literally pays off, you just have to be willing to put the effort in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be beneficial to create a position solely for a Recruiting Director. It's extremely time consuming and difficult to manage all aspects of marketing and recruiting for the entire branch and its detached offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I've worked at a competitive firm in the past, there is no comparison.

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

    I have been working at AXA Advisors

    Pros

    Great training, great people, endless support, huge wealth building benefits, and a fun place to be a part of. Family culture, winning attitude, and competitive but team oriented environment.

    Cons

    It can be tough to get up and running, but once your going it's worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    World class training and support!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant - Sales Force Associate in Akron, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant - Sales Force Associate in Akron, OH (US)

    I have been working at AXA Advisors full-time

    Pros

    Great training and high retention rate. AXA offers one of the best total packages in the industry. Whether you are just starting out or have been in the career for years.

    Cons

    As with any career that offers unlimited income potential and freedom to your own hours it up to you to make good decisions. It can be hard to stay disciplined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent experience interning with AXA

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

    I worked at AXA Advisors part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours. Kind and great working environment with opportunity to succeed. Friendly bosses who want to see you succeed. Knowledge service staff to answer any question that may arise.

    Cons

    Lower starting salary for advisors. Unpaid internship originally. Training could use some work and the balance between work and home life is hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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