Workers band together in face of hurricane threat to put their valued clients ahead of themselves
Third place, managers with 50 to 99 employees
INTECH Investment Management LLC CEO Adrian Banner is rightly proud of his firm's fourth year ranking in Pensions & Investments' Best Places to Work in Money Management.
But he's even prouder of how employees at the West Palm Beach, Fla., quantitative money management firm banded together in October to help their clients and, especially, each other when Hurricane Matthew was bearing down on the city.
Eight INTECH employees from West Palm Beach moved to the company's Princeton, N.J., office to continue to work with clients, while other employees in Florida worked from their homes as the hurricane rode along Florida's Atlantic coast.
“Those employees (who moved to New Jersey) had families they left behind,” Mr. Banner said. “They made a sacrifice to put the clients first. But INTECH employees (in Florida) banded together and pitched in and helped them.”
Fortunately for INTECH, the hurricane headed north and the company's facilities were left unscathed. But even so, Mr. Banner said, the response from INTECH employees showed that “we care for the client, the company and for each other.”
“In a way, we do this risk management for our portfolios,” Mr. Banner said. “But that managing risk extends to how employees at INTECH take care of each other. It confirmed to me what a great place to work this is.” INTECH has a total of 82 employees.
Added Martha Franco, vice president, human resources, at INTECH: “It was fantastic to see everyone pull together. Our employees were in Princeton, but their extended family at INTECH were here to take care of them.”
One employee responding to the survey — completed months before the hurricane — still spoke about the security that individual felt working at INTECH. “I feel safe, welcome and part of a team,” the employee said. “There isn't much more you could ask for.”
This article originally appeared in the December 12, 2016 print issue as, "INTECH Investment Management".