Principal Financial Group

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Principal Financial Group Reviews

Updated 3 December, 2014
Updated 3 December, 2014
207 Reviews
4.0
207 Reviews
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Principal Financial Group Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Larry D. Zimpleman
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great place to work. They care about their employees.

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

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

    Pros

    They care about their employees, they are flexible, they help you balance work and life.

    Cons

    Hard to get back in, they sometimes are too structured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on bringing back the Health employees who apply! It's hard to get back in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A very good company to start working with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trainee Associate Consultant in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Trainee Associate Consultant in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Good exposure
    Great learning
    Good all-round development

    Cons

    Cafeteria food is average.
    Sometime there is less work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    They have great work-life balance, no shifts.

    Cons

    Managers have no idea of technology and business value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    In-group out-group mentality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group full-time

    Pros

    Job requirements are not taxing and decent benefits (medical, retirement).

    Cons

    Management has a closed door policy and leadership style is bottom up rather than top down. They are great at running reports but have no people skills necessary for interacting with team members. Training is insufficient for new hires. In addition, leadership manages office with a high school attitude in which cliques are created with those favored more than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership skills begin with management. Its more than expecting subordinates to exhibit the behavior that their direct leadership should show everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Customer service representative

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    I worked at Principal Financial Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a job on the phone talking to members and providers. The providers were nice to talk to and so.

    Cons

    It was a lot of changes and there was a lot expected for you for the pay that we were receiving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people and dont expect so much for so little.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for

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

    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
  8.  

    I loved my job. But that all depends on what area of the company you work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including free fitness classes and exercise equipment or they pay a portion for gym memberships. They have onsite lunch rooms, Weight Watcher meetings, free lunch n learns, plus good pay and vacation.

    Cons

    I was treated great & loved my 30 year job. I was laid off and ended up working there a year later (different area) for 5 months and am still amazed at what they allowed to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to what is happening around you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A company this Millennial will retire from.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategist in Des Moines, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Strategist in Des Moines, IA (US)

    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
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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

    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
  11.  

    Excellent opportunity, career development, employee support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great employee culture, lots of diverse opportunities within different lines of business.

    Cons

    Keeping up with technology. We move a bit too slow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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