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Best places to work in money management

Adams Street Partners

Employees went all in on ‘Operation Backpack’ to ensure that Chicago’s neediest children get the supplies they need to succeed in the new school year.

Chicago

AUM: $35.5 billion

Employees: 145

Years won: 2018

Category: Money managers with 100 to 499 employees

Popular perks:

• Hosts monthly social events to encourage work-life balance, such as pingpong tournaments, a St. Patrick's Day lunch, an annual "ugly sweater" holiday party, White Sox baseball games, Halloween trick-or-treat with employees' kids and summer happy hours; and promotes social interaction among teams through a staff-run social committee that operates an office coffee cart.

• Equips the office with standing desks, wellness rooms, collaboration rooms, respite/quiet spaces and an on-site cafe.

• Sponsors a charitable gift-matching program for all employees, as well as "Donations for Doers," which provides grants to philanthropic organizations where the staff has donated significant volunteer time or board participation.

Employees say:

• "They really care about their employees and want people to be happy and stay here long term."

• "From day one, I felt valued and welcomed as an employee. Peers went out of their way to introduce me to others and help me understand how everyone works together within the organization."

• "I have worked at ASP for over 12 years and have loved every minute. The people, the work, the energy are second to none."

Compiled by Meaghan Kilroy and Trilbe Wynne