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Best Places to Work 2013

Publication Date: December 9, 2013

Twenty-five organizations — including 11 repeat winners — have been named to Pensions & Investments' second annual list of the Best Places to Work in Money Management.

Features

25 organizations rank as Best Places

11 listed this year and last; pension fund joins 2013 list.

Slideshow: Life at the best places to work honorees

Catch a glimpse of life at all 25 best places to work organizations.

Video: Blackstone's Schwarzman highlights the importance of feedback, education at the firm

Stephen Schwarzman, Blackstone CEO and co-founder, explains how feedback, education and promotions help make the private equity firm a best place to work in money management.

Video: Neuberger Berman CEO Walker discusses the firm after Lehman

George Walker, CEO of Neuberger Berman, talks about the importance of employee ownership after the collapse of former parent Lehman Brothers.

Video: Principal CEO Zimpleman talks about why the firm is a Best Place to Work

Larry Zimpleman, Principal Group CEO, discusses what he thinks makes the firm's investment management group a two-time winner of P&I's Best Places to Work.

Video: Baird's Stanek explains what makes the firm a Best Place to Work

Baird managing director of asset management Mary Ellen Stanek discusses what she thinks makes the firm's investment management group a two-time winner of P&I's Best Places to Work.

Video: Dana Advisors CEO Mirsberger discusses how winning Best Places to Work helped the firm

Mark Mirsberger, Dana Advisors CEO, discusses how winning P&I's Best Places to Work last year -- and again in 2013 -- impacted both employee and client opinion.

Winners with over 1,000 employees

INVESCO

Invesco Ltd. believes strongly in engaging with its employees and having them connect with one another.

TRANSAMERICA RETIREMENT SOLUTIONS

It has been a big year for Transamerica Retirement Solutions, with the merger of three divisions of the parent corporation Transamerica and two sales forces. While that could have rattled many big firms, executives and staff alike enjoyed the challenge.

NEUBERGER BERMAN GROUP

In a video, Sandy Pomeroy tells viewers that in addition to being a managing director and portfolio manager at Neuberger Berman, she runs a cattle farm. Staff biographies are part of a newly launched "Did You Know?" series of videos, each of which highlights an aspect of an employee's life beyond the office.

SEI INVESTMENTS

A second-time winner of Pensions & Investments? Best Places to Work in Money Management, SEI Investments Co. is better known among employees for the awards it bestows, rather than the awards it receives.

MESIROW FINANCIAL HOLDINGS

Anyone heading to the office of Richard Price, chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc., Chicago, should be ready to play. A game of table tennis, that is.

Winners with 500 to 1,000 employees

PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP

Financial professionals who have a big ego and don?t like to work with a team won?t be successful at Principal Financial Group and its investment management unit, Principal Global Investments.

NORTHERN TRUST

At Northern Trust Asset Management, the mantra is service, integrity and expertise, said Stephen N. Potter, president.

BABSON CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

After first buying corporate art to decorate the offices Babson Capital moved into in Charlotte, N.C., in 2005, a decision was made last summer to change out the art for something that gave the office more of a sense of place and a connection to community.

Winners with 100 to 499 employees

CLEARBRIDGE INVESTMENTS

Terrence Murphy, CEO of ClearBridge Investments, thinks the greatest investments at a money management company are the ones made in employees.

FORT WASHINGTON

There might not be any free lunch in investing, but there certainly is one every day at Cincinnati-based Fort Washington Investment Advisors Inc.

WILLIAM BLAIR INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

With a celebration ever on the horizon, employees of William Blair Investment Management have many opportunities to bond with their colleagues and far more reasons to stay at the firm.

BRANDYWINE GLOBAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

Brandywine Global Investment Management LLC takes many approaches ?to create cohesion and cooperation,? said Adam Spector, a managing director and director of marketing, sales and client services.

CALSTRS INVESTMENT OFFICE

Investment staffers at the California State Teachers? Retirement System say their job offers them something rare in the world of money management ? time for a decent home life.

Winners with under 100 employees

BAIRD ASSET MANAGEMENT

Working at Baird Asset Management is as much about molding character as about delivering client objectives, according to Mary Ellen Stanek, managing director and chief investment officer, and Paul C. Purcell, chairman and CEO of parent Robert W. Baird & Co.

DANA INVESTMENT ADVISORS

When Dana Investment Advisors Inc. was ranked in Pensions & Investments? inaugural Best Places to Work in Money Management last year, Chief Investment Officer J. Joseph Veranth foresaw lasting benefits as potential clients took notice. This year, the company had more good news as it moved up three notches to No. 2 for managers with fewer than 100 employees.

SUNTRUST INSTITUTIONAL INVESTMENTS

The tie that binds everyone together at SunTrust Institutional Investments is the passion and dedication to non-profit organizations.

PERKINS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

Executives at Perkins Investment Management LLC see being named once again as one of Pensions & Investments? Best Places to Work in Money Management as a reflection of the company?s philosophy.

INTECH INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

It?s not just about the math. While few money management firms love math nearly as much as this one, the breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean from its offices is a reflection of the genuine care that INTECH takes in its business and its people.

Top alternatives managers

BLACKSTONE

When an intern or lower-level analyst at The Blackstone Group LP wants to chat with the boss, all he or she has to do is call. CEO Steven Schwarzman will return the call within 24 hours.

HAMILTON LANE ADVISORS

Full transparency is Hamilton Lane's secret to preventing that stereotypical bad office environment.

ABBOTT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

The culture of private equity manager Abbott Capital Management LLC can be summed up in the story of the name that founders Stanley E. Pratt and Raymond L. Held chose when they founded the firm in 1986.

AEW CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Talented. Intelligent. Motivated. Those are just a few of the words used by employees at AEW Capital Management to describe their co-workers.

L&B REALTY ADVISORS

It?s not just the daily yoga classes, the bimonthly after-work Milestone Mingles, the periodic Happy Hour for No Reason or the giant purple exercise balls employees might choose to sit on in the place of an office chair that have employees at L&B Realty Advisors LLP raving about their workplace. It?s the way they feel connected and supported.

LASALLE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

LaSalle Investment Management does not stray far from its property roots. Each of the conference rooms in its Chicago headquarters is named for an architect.

HEITMAN

Heitman, a real estate money manager that has experienced change many times since its start as an originator of mortgage loans, isn?t afraid of transformation.