Principal Financial Group

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Principal Financial Group Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Larry D. Zimpleman
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127 Ratings

    Best Company Out There from a Financial Advisor

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    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than an year)


    Principal has the best training program for people who want to get into the business where the real money is at. They start you off with a 4 month salary and even provide benefits. Commissions are complicated but the best out there. The biggest 401k player in the market. Great Managing Director who is a straight shooter. He is very ethical and is an expert at sales.


    Expect to work hard, but rewarded handsomely. The biggest challenge to learn to focus and keeping ourselves accountable.

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Principal Financial Group Interviews

Updated Oct 14, 2014
Updated Oct 14, 2014

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Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Financial Services Representative Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Principal Financial Group.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview with hiring manager, basic behavior/personality questions. Brought in for an in person, then had to do project 100. Pretty standard for this type of position, explain who you know and think you could sell to.

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    Not much negotiating room.
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Principal Financial Group Awards & Accolades

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Top Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives, 2012
100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2009
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Headquarters Des Moines, IA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1879
Type Company - Public (PFG)
Industry Finance
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

The Principal Financial Group (The Principal ®) is a retirement and global asset management leader. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, investment services and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group serves some 16.4 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York... More

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