Principal Financial Group Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. The best job I ever had.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a great culture, good benefits and treat their employees really well. Top notch HR department. Worldwide opportunities.

    Cons

    Large company, so not much contact with top management.

  2. Principal Financial Group was a great place to work for,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Claim Processor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Claim Processor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Our office manager was very nice and very knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Having production goals increase every time you were able to meet them was a bit stressful.

  3. Strong work life balance.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexed hours. New workspace. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Disconnected hr from other departments.

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  5. Great learning experience and great people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual wear, great PTO!, good benefits, most departments adhere to a flexible work policy.

    Cons

    Some departments remain very conservative, which is challenging when the rest of the company is so progressive!

  6. One of my best work experiences in my career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for! The compensation package is very good.

    Cons

    I can't find any cons on this company.

  7. Principal is a good place to work.

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

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good, the benefits are great, the work place is nice and comfortable. They are in the process of renovating buildings so the environment is great.

    Cons

    The managers in the department that I work in are kept very busy and they can be difficult to find when you need them because of frequent meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing

  8. Very Good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Principal Financial Group

    Pros

    knowledgeable staff, comfortable work experience, work hours are a bit odd but excellent transportation service

    Cons

    Geting a promotion might be a long wait.

  9. Great internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern - Principal Global Investors in Des Moines, IA
    Former Intern - Intern - Principal Global Investors in Des Moines, IA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gained a lot of knowledge and was able to meaning contribute to the team. Also had a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Pay for interns was not outstanding and they provided only modest help with finding housing for interns relocating from out of state.

  10. Helpful (3)

    I am a good employee and they are making me look like I'm the worst employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group full-time (less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you can handle the pressure and attacks the pay isn't bad

    Cons

    If they ask for your honest feedback and they don't like what they hear they will find a way to get you out. Their expectations for quality quantity for new employees is not realistic

    Advice to Management

    Stop having such controlling people and treat us like adults

  11. Great job! Great people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative

    I worked at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is superior, benefits are incredible, close knit employee base in outside sales office, ample support back in corporate, excellent financial stability and longevity of company as a whole, solid products

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities or career path changes if you are in an outside sales office; many are promoted without reaching goals; compensation is less than competitors

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate and promote employees equally based off of numbers and feedback from direct supervisors.

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