The Top Financial Firms to Work For in 2009

Despite the carnage on Wall Street in 2008, several financial firms, including an investment bank, made Fortune Magazine’s list of the 100 best companies to work for in 2009. Some of these firms are even looking to add staff in year ahead.

Brokerage giant Edward Jones was #2 on the list. The company apparently had no exposure to high-risk mortgages or financial derivatives and has no plans for layoffs in 2009. It’s even building an addition to its headquarters in St. Louis to make room for 500 new employees. 

Goldman Sachs came in at #9 on the list. Okay, so the firm morphed into a bank holding company and laid off 3,000 workers worldwide last year. Fortune still ranks it in the top 10 because its top officers skipped their bonuses yet allowed the rest of the staff to collect theirs. Goldman also lists more than 50 investment banking jobs right now, and an average annual salary level of $144,994.

Others making the top 100 included Robert W. Baird, the midwest-based employee-owned investment advisor, at #14; Principal Financial Group at #17; and Wisconsin-based Johnson Financial Group at #25.

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