Western Financial Group Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2020

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Western Financial Group President and CEO Kenny Nicholls
Kenny Nicholls
59 Ratings
  1. "Decent"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Insurance Advisor in Langley, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Western Financial Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for those willing to commit.

    Cons

    No training, lack of experienced management, lack of employees. Head office in Victoria.

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  2. "Wouldn't Recommend"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Insurance Advisor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Western Financial Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Willing to help you get your Insurance License

    Cons

    You're expected to come in 10-15 minutes early and leave 10-15 minutes late with no overtime pay. Weekly mandatory meetings where you have to come in before office hours and once again, no overtime pay. Constant nagging e-mails from management, micromanaging every aspect of your job. No opportunity to switch to different branches or departments. Constant staff overturn. Very strict office environment. Arbitrary rules are set to appease the senior employees who are completely unwilling to change or adapt to newer methods and technologies. Wide distrust of management - no sense of "open door policy". Your opinion and feed back does not matter to the company. Sub-par benefits package in comparison to competing companies, no ability to customize to fit your lifestyle - what you see is what you get.

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good fit"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Director in Winnipeg, MB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Financial Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a part of the executive you are able to see first hand what it means to be “top heavy”

    Cons

    Be prepared to compromise your morals in order to “fit in”.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Insurance Advisor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Western Financial Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers found within the service department.

    Cons

    You'll earn a crippling workload if you're a productive employee. Far too many managers/executives, not nearly enough invested in support positions or retaining good staff.

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    "Don 't Recommend"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    Dealing with some great clients and coworkers

    Cons

    Wages a joke, even after additional education no wage increase Upper management is only out to line their own pockets Front line workers expected to take on more and more duties without any wage increases Very unprofessional/harassing emails from management telling you that you are not working hard enough Expected to work extended hours without pay or time off in lieu Bonus' are rated on complete office performance rather than individual performance No opinions are wanted, shut up and work... Branch Managers change often....can't keep them...wonder why???

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Insurance Advisor"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people and supportive Manager.

    Cons

    Low wage and benefit premiums are not paid fully by Western

    Western Financial Group Response

    April 29, 2019Marketing Coordinator

    Western embarked on a new three-year strategy. We recognized that your experience as a Western employee is a key component to our success, so we established People as a strategic pillar. A significant project under the People pillar is a review of our benefits current program.

  7. "Ok"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Western Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    Great holidays, decent benefits

    Cons

    Consistently under staffed Lower pay than other offices

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Watch out for the new digital era!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Executive 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Financial Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid company that is willing to grow and aware of the points to improve!

    Cons

    The company needs to get adapted to the new digital era as fast as possible!

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    Western Financial Group Response

    April 5, 2019Marketing Coordinator

    Western has developed a digital plan and has been focused on enhancing the customer experience across digital paths. Please reach out to the digital leader, or have a discussion with your leader and arrange a meeting with the digital team. They will be open to sharing the plan. We appreciate your feedback and wanting to make Western the best it can be.

  9. "Branch Manager"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Vegreville, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Financial Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Vacation, Career Advancement, Benefit Packages, Inclusion of everyone

    Cons

    Caring too much for Clients, take things personally when we cant help them

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    Western Financial Group Response

    February 26, 2019Social Media Specialist

    Congratulations on being with Western for over 5 years! We're glad your caring nature is within Western and are happy you are here to provide value to your staff and customers.

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Work life balance is horrible"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Western Financial Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not sure there is any at this point

    Cons

    Pay, as minimum wage has increased our wages have not, work load has increased. Goals have become unobtainable, bonuses will be cut. Insurance for the most part has increased across the board. So it really doesn’t make sense I make as much as a kid that works at McDonald’s

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