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Best places to work in money management

Ariel Investments

Additional winners, managers with 50-99 employees

Slow, steady: A famous fable comes to life in the lobby of Ariel Investments.

Chicago

$12.3 billion AUM

Years won: 2017

Popular perks:

  • Pays 100% of health-care premiums and annually funds each employee's health savings account to cover health-care deductibles for employees and their families.
  • Stocks snacks and drinks for the staff, including breakfast cereal, oatmeal bars, popcorn, chips, bottled water, juice and soda.
  • Gives cash and travel rewards to celebrate employee tenure milestones; awards equity units to all employees.

Employees say:

  • "Ariel has many soft benefits, i.e. skybox for events/concerts, charitable events, etc., that it frequently extends to its employees."
  • "A wonderful culture of inclusion where employees are highly valued stakeholders — and every employee has equity in the organization."
  • "The company is understanding and flexible about work-life balance and employees can work from home when they need to without ramifications."