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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

  • Northern Trust funded & presented a Hydrotherapy Pool at the Association of People with Disability in Bangalore! APD has over 500 children with disabilities, who will be benefited by hydrotherapy treatment.

    —4 days ago
  • On Wednesday, October 11th, our Tempe Operating Center celebrated the groundbreaking of the second building & parking structure in Arizona. The new building will have the capacity to seat an additional 1,000 partners! Pictured below is Jim Wentworth (Founding Principal of Wentworth Property Company), Pam Higdon (Director of Tempe Operating Center), and Tempe Mayor Mitchell breaking ground during the ceremony. We are extremely excited for our growth!

    —30+ days ago
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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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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Northern Trust (Phoenix, AZ).


    Was contacted in July for an interview, interviewed in early August and again in late September. Process took way too long for them to respond with an answer. I found out on their website, they never contacted me about a denial. Not a great experience.

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Northern Trust Awards & Accolades

  • A World’s Most Ethical Company, Ethisphere Institute, 2017
  • America's Best Large Employers - Banking and Financial Services, Forbes, 2016
  • A World's Most Ethical Company, Ethisphere Institute, 2016
  • World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2016
  • Hedge Fund Administrator, Custody Risk Awards Americas, 2016
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