99. A.G. Edwards (AGE)
What makes it so great?
Brokerage house tries to be more down-to-earth than its Wall Street brethren: An employee chorus serenades colleagues at St. Louis HQ, and corporate tickets to Cardinals games are distributed among employees.

Headquarters: St. Louis
Top 3 (of 740) U.S. locations: St. Louis, New York, Chicago
2005 revenue ($ millions): 2,740
U.S. employees 15,794
Employees outside U.S. 13
New jobs (1 year) 90
% job growth (1 year) 1
% voluntary turnover 10
Applicants 23,822
Most common job (salaried):
Headquarters Management & Professional Support
$71,548
Most common job (hourly):
Branch Support Employee
$38,597
Job sharing program? Yes
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 96
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 8%
% women 45%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
From the January 22, 2007 issue
Notes:
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.