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What is it?

The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security is a nationwide program that recognizes small and mid-sized companies that excel in giving their employees a financial edge. An independent panel of experts selects the winners for an outstanding commitment to their employees’ total financial security. The program is in its 14th year.

What do the winners receive?

Winners receive extensive recognition and acclaim, as well as a donation to the charities of their choice. Find out what The Principal 10 Best Companies receive.


The Principal Financial Group understands that financial security is a critical element in employers' success in recruiting, retaining and motivating their employees. And growing businesses that provide for their employees financial futures deserve to be recognized.

Who is eligible?

To qualify to enter, all entrants must be based in the United States and have provided a broad range of employee benefits for at least five years. Companies do not have to be clients of The Principal to enter. Qualifying companies should, at a minimum, offer employees "traditional" employee benefits, such as those relating to retirement, health, life or disability. Qualifying companies must have at least five employees and no more than 1,000 employees. Employees of The Principal are not eligible to enter. All business industries are encouraged to enter. View the qualification details.

How do you enter?

Entries for 2015 were accepted through June 7, 2015. To enter The Principal 10 Best Companies program, please visit the site in early 2016 when we launch the next call for entries.

Who selects the winners?

An independent panel of experts will select the winners — after a blind review — for their outstanding commitment to their employees’ total financial security. Get more details on the judging criteria.

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