No. 4 – Edward Jones
U.S. employees: 41,350
About the company:
Edward Jones is the nation’s largest financial services firm in terms of branch offices, with more than 12,300 U.S. locations. Every aspect of our business, from investment types to branch locations, is designed to cater to more than 7 million clients in communities where they live and work. Financial advisers work with clients to understand personal goals – from college savings to retirement – and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. The typical Edward Jones branch has one financial advisor and one branch office administrator serving clients in neighborhoods where they live and work. We pay expenses, install technology and provide all the training and support needed to succeed. We pay branch office administrators hourly, but they earn bonuses, get profit sharing and are offered limited partnership, too.
What our employees love about working here:
Any associate in good standing with three years of service can be offered partnership. Nearly half of associates are owners. Volunteerism is fundamental to our culture; associates get one paid Day of Caring annually. Each year, thousands of our financial advisers earn all-expense-paid Edward Jones Travel Award trips to exotic destinations across the globe.
Other unique benefits we offer:
Our Trimester Challenge is a fun client-related contest launched every four months, open to any branch office administrator. There’s no limit on the number of winners and branch associates can win gift cards, turkeys, hams or cheesecakes.
Employee recognition programs:
Limited partnership is our most significant reward. We are owned by 19,000 limited partners and 418 principals. Our prestigious invitation-only conferences recognize talented financial advisers and branch office administrators.
Ways we relieve stress and promote fun:
Regions accumulate climate funds for branch and region achievements, then spend the funds on fun, like taking top-achieving financial advisers and branch office administrators to a comedy show, sporting event or dinner cruise. We give away Super Bowl trips, local sports game tickets, turkeys and ice cream, and award very popular Jeans Days in our home offices for special achievements.