About Us Careers at Principal

Careers at Principal

Our benefits package

Financial security

Medical, dental and vision coverage

You'll have a selection of plans, with coverage options for you, your spouse/domestic partner and/or children.

Retirement plans

Prepare for "someday" with a 401(k) plan and a pension plan. Our 401(k) plan includes a company match of 75% of your contribution up to 8% of your pay. Our pension plan is a 100% company-paid benefit.

Disability, life, and accident insurance

When life doesn't go as planned, these benefits can help. We offer short- and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance and business travel accident insurance.

Employee stock purchase plan

Buy Principal stock at a discount.

Free access to financial professionals

Get expert guidance and access to financial planning products.

Education assistance program

Want to continue your education? We'll help you cover some of the costs.

Adoption reimbursement

We'll help you pay for certain costs related to adopting a child.

Employee discount program

Money-saving discounts from local and national businesses.

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Fit your life

Flexible time off

You work with your leader to plan time away. This flexibility lets you get your work done while also taking the time you need for balance in your life.

Parental leave

Take time for your family with paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

Volunteer time off

Give back to organizations that matter to you with paid time away from work for volunteering.

Onsite child development center

Keep your little ones nearby at the Principal Child Development Center on our Des Moines campus.

Matching gift program

If you donate to a verified charity, we'll match a portion of your gift each year.

Health and wellness

Wellness centers or fitness reimbursement

Feeling your best is key to living your best life. We offer wellness resources, as well as on-site wellness centers and fitness reimbursement in some locations.

Mothers' rooms

Our lactation rooms give you privacy and convenience.

Onsite cafeterias

In certain offices, you can save time by grabbing a meal or snack on-site.

Employee assistance program

You and your family members can get help with work, family and other issues 24/7.

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Discover, grow, and thrive as part of a team that supports you.

Our success depends on every employee

  • Honored among Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies for the 12th time (2023)
  • Included in Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies (2023)
  • One of Barron's 100 most Sustainable Companies (2023)
  • Scored 100 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index for support of LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace (2022)
  • Recognized by Pensions & Investments as one of the Best Places to Work in Money Management for the 11th consecutive year (2022)

Our hiring process


After you apply, our teams of dedicated recruiting professionals carefully review all applications to determine potential next steps.

Generally within a few weeks of submitting your application, decisions for 1st round interviews will be made.


If selected for 1st round interviews, you'll be asked to complete either a video or phone interview with a recruiter. The recruiter will then recommend candidates to interview with the hiring manager.

If you're selected for a 2nd round interview, you'll speak with the leaders either in person, or via a phone or video call. The number of interviews varies from position to position.


If you’re selected to join the team after interviewing, congratulations! Our recruiters will call you to discuss the details of your customized offer. If you choose to accept, we’ll follow up with the details you need to prepare for your first day—and a start to a great career.

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