Edward Jones No. 4 in Fortune's Employee Satisfaction List
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 4 on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2014" in its 15th appearance on the list.
The firm was the highest-ranking financial-services firm on the list.
Edward Jones has offices in the county with financial advisers Walter Lother in North Adams, Karen Kettles in Adams and Ben Stein in Pittsfield.
The company's 15 Fortune rankings also include top 10 finishes for 11 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 8 overall.
In the Fortune survey of associates, 96 percent of Edward Jones associates said they are proud to work at Edward Jones.
The survey also revealed that 96 percent of Edward Jones respondents say firm leadership is honest and ethical; 93 percent say they are offered the training and development they need; and 95 percent feel pride in what they accomplish.
The full list and related stories also appear in the Feb. 3 issue of Fortune.
Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct employee surveys in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie.
The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.
Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada, and its local offices are designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.
The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisers work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals - from college savings to retirement - and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.
Headquartered in St. Louis, Edward Jones recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com; twitter handle is @EdwardJones.
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