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Principal Financial Group Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Larry D. Zimpleman
Larry D. Zimpleman
120 Ratings

    Great place to earn your wings, not so good once you have them.

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    Current Employee - IT Applications Analyst Senior  in  Des Moines, IA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Applications Analyst Senior in Des Moines, IA (US)

    I have been working at Principal Financial Group full-time for more than 10 years


    Work Life balance is good in most areas. Retirement benefits are great, you get 401K and a pension. Onsite fitness center. Other benefits are OK. The people you work with are generally top notch, teams have a family feel. Some employees can work from home or remote.


    If you work in a SCBU you'll have to deal with political infighting among the various business units. Once you reach a "senior" level in your position opportunities for advancement are slim to non existent if you don't have direct reports. Its not uncommon for senior staff level employees to retire having spent the previous 20 years with the same job title. At times work-life balance can tilt heavily towards work. 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. Another drawback is that during the remodeling some employees will get crammed into building with very little amenities.

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    Treat all employees like you treat interns and you will get world class results on the annual EOS.

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Principal Financial Group Interviews

Updated Sep 11, 2014
Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone interview was about 30 min. It was over basic information such as school work. What was my most difficult project. Asked how much I wanted to make as an intern. What my GPA currently was. A few behavior questions and leadership questions. I am currently on to the next step of the interview process.

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    • The only technical question was what was my most difficult assignment that I didn't understand   Answer Question
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Principal Financial Group Awards and Accolades

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Top Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives, 2012
100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2009
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Headquarters Des Moines, IA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1879
Type Company - Public (PFG)
Industry Finance
Revenue $10+ billion (AUD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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 insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group serves some 16.4 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York... More

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