December 13, 2021




Ariel Investments

Headquarters: Chicago
AUM: $16.8 billion as of June 30
Employees: 105

3 cool things:
     • Pays 100% of medical, dental and vision premiums for employees and dependents. It also funds employees’ deductibles in a health savings account.
     • An enhanced gym reimbursement launched as a result of the pandemic includes wellness-related activity reimbursement, including therapy and meditation apps.
     • Service awards celebrate years of service with the company in five-year increments, beginning with the fifth year of employment.

Employees say:
     • ”Walks the walk when it comes to diversity goals. Open to new ways of working, becoming increasingly data-driven, which is leading to impactful changes on the ground.”
     • “Any and everything that is needed for you to do an excellent job for this organization is provided. If it’s not they will explore the necessary means to provide it for you. The benefits are excellent. The open door policy is so inviting. The environment is definitely stress-free.”
     • “I commend our senior managers on their level of involvement with the staff at all levels. Their dedication and passion for what they do and the success they aspire to for the good of the greater company, communities and minority groups is without a doubt commendable.”

OPEN COMMUNICATION: John W. Rogers Jr., Ariel co-CEO, talks with staffers in the firm’s New York office on one of his regular visits. The firm has a culture focused on learning, where teammates across the organization are encouraged to share ideas with leadership.

Profiles written by Rick Baert, Erin Chan Ding, Suzanne Cosgrove, Julie Tatge and Trilbe Wynne

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