Well having been in this industry since Feb. 07, I must say there is much bashing of Life Ins. agencies on this forum...however for myself (FA, 7,66, Life and Health) (also 2 partners, one is a CFP-prior w/Merrill). I must say I am completely happy with where I am. I am able to sell basically anything (stocks, bonds, REITs, Wealth Mgmt, any type of Ins. including Individual and Group Life, Dental, Health, LTC...whatever).
I also have a terrific lead source...old Met policy holders, whom I call and speak with on a favorable basis (I am behind in trying to call all that I have) and then we do a financial plan for them, collect assets do estate planning and move on. Also if someone has a group plan, i.e. Met Life Ins. and they retire or are termed...I get a lead to can call on them and "review their options". We do no cold calling...though we do cold walk businesses.
The drawback that I can see is that the training was awful...lots of turnover...but other than that...what is offered at another firm that I am missing out on?