The Best Financial Firms to Work For

Fortune magazine has published its annual list of the top 100 companies to work for in America, and a whopping 20 financial services firms made the grade.

Among the top three were Edward Jones, once again ranked #2. The St. Louis-based investment advisor sailed through the recession without having to close any of its 12,615 offices. And it’s even looking to hire more staff (see below).

Robert W. Baird & Co. came in at number 11; Johnson Financial Group, based in Wisconsin, was the third-ranked financial firm at number 22 on the list. As for investment banking jobs, Goldman Sachs was fifth among financial companies and 24th overall.

The public may view Goldman as the poster boy for corporate excess, but employees are certainly happy with a big increase in bonuses this year. The firm is noted for a high degree of employee loyalty. And Goldman reported a broadening of opportunities for women in the firm, as well, with female vice presidents, including executive directors, up by 21% and the number of female managing directors up by 45%.

Rounding out the other financial firms in the top 100 Best Employers:

27. Scottrade
29. Quicken Loans
35. American Fidelity Assurance Co.
37. Aflac
44. Ernst & Young
45. USAA
48. FactSet Research Systems
54. Paychex
66. Plante & Moran
70. Deloitte
71. PricewaterhouseCoopers
73. American Express
84. Accenture
88. KPMG
94. Intuit

These top firms are in hiring mode, too. 22 of them are looking for more than 500 new hires each, including Edward Jones, Ernst & Young, USAA, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, American Express, and KPMG. You can check out the entire list and see descriptions of the types of jobs that are open on the Fortune magazine website.

Have you worked for any of these top 100 companies? Or want to? Let us know your thoughts by adding a comment below.

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