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TIAA-CREF – Why Work For Us?


TIAA-CREF is a Fortune 100 financial services organization with $481 billion in assets under management (as of 6/30/12). The firm is a leader in helping those in the academic, medical, cultural, governmental and research fields plan for retirement, and life’s other goals. More than 3.7 million individuals trust us to help support their financial well-being.

Read more here about who we are, what we believe and what we do, and check out the Company Stats & Facts.

To see the most-recent news about TIAA-CREF, visit our pressroom and see how we’ve been recognized by organizations that objectively evaluate our industry.


We provide a range of products and services(including retirement plans, IRAs, life insurance, brokerage services, mutual funds) that we tailor to clients’ needs and are highly regarded in our industry.


What Makes TIAA-CREF Different?


We at TIAA-CREF have long subscribed to a different set of guiding principles directly influenced by those we serve.


Excellence, integrity and professionalism are inherent to our culture. Our employees maintain these high ethical standards by being individually responsible and accountable for demonstrating responsiveness and sound judgment. The creative, results-oriented environment that stems from this culture leads to lasting relationships with our clients and their plan participants.


TIAA-CREF has more than 8,100 employees, and is headquartered in New York City. We also have major operations in Denver, CO, Charlotte, NC and Lewisville, TX, as well as more than 70 local offices nationwide.


Read more here about who we are, what we believe and what we do, and check out the Company Stats & Facts.


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    A very good company truly trying to do the right thing for clients and employees.

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    A lot of very smart, ethical and committed people work here. New ideas are encouraged. Most people show respect for one another.


    The promotions process is somewhat opaque. Like any company there is office politics--although not so horrible as other companies. Upper management is always rolling out multiple initiatives so it can get confusing.

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    It seems like the strategic planning is all over the place. Roll out projects and initiatives one at a time and not all at once.

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    I applied online – interviewed at TIAA-CREF.

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    Had a 30 minute phone interview with HR and was called back 6 weeks later to interview. Met with 2 very nice ladies. It was not a formal interview, mainly a 3 way discussion. Started off with "tell me about yourself" then just a regular discussion, no questions and no note taking. I knew I was not getting the job before I left. One lady said"Good luck to you" and the other said "if you don't hear anything back from HR, it's not because I didn't follow up".Got the standard thanks for your interest email a week later.

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TIAA-CREF Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
Top 50 Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc, 2014
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2014
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Additional Info

Headquarters New York, NY
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1918
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

It's punishment enough to write the name once on a blackboard. Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) is one of the largest, if not longest-named, private retirement systems in the US, providing for more than 3.5 million members of the academic, cultural, medical, and research communities and for investors outside of academia's ivied confines. It also serves institutional investors. TIAA-CREF's core offerings include financial advice, investment information, retirement plans and accounts, annuities, life insurance... More

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