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Best places to work in money management

William Blair Investment Management

Talking back: William Blair puts importance on inclusion and an open-door policy for workers.

Additional winners, managers with 100 to 499 employees

Chicago

$73.9 billion AUM

Years won: 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017

Popular perks:

  • Hosts quarterly programming to promote an inclusive workforce, which includes sponsoring speakers, on-site activities and off-site events for the firm's affinity groups for veterans, women and LGBT employees.
  • Matches employees' charitable giving up to $1,500 per year, matches up to $10,000 for staff members who serve on philanthropic boards, gives each employee one day of paid time off per year to volunteer at the organization of his or her choice.
  • Covers a range of treatments in its medical plan, including acupuncture, comprehensive fertility treatments and the treatment of pervasive developmental disorders.

Employees say:

  • “Recognition. I completed a negotiation that went well. The firm's CEO actually called me to thank me. That effort from upper management really makes staff feel appreciated.”
  • “Great work environment with an open-door policy. Management works hard to make sure we are informed on where the company is headed.”
  • “Keeps up with the times in respect to flexible work arrangements (for all, not just a selected few), casual attire and more availability for working remotely.”