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To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For, each year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America.

Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees’ attitudes about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts.

To register for the 100 Best Companies to Work For list, which allows participation in all our Best Workplaces lists, including Millennials, Women, Diversity, and over a dozen additional lists, go to greatplacetowork.com/100Best.

Google/Alphabet is the No. 1 place to work for the seventh time in 10 years. Six newcomers include Veterans United at No. 30, Hilton Hotels at No. 56, and Slalom Consulting at No. 100. IKEA’s U.S. division returns to the list, along with GoDaddy and Sheetz.

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Last year's Rank: 5
This global consultancy has spent $110 million in the past 10 years to address the burnout problem endemic to its industry. In cooperation with a Harvard Business School professor, the firm instituted a program called PTO–Predictability, Teaming and Open Communication–that combines more conventional work-life balance efforts with attempts to rethink their work processes to make […]
Courtesy of Robert W Baird & Co

How do you navigate a volatile stock market? This employee-owned financial services firm credits a strong culture based on unconditional respect for all employees and a rigorous approach to equity for keeping them on course. Everyone has the same standard size office in Baird’s newly renovated headquarters, and there are no executive perks. Health insurance is geared to income: the more you make, the more you pay for the premium. Baird also offers one benefit not found in many companies: support for transgender reassignment. The company’s insurance will provide up to $75,000 for this procedure, which includes, among others, gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and therapeutic services. Read the Great Place to Work review here.

Company Info

Rank last year 5
# of years on list 13
Industry Financial Services & Insurance
Year founded 1919
CEO/Top executive Paul E. Purcell
HQ location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Type of organization Private
Revenue (2015 or most recent year) $1.2 billion
Web address http://www.rwbaird.com
Total U.S. employees 3,058
Total employees outside the U.S. 109
Full-time jobs added in last year 230
FT job growth in the past year 8%
Number of work sites 122


Company pays for 100% of healthcare costs
Offers health insurance to part-timers
Offers telecommuting
Offers job sharing
Offers onsite childcare
Offers compressed work weeks
Offers fully-paid sabbaticals
Onsite fitness center
Discounted gym memberships
Onsite medical care facility
Location of medical facility Only at Headquarters
Offers college tuition reimbursement
Max tuition $5,250
Offers paid time off for volunteering
Max PTO for volunteering 16


% Women 40
% Minorities 7
% African-American/Black 2.4
% Asian 2.8
% Caucasian/White 91.9
% Hispanic/Latino 1.7
% Native American/Alaska Native 0.2
% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander -
% Two or more races 0.4
Same-sex benefits
Non-discrimination policy

Paid Time Off (FT employees)

Holidays 9
Vacation -
Sick days -
General PTO 18
Total PTO after 5 years 31


Most common job (for salaried employee) -
Avg. base pay (salaried) -
Avg. extra compensation (salaried) -
Total pay (salaried position) -
Most common job (for hourly employee) -
Avg. base pay (hourly) -
Avg. extra compensation (hourly) -
Total pay (hourly position) -


# of job openings (as of Feb. 2016) 121
# of job applicants 48,000
Avg. # of applicants per opening 75
FT voluntary turnover 7%
# of jobs filled 640
Jobs filled internally 50
% of jobs filled by referral 34%
# new graduates hired 64


Avg. hours of training per year (for salaried employee) 155
Avg. hours of training per year (for hourly employee) 155

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