For the fourth straight year, Invesco Ltd. has placed in the rankings of Pensions & Investments' Best Places to Work in Money Management, and much of what has contributed to that is the company's focus on its people.
Martin L. Flanagan, president and CEO of the Atlanta-based firm, said the three primary aims of the company are a pure focus on investments, diversity of thought and passion to succeed.
“Diversity is one of the key factors that I believe in and I think people believe here,” Mr. Flanagan said in a telephone interview. “It's core to the culture of the firm, (and the) global nature of the organization; it's multicultural, it's very diverse. Opinions are valued, people feel valued here and people feel respected here.”
The firm's focus on people is also reflected in its initiatives, such as its Office of Continuous Improvement, which includes training workshops in which employees learn problem-solving skills in a creative way. There is also a Principles at Work program, which recognizes employees nominated by their colleagues.
The company's attention to its people has not been lost on employees at all levels in the company.
“I've been here seven years and when you think what brought me to Invesco, it was getting to know the management team and the people at Invesco,” said Washington Dender, global head of human resources.
“The same thing is true today as the first month I worked here. It's probably the brightest group of people I've ever worked with,” he said.
One employee, responding to the survey, wrote: “People here are generally kind, respectful and clean in their language and dress. Everyone I have worked with is driven to succeed, and does so in a non-competitive, collaborative way.”
Another employee added: “Everyone can contribute. We act globally. We believe in doing things right. Everyone I work with is extremely intelligent, which helps simplify even the most difficult tasks. Co-workers genuinely care about each other and strive to work well as a team.”