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No surprise that the online discount stock brokerage has faced challenges during the economic downturn. And while CEO Rodger Riney acknowledges that layoffs might be a conventional
step to take, he was committed to retaining a talented workforce.
Because Scottrade is a privately held company with a conservative growth strategy, there's room for flexibility and a strong focus on the happiness -- and longevity -- of employees,
he says. Lower profits have sometimes meant smaller bonuses some years, but associates have always received them despite the tough economy. According to one thankful employee: "Job
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