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The 2008 Principal 10 Best Companies—Benefits at a Glance

Covering the Basics

The benefits of The Principal 10 Best Companies focus on covering the four basic threats to employee financial security:

  • Outliving retirement savings
  • Rising health care costs
  • Loss of income
  • Premature death

Retirement Savings

  • All 10 companies offer retirement plans; 7 out of 10 offer two or more plans, including 401(k), Profit Sharing and ESOPs.
  • 6 companies offer a defined benefit pension plan.
  • Among the 401(k) or 403(b) retirement plans offered;
    • 9 companies provide a match to employee 401(k) contributions.
    • Average employee participation rate was 91.9 percent.
    • Average deferral rate is 8 percent.

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Health Care Coverage

The Principal 10 Best Companies continue to share significantly in the costs of health care insurance and there is significant increase in commitment to wellness programs.

  • 100 percent of The Principal 10 Best Companies 2008 offer medical insurance.
  • 80 percent of companies pay at least 80 percent of an employee’s medical insurance, and 5 pay 85 percent or more of the premium.
  • 7 of the 10 companies pay 80 percent or more of dependents’ premium.
  • 5 of the 10 companies offer medical insurance and/or prescription drug coverage to their retirees.
  • All of the winners offer wellness programs.

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Risk Protection

  • 100 percent of the companies pay for group life insurance
  • 90 percent of the companies pay 100 percent premiums for long-term disability coverage
  • 90 percent of the companies pay 100 percent premiums for short-term disability coverage
  • 60 percent offer long term care insurance

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Benefit Communication and Education

  • Judges noted a marked expansion in education and communication efforts by The Principal 10 Best Companies.
  • 100 percent provide one-on-one meetings with financial planners or benefit specialists paid by the employer.
  • Other popular communications tactics include total annual compensation statements, website postings, retirement seminars, employee meetings and benefit fairs.

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See how you compare

Check out The Principal 10 Best Companies Benchmarking Chart (PDF: 74 KB).

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