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Best places to work in money management

Legal & General Investment Management America

Aaron Meder, center, CEO of Legal & General Investment Management America, and numerous female colleagues show off the book "A Good Time to be a Girl," written by another of their colleagues, Helena Morrissey.

Chicago

AUM: $175.5 billion

Employees: 162

Years won: 2018

Category: Money managers with 100 to 499 employees

Popular perks:

• Sponsors the Student Loan Paydown program, through which the firm makes direct contributions of $100 per month to reduce employees' student debt.

• Hosts companywide social events, such as happy hours and off-site gatherings that include a summer party and an annual holiday party.

• Promotes work-life balance by giving each employee a day off with pay to enjoy his or her birthday, and supports primary caregivers with 12 weeks of paid time off following the birth or adoption of a child.

Employees say:

• "The people here are terrific. I really, well and truly, love my colleagues. They are friendly, funny, demanding and serious about work."

• "I genuinely enjoy being around my coworkers and the atmosphere in the office. The work-life balance is superb and everyone is flexible about outside obligations (kids/family events, doctors appointments, etc)."

• "It's still a small enough company to feel like everyone has input and can make a difference. Each person has a voice."

Compiled by Meaghan Kilroy and Trilbe Wynne