Baird’s Asset Management Businesses Named to P&I’s 2020 Best Places to Work in Money Management

One of Five Firms Honored for Nine Consecutive Years


For the ninth consecutive year, Baird’s asset management businesses – Baird Advisors and Baird Equity Asset Management – have earned recognition among Pensions & Investments’ Best Places to Work in Money Management. Baird is one of only five companies that have appeared on the list every year since 2012, the first year Pensions & Investments published the list.

“We are honored to consistently be recognized by P&I for our steadfast commitment to providing a great work environment that enables us to attract and retain talented professionals,” said Mary Ellen Stanek, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, Baird Advisors and President of Baird Funds. “In this very unusual year, I’m especially proud of the many ways our associates pivoted to ensure our clients continued to receive top-notch investment advice and client service during the pandemic.”

P&I also noted that the Baird Associate Match, which enables every associate to receive a matching contribution from Baird Foundation to the non-profit of their choice, was doubled in 2020. Associates were eligible to receive a matching contribution ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 to further support the community during the pandemic.

Giving back to the community, is a key cultural value for Baird and its associates. Baird associates are proud to support a number of charitable organizations, including the United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

“We work hard but are encouraged to take time for ourselves and our families,” wrote one associate in the confidential employee survey that firms must complete to be considered for the list.

Baird was also named one of the 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® in 2020 for a 17th consecutive year.

P&I partnered with Best Companies Group to evaluate and determine the Best Places to Work in Money Management. To be named to the list, all firms met Best Companies' high threshold for inclusion, and are evaluated against others of similar size. Individual firm profiles reflect U.S. employment numbers and were confirmed by Best Companies in the summer. Assets under management or advisement are as of June 30, unless otherwise noted.

To participate, companies had to have at least 20 employees in the U.S., at least $100 million of discretionary assets under management or advisement and be in business for at least one year. An anonymous employee survey, which aimed to evaluate employee engagement and satisfaction, accounted for 75% of a firm's score; an employer survey, which evaluated workplace policies, practices, benefits and demographics, made up 25%.

To learn more about how P&I’s Best Places to Work in Money Management are selected, please see here (subscription may be required).