38. Robert W. Baird
What makes it so great?
Employee-owned investment advisor believes in personal touch. New hires often are greeted with flowers and meet with the CEO at an event for new associates. In 2006 benefits were extended to domestic partners.

Headquarters: Milwaukee
Top 3 (of 74) U.S. locations: Milwaukee , Chicago , Nashville
2005 revenue ($ millions): 651
Website: www.rwbaird.com
U.S. employees 2,080
Employees outside U.S. 75
New jobs (1 year) -43
% job growth (1 year) -2
% voluntary turnover 10
Applicants 13,029
Most common job (salaried):
Financial Analyst
Most common job (hourly):
Client Relationship Assistant
Job sharing program? Yes
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 186
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 6%
% women 44%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
From the January 22, 2007 issue
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2005 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of salaried and hourly employees.