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Best places to work in money management

Highland Capital Management

A new hippopotamus exhibit at the Dallas Zoo was cause for celebration by Highland Capital co-founder Jim Dondero, center, firm employees and their families.

Dallas

AUM: $12.9 billion

Employees: 137

Years won: 2014, 2017, 2018

Category: Money managers with 100 to 499 employees

Popular perks:

• Provides a health insurance plan for employees and their dependents with no premiums and no deductibles, pays for employee gym memberships and up to $100 per month for mobile phone expenses.

• Keeps the office kitchen stocked with free drinks, fresh fruit and other healthy snacks; offers free lunch for the staff daily and provides dinner when employees work late.

• Hosts events for both employees and their families throughout the year, including informal events like quarterly happy hours and team outings; annual events such as a holiday party with giveaways and raffles, a kid-friendly Halloween event at the office, and a three-day off-site retreat with educational speakers and outdoor activities; provides tickets to local cultural institutions such as the Dallas Zoo, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum; and gives each employee a holiday gift.

Employees say:

• "Highland uses its advantages as a small company to be responsive to each individual employee's needs and put them in a position to succeed."

• "Highland also takes care of its employees and provides a number of benefits (catering in lunch every day, dry cleaning delivered to the office, health insurance with no premiums and no deductibles, etc.) so you can focus on your work."

• "The size of the company and collegiality of the employees means everyone is at least a familiar face, if not a good friend."

Compiled by Meaghan Kilroy and Trilbe Wynne