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

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    The team in San Diego is amazing. The Managing Director, Gary Lu, puts his advisors first and would do anything to help us with support. Having been with several other companies, Principal is the best out there. Great environment, awesome leadership and the best support in the industry!


    It seems like the majority of the support comes out of the Irvine office, but the seniority and team to work with is in San Diego.

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    The management team is awesome. Gary and Jeff are true professionals who dedicate so much time and resources for their advisors. Principal was rated one of the top companies to work for and I can definitely see why.

Principal Financial Group Interviews

Updated Mar 30, 2015

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    Investment Accounting Interview

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    I applied online – interviewed at Principal Financial Group.


    First round interview - Just asked about my resume, skills, why I want to work at Principal.

    Second round interview - Went through my resume again but in more depth. Pretty much all behavioral questions.

    The interview was pretty laid-back, not very stressful. I was expecting at least some technical questions, but I was pretty young and clearly didn't have the experience, and I think they realized that.

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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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