Principal Financial Group

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Principal Financial Group Reviews in Des Moines, IA

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
207 Reviews
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207 Reviews
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Principal Financial Group Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Larry D. Zimpleman
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Pros
  • The pay and benefits are very good, with an excellent work-life balance to boot (in 43 reviews)

  • Great benefits, which is nice because salaries are less than annual averages (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Parking is a little ways away since we're located in downtown Des Moines (in 12 reviews)

  • Salary is on the high side of mediocre, other companies will pay more but Principal tries to make up for it with a flexible work environment (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    A company this Millennial will retire from.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategist in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Strategist in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a 10 year + employee of the Principal Financial Group, I am happy with the opportunities, the stability, and the benefits the company has to offer. I buy into the " the grass isn't always greener on the other side" mindset as I've seen peers leave and quickly want to come back. If you are someone that works hard and continues to develop, opportunities will be presented.

    Cons

    As I suspect is true of most large companies, navigating the political scene can be taxing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to pave the way and mold the talent you have. Find ways to continue to develop and promote the talent you have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Communications Intern in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Principal Financial Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and great culture

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    The people at this company make it a great environment for young professionals. Many employees of PFG have been at the company for a number of years (or have gone elsewhere and come back to the company) and are more than willing to share their knowledge and experiences. Might role might be different than other areas of the company, but I am always being challenged with new and increasingly more important responsibilities. This company also likes places a high value on employees having a healthy lifestyle and encourages work life balance and regular exercise.

    Cons

    PFG has been making very concerted efforts to improve diversity, but it is hard considering Iowa as a whole lacks diversity, and it is not in a major metropolitan city.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Des Moines, IA

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

    Pros

    Non contributory pension plan in addition to 401k.
    Great work/life balance. If you have an emergency and have to take time off they are very understanding. Good amount of paid time off. My salary is higher than for comparable positions with other companies.
    Opportunities to work from home in a lot of departments.

    Cons

    Medical benefits have high copays until you max out your contributions.
    Difficult to get another position from some departments although they heavily promote from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more from within!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My search is over- I'm sold!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Principal Financial Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a company that really values their employees from full-time staff to interns. Senior management is very accessible, the culture is fun and inviting, and the opportunities are endless. This is an incredible company for those looking for a 'career company'. I got hooked on the values, the transparency and most of all, the people. I look forward to seeing further global expansion and growth and returning for a full-time position post graduation.

    Cons

    I do not think my experience would have been the same if I had not worked in the headquarter office in Des Moines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best Internship program yet!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The program was well-structured, they provided you with a mentor within your team as well as an available leader to help you with anything you needed. I enjoyed the programs that they put on just for interns such as listening to upper level executives speak & professional development seminars. The pay was great too, and they hook you up with housing nearby!

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of internship to full-time conversion if you aren't in the IT field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Great people and work"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Principal Financial Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. everyone was really friendly and good at their jobs. I was given a lot of responsibility and feedback on my work.

    Cons

    It took them 6 weeks to get my security clearance set up. That's fine for full time employees, but not for an intern who is only there for 12.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the on boarding process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to earn your wings, not so good once you have them.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Applications Analyst Senior in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - IT Applications Analyst Senior in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work Life balance is good in most areas. Retirement benefits are great, you get 401K and a pension. Onsite fitness center. Other benefits are OK. The people you work with are generally top notch, teams have a family feel. Some employees can work from home or remote.

    Cons

    If you work in a SCBU you'll have to deal with political infighting among the various business units. Once you reach a "senior" level in your position opportunities for advancement are slim to non existent if you don't have direct reports. Its not uncommon for senior staff level employees to retire having spent the previous 20 years with the same job title. At times work-life balance can tilt heavily towards work. Salary is on the high side of mediocre, other companies will pay more but Principal tries to make up for it with a flexible work environment. Another drawback is that during the remodeling some employees will get crammed into building with very little amenities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees like you treat interns and you will get world class results on the annual EOS.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent at first but with a change of CEO and the recession the entire company culture changed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Relationship Manager in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and excellent benefits. Ample opportunities for development.

    Cons

    Ineffective leadership at the team and department levels. A company culture that was more talk that action. Many things the company supported were not liked or supported by team and department leadership so those areas just missed out. When Barry Griswell was CEO there was a real "people" culture. When I left it was all about metrics, numbers and reporting. The people were undervalued, not recognized, and overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure leaders/managers at all levels know how to support what HR promotes as the company culture. Fix the review system which is completely broken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great first and last Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Real Project Experience
    Encouraged to Learn
    Leaders including Dan Houston willing to meet with Interns

    Cons

    Lots of first time internships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in Interns as a source of new technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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