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Best Companies : Strong Culture , Sweet Perks

What makes an investment company a good place to work? It’s a strong culture, positive work environment, high employee engagement and good benefits. That’s according to Pension & Investments, an international newspaper that ranks best places to work.

The top five big companies (more than 1,000 employees) were: The Principal Financial Group, Diversified, Bridgewater Associates, SEI and Invesco. From 100 to 1,000: Hamilton Lane Advisors, Clearbridge Advisors, AEW Capital Management, William Blair & Co. and Western Asset Management. Less than 100: Robert W. Baird & Co., Balentine, Modera Wealth Management, Perkins Investment Management and Dana Investment Advisors.

Employees said they valued career advancement more than perks, but some of the extras are pretty sweet: Eight companies provide free or subsidized meals and one provides free snacks and beverages around the clock; 10 have fitness facilities or memberships; 10 offer company-paid parking; and four have on-site recreational amenities like basketball courts.

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