Average total pay: $128,700
Financial Analyst*Best Companies rank: 14
Headquarters: Milwaukee, WI
As layoffs roiled Wall Street last year, this conservatively-managed investment advisory firm added staff and opened new private wealth-management offices in Sacramento, Baltimore,
Philadelphia and Minneapolis. In a few isolated cases where jobs were eliminated, employees were given the opportunity to relocate or accept a severance package of two-and-a-half
weeks' pay for each year of service, along with a 50% reduction in COBRA premiums for three months.
Baird contributes 10% to 11% of pretax income to a profit-sharing plan linked to employee 401(k)s, and also offers an employee match. Privately held Baird lets employees buy stock,
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