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Principal Financial Group Overview

Headquarters Des Moines, IA
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1879
Type Company - Public (PFG)
Industry Finance
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
The Principal Financial Group (The Principal ®) is a retirement and global asset management leader. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, investment services and ... More

Principal Financial Group – Why Work For Us?


The Principal Financial Group®(The Principal®) is a premier global investment manager, and among the industry leaders in a long list of products and services.

  • #1 provider of Defined Benefit retirement plans1
  • #1 provider of Employee Stock Ownership Plans2
  • #2 provider of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation plans3
  • #3 Greenest CRE Company4
  • #4 provider of non-medical insurance coverages5
  • #4 manager of target-date lifecycle mutual funds in the U.S.6
  • Best Place to Work in Money Management7
  • Best Place to Work in Information Technology8
  • One of the World's Most Ethical Companies9
  • One of America's Best Employers10

With more than $530.3 billion in assets under management, The Principal serves 19.9 million customers worldwide through a national (U.S.) network of financial professionals and a diverse family of companies with offices in 18 countries.

But the most important thing? We’re a company that is focused on giving you the edge you need to achieve your financial goals.


We give you an edge.

The Principal is a global investment management leader, offering retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management for individuals, businesses and institutional clients around the world.

With a universal mission of creating long-term financial security and stability, our strategic global reach, and comprehensive expertise across a range of retirement savings and insurance solutions help us give our clients and customers a financial edge.

Explore The Principal.

Learn more about our company, get to know our leaders, read up on our policies and browse information about becoming a Principal supplier.

Company Overview

Read about our portfolio of offerings and diverse leadership team, look over our key financials, or explore worldwide locations.

Becoming a Supplier

Peruse the products and services we purchase, read about our sourcing practices and supplier diversity, and register your company to work with The Principal.


Get familiar with our policies on reporting fraud and linking to other websites, as well as our Business Continuity Planning and anti-money laundering measures.


Fortune 500 prestige. People-oriented purpose.

Working at the Principal Financial Group® comes with global opportunities and many paths for career growth—all in the kind of welcoming, collaborative and community-spirited environment you’ll look forward to working in every day.

Don’t get a job. Build a career.

At The Principal®, we care about more than just skillsets and job responsibilities. We’re invested in helping our employees diversify their experience, meet new challenges and reach bigger goals.

Why Work Here

It’s not what we do. It’s who we are.

At The Principal, every role supports a greater purpose—to give real people an edge in planning and protecting their financial lives. And after more than 130 years of service, we’ve never had a more vibrant and dynamic global team united in our purpose.

Through community involvement, innovative financial solutions and dedication to career development, we make a difference in millions of lives every day, including our employees’.

We’ve got an edge.

A lot of them, actually. From our incredibly diverse workforce to our range of community outreach efforts, our global reputation to our comprehensive benefits package, The Principal has the edge you need to gain one of your own.

People & Culture
A dedication to inclusion

We believe that success depends on everyone's unique experiences, backgrounds and talents coming together to build a stronger whole. That’s why we don’t just accept diverse perspectives—we encourage them.

It’s also why we devote significant resources to charitable giving, volunteer efforts and sponsorships to increase awareness and appreciation for wide-ranging backgrounds and cultures.

Last year alone, the Principal Foundation gave over $9 million to more than 500 organizations, and nearly 3,000 employees logged 16,000+ volunteer hours.

A commitment to community

The Principal sponsors a thriving network of Employee Resource Groups to connect employees with similar interests, providing opportunities for career development and community outreach—all on work time. Active groups include:

  • African American/Black Employee Resource Group
  • Asian Employee Resource Group
  • Disability Employee Resource Group
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender/Ally Employee Resource Group
  • Hispanic/Latino Employee Resource Group
  • New Employee Resource Group
  • Veterans Employee Resource Group
  • Women's Network for Leaders
  • Women in Technology Group

Employee Resource Groups are open to all employees, as is the opportunity to form new groups to better represent our company diversity.

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    Senior Marketing Coordinator Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Principal Financial Group.


    I had a phone interview with a recruiter, and it felt very impersonal and rigid. The recruiter sounded like she was reading verbatim from a script, including introducing herself. She couldn't provide much information about the position either. As Principal is a well-known highly reputable company, their recruiting department seemed lacking personality and warmth. The questions were easy but felt a off topic for the position.

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Principal Financial Group Awards & Accolades

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  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Top Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives, 2012
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2009
  • 100 Best Companies for Minorities, Fortune, 2009
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2009
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