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Best places to work in money management

Cardinal Investment Advisors

Chow time: At Operation Food Search, employees spent their time helping sort and pack meals for the less fortunate.

Additional winners, managers with 20 to 49 employees

Chicago

$130 billion AUA

Years won: 2015, 2016, 2017

Popular perks:

  • Funds each employee's health savings account to cover all health-care deductibles annually.
  • Contributes 3% of salary to every employee's 401(k) account, regardless of whether an employee contributes, plus it provides up to an additional 10.5% depending on the employee's contribution.
  • Provides cross-training for analysts to broaden their professional experiences and develop transferable skills.

Employees say:

  • “From the moment you're hired, you're welcomed into the family and invited along to all social events. The sense of camaraderie is from the top level to the newest hires.”
  • “Employees are given a great deal of leeway to do their jobs and are free to manage their own schedules.”
  • “We have an open, collegial atmosphere that tends to attract people to Cardinal and I believe it's a strong part of what keeps people invested in the firm for the long term.”