At Pinnacle Financial Partners, 99 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 652 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.68. It was published on Jul 1, 2015. 5597 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management has a clear view of where the organization is going and how to get there.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
Management is competent at running the business.
People celebrate special events around here.

What They Do

We asked Pinnacle Financial Partners to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are a financial services firm providing banking, investment, mortgage and insurance services to consumers and businesses.  We are intent on being "more than a bank," hiring only seasoned professionals to deliver distinctive service and effective advice.

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: Nashville, Tennessee
US Sites: 34 Major Locations: Nashville, TN; Murfreesboro, TN; Knoxville, TN
Stock Symbol: PNFP US Employees: 806
US revenues: $245.29 million Worldwide revenues: $245.29 million
Founded: 2000 Industry: Financial Services & Insurance

Pinnacle Financial Partners has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Camaraderie 2015 (ranked 22)

Best Workplaces for Millennials 2015 (ranked 4)

Best Medium Workplaces 2014 (ranked 5)

Pinnacle associates are all smiles as they get ready for the firm's annual Pinnacle 5K run, which is a fun way to raise money for a charity or cause important to associates.

Perks and Programs

We asked Pinnacle Financial Partners to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Stock for All Associates: Pinnacle awards restricted stock shares to 100% of associates upon employment and annually after the first year.
  • Cash Incentives for All: If the firm hits its annual financial targets, Pinnacle provides cash incentives of 10-20% of base pay for EVERY non-commissioned associate. In January of this year Pinnacle paid $15.2 million in cash incentives to roughly 750 associates.
  • Book Clubs: About 3 times each year, around 550 associates participate in book clubs, where the CEO selects a business or self-discovery book and then associates get together in groups of about 20 people to discuss its applicability to them and their work. Leadership team members typically host the book clubs at their homes and serve dinner, or they host them at breakfast near work.
  • Wellness Program: Pinnacle's wellness program offers everything from complete biometric screenings to onsite fitness classes, informational sessions and chair massages for any location that requests it. In the two locations that house most of the firm's associates, Pinnacle offers a "Fresh Market," with affordable healthy snack and meal options. Associates participating in Pinnacle's online wellness portal can earn points for healthy behaviors, then redeem the points for fitness equipment or gift cards. Last year they redeemed points worth about $20,000.
  • Focus on Balance: Every year in its Work Environment survey, Pinnacle associates rave about the firm's focus on achieving balance between the work and personal lives of associates. Pinnacle makes it a practice not to penalize associates for going to their kids' events, taking a family member to the dentist or staying home with a sick child. Stories abound of associates helping one another and covering for one another when a personal need arises.


100% 401(k) match of employee's salary, up to 4% of an employee's contribution 80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
59% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 24 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage
$1000 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free beverages during the day
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Convenience store
  • Banking
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Dry cleaning
These Pinnacle associates who celebrated a milestone with the firm this past year chose Segway tours in downtown Nashville as part of their anniversary celebration. They were also treated to lunch in their honor and a fun evening at Nashville's Pinewoood Social.


35 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment 80 days Job protected maternity leave


  • Telecommute option
  • Phased retirement planning
  • Elder care resources
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Lactation rooms


  • Dental care
  • Mental health care
  • Vision care
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic


  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
Pinnacle associates go all out for team events like the Derby Day celebration at the firm's 100 Oaks office in Nashville.


Adults get their own Easter egg hunt, complete with a golden egg, at Pinnacle's annual family picnic. The Nashville event is held the day before Easter and features food, games, inflatables and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

How to Get Hired

We asked Pinnacle Financial Partners for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Our stated vision is to be the best financial services firm and the best place to work in Tennessee. We can’t possibly achieve this if we don’t hire the best people. Consequently, we require a minimum of 10 years of experience for most roles and five years for a few. We target candidates who are known to be “happy and successful” where they are. In general, other than a limited number of roles requiring very specialized or technical skills, we tend not to hire anyone circulating a resume or looking for a job because that likely indicates they are either unhappy or have been unsuccessful where they are. We specifically target candidates known by at least one of our current associates to be happy and successful.  We look for people who are great team players, have a heart to serve and a proven ability to produce results.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Generally, we only hire people who have been recommended by our associates based on their previous work experience with them. So to construct our hiring pipelines we involve our associates in brainstorming sessions to identify top candidates. Because virtually all of our associates have worked at other banks, we know the best players in our markets and have an idea of who would be a good cultural fit for our team. We also offer an online application on our website at

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

Potential associates are contacted directly by the hiring manager. Each candidate is interviewed by at least three people (one being a leadership team member). We spend a lot of time ensuring that potential associates understand key differences between Pinnacle and the large regional banks from which they are likely coming. It is as critical that they understand our uniqueness as that we understand their capabilities. This is invaluable in ensuring we get the “right fit.”

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We recruit seasoned professionals, people who have already proven themselves as team players who know how to develop strong relationships with clients and fellow associates.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

100 percent of our new associates are recommended by someone who already works here.  If a highly-experienced financial professional or skilled professional is interested in working here, the best way to get noticed is to be recommended by a current associate.

hiring Outlook

11% Job Growth 9 Average applicants per opening
3% Total voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year 596 Applicants in past year
67 Openings in past year 100% New hires by employee referrals

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