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25. Robert W. Baird & Co.
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Average total pay: $117,650
For: Financial Analyst*
Best companies rank: 11

Milwaukee-based investment advisor navigated through the financial crisis without having to resort to layoffs. In fact, it increased its staff 10% since 2007.

Aside from total compensation averaging six figures for salaried employees, Baird offers:

  • 37.5 hour work week for hourly employees.
  • Bonuses and profit-sharing for all employees.
  • An opportunity to buy stock in this privately held firm. Nearly half of employees have done so.
  • Free investment planning for all employees.
  • Bonuses that range from $1,000 to $10,000 for referring a new employee.

    "Baird cares about their associates very much," says one employee. "This place is like a second family."

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