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Northern Trust Overview

Chicago, IL
10000+ employees
Company - Public (NTRS)
Banks & Credit Unions
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
For more than a century, Northern Trust has worked hard building our legacy of outstanding service, expertise and integrity. From a Chicago-based bank founded in 1889, we now have more than 20 international locations and over 16,500 employees globally. We serve the ... Read more

Mission: Every day, we challenge ourselves to leverage our strength and stability in innovative new ways. We strive to forge deeper connections and help our clients achieve bigger goals. And by working more globally than ever before, we continually push new technologies and ideas ... Read more

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Highest Rated CEOs: 2017 (#81)

Company Updates

  • Our Black Business Resource Council in Tempe Arizona has put together a calendar of events for all of our partners to attend to celebrate Black History Month. Events include speeches, volunteer community projects, professional development opportunities, and round table discussions on how we demonstrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace!

  • Congrats to our 15 Northern Trust partners for successfully passing the International Banking Certificate Pilot Program in India. This unique program included a combination of lectures and written exams designed to support the international investment funds industry. Partners now have a strong awareness of Anti-Money Laundering, Common Reporting Standards (CRS) & other major international industry initiatives. The graduation Ceremony was held in Manyata!

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Northern Trust – Why Work For Us?


Why Northern Trust? We are a leading global financial institution and employer. We are named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the tenth consecutive year. Northern Trust is also named one of America's Best Large Employers, One of the World's Most Ethical Companies, and one of the best banks in America. 

Our core principles — service, expertise, and integrity — have remained constant for over 125 years. Since our doors opened in 1889, we have evolved into a multi-faceted global financial services provider.

As of March 31, 2017, Northern Trust Corporation had:

•$121 billion in banking assets 

•$7.1 trillion in assets under custody 

•$8.9 trillion in assets under custody/administration 

•$1.0 trillion in assets under management

Responding to our growing client base, we are always growing our presence. Our most recent office opening was in Tempe, Arizona.


We ensure our policies guide our behaviors to create and maintain a discrimination-free workplace. Northern Trust supports total diversity: gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, physical disabilities, and marital/family status, among others.

Northern Trust has been recognized as a top employer from: Working Mother magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, Diversity Edge magazine, Diversity MBA magazine, Latina Style magazine, National Association of Female Executives, and The Corporate Equality Index to name a few.

Through the years, Northern Trust has evolved into an inclusive organization that not only welcomes, but thrives on, different viewpoints and backgrounds. Since the 1980s, Northern Trust has supported a variety of leadership groups called Business Resource Councils including groups focused on Asian, Black, Latino, and LGBT professionals. In 1998, 15 years before the federal government recognized same-sex marriage, Northern Trust became the second bank in the U.S. to offer employees domestic partner benefits for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples—another testament to our penchant for trailblazing and inclusivity. The bank formalized a national LGBT and Non-Traditional Family Practice in 2010 to meet their financial needs.


From the very beginning, Northern Trust has been more than simply a financial institution; we have been an active member of the community, a leader in business and philanthropy, and a trailblazer in employee benefits and support.

We are proud of our good corporate citizenship, our philanthropy, and our support for the diverse communities in which we operate. Every year we donate our time and financial support to help fantastic non-profit organizations around the world continue their good work. In 2014 alone, Northern Trust employees logged more than 125,000 hours of volunteer time, and gave nearly 15.4 million in charitable contributions.


In 2009, Northern Trust brought together all of our philanthropic, environmental, and business ethics efforts by creating a global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)structure. Today, Northern Trust strives to be an upstanding global corporate citizen by minimizing our environmental impact, honoring cultural perspectives, and sponsoring community programs.

Northern Trust has aligned our efforts with our guiding principles of service, expertise and integrity. We are dedicated not only to meeting the needs of our clients and shareholders, but giving back to the communities we serve. Volunteerism. Philanthropy. Sound business practices and ethics. And a conservation-minded approach to protecting the environment. All of these comprise our corporate social responsibility. All are integral to our culture of caring, now and in the future. A commitment to a culture of caring means we view our clients as partners. And it means that by turning money into good works, we extend a helping hand to those who can't care for themselves. We proudly advocate corporate citizenship, philanthropy, and support for the diverse communities and environments in which we operate.

Rick Waddell, Chairman and CEO,
Northern Trust

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  • "Hedge Fund Services - Opportunity and Growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Tempe, AZ
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    I have been working at Northern Trust full-time (More than 5 years)


    Focus on diversity
    Excellent work-life balance
    Excellent culture and work environment
    Continued growth and opportunities to learn and advance
    Challenging workload
    Cutting edge technology
    Best in class services


    Some NT (non-HFS) systems are outdated and can be challenging to work with but plans are in place to update
    Organizational change can be slow

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    Keep up the good work!

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    I had a phone interview first with a recruiter and then they brought me in for an in person interview with 3 PWM presidents. These were 3 separate 30 minute interviews.

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Northern Trust Awards & Accolades

  • America's Best Large Employers - Banking and Financial Services, Forbes, 2016
  • Global 2000: World's Best Employers- Ranked #12, Forbes, 2017
  • A World’s Most Ethical Company, Ethisphere Institute, 2017
  • Ranked #1 - America's Best Employers for Diversity, Forbes, 2018
  • World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2018
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