The “winners” come in all sizes and stripes, yet they share some common — and critical — characteristics. All of the companies had strong cultures, positive work environments, high employee engagement and good benefits.
Bridgewater Associates LP's culture is little changed since its start 37 years ago, but it did have to migrate to written tenets when the company grew from 10 people working from the apartment of founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer Raymond T. Dalio to 1,300 people in five buildings in semi-rural Fairfield County.
Not every boss invites employees to his home, but Martin Flanagan, CEO of Atlanta-based Invesco Ltd., decided this year to host company's annual picnic in his backyard, even setting up a petting zoo and a rock-climbing wall.
On a clear day, visitors to the 48th floor glass-walled offices of ClearBridge Advisors near New York's Times Square can see south to where the new tower is rising from ground zero of the old World Trade Center — where the core of the firm was forged before ClearBridge was even founded.
The principals at Modera Wealth Management LLC do not take much stock in formal titles or job descriptions. Tom Orecchio, for example, is Modera's CEO, but prefers the title of principal and wealth manager.
A rock-solid, fundamental valuation process for stocks has been the mainstay of Perkins Investment Management LLC since its founding 32 years ago. But it's not widely known that the company applies a very similar approach to recruiting and retaining its staff — emphasizing the quality of their abilities and opinions.