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17. Principal Financial Group
Principal Financial Group
Financials: Latest Results
Rank: 17 (Previous rank: 21)
What makes it so great?
CEO Larry Zimpleman got a thumbs-up for weekly e-mails he sent during height of the financial upheaval to keep employees up-to-date and reassure them the company was healthy. "Hearing from you was exactly what I personally needed," said one staffer.
Headquarters: 711 High St.
Des Moines, IA 50392
2007 revenue ($ millions): 10,907
U.S. employees 13,343
Employees outside U.S. 2,955
New jobs (1 year) -139
% job growth (1 year) -1%
% voluntary turnover 8%
Applicants 22,999
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2009) 32
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
IT Application Analyst Senior
Most common job (hourly):
Individual Investor Specialist II
Paid sabbaticals No
Onsite child care Yes
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 8%
% women 66%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 21
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 22
From the February 2, 2009 issue
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2007 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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