Edward Jones

U.S. Corporate Headquarters: St. Louis

Website: edwardjones.com

Year Founded: 1922

Managing Partner: Jim Weddle

Status: Private

Full-Time Employees in State: 465

Part-Time Employees in State: 13

Edward Jones might be able to boast about having the most branch offices of any financial services firm in the nation, but what makes the company proud is not the number of associates, but the connection it shares with them.

And while keeping up with nearly 11,000 U.S. locations might be difficult for some businesses, Edward Jones literally makes its employees part of it by offering every associate the chance to own a piece of the company and become a partner.

Even in the face of economic difficulties, Edward Jones maintains its commitment to both employees and investors, opening new branches throughout the country.

Keeping clients stress-free is a big part of the firm’s mission, and providing its hardworking financial advisers ways to decompress is equally important. Each year, they can earn all-expense-paid trips to exotic locations across the globe, and throughout the year, associates engage in friendly competition to win gift cards or a trip to company headquarters in St. Louis.

Devotion to individuals is rivaled only by care for community. “Volunteerism is a fundamental part of our culture,” says a company spokesperson.

Indeed it is – so much so that while waiting for in-transition offices to be open, Edward Jones may pay associates to volunteer full-time.

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