Employer Spotlight: AXA Advisors

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AXA Advisors is recognized as a leading financial services company. AXA Advisors is a part of the global AXA Group,* one of the world’s largest financial services organizations. AXA Advisors is a worldwide leader in financial protection and wealth management. AXA’s operations are diverse geographically, with major operations in Europe, North America and the Asia/Pacific Area. AXA Advisors is positioned to offer highly motivated, achievement-driven individuals an opportunity to grow a thriving business.

Take a look at some of AXA Group’s highlights:

  • 102 million individuals and corporate clients worldwide
  • $1.1 trillion in assets under management
  • Operations in over 57 countries
  • More than 160,000 employees and exclusive sales associates around the world3

Please describe your company culture. What do your employees enjoy about your organization? What are some challenges they face?

AXA Advisors here in Minneapolis is a hub for Financial Professionals. The company culture is exciting, active, and engaging. AXA employees love the flexibility of creating their own work schedule and participating in AXA social events. AXA employees greatly enjoy the training and development offered by our Managers and mentors. Training at AXA Advisors focuses on an array of skills and values. Employees are involved in daily coaching meetings, weekly sales and marketing training, and monthly professional development campaigns. AXA focuses on the development of its employees on a professional level as well as personal level.

When you are looking for new employees, what do you search for?

In order to be a successful Financial Professional, you do not need to have a degree in finance or economics or any work experience. What we do need is a Financial Professional who is a results-driven self-starter, able to take ownership in what he or she is doing and willing to work hard to achieve success. The most successful candidates find fulfillment in knowing that they are not only making a lot of money, but working towards building a career in the financial services industry.

 The ideal individual will have:

  • Achievement-driven goals
  • A desire to help others
  • Motivation to learn
  • High integrity and a strong work ethic
  • A team-oriented focus with excellent interpersonal skills and communication abilities, with a high degree of self-confidence

  What does a typical hiring process look like for your organization?

Our hiring process varies depending on the style of the hiring manager, but we generally start with an initial meeting or phone conversation and then bring in the candidate for a formal interview. Our total interview process is 3 interviews and the 3rd interview is generally a marketing presentation prepared by the candidate. We like to move the entire process along quickly but it usually spans from 2 – 3 weeks.

What tips do have for students and alumni who are looking to enter your industry?

Explore a variety of companies within the industry and figure out which company platform works best for you. So many financial service organizations have the same services, but find a company that matches your values and goals. Also, do as many informational interviews as possible. Employees and recruiters have a different story to share and it’s important to hear from individuals outside of the interview process.