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Best places to work in money management

Campbell & Co.

The annual Campbell Olympics is a day of friendly competition for employees. Some of the events include rubber band target shooting, paper plane javelin throwing and a coffee mug marathon.

Fifth Place, money managers with 100 to 499 employees

AUM: $4 billion

Employees: 111

"Leave it better," stresses Campbell & Co. CEO William Andrews.

For this Baltimore-based alternatives asset manager, "integrity is everything," said Mr. Andrews, who said he aims to lead a workplace that strives for employees who are "highly engaged and connected to the mission and strategy."

That can be a challenge sometimes in the absolute-return business.

"There is a strong sense of ownership — that we are all a team working toward a single goal, which mitigates some of the stress and uncertainty of the industry and markets," one employee wrote in Pensions & Investments' Best Places to Work in Money Management survey. "I have a lot of respect and confidence in my co-workers."

Those co-workers are critical to what Campbell calls its "heart team," a group of employees who are focused on engagement, wellness and the community. That focus has resulted in on-site fitness classes, external speakers and volunteer opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity projects.

Mr. Andrews said the company's "on-site/off-site" research day allows employees to bring "pie in the sky" ideas to learn as a group about an unfamiliar trend or asset class. "This gives many of our younger employees the opportunity to be an expert and help to develop new ideas," he said. "It's part of our culture of continuous improvement with a focus on transparency, communication, approachability and recognition," he said.

That recognition also includes a "generous" 401(k), with matching and profit-sharing.

"The benefits, the collaboration, the small things like our online recognition site and trivia nights all play in to a happy and healthy environment," one employee noted about the three-time winner in the BPTW program.