Seven companies have been ranked three times; 10 have been ranked twice in four years.
Eleven are first-time recipients of the Best Places to Work title.
Principal and Baird are the only employers to rank first in their categories all four years.
TCW Group, Dana and Principal were at the top of their respective lists both this year and last, but other rankings were shuffled. For example, WisdomTree Investments Inc., a newcomer to the rankings, topped the list of firms with 100-499 employees. And Satori Capital LLC, a small private equity shop, placed first among alternative investment managers.
New York leads the list of locations with the most companies on the list, at seven. Chicago followed, with four; Los Angeles and Baltimore, three each; and Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Milwaukee and the suburban Philadelphia area, two each.
The list of Best Places to Work in Money Management is compiled based on data collected and crunched by Buck Consultants LLC; Pensions & Investments' editors pick the categories. Responses to an employee survey account for 60% of a firm's score; the response to an employer survey makes up the other 40%.
Companies that made the list scored higher in the categories of employer relations and social responsibility and diversity and work-life balance, noted Rock Baek, senior associate, market assessment and survey intelligence at Buck in San Francisco.
He said employers on the list were much more likely to offer such benefits as flex time, telecommuting, child and elder care, family leave, job sharing, adoption assistance and in vitro fertilization financial assistance.
Employees of ranked firms gave their employers high scores for career development, total rewards and work environment, Mr. Baek said.
But employees responding to an open-ended question on three attributes that make their employer a great place to work most often cited, respectively, the people, the culture and the benefits, a review of their comments showed.
Other characteristics they mentioned frequently included integrity, flexibility, work-life balance, team approach, visionary CEOs who care about their employees, ongoing educational opportunities, community and charitable involvement, sense of community, values and respectful managers.
And, dozens of employees responded they were “proud” to work at their company.