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Best places to work in money management

PPM America

PPM America staffers build bicycles for Little City, which provides services to individuals with autism and other disabilities, and Together We Rise, which seeks to improve the lives of children in foster care.


AUM: $111.6 billion

Employees: 260

Years won: 2018

Category: Money managers with 100 to 499 employees

Popular perks:

• Reimburses 100% of job-related education expenses, including MBA tuition; covers exam fees and courses for CFA programs; and pays Microsoft certification expenses for tech employees.

• Sponsors the "Board Corps" development program to prepare staff members who are interested in joining not-for-profit boards in the Chicago community.

• Supports the charitable giving of all employees with a 2:1 matching program, made year-to-date Nov. 16 donations of $545,000 to employee-supported organizations in 2018, while the staff donated 1,079 hours of volunteer time.

Employees say:

• "The organization is very focused on the community and charitable giving. And I have always (for 23 years) felt that it provides a very good work-life balance."

• "Very collaborative and collegial culture. Long tenure of employees is a testament to that culture."

• "I admire so many of my colleagues, not only for their roles at PPM, but as people."

Compiled by Meaghan Kilroy and Trilbe Wynne