Perkins executives (from left) Peter Q. Thompson, Robert Perkins and Jeff Kautz.
A rock-solid, fundamental valuation process for stocks has been the mainstay of Perkins Investment Management LLC since its founding 32 years ago. But it's not widely known that the company applies a very similar approach to recruiting and retaining its staff — emphasizing the quality of their abilities and opinions.
Fancy digs are not important to Perkins' staffers. Nearly all of Perkins' employees work in a modest office in a Chicago high rise — dubbed a “Taj Mahal compared to our old office” by Mr. Kautz. Most of the art hanging on the walls was created by a former receptionist.